We stumbled upon this colourful place while exploring Samosir Island and decided to stop for a quick lunch. When we found out about their two lovely guestrooms, we ended up staying in one of them and having breakfast, lunch and dinner there for 3 days. Loved it!
First of all we would like to point out the exceptional hospitality of the sweet lady who is running this place. The property is actually her sister's, but she is taking care of it and living there with her mother and brother while her sister is abroad. She made us feel like we were staying with friends. Very attentive, always available to serve our every need, going above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying our stay. They like to experiment with creating new vegan recipes and she let us taste their new drinks and ice cream for free. She also made me free jasmine tea while I was working on my laptop, gave us some seeds from their lemon-basil plant so we can grow them at home, put a vase with fresh flowers in our room and personally wrote down a few recipes for me that aren't in their cookbook.
The food we had was just amazing. We recommend trying their home-made chips, very different but super tasty! All the dishes we had were well-spiced, fresh, creative and in the right proportions. The "chicken" that's on their menu is a vegan substitute which has a very similar texture. Their home-made sorbets are to die for. And we especially loved the Sumatera ice tea, with lemon-basil seeds!
The place is situated about 6-7 km by road east from TukTuk, at the lakeside. The property is decorated beautifully with a lot of detail, has a nice lush garden and is very well-kept. The location makes it a very quiet and peaceful place to stay, outside busy and touristy TukTuk, but still close enough to go there by motorbike for the restaurants and shops.
Overall we highly recommend Buddha's Café to anyone who loves enjoying healthy and tasty vegan food in a laid-back atmosphere. Staying at their place (which is actually called Sumatera-Borobudur) is perfect for anyone who wants to explore Samosir Island and enjoy the beautiful Lake Toba without having to stay in the tourism hotspot of TukTuk.
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