Where to eat and drink: Munduk

Munduk: Where to eat and drink

In the heart of Bali’s vegetable and spice garden, Munduk serves up delicious fresh produce, and you’re guaranteed a decent coffee, however it will mostly be Bail cowboy style. Local fare dominates most menus, with “international favourites” to please, however some of the fancier joints branch out with more interesting fusion offerings.

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Surroundings may be simple, but you’ll be staring at the view anyway.

View from Made Oka's. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
View from Made Oka's. Photo: Sally Arnold

Warung Classic was recommended to us several times, so we gave it a go. On the main street, most seating is upstairs in this small unassuming warung. Chinese and Balinese food is on the menu. We tried cap cay, a vegetable stir-fry (32,000 rupiah), and boy was it fresh and tasty — this somewhat saucy version was gingery and good. Other fare includes urup campur, vegetables with coconut and spices (25,000 rupiah), and classic grilled chicken (45,000 rupiah). They cater for vegetarians and as they cook to order, special dietary requests too. They offer wine by the glass and service is super friendly. Some tourists we spoke to said they ate “the best spring rolls they had ever tried” — we can’t confirm, but worth a try if you’re in town. They have a second branch in a sidestreet, same owners, same menu.

Cute presentation at lovely Don Biyu. Delicious, too. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Cute presentation at lovely Don Biyu. Delicious, too. Photo: Sally Arnold

In a lovely open setting next to their small hotel, Don Biyu have an extensive and interesting menu. The ayam goreng gurih, crispy fried chicken with various sambals (53,000 rupiah), was perfectly crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside, with a hint of spice in the delicious crunchy skin. Presentation was appealing with heart shaped rice and condiment dishes.

Scrumptious Balinese food at Made Oka's. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Scrumptious Balinese food at Made Oka's. Photo: Sally Arnold

Made Oka Warung and Homestay, as the name suggests, is also a restaurant attached to a homestay. Seated on rustic wooden benches and tables, they offer yet another version of the excellent panorama. Mains range from 30,000 to 65,000 rupiah. We ordered be siap mentunu Made Oka style, or grilled Balinese chicken (55,000 rupiah). The chicken was blacked (not burnt as it appears in our pictures), with sweet and sticky spiciness — tasty, and not dry. The accompanying vegetable dish with fresh crunchy grated coconut was also very good. We wanted more of the view, so we ordered dessert too — black rice pudding (20,000 rupiah), a relatively common dish in Bali, but not always with the right balance of flavours, however this one was good. Not too runny, and not too firm, not too sweet and not too salty, with a hint of pandan in there too — try it!

Western treats at Terrasse du Lac. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Western treats at Terrasse du Lac. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you’re heading over to Tamblingan Nature Recreation Park, stop for lunch or coffee and cake at Terrasse du Lac Tamblingan Sari for great lake views. Mains around the 60,000 rupiah mark, offer several fish and seafood options alongside chicken and pork all with a French twist. Blackboard specials on the day we visited included home made pork sausages for 65,000 rupiah. Cake of the day goes for 25,000 rupiah, add a scoop of ice-cream for and extra 5,000 rupiah.

Don Biyu: Jalan Kayuputih-Munduk, Munduk; T: (0812) 3709 3949; info@donbiyu.com; www.donbiyu.com; open daily 07:00-22:00.

Made Oka Warung and Homestay: Jalan Kayuputih-Munduk, Munduk; T: (0812) 3977 7789, (0819) 9948 4861; madeoka.homestay@gmail.com; open daily 07:30-22:00.

Terrasse du Lac Tamblingan Sari: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Tamblingan, Munduk; T: (0819) 1617 8874; (0819) 0330 1917; terrassedulactamblingansari@hotmail.com; www.terrassedulac.com; open daily 08:00-20:00

Warung Classic: Jalan Kayuputih-Munduk, Munduk; T: (0819) 9977 9750; open daily 11:00-22:00.

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.