One of the best things about visiting Bali is trying out the local food. It is a common misunderstanding that all Indonesian food is super spicy, however you can often choose how "hot" you'd like your food.
In this blog post, the Kura-Kura Guide editorial team introduces a selection of authentic Indonesian restaurants to tickle your taste buds.
One of the best places to try local food is at Warung Nikmat, a small warung that is very popular with locals, tourists and expats. Located in the Tuban area of Kuta, this warung is very close to the editorial department so we know what we're talking about!
Although Warung Nikmat always looks crowded, the turnover in customers is very quick and you rarely have to wait very long to find an empty seat. Staff are friendly and on the ball, giving the warung a happy and vibrant atmosphere.
The speciality here is nasi campur, a dish consisting of a rice topped with mixed vegetables, meat and sambal. At Warung Nikmat, you can choose from more than 20 side dishes of various veggies, chicken and fish to go with your serving of steaming white rice.
Customers don't pay per item, instead the cashier will give you a card with the total amount for the entire meal on your plate. Even with meat or fish included, a hearty meal shouldn't cost more than Rp. 35,000, making Warung Nikmat one of the most affordable places in town.
|Address||Jl. Bakungsari | GG Biduri, No. 6, Kuta - Bali|
|Website||Warung Nikmat - Trip Advisor|
If you're staying closer towards Seminyak, we recommend Warung Kolega on Jl. Petitenget. With the same set up as Warung Nikmat, customers simply point and pick what they want to eat.
Warung Kolega offers tasty Javanese cooking at very affordable prices, and the place is also strictly halal. It's ideally located in the heart of the shopping district and makes a great place to have a break and a bite to eat.
|Address||JI. Petitenget No 98 A, Kerobokan, Kuta - Bali|
|Website||Warung Kolega - TripAdvisor|
Perhaps one of the most famous restaurants in Bali is Made's Warung. Established in 1969, this restaurant now has two locations, one in Kuta and one in Seminyak.
Although the name says "warung", this is more of a cosmopolitan restaurant where visiting tourists come to enjoy the local atmosphere and cuisine.
Popular choices from the menu include satay (grilled chicken) and nasi goreng. A trip to Made's Warung is a must for any Bali-lover.
Made's Warung Kuta
Made's Warung Seminyak
Warung Mak Beng is one of the most famous warungs in Sanur, and the signature dish here is fish head soup. In fact, there is only one menu and yes, you guessed it, it includes fish head soup.
The set menu consists of sambal trasi, fried fish fillet, white rice and a drink and although the sambal is quite spicy, you can't seem to help yourself to more.
Warung Mak Beng is open from 10:00 in the morning to early afternoon for lunch.
|Address||Jl. Hang Tuah No. 45, Sanur - Bali|
|Website||Warung Mak Beng - TripAdvisor|
For a taste of delicious local food in the Ubud area, head to Nasi Ayam Ibu Mangku in the nearby village of Kedewatan. Here, it's all about chicken and the nasi ayam that's served up daily attracts crowds of locals and tourists, especially around lunch time when you may have to wait to get served.
The signature dish consists of spicy chicken with extra sambal, sate lilit, lawar sayur and of course a generous helping of nasi.
|Address||Jl. Kayu Jati No.12, Ubud - Bali|
|Website||Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Ibu Mangku - TripAdvisor|
Located in front of Pepito supermarket in Tuban, Warung Namba is famous for dumplings. Choose from fried, steamed or soup dumplings, all made with a lot of garlic by the Japanese owner. There is also a wide range of mie available, including pork mie, curry mie and Japanese cold noodles.
|Address||Jl. Kediri No.25x, Tuban - Bali|
|Website||Namba - Facebook|
This place is a bit of a local secret, and is not often mentioned in guide books. Located in the night market on Jl. Nakula in Legian, Warung 24/7 is most popular for its simple yet tasty seafood BBQ.
Consisting of fresh shrimp and snapper, the food is prepared right in front of you and is best washed down with a cold beer. The night market is a great place to soak up the sometimes noisy but fun vibe.
|Address||Jl. Nakula, Pasar Senggol Legian - Bali|
|Website||Warung 24/7 - Facebook|
Merah Putih is a stylish restaurant that opened on Jl. Petitenget in 2013. Serving traditional Indonesian cuisine, this eatery is all about the sharing of food and many small plates are often shared between a table.
The menu is divided into two sections (traditional and modern) and you can also order by portion size, namely small plates or large plates. The setting is gorgeous, with high ceilings letting loads of natural light pour in, and is definitely not what you would expect.
|Address||Jl. Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan - Kuta|