Dirty Duck Diner, Bali


Bebek Bengil (or Dirty Duck Diner) in Ubud is the equivalent of Made’s Warung in Kuta. Probably the most famous restaurant in Ubud actually. It’s a outdoor garden type of restaurants with gazebos dotted here and there, with a neighboring rice field. Sitting crossed-legged (or lesehan as the locals call it) in one of the gazebos, listening to the sounds of running water at the nearby fountains & ponds while enjoying our meal was indeed a relaxing experience.

The origins of the name came about after a flock of ducks from the nearby rice fields made a mess in the restaurant with their muddy prints just before they were about to open. The owner thought it apt to name the restaurant after their first “guests”. I have to admit it’s really clever and catchy sounding whether you opt to call it Dirty Duck or Bebek Bengil.

I prefer coming here in the early evening as the place is not too crowded then, and the lighting is just nice. Plus, you get to see the gardener heading towards the rice paddy to light up all the oil lamps. Novelty indeed.

Bebek Begil Diner

I tried the duck salad with fresh greens, orange slices and peanuts. topped with a generous serving of plum sauce the first time I was here and was wowed by how well all the ingredients complimented each other.

Bebek Bengil Nasi Campur

Dirty Duck’s Nasi Campur is less impressive than Warung Made’s as it has a smaller assortment of Balinese specialities. If you have both restaurants on your itinerary when you’re in Bali, I would recommend you try the other specialties on their menu here.

Bebek Bengil BBQ Pork Ribs

If you love your meat, then the Barbeque Pork Ribs will be your dream come true. A huge rack of ribs, well marinated and served with pan fried potatoes and greenbean vegetables. The meat may not be tender until it’s literally falling off its bone, but is well cooked enough. It was fun cleaning it off the bone! And at Rp55,000, the portion is more than generous.

The most famous dish, i.e the house special here is their “Bebek Bengil Crispy Duck” which is half a duck marinated in Indonesian herbs & spices for 36 long hours before fried in very hot oil for a crispy finish. The crispy duck is then served with steamed rice and a portion of Indonesian vegetables. The duck looks quite skinny and dry to be honest. But the juiciness of the meat inside was retained and it surpassed our expectations. My only gripe is that the size was not too befitting of its Rp63,000 price tag, esp. in comparison to the ribs. But still, I’d say it’s a must try for those curious about this Balinese delicacy.

I ordered the Lamb Kebab with yellow rice and mushroom sauce (Rp65,000) and was blown away by the deliciousness of the yellow rice coupled with the creamy and flavourful mushroom sauce. The lamb pieces were grilled together with bell pepper, onion and courgette slices and even though the flavour was intensely smokey, the meat itself was on the tough to chew side. But I still greatly enjoyed this as I wasn’t expecting the so-called side accompaniments to steal the show. Hehe.

Cheesecake with a spongey, chiffon-ey texture. Not my type of dessert actually. Actually, I think none of the desserts on their menu, or in their pastry display case called out to me.

Bebek Bengil (www)
Jl. Hanoman,
Padang Tegal,
Ubud, Bali.

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8 Comments »

  1. Katie said

    I’ve never actually tried ribs before! I think I’m scared of eating messy food, haha. Those ribs look really tasty – maybe I should try it one day … but in the comfort of my own home. 😛

    epicuriousgirl says: ribs aren’t that messy these days. pretty easy to tear off. yep, should try! 😀

  2. chris tock said

    great pics there!! and Katie, i can testify to the awesomeness of them ribs… It’s to DIE for 😉

    epicuriousgirl says: heh, thanks. your photos are better!

  3. J2Kfm said

    wah … din expect BBQ ribs at an Indon restaurant though,
    Rp55,000 is equivalent to RM?

    epicuriousgirl says: most Balinese restaurants serve western/continental fare. it’s about RM22. 🙂

  4. mimi said

    Arrghhhh~~~ I didnt go for this dirty duck when my last visit… I really left out a lot of thing @ Bali 😦

    epicuriousgirl says: there’s always next time! 🙂 and i guess most people won’t spend a lot of time in ubud when there’s kuta and legian…

  5. Emily T said

    Oh man, and I thought Bali was just three things – sun, sea and relaxation. I didn’t know there’s so much more to the food scene than just babi guling and seafood on Jimbaran Bay! Haha. Seeing these yummy Balinese fare is compelling me to make a trip there soon!

    epicuriousgirl says: haha, that’s as much as I have discovered so far.

  6. cumi&ciki said

    the portions look huge! i want!

    epicuriousgirl says: yup! esp. the ribs. really worth its pricetag 😀

  7. Tummythoz said

    What an idylic looking restaurant.

    epicuriousgirl says: very nice ambience indeed.

  8. headsteadi said

    hey! thanks for linking my article on the same topic 🙂
    have a nice day!

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