I’m a carnivore. There I’ve said it. I do love my meat, and so the thought of becoming a vegetarian… let alone a vegan… is daunting for me. BUT, and it’s a big BUT, but if I could eat vegetarian food like what I get at the Shady Shack in Canggu, I could totally go vego – heck I might even consider going completely vegan.
The Shady Shack has become an institution in Canggu. It opened its doors in 2016, and has been drawing in crowds who want to indulge in a little veg-perfection. It’s a delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Canggu.
In fact, I have met other carnivores such as myself who could never imagine loving being vegetarian…but with a café like Shady Shack, becoming a vegetarian is very much possible.
I have been to Shady Shack A LOT… and so far, it has never failed to be short from perfection. Every meal I have had has been so damn good, that I could very easily say goodbye to meat and a big hello to vegetables.
To be honest, you don’t even realise that there is no meat in the dishes, because every dish is packed full of goodness and is filling. Plus hey, the dishes are pretty damn instagrammable which makes it all the more fun.
The menu is generous – so there are a lot of options to choose from. The menu is completely meat-free, and mainly vegan for the most part with some items containing eggs and dairy. Every dish that comes out is colorful and packed full of goodness, oozing with nutrients.
And if you’ve got a sweet tooth – good news, Shady Shack has a great selection of vegan and vegetarian friendly desserts….sinfully healthy!
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Five Dishes You Must Try at the Shady Shack, Canggu
The Shack Attack Burger
This burger totally hits the nail on its head – it’s absolutely delicious.
The patty is full of flavor and doesn’t completely fall apart when you eat it. You would be forgiven to think that for a moment you’re having a meat-based patty. And it’s generous in size, so you won’t leave feeling hungry. Oooo and I do love the mini potato spuds that come with the burger.
This one is super colorful, making it great for photos…but it is also so yummy, you’ll want to come back for more. And it also comes with Shady Shack’s house-made chilli sauce which is an absolute must-have. Even if you don’t get the tacos, you totally should ask to try the house-made chilli sauce – it’s orange in color and comes in a small bottle.
But back to the Jackfruit Tacos… the jackfruit is slow cooked and then pulled apart, giving the filling a bit of a meaty texture – think pulled beef. The flour tortilla is chipotle infused is then filled with the pulled jackfruit, veg cheese, kale, corn, and pickled cabbage. Splash some house-made chilli sauce and you’re in for a real goodie with this one.
Nachos might sound pretty simple, but Shady Shack have managed to create a delicious version of this staple, that it’s enough for me to go back wanting more. The crispy tortilla chips is topped with house-made guacamole, veggie chili con carne, tomato, jalapenos, melted cheese, and sour cream… making this delicious and filling. It’s perfect for sharing, but you could totally eat this on your own too.
The bowls at Shady Shack are popular for all the right reasons, and our pick of the bunch is the protein bowl. Especially for those who have just surfed all day, this is the perfect dish to fill you up. From lentils to sweet potato to corn to green beans to broccoli to pumpkin seeds – the protein bowl is packed full of nutrient and vitamins.
My obsession with all things jackfruit continues with the Jack Stack at Shady Shack Canggu. Pulled jackfruit is cooked with onion and added on top of a root vegetable hash. It comes paired with a beetroot salad and a generous serving of green beans. Totally delicious and oh-so-filling. I was almost in a food coma after this one!
Bonus Suggestion – Choc Tops Smoothie
I remember there was one visit when it was about 9:30pm and I was hungry, however I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy because it was already quite late. So, I was recommended to have the Choc Tops smoothie. Blending cacao, coco milk, banana, dates, cashew butter, maca and flax, the Choc Tops smoothie is filling and delicious.
Shady Shack finds its home along Jalan Tanah Barak, in a quaint wooden house. Find a seat inside, or at any of the tables in the garden area. There is so much greenery at Shady Shack… making it the perfect tropical setting in the ‘Gu’. It does get quite busy especially around lunch time, so be prepared to wait for 10-15 minutes…but trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Operating Hours: 8:30am – 11pm, daily
Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Bali
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