Eight Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Seminyak
Bali’s dining scene is as vast as it is varied.
Bali’s dining scene is as vast as it is varied. Even through our own individual experiences, and recommendations from our foodie network, we are still only able to scratch the surface of the dozens of delicious options available.
Some neighborhoods, such as Seminyak, can be intimidating price wise, although there are still affordable meals under IDR 100,000!
Here’s our pick of the places in Seminyak, that won’t make too large a hole in your pocket!
Popular for its nasi campur (steamed rice with mixed vegetables and meat or chicken dishes), Warung Kolega is a favourite lunch haunt for a growing number of foreigners and locals alike. This warung even offers a choice of white, yellow or brown rice, and fresh juices at affordable process. Locals joke about the restaurant using a “touch screen” system when ordering as the ready-to-eat dishes are displayed on a glass buffet. To order, guests need to point to each items they want through the glass display and the wait staff will fix a plate for them.
Warung Kolega| Jl. Petitenget 98A, Seminyak| Call: +62 36732480
This cozy restaurant serves authentic Malaysian-Indian style food with warm, buttery and delicious roti canai to dip into your choice of curries. With an iced or hot tea tarik on the side, this meal is perfect. It is also ridiculously cheap, a favourite among locals and a paradise for travelers on a budget.
The warung’s layout allows guests to see the skillful chefs cooking up a storm in the kitchen. But do not go on an empty stomach, because weekdays and weekends are always busy so you may have to wait a bit – especially during peak hours. But there’s a reason why they made it onto our list. Your patience will be rewarded with finger-licking food – literally and figuratively!
Warung Bunana| Jl. Sunset Road No.28, Seminyak|Call: +62 812-3993-425
Babi Guling Pak Malen
What is a Bali trip without a plate of Nasi Babi Guling (suckling pig)? Babi Guling Pak Malen is THE place to eat original Balinese suckling pig. They only serve one dish, hence the name. Pak Malen is a very popular place, so be prepared to wait in line. Your plate will be filled up with nasi putih (white rice), chilli and different parts of the roasted pig, such as pork meat, crunchy pork skin and pork satay. A thick pork soup can be your side dish.
It is a simple place, but the food is authentic Balinese and busy with customers from all over Bali, as well as do tourists from Jakarta and Surabaya.
Babi Guling Pak Malen| Jl. Sunset Road No.554, Seminyak| Call: +62 851-0045-2968
Well known to Bali regulars and residents, Warung Italia always comes to the rescue of those craving good, simple, comforting Italian food during their holiday. A good budget option, it is located in the center of Seminyak. Pizzas served in regular or huge family sizes, freshly-made pastas and delightful desserts, such as tiramisu and panna cotta await you. An inexpensive option for a grand Italian feast!
Warung Italia| Jl. Kunti I No.2, Seminyak| Call: +62 361 737437
In Taco Casa, as the name suggest, you’ll find all the Mexican staples here: tacos, quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas, fajitas and burritos.
The tortillas and taco shells are made from scratch and the salsas are homemade, containing no preservatives or MSG. Pair your food with a margarita, mojito or sangria for the perfect dining experience.
Taco Casa| Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak| Call +62 812 2422 2358
Also operating with a “touch screen” system (see Warung Kolega), Warung Murah serves MSG-free Indonesian and Chinese dishes at great prices. You’ll also find the locals favourite option, nasi campur, with a choice of white, yellow and red rice. Take a look at the different dishes on display and point out what you fancy. By the way, Murah means cheap in Indonesian, and the price says it too.
Warung Murah| Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Seminyak
As a popular western and Indonesian warung/restaurant, Warung Vika offers a cosy and friendly atmosphere with trendy music blending in with the sound of customers chatting away leisurely.
The owners, Tika and Vincent Ruiz showcase their love for Indonesian and French cuisine in a menu of western and Indonesian dishes that is both delicious yet satisfies all palates and appetites. Do not miss out on their beef rendang and or penne carbonara!
Never trust a skinny Chef, says Fat Tony. He’s a believer. Although in Legian, it is just a stone’s throw from central Seminyak. If you like burgers, and are tired of the usual franchises, you should try the homemade burgers at Fat Tony. The location is partially hidden, just by the corner before you make a turn on Patih Jelantik street. The reviews are great, the service is super-friendly and the burgers are made fresh on the spot. FYI: Fat Tony is not a fan of Monday (or, he is?), they are only open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Fat Tony| Jl. Sriwijaya, Legian, Kuta, Bali|Call : +62 857-9264-1911
(Images credit to TripAdvisor)