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Written by Kim Wilson
Co-written by Beverley Lennon

You seriously have not lived until you have tucked into a freshly made plate of delicious Nasi Goreng or tried some mouth-watering Babi Guling!

We thought it would be a great (and delicious) adventure to hunt down all the restaurants and warungs serving the best local food.

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What’s the best part? You might find yourself sharing a communal bench with the locals at the warungs, or indulging in a delectably local dinner accompanied with a performance at a restaurant.

Regardless, you’re bound to have an enjoyable experience at any of these places!

Psst! For those not fluent in Bahasa Indonesian, here are a few keywords when looking at menus:

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Celebrate Indonesian culture: (New) Taman Gita Restaurant at InterContinental Bali Resort

*Editor’s Note: The restaurant is currently open for breakfast, and will be open for lunch and dinner in a couple of weeks’ time. So stay tuned!

A complete makeover has transformed Taman Gita from a breakfast terrace to a beautiful venue, where you can not only indulge in an expansive breakfast buffet daily, but also immerse in local Indonesian lifestyle – with interiors that depict traditional Balinese culture, engraved from ceiling to floor and an array of home-cooked local dishes for lunch* and dinner*!

Warm-hued calming colours and materials can be seen scattered around as the restaurant introduces contemporary design by sustaining the aesthetics of Indonesian authenticity – the feels are unique, original and surely let you dip in traditional culture; and this to us is a luxury in itself!

The menu is uniquely curated so as to pay a tribute to the archipelago’s local lifestyle and heritage, with dishes from the far-flung Indonesian islands as well.

If you are in for a light lunch, give a try to their Lumpia Goreng (Traditional fried spring roll) or simply indulge in a warm and hearty Sop Buntut (Infused oxtail soup)…

While taste is of utmost importance at Taman Gita, their dishes presentation does not unnoticed either- go for their Timbungan Seafood or the special Lobster Bakar Bumbu Cobek; besides being real feasts for the stomach- they make eyes glow too! Traditional food never looked so good!

Your dining experience at Taman Gita is complemented with traditional dance performances and stunning views of the lagoon, filled with water plants and set within an amazing wildlife… Indeed; a cultural immersion to remember!

Make your reservation now! Taman Gita Restaurant at InterContinental Bali Resort

 

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1. Discover an authentic Balinese hideaway: Laka Leke

Laka Leke is a must “dintertainment” spot while in Ubud. You get to dine and be entertained alongside local performances, surely redefining the way you usually savour in local delicacies.

Everything at this restaurant depicts authentic Balinese lifestyle – from the welcoming entrance, walk through rice paddy fields and reach the temple-shaped gate, you will then be directed to your lesehan seating (dine picnic-style while sitting on a mat) in your private pavillion with a few monkeys eyeing you (or rather, your food).

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Don’t worry as they will head back to the forest when you are all settled (they are just here to double-check that you are enjoying!).

Local dishes at Laka Leke are exquisite – the restaurant is known to be dishing out not only hawker favourites, but also modern Indonesian fare, authentic Balinese cuisine and more!

We personally loved their popular crispy duck, which goes amazingly well with some sambal matah. Then again everything at Laka Leke taste fantastic, but nothing does justice to their mouth-watering Nasi Campur – colourful and flavourful are the best two words we can find to describe. For Rp.50,000 (approximately USD 3.60), it’s super affordable for the quality you get and the comfortable restaurant setting.

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(Psst – We always return for their Nasi Campur, not to mention asking for extra sambal!) See, even the classics are taken to the next level!

On specific nights, the restaurant gets busy with their traditional performances, with locals dressed in colourful and shiny outfits replicating theatrical dances such as the Barong and Kris Dance, Frog Dance, Jogeg and Children Dance as well as Bali’s popular Kecak Dance. Join in, get to learn a few steps and go back with plenty of good memories!

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Laka Leke

Price Range: Rp.60,000-110,000 (Approximately USD$4.27-7.82)
Address: Jalan Nyuh Bojog No.32, MAS, Ubud, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977565
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm
Performance Schedule: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat 8pm-8.45pm
Halal?: Pork-free

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2. Do you smell something fishy? : RM Pak Bagong

What’s a trip to an island if you don’t savour authentic seafood dishes? With the sea so close by, all you can expect is fresh and juicy seafood – the real sea-to-table experience!

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Drop by this local eatery and make sure your stomach is empty, ready for a fishy feast! At RM Pak Bagong, fish is served the traditional way with a rich sauce mastered by Indonesians only. Tangy, spicy, saucy, crunchy, steamy and flaming hot – their Mujair fish topped with thick NyatNyat sauce is what you are here for!

