9 Best Warungs in Bali

by - April 13, 2018

"Don't forget to try their local food!"
It always be an advice from me to everyone who was asking for travel tips, because I do the same too! Yeah, for me doing a local things while traveling is a must things to do. Started from going to a local neighbourhood, do what locals do, and eat their local foods. For me, traveling is not just a holiday. By traveling, we can learn something new, that we can't find around us or only by reading a book. We'll have a new unforgettable experience, especially by going local.

As you know, last month I had a short trip to Bali with my family. During this trip, we tried to eat local foods everyday (at least once a day). In Bali, locals sell their food at the small restaurant - which usually is a family owned business, called "warung". At warung, you can find affordable meal with the authentic taste of Balinese food. I was asking to my friend who lived in Bali for recommendations, and here we go, Best Warungs in Bali, that can't be missed while you were there:

1. Warung Babi Guling Pak Dobil
Babi guling or suckling pig is a popular local food in Bali. This dish cooked by roast the whole pig over fire, with Balinese spices (called Base Genep) inside its stomach. Many warungs offer babi guling as their main dishes. But the most popular and delicious is Warung Babi Guling Pak Dobiel. Located at the Southern Bali - Nusa Dua, this warung very famous not just for locals, but for tourist as well. No wonder it's always crowded. The deliciousness has approved and there's no doubt for it.

Nasi Babi Guling Pak Dobiel | Source : www.vkeong.com
Address : Jalan Srikandi No. 9, Nusa Dua, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sun 10AM - 4PM

2. Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen
If you stay at Kuta - Seminyak area and you don't want to go far to eat Babi guling, just heading to Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen. It's located at the North of Sunset Road, right behind Seminyak area. With its strategic location, this warung become reachable for everyone, without spending much time on the road. The food itself is also delicious. Even some people said it's the best Babi Guling in Bali.

Nasi Babi Guling Pak Malen | Source : www.tripadvisor.com
Address : Jalan Sunset Road No. 554, Seminyak, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sun 8.30AM - 7PM

3. Warung Cahaya
Bali well known for their pork dishes and it's not just about Babi Guling. You can find the pork served as satay, grilled, or just simply fried. There's one famous warung who serves the best fried pork in Bali, it's Warung Cahaya. This warung very popular with their simple dish, "Fried Pork with Raw Chilli (Sambal Matah) + Rice". If you never try Sambal Matah before, I think you should try it when in Bali. Sambal Matah is a Balinese styled chili. It only use (a lot of) shallots, cayenne pepper, and lemongrass as the ingredients. Is it spicy?? Very!! But it's so tasty especially when you eat it with their delicous fried pork and warm steamed rice.


Fried Pork with Sambal Matah and Rice | Source : www.gotravelly.com
Address : Jalan Dewi Ratih No. 1, Legian, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Fri 8AM - 7PM, Sat & Sun 8AM - 6PM

4. Ayam Betutu Khas Gilimanuk
Beside Babi Guling, Bali also has other popular local dishes. It's Ayam (Chicken) Betutu. To try the authentic taste of this chicken dish, you should visit "Ayam Betutu Khas Gilimanuk". In this place you can get a chicken or duck, cooked with a lot of Balinese spices and it's very delicous. Get ready to feel "hot" because like other Balinese dishes, they use a lot of cayenne pepper to cook it. To complete the meal, it also served with plecing kangkung, sambal matah, steamed rice and peanuts. A little advice from me, if you can't eat too spicy food, just order the fried or grilled chicken. It's less spicy then the original one, which cooked with braised style.

