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.
On this blog post, the Kura-Kura Guide editorial team introduces a selection of authentic Indonesian restaurants to tickle your taste buds.
Perhaps one of the most famous restaurants in Bali is Made's Warung. Established in 1969, this restaurant now has three locations, one in Kuta, one in Seminyak, and one is in Denpasar Ngurah Rai airport.
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
Made's Warung Ngurah Rai
|Opening Hours||10 AM - 12 AM|
*image via Tugu Bali Restaurant
Bale Agung at Hotel Tugu Bali is definitely not your ordinary restaurant. It is a time machine that transport guests back to the most glorious times of Indonesia’s exotic history, and give them a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable cultural experience. Set within a 15-meter tall sacred Balinese hall protected by 26 mythological boma heads, under the watch of the biggest wooden Garuda statue carved from one whole tree, guests can dine like a true king of the 14th century and living a romantic Balinese dream even just for a few hours, served with parades of soldiers, with every single dish in the menu a feast for the eyes, a statement of the richness of Indonesian dining culture and its complexity of the herbs and spices.
Whether overlooking the lush tropical gardens or private areas with sea view or lotus pond view, every area is lit by candles and surrounded by majestic Indonesian antiques and cultural relics. The menu, ranging from traditional Balinese, Javanese and Indonesian Chinese Peranakan, offers a delicate adventure for the taste buds.
Every Thursday at 19.30PM, Tugu also offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to dine with live traditional Balinese Dance & Orchestra performances, designed to revive and preserve the almost forgotten stories from the past in this beautiful surrounding.
|Address||Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali|
|Opening Hours||6 AM – 11 PM
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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 8 AM in the morning to early afternoon for lunch.
|Address||Jl. Hang Tuah No. 45, Sanur - Bali|
|Opening Hours||8 AM - 5 PM|
|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 lunchtime 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|
|Opening Hours||8 AM - 7 PM|
|Website||Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Ibu Mangku - TripAdvisor|
*image via TripAdvisor
This place is a bit of a local secret and is not often mentioned in guidebooks. 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|
|Opening Hours||3:30 PM - 12 AM|
|Website||Warung 24/7 - Facebook|
*image via Merah Putih Restaurant
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|
|Opening Hours||12 PM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 11:30 PM|
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 specialty 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|
|Opening Hours||8 AM - 8 PM|
|Website||Warung Nikmat - Trip Advisor|
Last but not least is Warung Kolega on Jl. Dewi Sri (previously was 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||Jalan Dewi Sri No.17, Kuta, Bali|
|Opening Hours||9 AM - 8 PM|
|Website||Warung Kolega - TripAdvisor|