I read that their barbecued pork ribs was really good. And I wondered how true could that be? An Indonesian warung (that is, a restaurant) specializing in local Balinese food could somehow create the best pork ribs?
Needless to say, we have to try this. So, during our itinerary planning before our vacation, we mentioned Warung Nia to our private tour guide. At first, it seemed he have not heard of this eating place.
When it was time to have our dinner here, the private driver began our journey here. For a while, we were a little worried that he did not know how to get here. But our concerns were unfounded.
As always, our trusty private tour guide and driver knew where Warung Nia was. And we reached there in a very short time.
Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali – The Overview & Rankings
Name: Warung Nia
Cuisine: Indonesian, Asian Fusion, Western, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Dining Choices: Dine In, Full Bar Available, Indoor and Outdoor Seating, Take Away, Takes Reservations (highly recommended, especially during peak seasons)
Family Friendly: Yes
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali Review
Warung Nia serves one of the Best BBQ Pork Ribs in Bali, Indonesia. The fine restaurant also offers delicious and tasty authentic Balinese cuisine, e.g. sate. You must get here and experience the food and great service.
Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali – The Video
Warm welcome sung by friendly staff. Local Balinese cuisine with western food influence. Warung Nia food and setting was enchanting. See the location, how to identify Warung Nia, the hot and exciting barbecue kitchen, the refreshing drinks and, of course, the delicious Balinese food. Local and charming. Watch the video now.
What is Warung Nia All About?
As we walked into Kayu Aya Village, we saw there were many tables in a large open area. And there were many warungs along the side of this square. It was a little disorienting and confusing.
This was because we expected an entire space that is Warung Nia. After looking around, we realized that Warung Nia is one of the restaurants in this village. We walked a little further into the square, and found Warung Nia.
When we reached Warung Nia, we were greeted with a welcome song sung by the staff. It was very unique and awesome! It was sung in Balinese and English. Watch the video above to hear them singing their welcome song.
Another interesting fact about Warung Nia is that it is a little well known on the Internet, and yet not quite famous. It can still be considered a hidden gem in the heart of Seminyak.
As we looked around, we were deciding whether to dine indoors or outdoors. The weather was quite lovely, with a cool breeze. As such, we decided to dine outdoors.
Travel Tip: I highly recommend calling ahead to make a reservation. During peak season, the restaurant can get quite full quickly. Book a table to avoid any disappointment.
How is the Food at Warung Nia?
The warm and friendly staff showed us our table. After we ordered the food, I decided to explore the place a little. And I noticed a brilliant blue light on the right of the Warung Nia sign board.
The Barbecue Kitchen at Warung Nia
I walked closer, and discovered that it was the kitchen where they barbecued the pork ribs and sate (meat chunks skewered on sticks, seasoned with local flavorsome spices). Watch the video above to see the chef in action.
I managed to catch the chef just finished barbecuing sate. See the image below. They look so yummy, right? I could smell the lovely fragrance of the spices mingled with the meat. Could not wait to get my share of sate.
What Did We Drink at Warung Nia?
I returned to our table, and the drinks we ordered were served. They looked so colorful!
Besides the vibrant color, I liked that the drinks were also healthy. The Mango Crush had high levels of vitamin C, and rejuvenates the skin. Great drink to have after a day in the sun.
The Virgin Colada helped with stomach and blood circulation. I liked that as I believed it would help my tired body. Plus, the drinks were really refreshing and great tasting. They perfectly soothed our parched throats on that hot and humid day.
What Meal Did We Order at Warung Nia?
It was very relaxing and enjoyable to sit and enjoy the sweet drinks while we waited for our meal to arrive. And soon enough, it did. We ordered the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B.
We knew Warung Nia’s barbecued pork ribs was popular. And many reviews on the Internet praised how good tasting it was. But we also loved sate. So, with our kind waiter’s patience and advice, we decided to go with the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B. It had both, and few more delicious dishes.
How Was The Barbecue Pork Ribs at Warung Nia?
After we took a bite at the ribs, we realized that we should have ordered the entire rack of pork ribs. It was truly excellent!
But we already have so much food on the table. So, with regrets, we decided to have the whole rack of ribs another day.
There were two small portions of the pork ribs, and we were still happy and grateful that we had the chance to taste it. It was so tender. And each bite was filled with so much flavor from the spice and condiments.
Travel Tip: The barbecue pork ribs are the best! When in Bali, you must try this at Warung Nia.
How Was The Sate at Warung Nia?
We tried sate at other warungs. And we wanted to find out if the sate at Warung Nia was any better. We are happy to report that it was.
It looked like Warung Nia is excellent with barbecue food. While the pork ribs excelled and was still the best dish in the house, the sate came a close second.
The sate were also very piquant. The meat was soft, tender and succulent. The taste was delightful and authentic Balinese style.
