“I unwrapped the Pepes Gurame and inside was the gourami covered with cassava leaves and a myriad of Balinese spices – it tasted like magic.“
After spending a whole week on the Island of the Gods stuffing myself with various Nasi Campur (mixed rice) and Babi Guling (suckling pig), I began to feel the monotony in the rhythm of my culinary escapade in Bali. So on one fine day while in Denpasar, I set off with the aim of discovering any other authentic local delicacy that I could get my hands on. As luck would have it, I chanced upon a decent looking place called Warung Mina. With the hope that it serves a unique traditional dish, I decided to stop by for a little look-see.
Located on Jalan Astasura in Peguyangan, the eatery was established in 1994 and has five outlets across Bali, including in Kuta and Ubud. Housed in a large, well-built shop, it comes complete with a spacious parking lot that could even fit a number of buses. There are two dining sections here, and I chose to make myself comfortable in a traditional Balinese hut at the front end of the al fresco area. From where I was sat, I could see a small pond surrounded by several huts just further down, while on my right-hand side was the sight of a calming green paddy field.
Based on the waiter’s recommendation, I went with Warung Mina’s signature Pepes Gurame (steamed gourami wrapped in banana leaves), along with a bowl of Es Campur(shaved ice with mixed fruits) for dessert. After a ten-minute wait, they duly arrived on my table. I unwrapped the Pepes Gurame and inside was the gourami covered with cassava leaves and a myriad of Balinese spices – it tasted like magic. After having taken care of thePepes, I dove straight in to the Es Campur. Refreshingly luscious, it was made up of various fresh fruits ranging from avocado, sugar palm fruit, jackfruit, melon and watermelon to papaya and pineapple.
Jl. Astasura No. 91,
T: 0361 421 086
Open daily from 9am to 10pm