Ibu Rai, as she was known to many travelers, was born in
1925 in Peliatan—a neighbouring village. In 1946 she married to Dewa Putu Purna
and lived with her family in Ubud ever since. Her husband was a teacher and
when he died he leaved behind her with six young children. However, she was
determined that they would receive a good education and she would work to that
She received a small pension from the government and supplemented that by
opening a small warung (food stall) near the Ubud Palace.
She sold food to the travelers who come to Ubud in the 60's. Her warung became
quite famous. Travel books recommended Ibu Rai warung as a palace to find food
that was safe for foreigners and good quality. Four of Ibu Rai children
graduated from university and all became self supporting. In the 70's she no
longer had the warung but she sold small pictures and a few sarongs at the
small shop in front of her house. Her son, Dewa Gede, opened a restaurant in
1986 near the football field. As a tribute to his mother courage and enterprise
he called his restaurant Ibu Rai Restaurant.
The Ibu Rai Restaurant you see today was built on the
family land in 1992 because the contract for the one near the football field
has expired. Ibu Rai who was very much respected by the member of the Ubud
community was died in 2004. Her very big cremation was a testimony to the high
esteem in which she was held. Today, Ibu Rai's grandson runs the restaurant and
carries on his grand mother's. We wish to assure our customers that no M.S.G (Mono
Sodium Glutamate) is used in this restaurant.