Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

When friends and family come to visit, they always ask to be taken to an authentic Balinese restaurant and although there are several, very few have lasted the test of time.  Made’s Warung is one of these places that haven’t really changed since they opened and hasn’t been affected much by the gentrification and overall hipness of Seminyak.  They still serve the same simple Indonesian dishes that they’ve been serving since 1969 in the same basic interiors that  keep to the whole warung concept. What’s a warung (also spelled waroeng)?  It’s usually a family-run business where there is a simple open-air eating area and Made’s is exactly that.
We arrived for a late lunch one Saturday (after not having been since 2003).  I had heard that they were in the midst of renovating their Seminyak location but since we were on our way to Canggu, we decided to go to that one instead of the other one in Kuta.  The place was a bit chaotic with scaffolding and some construction going on but the atmosphere hadn’t changed – still the same mix of locals and tourists, dressed casually and making lots of noise.  We ordered quickly from the extensive menu – sates for everyone (a portion each of chicken, beef and pork) which we all shared and a grilled whole snapper for A.  Food arrived quickly and without fuss and was as good as we expected for a warung. Nothing exceptional but pretty good for what you pay for.   I’ve seen the drawings of what the new and improved Made’s Warung will look like and I guess now I can say that it’s going to be “Seminyak-ified” with modern interiors which will change the look a lot but hopefully keep some of the warung spirit of old colored tiles and casual ambiance.
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Made’s Warung
Br. Seminyak, Kuta, Bali
+62 361 732 130
*Open daily for lunch and dinner
Another branch in Br. Pande Mas, Kuta (+62 361 755 297)
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