PACHAMAMA

Organic Cafe & Private Pool Villa

A Wholesome Hideaway

A wholesome hideaway on Gili Air taking organic food to new heights

The healthy lifestyle scene is slowly gathering pace in the Gili Islands, with a plethora of organic eateries, yoga and wellness focused resorts and fitness centres offering an alternative to the usual diet of beef rendang and bintang. There are a number of new detox options available on Gili Trawangan now, in spite of or perhaps because of its full-on party scene reputation. But what about sister island Gili Air? My Lombok went in search of some healthy eats and found a hidden organic oasis bringing a wholesome new groove to the local dining scene.

For well travelled Europeans, there is an immediate sense of familiarity when entering Pachamama. It is set in a cosy open air courtyard reminiscent of your favourite Greek island tavern with rustic white washed wood furnishings and a number of small alcoves. There are a number of subtle yet interesting design elements that sets Pachamama apart from virtually everywhere else, such as the colourful fabrics, hanging baskets and delicate use of tropical greenery throughout. The round glass porthole window in particular was a nice quirky touch. The dining area is compact and cosy and just the sort of intimate space to linger longer, or perhaps as an ideal smaller venue for a private celebration.

This uniqueness extends to the menu which offers arguably the most extensive – and imaginative – array of vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian dishes in the Gilis. Familiar favourites such as tempeh, nasi goreng and the all-day breakfast has been given a wholesome new twist with some rather exotic additional ingredients - at least for Gili Island standards. The mushroom burrito – chock full of pan-fried mushrooms, beetroot, carrot and coriander-yoghurt dressing – is a nourishing meal in itself.

There is a wide choice of booster juices and smoothies too, along with specialty teas, coffee, wine and sangria. The exotically named ‘nutty dragon’ smoothie was a treat and delivered on its promise with a thick concoction of fresh

A wholesome hideaway on Gili Air taking organic food to new heights
dragon fruit, frozen banana and peanut butter – perfect for a quick pick-me-up. Although it is a constant battle ensuring ongoing availability of premium ingredients, Pachamama sources its produce from local organic suppliers where possible and uses no MSG or palm oil.
The idea for Pachamama was born out of an interest in living a healthier lifestyle and healthy eating by the owner, originally from Medan, North Sumatra. He spent 13 years in Melbourne, Australia and taking inspiration from its organic food scene, decided to bring a taste of wholesome dining to the Gilis. Along with a handful of other health-conscious businesses, the organic food movement is beginning to take off, fuelled both by the changing demographics of visitors to the Gili Islands and also the realization among the local community that healthy food needn’t be bland or expensive.

The only slight downside at Pachamama is the hard to find location. Tip: head north along the east coast and take a left turning at Kaluku, just before Blue Marine Dive. It is definitely worth the effort to seek out.

Despite this, Pacahamama has attracted a loyal following and not only comprises the restaurant but also a boutique gift shop on site. This ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ in the basement below the eatery features a colourful collection of jewellery, fabrics and art pieces. There is also another surprise too. Adjacent to the restaurant is a fabulous dome shaped private villa unlike anything else in the Gilis. Take a peek when you come to eat at Pachamama – it will definitelygive you food for thought for your next Gili Air staycation.

 

Jl. Svea, Gili Air, NTB
Phone: +62(0)87864152100