|Clockwise from top left: interiors, Vietnamese spring rolls, Nasi Goreng, Beef and chicken satay|
Kafe Batan Waru is an upscale warung with wooden tables and chairs, ceiling fans and an outdoor terrace. Their menu is extensive and has a mix of both Indonesian specialties and continental cuisine. I decided to stick to their Indonesian dishes and ordered the Vietnamese spring rolls for my daughter, nasi goreng for the nanny and a mixed sate sapi (beef satay) and sate ayam (chicken satay) for myself.
The Vietnamese spring rolls were really just tiny lumpia and not the nems that I expected although it came with the usual mint and lettuce leaves to wrap them in. The nasi goreng of wok-fried rice with chicken and shrimp came with the usual fried egg, acar (pickled vegetables) and prawn crackers. It was good but could have done with a bit more spice to it. My chicken and beef satay was the best out of the three dishes - charcoal grilled tender chunks of beef and chicken served with a sweet peanut sauce. Usually served with lontong (sticky rice cakes), I asked for some nasi putih steamed white rice instead. All in all, the food was fine and a good place to try some Indonesian cuisine while in Bali.
Jalan Kartika Plaza (across Waterbom)
Tel: +62 361 766 303
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to midnight