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First you’ve got the crisp of the fried fish, then comes the NyatNyat seasoning, spread all over your fish and dripping goodness! You’ll smell and taste the rich flavours of ginger, coriander and chili – all mashed and mixed with coconut milk, boiled to perfect thickness!

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RM Pak Bagong has to be our ultimate local find on this precious parchment of must-try local food in Bali – it is yet a hidden spot, unknown by most visitors but oh-so loved by the locals!

Of course, you can choose to go simply for the fried fish without the sauce if you are feeling less adventurous but why eat less when you can eat more?!

You are here to share seats with locals and simply indulge!

RM Pak Bagong

Price Range: From Rp.35,000 (Approximately USD$2.50)
Address: LC Subak Aya, Bebalang, Kec. Bangli, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80614
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am-6pm
Halal?: Yes

3. Where you feel and feast like a local: Kampoeng Bali at RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA

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It’s 6pm. You’re not the only foreigner here. In fact, anyone looking for great local cuisine in a comfortable yet authentic Balinese ambience would have been told to visit Kampoeng Bali, where you can experience life (and food!) in a local, traditional Balinese village.

Your evening begins with an immersion in local traditions – attend a sunset ritual directed by locals carrying offerings and colourful Balinese parasols.

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And as you settle in, it is now time for some shopping – a traditional market atmosphere comes to life, with locals proudly presenting their locally crafted products and souvenirs.

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The clock strikes 6.30pm, and dinner is ready. Come, serve yourself directly from the live cooking stations! Don’t miss out on the house specialties – the famous Babi Guling (suckling pig) and their sumptuous grilled seafood and skewers.

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And yes, you can even see how your dessert is made, live! Expect to savour fresh Pisang Goreng (fried banana), Es Campur (a bowl of fruit served with shaved ice, coconut, syrup and milk) and more. Or why not try your hand at making some local dessert such as klepon (traditional rice cake balls filled with liquid palm sugar and coated with grated coconut) and lak lak (Balinese tea cakes made from rice flour) yourself?

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As the sun has set, take a seat for a dramatic Kecak dance performance. Beguiling but magical, this almost-hypnotic show builds to a climax as the sky darkens… Surely, this is a way to immerse in local culture. While your other senses are woken up, savourful aroma of spicy and flavoursome local food calls you for another round!

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Kampoeng Bali is where you get to experience Balinese culture, traditions and tastes in perfect harmony – it’s a fantastic place for gourmet lovers who aren’t afraid to indulge once in a while.

Kampoeng Bali at RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA

Price: Adults from Rp.650,000++ (Approximately USD $47), Children from Rp. 325,000++ (USD $23), Performance (no dinner) at Rp.150,000 (Approximately USD $10.50). (Enjoy 10% discount if you book online in advance!)
Address: RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Karang Mas Estate, Jimbaran, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8468 468
Opening Hours:  Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Sunset Ritual at 6pm, Balinese Buffet at 6:30pm, Kecak Dance Performance at 7pm
Halal?: No

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4. Queue up for the divine pork skewers: Sate Babi Bawah Pohon

What’s Indonesia without its legendary ‘sate’? And what’s Bali without Sate Babi Bawah Pohon, also known as the sate stall under a tree (it used to be, but they recently moved away!)?

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Those pork skewers attract crowds of babi-lovers! The stall started small, owned by a lady but is now directed by a whole crew! It is that good and that popular among locals!

Don’t expect these to be adjusted to foreigners’ tastes – just be ready for the spicyness! But according to us, it is just right! Some might want to bite on the extra chillies on the side too.

The pork is perfectly grilled – tender and juicy and all soaked in flavours and spices, while  the sauce drips – sweet, savoury and a little spicy. This is a one-of-a-kind street food experience you shouldn’t miss while in Bali!

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Pick between a bowl of rice and some rice cakes or simply choose to level up on your sate pieces! Each portion comes with 8 skewers but it’s never too much sate when it’s from Sate Babi Bawah Pohon!

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Sate Babi Bawah Pohon

Price Range: From Rp. 20,000 per portion (Approximately USD$1.42)
Address: Jalan Dewi Sri IV, Campuhan I, Legian, Kuta, Bali
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am-9pm
Halal?: No

5. Ribs barbecued to perfection: Warung Chef Bagus

If there’s something that rhymes with Warung Chef Bagus, it has to be “RIBS”! Warung Chef Bagus does world-class ribs – glistening, smoky, slow-cooked – it has the potential to be one of the most heavenly good foods in existence, especially when enjoyed with their icy-frozen bottle of beer!

Best eaten with your hands and a pile of napkins on the side, your ribs set comes with an array of accompanying dishes like yellow rice, local pickles and vegetables while you can also choose to go for a mix-and-match of ribs and skewers (sate).

