Bali: Warung Wardani


Sate Lilit (minced fish satay), beef satay, boiled egg, string beans, Sayur Nangka(stewed jackfruit in coconut milk), spicy chicken slices and Empal (fried beef) decorate the plate surrounding the rice in the middle.

The Balinese people sure love their Nasi Campur (mixed rice), and if you find yourself on the island, you’ll have no difficulties in finding a decent one as many eateries here offer the delicacy. Each shop tends to have different varieties of side dishes to accompany your rice as well. But if you don’t have enough time on your hands, perhaps you might want to narrow down your search and follow our lead by going to the famous Warung Wardani instead.

While it also has Soto Babat (cow’s tripe soup) and Soto Ayam (chicken soup) on its menu, the shop is more known for its Nasi Campur. First set up back in the late 1980s, both local and foreign customers can be seen filling up the place on a daily basis. Even though it is open from 8am-4pm, it may shut up shop earlier than that if it runs out of food, so it’d be wise not to make your way here close to its closing time.

I visited its flagship shop on Jalan Yudistira in Denpasar – it has a branch in Renon – and was fortunate enough to have arrived there at 2pm right after the hectic lunchtime period with most of the food still available. The second I settled myself down, I immediately called for the waiter and ordered a Nasi Campur.

As soon as it arrived on my table, I observed its accompanying side dishes. Sate Lilit (minced fish satay), beef satay, boiled egg, string beans, Sayur Nangka (stewed jackfruit in coconut milk), spicy chicken slices and Empal (fried beef) decorate the plate surrounding the rice in the middle. My hunger quickly got the better of me, and I proceeded to devour my mixed rice in a manner that I could only describe as savage. The Empal was a tad crunchy and had a spicy aftertaste, which is not unlike Dendeng Balado. While most would make Sate Lilit with tons of herbs and spices, Warung Wardani’s take on the satay tones it down a bit, lending it a more refreshing flavour.

Jl. Yudistira No. 2
North Denpasar, Bali
Open daily from 8am-4pm
Rp.25,000/US$1.80 per person


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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