The first time you heard the word ‘warung’, you probably were thinking, “Well, that’s one Indonesian word I surely won’t master.” Though a bit tricky to roll off the tongue, Indonesian warungs are a source of great pride and culinary communion across the Southeast Asian archipelago. For all intensive purposes, warungs represent a modest, family-run restaurant (or shop selling simple food items). Small and unassuming from the front, first-time visitors to Bali are likely to walk right by them without knowing what kind of magical meal experience lays inside. So you don’t miss some of the most tasty (and cheapest!) food in Seminyak, here we share the best warungs in town.
All these eateries are within walking distance (or a short scooter ride) away from your Seminyak pool villa.
Located just at the end of Sunset Road, look for Bambuku’s colorful wooden storefront with the bright rainbow shutters — you can’t miss it. Choose from yellow, red or white rice and lather your plate with all kinds of fresh veggies, chicken, tempe and flavourful sambal. Make sure to say hi to the vivacious owner, Irma, when you arrive!
Prices: IDR 45,000-70,000
Location: Jalan Sunset Road, Seminyak, Bali
Hours:10:00am – 6:00pm
Warung Taman Bambu
Another casual Indonesian eatery in Seminyak is Warung Taman Bambu, located just off the main shopping strip of Jalan Raya Seminyak. The food is always fresh and the ambience is a huge plus; tables are set amidst a lush, green garden, some of which you can get more comfortable and sit at cross-legged in a roomy booth.
Prices: IDR 22,000-40,000
Location: Jalan Plawa no. 10, Seminyak, Bali
A mix between a warung and an international cafe, KZU displays a selection of over 40 dishes inspired from regions of Japan, Italy and Spain to name a few. Here you can be the artist of your own lunch plate, blending fresh salads with savoury croquettes and hot curries.
Prices: IDR 45,000-80,000
Two locations: Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, Bali | Jalan Sunset Road No. 151, Seminyak, Bali (across the street from Bambuku)
Drupadi — 9:00am – 10:00 pm Monday-Saturday | 9:00am – 6:00pm Sunday
Sunset — 11:00am – 11:00pm Monday-Sunday
A long-time favorite amongst Seminyak locals, Kolega recently revamped its entire look and its quality of Javanese dishes too. Their classic nasi campur never fails to satiate your mid-day appetite; their endless display of entrees, including hot beef curry and crunchy fried chicken, ensure you try something new on every return.
Prices: IDR 25,000-50,000
Location: Jalan Petitenget No. 98A, Seminyak, Bali
Hours: 9:00am – 7:30pm, closed on Sundays
Warung Murah, translating to ‘Cheap Restaurant’ in English, is a small hole-in-the-wall kitchen that promises to give you your money’s worth. Located in the Petitenget District, this budget-friendly warung is a great pit stop if you’re ever travelling from the middle of Seminyak to Canggu.
Prices: IDR 20,000-40,000
Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali
There’s only one option at Warung Liku — and that is the classic Balinese dish, Ayam Betutu. This mouthwatering chicken is roasted in herbs, coconut oil and onions and then served with white rice, crispy-fried peanuts, plecing kangkung (a spicy water spinach dish), egg and sambal. This is a very popular lunchtime spot so be sure to get there no later than 1pm, because once they’re out of their signature dish they shut down shop!
Prices: IDR 15,000-25,000
Location: Jalan Nakula, Seminyak, Bali
Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Not to be confused for the typically small warungs like the ones above, Made’s Warung is an iconic culinary establishment that prepares delicious Indonesian food in a sit-down restaurant. Customers can expect to find everything on their menu from gado-gado and grilled fish to spicy rice dishes and whole suckling pig.
Prices: IDR 90,000-200,000
Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak, Seminyak, Bali
Hours: 9:00am – 12:00am