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So what makes Chef Bagus’s ribs so very special? The tenderness, sauce-to-meat ratio, smokiness, and good charring!

So moist, so tender… that not even a 5-star eatery would be able to do it better – their meat emerges tender and pulls clean from the bone without falling off while you lick the sauce off your fingers. You’ll definitely want to come back for more!

Try out their cooking school too and bring some taste of Warung Chef Bagus back home; it’s a fun way to get your hands on their secret recipes, and who knows, with a bit of practice you would surely be able to reproduce their to-die-for ribs platter!

Warung Chef Bagus

Price Range: Rp.65,000-90,000 (Approximately USD$4.62-6.40)
Address: No.43, Jl. Bakung Sari, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821463 48525 / +62 87861 392149; WhatsApp: +62 82146348525
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm
Halal?: No

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6. Drop by for a beach-side local feast: Nasi Campur Men Weti

Dearest germaphobes, please ignore the fact that your food is served with bare hands – this is apparently what gives it more flavour!

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Some minutes of patience, a generous spoon of rice, a look out to the beachside, and within a few minutes, your empty plate will be turned into a colourful, exotic delicacy. All is there – chicken, boiled egg, mixed vegetables, rich curry sauce, topped with peanuts and delicious sambal.

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The Nasi Campur here is known to be legendary, you can judge by yourself once you get to see the queue for it, from as early as 8am! Be here early for breakfast as they get sold out pretty fast!

Everything in your plate matches so perfectly; you’ve got that crispy chicken skin, with tender flesh topped with spicy red sambal, soft boiled egg that has soaked up the red sauce, fresh veggies, crunchy peanuts on the side – how can you not possibly like it?

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Nasi Campur Men Weti

Price Range: From Rp.30,000 per portion (Approximately USD$2.13)
Address:Jl. Segara Ayu, Sanur, Denpasar, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7.30am-11pm
Halal?: Yes

7. Feast like a king – Gabah Restaurant & Bar (Kuta)

We mean it literally. If you can’t be king, well, you can at least eat like one.Now that you’ve tried almost all there is to try about Bali’s local fare, there’s one last experience to be had – the Balinese royal feast.

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While Gabah also serves up other yummy Indonesian dishes with in both modern and traditional styles, what you’ll really want to try is their Royal Kingdom menu. It features the best of traditional specialties from around the island of Bali!

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You’ll get to feast on 22 signature dishes that the royal family eats on the first day of harvest season, including traditional Balinese soup, grilled chicken and fish satay.

And it’s not just eating – you’ll also be having the full experience of being a king/queen for a day.

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Put on your Batik headdress, which will immediately elevate your sense of self-importance, and sit back as your dinner is served to you on an intricate platter – along with some traditional live music and dances to whet your appetite.

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Gabah Restaurant & Bar

Address: Jl. Bakung Sari, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 7am – 12am
Price: Normal dishes from IDR 100,000 – IDR 200,000 (USD $7.60-15.21), Royal Kingdom Feast from IDR 688,000++ for 4 person (USD $52 ++)
Contact: +62 361 751864
Halal?: No

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8. Dine above water at a secret prawn haven – Bale Udang (Kuta & Ubud)

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If you think that eating is all about the food, you’ll be proven wrong at Bale Udang.

Turns out, a good view can do wonders too. This restaurant has two outlets in Kuta and Ubud, and both feature stunning wooden bales surrounded by water.

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Sitting in them will almost make you feel as if you’re dining above water! The Kuta branch also provides you with the choice of air-conditioned indoor seating, but haven’t you had enough of that?

Better yet, you’ll get to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and scenic views along with great food. Bale Udang’s signature menu is all about prawns – you’ll be surprised at just how many ways prawn can be cooked if you make a trip here.

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From savoury sweet honey grilled prawns to everyone’s favourite salted egg prawns, you’re bound to find The Prawn for you.

And while you’re cultivating a love affair with shrimp, don’t forget to try out other popular dishes – varying from carp to chicken and duck dishes, as well as their fresh and delectable vegetables. And if you’re interested, Bale Udang also offers up some good old local Balinese tastes with their Balinese style menus!

We reckon you could spend half a day stuffing your face at both branches of Bale Udang, but eating isn’t the only name of the game here.

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Bale Udang Kuta also features Bali’s largest kiddy playground where your little ones can run free, and at Ubud, various outbound and team-building activities are available for you to have a delicious and fun day!

