Monday, January 09, 2006

Batan Waru Restaurant

Batan Waru is a small open air restaurant located on Jl. Kartika Chandra, just across the road from the Water Boom Park in Bali. They are famous for their local Indonesian dishes with a Balinese twist, and like all the other restaurants in Bali, they have a continental menu for the lass adventurous patrons. Jl. Kartika is a good alternative to Legian if you don’t want to go too far from Kuta but still want to get away from the congestion of Legian. There is a new mall on this street and numerous hotels are planted on the ocean facing front of this road .On the other side many restaurants and bars line the side walks.

For myself I ordered the Nasi Campur, which is a speciality at Batan Waru. This literally means mixed rice and it is white rice with an assortment of chicken, beef, pork sate, fish, and some vegetables. Bali is the only place where I have had pork sates and they are excellent. This is the ideal dish to order when you are too hung over to make a solid decision.

My mates ordered the Ayam Rica-Rica which is basically chicken cooked in a spicy red sauce. It was good to get some real spicy food after in the other restaurants that toned down their chilies for the Aussi pallet.

My less adventurous companion kept safe with the club sandwich roll and chicken Caesar salad, both of which were very tasty I might add.

Batan Waru is just 2 minutes walk away from the new mall and it is an ideal place to stop in for a quick bite while shopping, especially if you like local food. They have a full stocked bar that assists in nursing a hangover and they have daily specials on food and booze.

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