Afternoon Tea at Kismet Bali

Kismet
Kismet

The tea service at Kismet is definitely a must-do treat while in Ubud – especially if you’re looking to take a break from all the nasi and mie goreng!

I adore Bali. Yep, it took me all of two seconds to fall completely in love with the place. And don’t get me started on Ubud. It’s delightful! The rapidly gentrifying artists’ town is overflowing with yoga studios, handcrafted goods and creative folk – including the fascinating Chloë Carter.

Chloë is an American expat who woke up one morning realizing she could do anything she wanted. Something that seems apparent but most of us don’t follow through. A few months later, she’d relocated to Ubud from California and opened her own cafe, calling it Kismet, with a minimal amount of funding.

High Tea at Kismet, Ubud, Bali
High Tea at Kismet, Ubud, Bali
High Tea at Kismet, Ubud, Bali
High Tea at Kismet, Ubud, Bali

Kismet is a concept store meets emerging food hotspot located on the second floor of a family compound. The word itself stands for fate, synchronicity and destiny – and this ethos is embodied in the décor throughout. Geometrical lights, dark wood and wrought iron serving ware set the tone. Relaxing views of the dusty streets below surround the seating area. Perfect for a spot of afternoon coworking (there’s complimentary wifi) or a pre-dinner drink, I was pleased to learn Kismet also offered afternoon tea.

High Tea at Kismet, Ubud, Bali
High Tea at Kismet, Ubud, Bali

Not without the obligatory three-tiered cake stand, Kismet does a true afternoon tea service with a rustic edge. There’s no fine bone China here – beautifully carved coconut cups and saucers along with black elephant teapots serve Dharma Teas (a local loose tea company). I opted for their chai tea with rice milk – not something I usually couple with afternoon tea but this one’s a standout.

Fresh scones are accompanied by clotted cream and hyper-local jam. I’m not kidding when it comes to hyper-local – you can literally see the preserves retail outlet over Kismet’s awnings. As I’m vegetarian, a round or two of eggplant and cheese sandwiches with their crusts intact follows. Then there’s the best bit – the sweets selection! Think raw hazelnut chocolates and truffles, lemon meringue, crème brûlée, chocolate éclairs, chocolate mousse and fruit tarts as highlights.

All this is the equivalent of around AUD$7.50 – I know, it’s ridiculous! That’s Indonesian prices for you. So good you’ll have to go back for tea again – we did three times, which is a testament in itself.

Kate and friends at Kismet
Kate and friends at Kismet

The tea service at Kismet is definitely a must-do treat while in Ubud – especially if you’re looking to take a break from all the nasi and mie goreng! Recommended.

Kismet
Address: 17 Jalan Goutama, Ubud, Indonesia
Booking: +62 812-3938-9000 or [email protected]

Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall is a British-Australian entrepreneur and writer based in San Francisco. She's reviewed high tea services across multiple continents, and was an early contributor to High Tea Society. Her favorite teas include black with vanilla, Mu, and Dragon Well green. Nothing makes her happier than almond chai lattes. To follow her personal and professional pursuits, follow her blog at www.katekendall.com.

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