Bali: Warung Lawar Penatih


“The soup is completed with ares (young banana trunks), which reveals the authenticity of the meal.”

Warung Lawar Penati may not have rung a bell for most tourists in Bali. Established by Ketut Ribug back in the 70s, this eatery isn’t as popular as other Lawar shops and it’s located far from the tourist spots. However, for full immersion of Balinese food, you’ve got try to dine in in this warung.

Tucked inside Jalan Padma, Penatih, Denpasar, the warung is a type of unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant. The shop isn’t completed with air-conditioner or fancy furniture. Extra scores for Warung Lawar Penatih come from the spacious parking area, well-maintained ambience and natural lights that roam freely inside the eatery.

In regards to food, Warung Lawar Penatih offers a meal consisting Lawar, soup and plain rice. Lawar, as the main star, comprises chopped meat, vegetables, shredded young jackfruit and coconut mixed in traditional Balinese spices. It’s served together with pork satay, deep fry pork skin and well-marinated pork meat. This one plate delivers a combination of sharp spicy flavour from the Lawar that work in unison with a savoury taste of meat to awake your palates. As a side dish, the soup is completed with ares(young banana trunks), which reveals the authenticity of the meal.

Nowadays, the eatery is running under the watchful eyes of Pak Nano, son of Ketut Ribug. Judging from the quality of meal, I’m pretty sure that there will be many foodies coming in to try the original Island of Gods favourite dish.

Jl. Padma No. 31X
Penatih, Denpasar, Bali
Open daily from 8am-5pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.40 per portion


Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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