Pituq Cafe - Gili T

Another highly recommended restaurant as well as Earth Cafe was Pituq Cafe. My friends who have visited Gili T before raved about this place so I was keen to check it out and find out for myself what all the fuss was about. 

A quick google search made it clear that this place is a very popular venue with those who follow a vegan diet as well as those who simply want a taste of good and healthy food. Pituq is voted as the number 1 restaurant in Gili T on TripAdvisor, so I went into the restaurant with high hopes. 

DIRECTIONS

First of all, we need to talk about finding this place.....unlike most of the other popular restaurants, Pituq is not located on the main high street which runs parallel to the beach. It is a little hidden gem...so well hidden that it took me a while to find! For this reason, let me save you some time and follow these directions: 

1. If you are at the harbour (where you got off the boat upon arrival) and the beach is behind you, you need to walk down the high street to your right 

2. After a 3-5 minute walk you should see a road to your left hand side which takes you further inland. It looks like this....

If you are having trouble locating it, just look out for the big white mosque. This road is right next to it. 

4. Walk down the road and take the 2nd left turn.

5. YOU HAVE ARRIVED! You will see Pituq Cafe on your right hand side within less than 100m

ATMOSPHERE

The layout of this place is really cool, the tables are on raised wooden platforms and you essentially sit on the floor (there are cushions). It has a relaxed and hippy vibe which makes the experience even more  unique. 

FOOD

The real attraction of this place is the quality and freshness of the mouthwatering food. The menu includes breakfast, mains and deserts and it is all 100% vegan. I am a meat eater, however, If I could cook the dishes that I tried at this restaurant I could happily follow a vegan diet. 

Below are the dishes I ordered on two of my visits...just reminiscing makes my stomach rumble! 

Rice Paper Rolls - with oyster mushroom, cabbage, glass noodles and pineapple dressing. 

Rice Paper Rolls - with oyster mushroom, cabbage, glass noodles and pineapple dressing. 

7 Veggie Dip - vegetables, tempeh and breadsticks with red curry, guacamole, white bean hummus and peanut sauces. 

7 Veggie Dip - vegetables, tempeh and breadsticks with red curry, guacamole, white bean hummus and peanut sauces. 

White Bean Hummus Wrap - With eggplant, cauliflower, water spinach in a home made rye tortilla

White Bean Hummus Wrap - With eggplant, cauliflower, water spinach in a home made rye tortilla

Bruschetta Israeli - grilled carrot bread with hummus, fresh salad and herbs

Bruschetta Israeli - grilled carrot bread with hummus, fresh salad and herbs

Pituq Pasta - Linguine with cauliflower, tempeh, homemade tomato sauce and cashew cream

Pituq Pasta - Linguine with cauliflower, tempeh, homemade tomato sauce and cashew cream

The food was truly sensational, all the dishes I tried were fresh, flavourful and filling. As you can see from the variety of foods pictured above I visited the restaurant on multiple occasions during my short stay...and would visit again in an instant if I could! 

All the dishes were very reasonably priced (if not cheap), the average cost of a starter was $3 AUD and the average price of a main was $4-5 AUD. 

I have eaten at many restaurants and this place is near perfection with the exception of the service. Unfortunately on both of my visits the service was slow and not very friendly which is a real shame.

The food is good enough that it makes up for the lack of good customer service, subsequently I would still return here time and time again and recommend it to you guys, like my friends recommended it to me! 

V x