When visiting Bali, you may find yourself cooling off in the calm waters or having a leisurely stroll along the beachfront promenade in Sanur. Although there are dozens of western restaurants serving international dishes, it's at one of the typical local warungs where you will experience a true Balinese feast.
In this blog post we will introduce you to some of the most popular warungs in Sanur that are also super budget-friendly.
Chicken rice dishes are a favorite among local people, especially in the Sanur area where food stalls are located on Jl. Segara Ayu, close to Sindhu Beach. Dozens of people, whether in Sanur for work or for leisure, queue from early morning at Warung Nasi Ayam Men Weti to get a plate of chicken rice with special seasoning.
The well-known warung serves Balinese spice chicken with rice consisting of jukut urab (mixed vegetables), chicken pieces, chunks of tuna meat, chicken offal, eggs poached in a spicy sauce and fried onions.
If you want to have breakfast at Warung Nasi Ayam, make sure you come early to avoid long lines and missing out on the tasty chicken rice because usually by 10am they are already sold out!
|Opening Hours||7 am - 11 am|
|Address||Jl. Segara Ayu, Sanur|
|Price||Rp. 15,000 - Rp. 25,000|
Warung Lawar Sapi Odah is another famous Sanur warung located within walking distance from Warung Nasi Ayam Men Weti (just look out for the temple with a big tree, the warung is behind it).
Most days the place is crammed with locals, except on holidays or holy ceremony days for Hindus when the warung is closed.
Lawar contains a mixture of young vegetables with grated coconut and chopped meat mixed with various spices that are rich in flavor, as well as a mixture of fresh blood sometimes.
Will Meyrick, international chef at the popular Mamasan and Sarong restaurants recommends the nasi lawar campur at Warung Nasi Lawar Sapi Odah at Segara Beach, Sanur.
"This place is always packed," Meyrick says, adding that the variety of dishes accompanying the lawar are excellent.
"The serapah sapi, which is a mixture of shredded vegetables, velvety offal, thick blood and coconut milk, is just a winner. Don't be off put by the inclusion of blood, it is a part of every meat dish adding flavor, freshness and texture."
The warung is open from 9 am until 1 pm, however usually after the first hour the lawar is finished. It's therefore recommended to arrive early at about 8.30 am if you don't want to miss out on unique sapi lawar.
|Opening Hours||9 am - 1 pm|
|Address||Jl. Danau Buyan/Sindu, Sanur|
|Price||Rp. 10,000 - Rp. 15,000|
Nasi (rice) lawar is another local dish that should be tried. Warung Nasi Lawar Men Tingen is located in Jl. Sari Pejang, at the traditional market Pasar Intaran. At night, the place is transformed into a vibrant food court where locals come to "check in" on Path or foursquare and enjoy an inexpensive dinner with friends.
Two types of lawar are available, namely pork lawar or chicken lawar. With the affordable price of only Rp.15,000, you can enjoy a tasty plate of nasi lawar and still have change for dessert.
Warung Nasi Lawar Men Tingen is open every day from late afternoon until midnight.
As with most of the warungs in this post, it is advisable to arrive early as the lawar is usually sold out by midnight.
|Opening hours||4 pm - 12 am|
|Address||Jl. Pejang Sari (Pasar Intaran), Sanur|
|Price||Rp. 15,000 - Rp. 20,000|
For the real deal, it doesn't get better than lawar at Pak Kodi's. This unassuming warung serves up nasi campur babi guling (suckling pig) which is made on site and served with a side order of lawar.
It's not the easiest place to find, head down Jl. Sekuta and then turn on to Gang Harum and look out for the big gates on the left.
It's the contents of the lawar here that make this place famous, however if you don't like pork then there's also lawar with chicken.
Pak Kodi's is crowded from 11 pm until early morning as many people stop by for dinner after work. If you come before 11 pm you won't have to wait as long and it's not as busy.
|Opening hours||6 pm - 2am|
|Address||Jl. Sekuta, Gang Harum, Sanur|
|Price||Rp. 20,000 - Rp. 35,000|