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Bale Udang

Address: Jln. Nakula No. 88, Sunset Road, Kuta 80361, Bali – Indonesia (Kuta)
Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Banjar Teges Kanginan, Desa Peliatan, Ubud, Bali – Indonesia (Ubud)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Price: IDR 200,000 – IDR 500,000 (USD $15.18 – USD $37.95)
Contact: +62 361 894 7119, +62 361 370 0660 (Kuta); +62 361 978 754, +62 361 978 432 (Ubud)
Halal?: Yes

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9. The quest for the perfect Babi Guling – Selingsing Cepaka

Anyone who has been to Bali will know that Babi Guling is THE local dish that you have to sample. A whole pig is spiced and spit roasted for hours over a coal fire – this is pork at its best!

Babi Guling used to be reserved for ceremonies and special occasions, but nowadays most restaurants and warungs serve it too (although it often sells out by early afternoon).

Our quest for the best babi guling took us all over Bali, some was good, some was great but eventually we found the BEST!

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This little warung is actually located in someone’s house, down an alley in Buduk. There are no signs to direct you, but the tempting smell of roasting pork will guide you in the right direction. It’s also only open from 2am to 9am in the morning.

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Everything about the Babi Guling here is perfect. The skin is so crispy, the pork so tender, and servings are more than generous.

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We recommend that everyone try Babi Guling at least once. If it sounds like just the thing to tickle your taste buds, then you should absolutely get up early for this splendid ‘secret’ meal – you wont regret it!

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Selingsing Cepaka

Address: Jalan Desa Cepaka No.33, Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 80351, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Getting There: Call Made when you are in Bali at 08155725158, or email him on [email protected]
Contact: 03618442051, 081337854662
Price Range: From $2
Opening Hours: 2am-9am (only open early morning)
Halal?: No

10. Come in for a local healthy option: Abe-Do Organic Warung

Before you even think that Indonesian food is oily, generous in fat and carbs, and thus unhealthy, take a turn at Abe-Do Organic Warung – a little oasis for local food in Ubud.

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If everything about the organic-eating lifestyle appeals to you, Abe-Do Organic Warung is for you and it does exactly what its name says; this little cafe presents all of your favourite Indonesian goodness in a healthy way! Their meals and drinks are organic and sourced directly from the local farmers in the area.

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Come in for a fresh detox juice and you’ll find yourself staying over for a meal. You’ll be tempted to try out their Gado-Gado (mixed vegetables salad topped with rich peanut butter sauce) for lunch, and come back for dinner – they’ve got plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians too!

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Other favourites include their Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles) and red rice dishes – all freshly prepared and flavoured to perfection; and you can finally be assured that what you eat is doing good to your body!

Nyoman, the owner, is known by all of his guests as someone hospitable and kind-hearted. His family cafe has been running for years, yet they have managed to keep their prices low, compared to other healthy/organic warungs and cafes in Ubud. He will also be happy to share his personal story and debuts in juice-making with you!

Abe-Do Organic Warung

Price Range: Rp.30,000-45,000 (Approximately USD$2.13-3.20)
Address: Jalan Tirta tawar, Br. Kutuh Kaja -Ubud, Petulu, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 3802 1855
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm
Sun 1pm-10pm
Halal?: Yes

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11. Where locals tuck in comfort food: Dapoer Pemuda

There’s always a place back home where you find yourself going when times are tough or when you are simply in need of some comfort by indulging in familiar tastes, you know like your grandma’s recipes?

And this is what Dapoer Pemuda is for many Indonesians (yes because some fly from other parts of the country to savour their food!).

Dapoer Pemuda does the classics, but made from scratch so expect an explosion of local flavours and plenty of colours in your plate! The local eatery is known for its Nasi Goreng, Nasi Bakar, as well as fried tempeh. But nothing will tickle your palate as much as a scoop of their legendary sambal!

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It’s a voyage through the tastes of the old Indonesia and that’s what people come in here for – no cultural twists, no latest trend added to the original recipes. You’ll never say no to an Indonesian meal after trying the ones at Dapoer Pemuda.

Well, don’t expect a lavish interior but impeccable service is at its utmost. It surely is unpretentious, the space is simple and sufficient but nothing fancy to boast about – but the staff and locals there are friendly, always happy to welcome you and share tables with you (if required)!

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You’ll surely also love it oh-so-deeply for their pocket-friendly prices!

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This local eatery definitely ticks all boxes when it comes to experiencing local food in Bali! Keep it secret (or not) as Dapoer Pemuda is somewhere that only locals and foodies in-the-know head to!

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Dapoer Pemuda

Price Range: Rp.20,000-55,000 (Approximately USD$1.42-3.91)
Address:Jl. Veteran No.11, Dangin Puri Kauh, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80232, Indonesia
Contact: +62 823 3995 1577
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm
Halal?: Yes

12. A warm hearty soup on a rainy day: Baku Dapa Bali

Bali’s year-round summer is surely lovely for icy cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls and fresh salads, but what to dig into when the weather is a little less merry? Although you won’t have to break out the scarves and boots, it’s good to find a heartwarming meal on rainy days.