A portion of Ayam Betutu Khas Gilimanuk | Source : bali.tribunnews.com
Address : Jalan Raya Tuban No. 2X, Tuban, Kuta, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sun 08.30AM - 09.30PM

5. Warung Liku
Looking for (very) cheap Balinese Nasi Campur? Just heading to Warung Liku. It has 2 locations in Bali - at Denpasar and Legian. Basically, Nasi Campur is a plate of steamed rice, topped with mixed vegetables, egg, and many more, which cooked in Balinese style. In this place, you can get a portion of Nasi Campur only with IDR 18K. It's a very good deal because not just a good taste of the vegetables that they served, it also topped with "ayam betutu" and "braised pork belly". It's totally a perfect combination because you can get a savory flavour from betutu and the sweetness from the pork belly at the same time.

Nasi Campur at Warung Liku | Source : avillabali.com

Address : Jalan Nakula No. 19A, Seminyak, Legian, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sat 9AM - 3PM

6. Warung Wardani
It might be located quiet too far from the city center (read : Kuta - Seminyak area), but if you're going to Denpasar, I think you should give a visit to Warung Wardani. They're well known for Nasi Campur, and have numerous choices for it. In this place, you can choose whether you want to make it simple, or special - which has more topping on the rice. Even you can simply make a request which toppings that you want to put on the rice. If you don't know which toppings do you want, you can start it by order the "special" one which has complete toppings. And if you like some of the toppings, you can order more for the toppings only.


Nasi Campur at Warung Wardani | Source : epicurious.wordpress.com
Address : Jalan Yudistira No. 2, Dangin Puri Kauh, Denpasar Utara, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sun 8AM - 4PM

7. Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Bu Mangku
Going further to the North of Bali, you can try another best Nasi Campur in Bali. Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Bu Mangku, or simply called Nasi Bu Mangku, has a very good taste for their nasi campur and very popular by locals. Being located at Ubud, they also offer a good places to eat. With an outdoor design like a traditional houses in Bali, it feels good to sit here and enjoy the ambience around you while eating your meal. However, if you're not going to Ubud, you can visit their other branches which located at Denpasar and Seminyak.

Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Ibu Mangku, Ubud | Source : www.tripadvisor.com
Address : Jalan Raya Kedewatan No. 18, Ubud, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sun 8AM - 7PM

8. Warung Mak Beng
Usually, warungs in Bali serve Babi Guling or Nasi Campur as their main dishes. But it's different at Warung Mak Beng. Even though they're located quiet far (at Sanur), but they never running out of customer and they always have a long queue. No matter where people stay, they will give a visit to Warung Mak Beng because it's the only warung who serves fish as their main dishes in Bali. The unique thing from this warung is they only have 1 menu for the food. It's called "Standard Portion" which consists of a plate of rice, fried fish, and fish soup. Both the fried fish and soup taste very good. The soup itself has a sour yet great taste, and get better with slices of cucumber in it. Very fresh and perfect to be eaten as a lunch meal.

A portion of rice, fish soup, and fried fish at Warung Mak Beng 
Address : Jalan Hang Tuah No. 45, Sanur Kaja, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sun 8AM - 10PM

9. Made's Warung
Actually Made's Warung is not really a "warung". It's more like restaurant, but they serve warung's dishes. Since it's a restaurant, they have more options on the menu. You can get a local dishes, sttarted from Balinese food such as Nasi Campur and Satay Lilit (the Satay Lilit is the best!), until the most popular Indonesian dishes, Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice). Beside that, they also serve western food which also a good option. However, between many foods that they serve, I would recommend to try their Nasi Campur, with a portion of Satay Lilit. It's a perfect combo of delicacy. Anyway, they also have another branches at Ngurah Rai Airport. It could be a good option if you only have a short time in Bali.

Nasi Campur and Satay Lilit at Made's Warung 
Address : Jalan Raya Seminyak, Banjar Seminyak, Kuta, Bali. Opening hours : Mon - Sun 10AM - 12AM



Those are 9 warungs that recommended and very popular among locals. Have you tried it? If you haven't, don't forget to try it when in Bali. And if you have another recommendation for warungs in Bali, just leave the comment below.. Happy eating......!!!!!!

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