“I’d like to thank the waitress who recommended me the Telur Ikan Nyat-Nyat, as it was incredible.”
Pantai Lebih, a beach in Gianyar regency in North Bali, isn’t exactly a tourist destination – it’s a fishermen village, to be more specific. However, Pantai Lebih has a few tricks up its sleeve that will please food aficionados.
Visitors will be able to find many eateries offering various types of seafood in its parking area, and among them is the long-established Warung Indah – the oldest of them all.
Currently helmed by I Wayan Panya, he’s not sure when exactly did his parents first opened the warung. For as long as he can remember, it has been serving customers for the last 25 years. Previously located nearer to the beach, an erosion forced I Wayan Panya to move Warung Indah Pantai Lebih to the parking area in 2012. As a result, it now features a rather more decent interior.
Having always been specialising in seafood, some of the dishes on offer here include grilled fish, Sate Lilit (Balinese fish satay wrapped in lemongrass or bamboo stick), Telur Ikan Nyat-Nyat (tuna roe served with traditional Balinese spices), and Telur Ikan Goreng (deep-fried fish roe). Rather than plumping for a common grilled fish, I went with the Sate Lilit and the Telur Ikan Nyat-Nyat, with the latter a last-minute order after a change of heart brought on by a suggestion by one of the establishment’s waitresses that piqued my curiosity.
Its Sate Lilit is delicious and affordable as well – six skewers for the price of Rp.6,000 is definitely a bargain. The fish meat was blended with lemongrass, bay leaves, and lime leaves, which helped in eliminating the expected unpleasant odour that would emanate from the fish.
I’d like to thank the waitress who recommended me the Telur Ikan Nyat-Nyat, as it was incredible. The deep-fried tuna roe featured a crispy texture and was drenched in a special sauce made from candlenut and turmeric. Tuna roe tends to be a bit on the salty side, so it was left for the sauce to balance up the overall flavour of the dish. At just Rp.12,500, this is one dish that you shouldn’t miss while in Bali.
So, despite the area being a lot less touristy than its counterparts, Pantai Lebih can definitely give you a new perspective on the island’s culinary scene.
Jl. By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra
Open daily from 8am-10pm
Price starts from Rp.5,000/US$0.40