Delicious and cheap
200 Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
T: (0361) 746 3052
Warung Sulawesi offers a range of delicious point-and-pick traditional Sulawesi and Javanese dishes at bargain prices in a pretty garden setting.
The range is quite similar to what you’ll find at Kolega, ostensibly a Javanese joint, just around the corner, but the sunny garden at Warung Sulawesi is a far more appealing spot to settle into for a relaxed lunch.
Staff will start your ordering process by asking which rice you fancy — red, yellow or white. It's refreshing that they ask whether they've piled enough onto your plate -- they want to make sure you're sated, obviously. Then you just point at which of the usual suspects you'd like added to your plate, such as curries, stir-fries, sate, fritters, noodles and so on — in combinations using fish, squid, prawns, beef and lots of tofu and tempeh. It’s a good, comprehensive selection if you’d like to try a range of dishes in one sitting — and it’s really cheap.
English is limited but staff are likely to be able to tell you in a nutshell what dishes are (though if you want to be sure, Kolega has labelled dishes).
My plate of spinach omelette, eggs in sambal, steamed spicy tofu and fried tempeh with red rice with sambal came in at just 25,000 rupiah. It wasn’t particularly spicy — though the place is popular with locals, the fire is likely tempered for tourists — and it was a little heavy on the sweet, but that’s pretty typical warung fare.
Order a juice (15,000 rupiah for orange) or help yourself to a drink from the fridge — no alcohol, or young coconuts, are offered. Then take a seat in the partly covered courtyard, surrounded by a well-cared for garden with blooming purple, pink and white orchids. The old wooden tables and chairs are mismatched but charming, and the atmosphere is more pleasant than Kolega, where it’s dark and you’ll want to more quickly eat and run.
You’ll get a little price tag with your meal that you take up to the register to pay (if it's not busy, they just keep it for you); the register is a drawer with wooden partitions inside, which just adds to the charm.
A selection of desserts is on offer as well, from traditional-style wrapped pancakes through to the less traditional donut with chocolate sprinkles.
To find Warung Sulawesi, keep an eye out for the blue-painted wall proclaiming the warung’s name, which lies just to the left on the entrance of the gang you need to walk down. It's just a few metres down, on the left.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 25th August, 2016.