Visitors head to Baku Dapa for two dishes – their corn fritters surely, but first thing first – their oxtail soup that everyone’s raving about!

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A perfect oxtail broth can be difficult to construct, but when it’s done right like the one at Baku Dapa, it’s a hangover-slayer as well as a rainy-day warmer, all in one.

Forget for a moment, the usual hot soups you get for take out – here at Baku Dapa, your oxtail soup is stewed for over 6 hours. Rich in flavour and spice, the oxtail meat literally falls off the bone as it is so tender and infused with the broth.

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Whenever they run out of oxtail, people would still buy the broth mixed with kidney beans. Now that’s how legendary the oxtail soup is!

On the side, order a plate of their corn fritters (or Bakwan Jagung in Bahasa Indonesian), which is fried to perfection, crispy and doughy with the sweet kick of the corn – these are great to dip in your oxtail soup too!

Plus point: The local eatery is open for 24 hours, so you are welcome any time (even if it means coming twice a day!).

Baku Dapa Bali

Price Range: Rp.35,000-60,000 (Approximately USD$2.49-4.27)
Address: Jl. Mertanadi No.48, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 851 0807 8788
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 24 hours
Halal?: Pork-free

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13. That roasted suckling pig you can’t miss: Warung Babi Guling & Kuah Balung Bu Dayu

Things to bring: Water bottles and milk! This is where you test how much spice you can take, dear friends!

Head there for the Babi Guling (suckling pig) – you’ll know it when you reach, as you’ll spot queue first. This local eatery is just simply too amazing to be unknown, and it is popular to the core but totally worth the wait!

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The pork is roasted to perfection – not even hamming it up! You’ll get it served on your plate, all tender, juicy and imbued with spices that linger on the palate…

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Do not expect cozy seating or any kind of comfort, you are just meant to come, queue up, gulp down your food and leave, but you are welcome to stay longer for another round or simply to see how crazy the crowd gets over their Babi Guling!

It is so good that you’d probably join the queue again – as long as you could take another plate of Babi Guling!

Warung Babi Guling & Kuah Balung Bu Dayu

Price Range: From Rp.35,000 per portion (Approximately USD$2.49)
Address: Jalan Raya Kuta No. 116, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7pm-2am
Halal?: No

14. Pick and choose your local items, hawker style!: Warung Murah

You’ve found your local “buffet” – choose your items from the window display, and you will then be handed over small cards with prices of the food you’ve chosen. It is that simple and fun! 😉

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While your ‘buffet’ is not really free-flow, you’ll at least get to choose what goes onto your plate! More veggies? Less meat? Or vice-versa? It is up to you!

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There’s no specific dish we can rave about here, all items go pretty well together as they are homemade with love, rich in flavour and spiciness.

But if you ask us to choose one, their roasted chicken is rather popular – lathered in a sticky sauce of spices and herbs, sambal on the side, along with a generous serving of stir-fried morning glory; match these with a bowl of rice and a boiled egg… *grrr, instant stomach rumble*

If you are not familiar with the dishes on the display, just ask for recommendations from the waiters – you may also request for specific meals like the famous Nasi Campur; they’ll make it from scratch, right in front of your eyes!

Warung Murah

Price Range: Rp.15,000-50,000 (Approximately USD$1.07-3.55)
Address: Jl. Arjuna No. 99, Legian, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 0361 73 20 82
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am-10.45pm
Halal?: Yes

15. Almost like dining at home: Sunda Kelapa Restaurant Bali

If you want to find a really local warung hidden near the residential areas in Kuta – this one is a must-try.

The MehTheSheep team has eaten there twice when we were there, actually, because the food is that good and very affordable!

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We tasted the Gurame Goreng Kering (fried fish), which was crispy, fresh, and almost melt-in-your-mouth. What’s best is that the entire fish costs only IDR 50,000.

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And of course, you can never go wrong with Nasi Goreng – at this restaurant, it’s homely and delicious.

It also serves Nasi Tumpeng, a Javanese cuisine, which is usually made during festive seasons or celebrations. Sunda Kelapa can also accept advance reservations of Nasi Tumpeng.

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Sunda Kelapa Restaurant Bali

Address: Jalan Kediri No.41, Tuban Kuta – Bali
Contact: 0361 – 756995
Price Range: From $2-$6
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm
Halal?: Yes

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16. The Ultimate Fish Dish – Warung Mak Beng (Sanur)

If you love seafood then this is the one for you.

If not, the sole dish of Sup Kepala Ikan (fish head soup) might send you running.

