Update: Warung Kayu Api closed down in early 2016.
Warung Kayu Api is a great place to enjoy Balinese cuisine. It’s conveniently located along Sanur’s main Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, with breezy settings on two floors and open views onto the adjacent golf course. The restaurant is an easy find on drives southward from Ubud and northern Sanur. It is quite large with a street-side section that specialises in Bali’s popular roasted pig known as ‘babi guling’. From a wide parking space and up a few steps past a neat garden with lotus ponds, an intricately carved traditional wooden door leads you into the restaurant’s main dining hall.
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The street-side warung actually operates separately, serving as a one-stop diner and a great place to drop by, especially if you’re in for some succulent babi guling as well as Bali’s two other famous dishes: ayam and bebek betutu (slow-roasted aromatic chicken and duck with flesh so juicy, tender and deeply infused in spices that easily slip off the bone!). The simple but neat outlet is named Warung Babi Guling Surya, after Kayu Api’s founder and well-seasoned Balinese Chef Agung Surya. In front of wooden dining tables is a food counter typical to traditional food stalls where the orders are served from. Their mainly slow-cooked dishes are served at lunchtime only.
Warung Kayu Api’s main restaurant offers more of an international touch. Beside the main first-floor dining hall is an open kitchen where you can witness Chef’s Suryas’s culinary team busy in action. Fine teakwood furniture and red brick walls adorned with black-and-white photos that depict Bali’s performing arts and culture accentuates the refined Balinese dining atmosphere. Upstairs is a more airy layout with the best views overlooking the lush flowing greens of the Bali Beach Golf Course. Transparent meshes were setup to protect against rogue balls without sacrificing the view.
Kayu Api’s menu first opens to a drinks list with a great wine selection representing the world’s main producing regions, a top Louis Roederer sparkling brut and some local selections such as Bali’s own Hatten. There are also fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, smoothies and lassies, as well as a collection of coffees and exotic loose-leaf teas served by the pot – from Indonesia’s best black tea and golden leaf selections, to Chinese Oolong and full-flavoured Darjeeling. Freshly brewed Segafredo coffee or an avocado coffee with vanilla ice cream goes great with a slice of gateau from the cake display downstairs.
The main attractions lie in the eclectic selection of sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizzas and Mexican bites. From Kayu Api’s char grill are delicious pork spareribs, a variety of steaks and giant skewers of seafood, lamb or beef. Top on the skewer’s list is the marlin, scallops and salmon combo, served with baked potatoes, lemon sauce and veggie sides. The lamb and beef kofta comprises couscous and baladi salad. And if you’re still in for some Balinese delights, try one of the specialties such as the guling or betutu, or go for a twist with a jumbo seafood platter that is great for two, comprising breaded scallops and calamari, prawns and fish fillet dipped in batter and served with French fries, tartar sauce, lime aioli and spicy honey mustard.
Warung Kayu Api
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 09:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 95, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 285 984