Made’s Warung Kuta, Bali.

Even though i heart the local Balinese food, sometimes one has to keep their options open and check out touristy restaurants too, even if it’s a bit overpriced and too westernised. Heh. Made’s (Pronounced Mah-deh) Warung is a famous establishment in Bali offering a wide array of local and international cuisine and is very popular with the expats and tourists. It has even been mentioned in Frommer’s and probably in Lonely Planet too.

The restaurant consists of 2 floors but the upstairs area is more like a mezzanine as it overlooks the ground floor dining area and bar. During lunch or dinner, the place is always bustling with activity and sometimes, sharing tables can be asked of the patrons, esp. those street level bench seats.

We normally start off with a serving of emping, deep fried crackers made from the Melinjo Nut (Gnetum gnemon) it has a slightly bitter, nutty flavour. Our favourite way of eating is definitely drizzling some ABC kicap manis on the cracker. Adds a certain oomph to the emping.

Their version of Nasi Campur which has substantially more types of dishes than Warung Wardani. But I would also say that this is the jazzed up version. No satay, but it has prawns, beef, lots of vege and tempeh.

I like to order this dish, 1/2 Nasi Campur, 1/2 Gado-gado as it combines the best of both worlds as these two are just some of my favourites in Bali. The given nasi campur is of course smaller in portion, but when you finish the whole plate, trust me, you’ll be stuffed. The gado-gado is akin to a blanched vegetable salad (bean sprouts, cabbage, string beans & potatoes), with tofu and tempeh tossed in a peanut sauce. The peanut sauce is not in the least spicy for my m’sian tastebuds but has a very light sweetish tinge to it which somehow does go well with the vegetables. Light, crunchy and tasty, it has become my favourite indonesian salad. πŸ™‚

We also tried the Balinese Pork Sate which is chargrilled with mild balinese spices. It’s pretty good but I have heard much more about streetside sate which I can’t wait to try. Apparently those are grilled over charcoal made from dried coconut shells, which gives the sate its signature smoky and slightly charred flavour.

Pepesan Ikan, served with rice and string beans is a popular Balinese dish of fish cooked in banana leaves, not very different from our otak-otak. But it features heavily on coconut milk, more than the chilli. The fish paste is mixed with a concoction of garlic, tomatoes, candlenut, shrimp paste, tamarind, chilli, turmeric, palm sugar, oil, shallots, salt, lemongrass, pepper, galangal, ginger, and coriander seeds before being wrapped & grilled.

Fried Banana Fritters, Indonesian Style. A bit too much batter in my opinion.

We’ve also tried their many versions of fried rice and fried noodles, which is only so-so, regardless of the huge portion (for mat sallehs, i reckon), which is good enough to share amongst 2 small eaters.

Admittedly, there’s quite a few hits and misses from this place, but just go for the lively atmosphere and people watch from their street level seats. It’s a brilliant escape from the sometimes pushy sellers and the heat in the afternoons.

Made’s Warung (www)
Jl. Pantai Kuta,
Kuta,
Bali.
Tel: 361 755 297

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14 Comments »

  1. cumi&ciki said

    everytime I read your bali posts.. i wanna go! I need a holiday and lots of good food!

    epicuriousgirl says: ah, not to mention the affordable spa massages etc. πŸ˜›

  2. Christy said

    This is a wonderful sharing, and very educational on Balinese food…heheh, definitely something we cannot find over here;)

    epicuriousgirl says: hehe, thanks. but must say, western/continental food is very much part of the Balinese cuisine thanks to all the tourists.

  3. gina said

    I went to Made to have the famous Gado Gado and somewhat disappointed. I think the place is given too much attention and the food deteriorated!

    epicuriousgirl says: oh? i like their version of the gado-gado though. never fail to order it… lol.

  4. Winnie said

    where did u stayed while you where in bali?

    epicuriousgirl says: I stay mostly in Kuta/Legian when I go to Bali. For this trip I stayed in this B&B.

  5. mimi said

    I missed the flavorful pork satay~~

    epicuriousgirl says: time to plan another trip? πŸ˜‰

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  8. […] Warung Made’s, located in jalan Raya Pantai Kuta. This place is kinda famous so you need to come before 6.30pm or after 8pm to get a seat. The price is also kinda expensive for backpackers. The service is good especially to foreigner. I was very hungry when I ate there, I ordered plenty: half Nasi Campur + half Gado-gado, 1 beer, 1 Arak bali, 1 frenchfries for more than Rp.100,000 […]

  9. maya said

    I think this food is delicious…

  10. jul said

    they have a delicius food
    come and try

  11. leif rosenberg said

    I was 3 weeks in Bali from 18.sept. to 9. oct. 2010 and eat second day at this place….after that 7-8 time more.
    A very kindly and prof. service and for all so delicious food.The most fabulous dish I got was Bebek Bali.I had to order it the day before and my
    curiosity was well done….what a bebek with delicious accompaniment,I was
    speechless.
    Thanks for perfect treament every time,also if it only was for a Heineken beer
    in afternoon…I will come back when I go to amazing Bali again.

  12. paketbalimurah said

    semoga tambah sukses bos tambah rame. Salam

  13. Yes Warung Made is premiere restaurant in Bali you should try

  14. my lunch at made’s warung..

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