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Published July 14th 2018
Authentic Balinese food in a traditional setting
As the tourist sprawl heads further up the west coast of Bali, it's dead easy to find a hipster Cafe with Kombucha tea, Dragon Juice and Poke Bowls on the menu. Don't get me wrong, I love all manner of fresh, healthy food and I have had my fair share of Poke Bowls and the like.
I have a strong belief, however, that food tastes best in its cultural home using locally sourced ingredients. It's becoming more of a challenge currently to find Balinese cuisine in the areas favoured by tourists but there is a very good opportunity to do so in the Canggu region at Perenenan.
Warung Yess, on Jalan Pantai Perenenan, is a family owned and managed restaurant worth visiting at any time of the day. Breakfast is available from around 10am, with lunch, dinner, coffee, cakes and snacks available till 10pm, Monday till Saturday.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner in Bali
You can sit inside at Warung Yess, but I recommend choosing a table in the garden; a tranquil sanctuary featuring small ponds and fountains amongst the lush greenery.
If you know what a traditional Balinese compound looks like, you'll recognise it here; small buildings with decorated rooflines, carved stone reliefs and carved wooden doors. The obligatory display of the Pancasila (official Indonesian national philosophy), along with photos of the President and Vice-President is also here.
There are offerings to the Gods everywhere, of course, with aromatic incense ensuring an atmosphere of Hindu Bali goodfulness.
Tranquil garden setting at Warung Yess
Once I found Warung Yess, I enthusiastically set about working my way through the menu. Starting with the breakfast sets. The menu offers eggs in various styles, with juice, coffee and a fruit platter from Rp75.000. Or the egg option can be replaced with a banana pancake, and a drizzle local honey, for Rp55.000.
My choice of banana pancake was fluffy, light and sweet with a small jug of honey on the side. I always drink Balinese coffee when in Bali but I'm assured the western styles from the espresso machine are also good.
My favourite thing for lunch at Warung Yess has been the nasi campur; rice with a selection (you get to do the selection yourself) of tasty 'lauk pauk' (side dishes). There's always Lots to choose from. Four side dishes with rice will cost you Rp40.000.
I went all out for dinner recently with an entree of 'lumpia', traditionally a fried spring-roll but this version was more like a Vietnamese cold roll; a soft, paper thin wrapper with crunchy raw salad veggies inside. Delightful.