Warung Mak Beng has been serving its famous Sup Kepala Ikan since it opened in 1941. If practice makes perfect then we can confirm that this fish soup is perfection!

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The hearty soup is served with a piece of juicy ikan goreng (fried fish) and rice. Located just meters from the beach, you won’t find fish fresher than this.

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Eat your catch of the day outside and watch the world go by, or take a table inside and look at the quirky photos of all the past patrons that adorn the walls.

It’s fresh, fishy and fantastic. And even if you don’t like seafood, this place might just change your mind!

Warung Mak Beng (Sanur)

Address: Jl. Hang Tuah No. 45, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 282633
Price Range: From $2.5
Opening Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm
Halal?: Food yes – however serves alcohol

Official site

17. Loving the Lalapan – Warung Nikmat (Kuta)

It isn’t flashy and it isn’t fine dining, but this warung serves a great Ayam Nasi Lalapan.

Nasi Lalapan is essentially a sambal based sauce surrounded by tofu, vegetables and your choice of meat. Often served with a side dish of rice and a bowl of soup, it’s practically a three-course meal all in one.

Sambal recipes are closely guarded secrets and every warung believes that theirs is the best. When it comes to Warung Nikmat, you’ll have to judge for yourselves. Is their sambal truly outstanding? Let us know what you think!

This vibrant little warung is always busy, mainly packed with locals but tourists are equally welcome.

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The food is displayed at the counter, just pick what you want and the cashier gives you a ticket with the total cost of your meal. No need to fuss with paying per item.

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It doesn’t get more authentic than a bustling warung packed full with locals. It’s cheap, tasty and it’s halal, what more do you want?

Warung Nikmat (Kuta)

Address: Jl. Bakung Sari, Gg. Biduri No.6, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 764678
Price Range: From $2
Opening Hours: 8:30am-9:00pm
Halal?: Yes

18. Pig out on pig – Hog Wild in Bali (Kuta)

If, by any chance, you’ve fallen in love with pork after trying Babi Guling, then you should try the pork at the aptly named Hog Wild in Bali.

This pig pen is perfect for all the gluttons out there. Sink your teeth into their signature pork ribs, and don’t let it end there – Hog Wild has a variety of meat dishes that are just as good as pork. So, dig into the beef skewer, ribs and Bebek Goreng as well!

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Although we wouldn’t blame you if you’d rather eat a million pork ribs, after seeing almost everyone rave about it.

Actually… you can also eat a WHOLE pig. We’re not kidding, the Babi Guling here comes as a whole pig with head intact.

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If you love pigs so much that you’d rather not eat them, you can always choose to bring an inanimate piggy friend home at Wild Oleh Oleh, the restaurant’s very own souvenir shop.

Pigs of all shapes and sizes can be found here – there’s even a Minion pig and other superhero pigs!

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Just don’t spend sow (hur hur) much money that you don’t have enough to get home.

Hog Wild in Bali

Address: Jalan Batu Belig No.41, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm
Price: IDR 100,000 – IDR 250,000 (USD $7.60-19)
Contact:  (+62) 361 847 6722 / 0828 3616 724
Halal?: No

Website 

19. Enjoy great local food to a great local view – Warung Classic (Munduk)

Hidden away in the village of Munduk is a popular establishment selling great local food.

All types of local delicacies can be found here, including spicy crispy chicken, Nasi Campur, chicken satay and traditional spring rolls.

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While visitors have praised the warung for cooking up some really yummy food, many also love the amazing mountain and sea view that the warung offers (we do too, and we’ve only seen pictures).

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If you’re interested in how to make authentic Indonesian dishes, Warung Classic is no stingy friend – they also provide cooking classes to spread their skills to curious tourists!

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Warung Classic

Address: Munduk, Banjar, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Price: USD $3-8
Halal?: No

Website 

20. A Sweet Eat – Kafe Batan Waru (Kuta)

With so many incredible savoury dishes in Bali, it’s easy to forget the amazing desserts that are on offer… Not anymore.

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Introducing Burbur Injin (black rice pudding). This sweet treat is popular as dessert, as a snack or even for breakfast in Bali.

Coconut milk and palm sugar are added to thick black rice and the dish is often finished with sliced bananas. (Some even mix little pieces of jackfruit in to give it that extra oomph!)

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Kafe Batan Waru is a fresh and modern restaurant serving a mixture of authentic Indonesian and International cuisine. The whole dessert menu comprises traditional dishes, but you just can’t beat a bowl of Burbur Injin.

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Locals, tourists and expats all get together at Kafe Batan Waru for its Chilli Crab Tuesdays. Kafe Batan Waru has definitely learned the art of blending traditional and modern cuisine for great results.

