Warung Makan Bu Rus for legit Indonesian food in Ubud Bali
Google “best nasi campur in Ubud” and you’ll find numerous search results recommending Warung Makan Bu Rus. The warung, which refers to a family-owned business, is famous for their authentic Balinese food such as nasi goreng and satay, and boasts 4.6 stars with over 1,500 Google Reviews—a pretty impressive feat for a small eatery.
The unassuming Balinese eatery is housed behind a hidden entrance in a hidden backyard. Those who aren’t actively searching for the warung may easily walk past its elusive location, or mistake it for being just another roadside stall in Ubud.
Once you’ve walked past the warung’s entrance, you’ll find yourself in a lush garden with huts scattered throughout the compound. There’s a mix of outdoor and indoor seating options here, but we recommend the ones with ceiling fans as the warung can get rather humid, especially at night.
If you could only order one dish from their extensive menu, we highly recommend the Nasi Campur Ayam (IDR35K/~S$3.16), comprising a generous portion of local vegetables, egg, spicy tempeh, peanuts, a minced chicken skewer, and curry chicken. It’s also served with white rice.
The star of this dish is the house-made chilli, as it’s piquant with just a hint of sweetness that pairs well with the other savoury ingredients. Each spoonful tasted delicious, and I could easily discern the distinct taste of base genap—a local mix of Balinese spices that make up the base of nasi campur.
We also tried the Bebek Goreng (IDR75K/~S$6.77), another one of the warung’s popular offerings. The name of this dish translates to “fried duck”—it’s also known as Balinese crispy duck.
This duck was crispy indeed, and let out a satisfying ASMR crunch with each bite. It’s also served with rice, Indonesian chilli salsa, steamed vegetables seasoned with grated coconut, as well as sambal matal, a traditional raw sambal that’s made with shallots, lime, and coconut oil.
Another dish you shouldn’t skip is the Moringa Curry (IDR38K/~S$3.44). This was one of my personal favourites, featuring a bowl of curry soup filled to the brim with moringa leaves, tofu, and tempeh.
The moringa leaves tasted a little peppery, similar to arugula. As for the soup, it leaned towards the creamy side and had a tinge of sweetness from the coconut milk. It’s also served with white rice, in case the curry is too jelak to savour on its own.
While these dishes were more than enough to fill us up, we couldn’t help but order a serving of their Chicken Satay (IDR35K/~S$3.15) as we were tempted by the aroma of the freshly grilled skewers. The barbecued chicken satay came drenched in a heady peanut sauce and was served alongside local vegetables, spicy tempeh, and white rice.
The satay was one of the most tender ones I’ve ever had. It’s also chunkier than Singaporean satay and has a strong, smoky aroma with a hint of Indonesian spices.
For more good food in Ubud, read our Bali Ubud food guide. Else, check out our review of Abang Curry, a halal Japanese fusion eatery in the West with pineapple satay sauce.
Address: Jalan Suweta Nombor 9, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
Warung Makan Bu Rus is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Photos taken by Chew Yi En.
This was an independent visit by Eatbook.sg
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