Travel Tip: If you are looking for authentic and great tasting sate, then you must get it at Warung Nia.
Besides pork ribs and sate, the Balinese Rijsttafel set meal included local and authentic Balinese dishes that are just as appetizing. Each of the dishes is described in the next section below.
How to Order the Food and Drinks?
It was easy to order the food and drinks at Warung Nia. We were shown our table. The waiter brought the menu to us. We looked through the menu, and asked the waiter for suggestions. After consideration, we ordered our food and drinks.
What Was Included In the Balinese Rijsttafel Set Meal at Warung Nia?
The menu at Warung Nia was easy to read. They even had photos to show you what you would be getting. Here was how the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B was shown on their menu.
The Balinese Rijsttafel Set B meal included:
- the sate mix (chicken and pork)
- 200 grams of grilled pork ribs
- chicken curry
- pork in sweet soya sauce
- green papaya salad with chicken
- mix vegetables with peanut dressing
- shredded chicken with shallot and lemongrass dressing
- peanut sauce, and
- steam and yellow rice.
As you can see, the meal consisted of mostly local and authentic Balinese dishes. They were all really palatable.
Travel Tip: Going to Warung Nia for the first time? I highly recommend the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B.
What Other Choices of Food and Set Meals Were at Warung Nia?
In case you do not want the Balinese Rijsttafel Set B, take your time to browse through the menu. They have a lot of choices.
If you like sate a lot, maybe go for the sate set meal?
The next time we visit Warung Nia, we plan to order the sate set meal, and the full rack of the pork ribs.
And here is a sample of the drinks on their menu. There are many more drink choices, too.
What Else Does Warung Nia Offer?
It seems cooking classes that teach people how to create local Balinese food is very popular. And Warung Nia is one of the places that offer such classes. Given that Warung Nia produces such great tasting food, I think it is safe to say that their cooking classes will surely be valuable.
Conducted at Warung Nia, students can learn the secrets of traditional Balinese cuisine. And cook authentic and local dishes. The teacher is one of their local chefs who has years of experience.
Travel Tip: Add variety to your vacation. Join a cooking class and bring home skills to cook authentic Balinese cuisine.
Warung Nia – Best Pork Ribs in Bali – Asia Travel Gems Final Word
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
Considering all these points, you really get great value at Warung Nia.
In addition, I like the quiet dining experience here. Although outdoors, the dining space is actually tucked away from the main roads. You can enjoy a peaceful evening, dining and catching up with your friends and family.
I highly recommend having dinner here at least once during your holiday in Bali, Indonesia.
Where is Warung Nia?
Some people have mentioned on the Internet that Warung Nia can be quite difficult to find. And after going there, I can understand why.
Warung Nia is located at the center of Seminyak. But it is not along any main road. It is tucked away in the Kayu Aya Village. So, if you are finding the place on your own, you need to look out for a small sign. Then walk a short distance to the village.
When inside the square, continue to walk past a few warungs, and you will find Warung Nia.
Alternatively, travel like me. I hired an awesome private driver and tour guide. All I needed to do was to give him the address, and he drove my friend and I to Warung Nia.
Kayu Aya Square, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays), 9 am to 11 pm
Telephone: +62 819 4333 9991 (as shown on Facebook). I have discovered a few other phone numbers on other sites. Try these if the Facebook number cannot be reached – +62 812 8877 4369 or Whatsapp – +62 877 6155 6688
Travel Tip: Highly recommend to book a table, especially during peak season
How to Get to Warung Nia?
Nope. No train to Warung Nia. In fact, no train in Bali.
From what I have seen, it is better to take the taxi or get a private driver.
You are going to Warung Nia to enjoy a meal. Don’t walk. It is too far, and you will end up drinking more than eating. Perhaps be so exhausted that you are unable to enjoy the pretty paddy field view. Take the taxi or get a private driver.
You can take the taxi or Grab to Warung Nia. For more information about getting about an Indonesian city, read my article about Indonesia.
Looks tempting because it is a cheap way to get around. But be careful. Wear a helmet. We did not choose this after reading about the accidents that killed many locals and tourists who rode scooters or motorcycles.
Private Driver and Tour Guide
I do find the best way to get around Bali is to hire a driver who is also a tour guide. There are so many fascinating and interesting places to visit in Bali. And it can be quite a lot of work to organize the ideal itinerary to see as many of these attractions as possible within the limited days of your vacation.
*Travel Tip: Make your vacation stress free. Get a tour guide. It is also cost efficient.
Kadek helped us to plan the ideal itinerary. He clustered the places of interests that were in the same districts so that we do not rush from one end of Bali to another. Plus, he arranged the schedule as we desired – light and lots of time to immerse into each location.
*Travel Tip: Visiting Bali and need a reliable, trustworthy and excellent tour guide? Kadek and his team can make your vacation a truly enjoyable one. Write a comment below, and I will connect you to him.
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