While traveling we are always looking for ways to give back to the communities that we are traveling in. If tourism doesn’t benefit the local communities then it is not sustainable! When we heard about the Fair Warung Bale (or Fair Warung Balé) in Ubud, Bali we were excited to give it a try.
Very briefly, the Fair Warung Bale is a restaurant started by the Sari Bali Foundation and the Fair Future Foundation that helps give local communities free health care where they normally would not have access to or be able to afford regular medical treatment. 100% of the profits from Fair Warung Balé go to the foundation. 1 meal covers the cost of 2 free medical treatments.
Here’s why you should visit:
Fair Warung Bale – The restaurant
I wanted to first talk about the restaurant itself. It is not just a charity shop that you should feel obliged to begrudgingly attend; it is a fantastic restaurant with delicious food, in a great location and with quick and friendly service.
We weren’t sure what to expect when you visited Fair Warung Bale, it had been recommended to us by someone we met on our Mount Batur hike (A sunrise hike up one of Bali’s active volcanoes!) and it was about 20m from where we were staying.
The restaurant is tucked away and you could easily miss it with the more opulent restaurants around it, but you should not miss it! The Fair Warung Bale is on the second floor, sitting over some other shops.It looks out over the street so you can quietly watch the people of Bali strolling passed while you sip on your ice-cold Bintang. The vibe is that of Bali, it is friendly, open and relaxed.
Their menu is quite extensive but we settled on some garlic bread to start, followed by their Nasi Goreng (Balinese fried rice). You can find their full menu on their website here. All there prices are reasonable even by Bali standards!
To say our food was mind blowing would be an understatement. We were quite peckish when the garlic bread arrived, having hiked up a volcano that morning, but it was everything good garlic bread should be; buttery, lots of garlic and good herbs. This was the first time we were trying Nasi Goreng so we didn’t know what to expect but it was incredible. I tried to find another Nasi Goreng that was as good as that at Fair Warung Bale, but in 2 weeks of eating in Bali I could not!
Even the fried rice in Korea does not come close to that plate of Nasi Goreng. Which is high praise because we love fried rice and Korean food is fantastic! If you’re interested you can read more about Korean food here.
I had the plain Nasi Goreng for Rp.50,000 and Monique had the Nasi Goreng with prawns for Rp.75,000. That is about $9. For $9 we made sure that 4 people received free medical treatment. That is insanely cheap for such a delicious meal and knowing that you can help someone get the medical care they otherwise would not have received.
You can make additional donations after your meal at Fair Warung Bale and even now if you’re feeling generous! Check out the foundations donation page here.
The Fair Warung Bale and Fair Future Foundation
The Fair Future Foundation is a Swiss run, and approved by the Swiss State, organisation working in Indonesia. The organisation was started to provide free healthcare to the people and children of Indonesia through community and home healthcare services. It is recognised by the Indonesian government as a Pure Public Entity and is tax exempt. In 2011 they created another organisation, the Bali Sari Foundation, with identical goals but the board of this organisation is made up entirely of local Indonesians.
Both Foundations aim to improve the daily life of the local communities, whether they are affected by social vulnerability, in need of emotional or medical support, or support for living with a disability.
The Bali Sari Foundation employs local youth beneficiaries, mainly from disadvantaged areas. The medical staff in charge of the medical centers and the mobile clinic of the foundation, the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, drivers, and helpers, are all Indonesian.
The Fair Warung Bale is a unique model and is based on the principle of self-sufficiency. It is a social restaurant that gives 100% of its profits to the foundation. Over an above it being a funding engine for the foundation, the Fair Warung Bale provides a structure to help young adults between the ages of 14 to 22 get work experience.
Goals of the Fair Future Foundation
- To care for and treat poor, sick, disabled, or disadvantaged people. (In 2017, 32’730 people treated).
- To improve the daily life of the local community
- To develop major projects related to free access to health & medical care in Indonesia;
- To build and operate their own Pediatric Hospital;
- To work within the framework of so-called “emergency actions”;
- To take care of people in danger, abandoned children, street children, victims of various types of trafficking;
- To provide support for families after a natural disaster, a shortage of water and/or food, or suffering from an epidemic;
Where to Find The Fair Warung Bale
The Fair Warung Bale is situated right near the centre of Ubud so you can’t not visit the restaurant if you spend any time in the area. It is 2 streets up from the Ubud Palace, just off the main road, Jl. Raya Ubud. It is on Jl. Sri Wedari.
Taman Kaja, Jl. Sri Wedari No.6, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80517, Indonesia
You will see the Fair Warung Bale on your right hand side as you walk away from the main road. The entrance is tucked away and the restaurant is on the second floor, so you may miss it if you aren’t paying attention!
Final thoughts on The Fair Warung Bale
Indonesian food is incredible. I have yet to meet an indonesian dish that I don’t like. In Ubud you are spoiled for choice of where to eat and I would highly recommend trying out numerous restaurants. It is exceptionally cheap to eat in Ubud, and Bali for that matter! Because it is so cheap it is not unreasonable that for you to eat out almost twice a day.
Take the time to visit Fair Warung Bale. The food is absolutely fantastic, the service is great and you are really making a difference with your patronage.
As travellers we need to support the communities that support our adventures and this is one of the best ways to give back.
Happy travels and blue skies!
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