Kafe Batan Waru (Kuta)

Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Lippo Mall Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8978074
Price Range: From $1.5
Opening Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm
Halal?: Yes

Official site

21. A Padang Palace – Rumah Makan Minang Sumbar Hidup (Ubud)

Originating in West Sumatra, Nasi Padang is a dish of rice accompanied with various choices of other, pre-cooked dishes. Think of it as little banquet on a plate!

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Like most padang warungs, Sumbar Hidup offers a ‘pesan’ ordering system. Just look at the rows of dishes by the counter, and pick what you want.

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The Rendang (spicy meat dish) here is a good addition to your Nasi Padang. And definitely don’t forget the sambals here. Depending on your preference, find the one with the level of spice that matches up to your tastebuds!

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Sumbar Hidup is a great example of a little warung. It’s busy, it’s clean and it serves fresh and authentic food.

The majority of customers are also locals, which is a good sign if you want real local food.

Do not be put off by the simplicity of this place though. If you want good food then this might just be well worth a visit.

Rumah Makan Minang Sumbar Hidup (Ubud)

Address: Jalan Raya Ubud Bali Indonesia
Price Range: From $1.50
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 22:00pm
Halal?: Yes

22. Finger licking good – Rumah Makan Ayam Bakar Wong Solo (Kuta)

The whole world has a weakness for fried chicken and Indonesia is no different with its love for Ayam Penyet.

Ayam Penyet originates from East Java and literally translates to ‘smashed fried chicken’. The chicken is tenderised before being fried until the skin becomes golden and crispy.

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Wong Solo is known in Indonesia for its Ayam Penyet. The name ‘Solo’ being the short version of Surakarta, a city in Central Java where this restaurant chain originated.

The Ayam Penyet is served with spicy sambal, sliced cucumbers and fried tofu – it’s a pretty interesting way to eat fried chicken!

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This restaurant also boasts a unique concept, with authentic Javanese food in funky, modern surroundings. Like any 21st century little warung, you are guaranteed to leave with a full stomach and a big smile.

Rumah Makan Ayam Bakar Wong Solo (Kuta)

Address: Raya Kuta Tuban No.87, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 763487
Price Range: From $2
Opening Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm
Halal?: Yes

Official site

13. Really Nice Rice – Warung Wardani (Denpasar)

Nasi Campur (mixed rice) is the national dish of Indonesia. Every warung serves it and everyone who has been to Bali has tried it.

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What’s not to like about rice with meat, vegetables, eggs, peanuts, and sometimes those lovely little fried shrimp?

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For a good Nasi Campur, Warung Wardani is one of the places to try!

The closest we can get to finding out the secret recipe for this Nasi Campur is that the flavour is in the ‘special sauce’.

Warung Wardani has been open for over 20 years and the locals, and tourists, just keep coming back for the Nasi Campur.

Whilst the food remains authentic, the restaurant has been updated and now features air conditioning.

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After a busy morning in Denpasar you will be grateful for the cool air as you tuck into your simple, but delightful lunch.

It will probably still be around even after another 20 years, but you definitely shouldn’t wait that long to try the Nasi Campur!

Warung Wardani (Denpasar)

Address: Jl. Yudistira No.2 Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 224 398
Price Range: Nasi Campur $3
Opening Hours: 8:00am-16:00pm
Halal?: Yes

23. Satisfaction on a stick – Gourmet Sate House (Kuta)

The name says it all – it’s sate (pronounced the same as the English spelling ‘satay’) and it is definitely gourmet!

Indonesia is world famous for it’s Sate. Think marinated meat skewered on bamboo or lemongrass sticks and cooked over a charcoal fire. Just a quick dip in the accompanying sambal based sauce and you are ready to go.

Gourmet Sate House prides itself on its traditional charcoal grill and that means Sate and BBQ dishes here that we prefer to call upmarket street food!

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With 12 different Sates on the menu it’s pretty hard to pick a favourite but we personally like the Sate Lilit (seafood) and Sate Ayam (chicken). And at the fantastically economical price, why not try more?

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This restaurant has a modern, quirky setting that compliments the traditional Sate. It’s the best of both worlds.

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Gourmet Sate House is 100% halal, serves no MSG and strives to make all sauces and desserts in house. It’s definitely a winner in our books!

Gourmet Sate House (Kuta)

Address: Jl. Dewi Sri No.101, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 Indonesia
Contact: +62 819 3610 2024
Price Range: From $2
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm
Halal?: Yes

Official site

24. The Best of Betutu – Warung Padang Kecag (Candidasa)

Equally as famous (and delicious) as Babi Guling, Bebek Betutu is often eaten as the non-pork equivalent.

