Indonesian office workers and foreign residents along Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, who seek delicious, authentic home cooking from the islands are flocking to Warung Sulawesi. This relaxed, charming cafe has established itself as the premiere choice for makanan asli in the booming tourist area. It was created by Bonita, Seminyak’s legendary restaurateur and real estate broker, to bring a taste of his native island to Bali. Set in a delightful garden with ornamental trees, flowering shrubs, and a profusion of blooming orchids, the warung is located just off the main road, for a clean, quiet atmosphere in the heart of busy Petitenget.
The cooking here is absolutely authentic, with an emphasis on spicy Sulawesi cuisine: grilled ikan merah, nuggets of chicken rica-rica, squid in a savoury sauce tinted with its own ink are served daily, along with other Indonesian classics from Padang and Java. The beef rendang, tender and rich with coconut milk, is the best in Bali. A wide choice of sambals is always available, and there are also many meat and vegetarian dishes that are not cooked with chilis, for those with tender palates.
The warung has a great selection of fresh juices and soft drinks. The warung is busy at lunchtime, and in the afternoon many customers come for a tea break to sample the delicious array of traditional Bugis cakes and jellies. For home cooking at a reasonable price, served in a lovely garden, there is no better choice than Warung Sulawesi. Nice private dining rooms are available for those who want to linger over lunch or conduct an informal business meeting; the warung also does a brisk carry-out trade.