The eateries or warung in Bali serve a nice variety of cuisine, some targeted to tourists and some for those who are curious about local food. Either way, if these spots are located in the tourist hubs, you have to be prepared to pay a little more.
My friend and I went to Warung Mimpi for dinner because it came highly recommended. Plus, I wanted to sample some good Balinese cooking.
The modest restaurant was dimly lit and run by a husband-and-wife team. In the back of the dining area they set up a counter that displayed an assortment of Indonesian favourites, not unlike our mixed rice shops.
We picked our dishes and sipped on overly sweet tea and waited. The rice came with two sides of steamed vegetables and my plate of Gado-gado (Rp40,000 or about RM11.30) came soon afterwards. The dish, somewhat similar to a rojak, was a plate of different steamed vegetables, tempeh and hard-boiled eggs. The peanut sauce that dressed the dish lent a hint of saltiness and creaminess to the salad.
Next to arrive at the table was Sate Lilit (Rp60,000 or nearly RM17). The five thick sticks of satay, made from minced pork, fish and chicken, were firmly wrapped around flat bamboo sticks. We could smell the subtle scent of lemon grass even before taking a bite. The dipping sauces that came with the satay added heat and acidity to the morsels of seasoned meat.
The last dish to arrive was Babi Kecap (Rp50,000 or about RM14). The dish of pork stewed in sweet soya sauce and herbs tasted better than it looked. The meat was firm enough for the fork and tender enough to melt in the mouth.
The total bill came to nearly Rp200,000 (RM57) for two of us. The food was simple but it really hit the spot. I was more than happy to include the food into my Balinese food experience.
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Tel: 0361 732 738
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