Bebek Betutu is slow roasted whole duck marinated in spices and wrapped in banana leaves. The result is a crispy skin with juicy, tender meat. If bebek (duck) isn’t for you, then try Ayam (chicken) Betutu.

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Warung Padang Kecag offers a relaxing open air dining experience surrounded by lush vegetation. Their must-try Bebek Betutu is slow cooked for 8 hours, and is more than enough for two people.

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Do note that the Bebek Betutu is cooked to order, so make sure you let them know the day, before to avoid having a long wait!

(And if you’re craving dessert after your duck feast, then you have to try the Chocolate Samosas with Ice Cream!)

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This humble warung is fast getting a reputation for its food, so check it out before everyone finds out about it.

Warung Padang Kecag (Candidasa)

Address: Jl. Mendira, Candidasa, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80871, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 3820 0482
Price Range: Main courses around $4
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Halal?: No

Official site

25. Naughty but nice – Poppies (Kuta)

Nasi Goreng is pretty much the naughty fried version of nasi campur – and we love it!

Who can resist a plate of spiced, lightly fried rice with other goodies such as egg, chicken and prawns?

Nasi Goreng can be served in a tin from a roadside warung or at prestigious dinner parties. It’s a dish for every occasion, and you cannot leave Bali without trying it.

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Hidden away from the bustle of the busy streets, Poppies has been quietly cooking up great Nasi Goreng for over 30 years.

Eating Nasi Goreng in the quiet oasis of Poppies’ water garden restaurant only makes it taste even better. Something we didn’t think was quite possible.

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To top off the experience, order one of their Pina Coladas. Take a sip of the refreshing cocktail from the intricate carved coconut glass and lay back in relaxation!

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Poppies (Kuta)

Address: Jalan Legian, Gang Popies I, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 751059
Price Range: Nasi Goreng
Opening Hours: 8:00am-11:00pm
Halal?: No

Official site

26. Rocking the Rijsttafel – Bumbu Bali 2 (Tanjung Benoa)

You are right – Rijsttafel doesn’t sound like an Indonesian word, in fact it’s Dutch! Literally translated as ‘rice table’, Rijsttafel dates back to the Dutch colonial period in Bali.

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The cooked rice is accompanied by a banquet of little dishes including vegetables, meats and pickles. It’s perfect for sharing and for those who want to try a little bit of everything.

Bumbu Bali 2 has a traditional wooden interior and a beautiful exterior, but most importantly they make a solid Rijsttafel.

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A clam soup starter is followed by a selection of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes (and rice of course!). You will love the selection of desserts to finish off.

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Thanks to their success over the years, Bumbu Bali 2 remains dedicated to serving only authentic Indonesian cuisine and sources all its ingredients from traditional local markets.

The best thing about it? Bumbu Bali has a cookery school so you may learn to make some of these lovely local dishes to cook and enjoy when you get home.

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Bumbu Bali 2 (Tanjung Benoa)

Address: Jl. Pratma, Tanjung Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 772299
Price Range: Rijsttafel set meal for two from $42
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Halal?: No

Official site

Special Mention: Settle in here for trendy revisited local dishes: Bali Pork Star

Pretty much like its name says; here, pork is the star of the show! It comes disguised in a variety of flavours and textures, with fusions from all around Asia but you can’t fail to taste savoury Indonesian spices kicking in there!

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Dishes are presented in a simple way, don’t expect decorative items on your plate or nicely presented and aligned pieces of pork – they serve you real food and you are expected to get dirty!

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Although the choice is yours, we strongly suggest you to order one of their Nasi Campur. Yes we know that you might know a lot about Nasi Campur by now as it is all over Bali but trust us, Bali Pork Star revolutionizes the traditional Nasi Campur! An assortment of succulent pork dishes await, including their famous Babi Sambal Matah. Pure deliciousness, we bet you will thank us for that!

Just when you thought local food was getting too similar and boring all around the island! Here it comes with little hipster twists!

And if like us you crave for something without rice but still heavy, with a bit of crispy decadence, try their pork belly, accompanied with french fries or simply go big with their pork ribs – saucy and tender but also succulent and juicy on the inside, while it’s grilled to a crisp on the outside!

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Feeling like something lighter? Pork salad please! Besides being a salad (that means healthy!), it might seriously just hit the spot on a hot day in Bali!

Here you go, you have found the ideal place to satiate your pork cravings!

Bali Pork Star

Price Range: Rp. 48,000-80,000 (Approximately USD$3.40-5.70)
Address: 88, Jl. Nakula, Legian, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 818 817 760
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm
Halal?: No

Don’t miss out on local food while you travel!  Learning through food is the best way to immerse in the culture! What is something you can’t wait to try when in Bali? Let us know below!

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