Made’s Warung Ubud

Image of sign pointing to Made's Warung restaurant

Mades Warung Ubud:

  • Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce + Nasi Campur
  • Price: 17.5k + 31.5k (+ 10% tax)
  • Score: 6/10
  • January 31st, 2017

Mades Warung is a vegetarian friendly restaurant in Penestanan. The menu is mostly traditional Indonesian rice dishes, Pan-Asian dishes, noodle dishes, soups, stir frys and curries. There’s also a breakfast menu with eggs, pancakes and jaffles. The veggie menu is extensive and the prices are really reasonable.

Food

As a starter I had vegetarian spring rolls with peanut sauce.

Image of 3 spring rolls with a bowl of peanut sauce
Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Peanut Sauce

The spring rolls were deep fried and pretty greasy. The filling was okay; mostly beansprouts with a few other veggies in there. The peanut sauce was incredible though. Again, it was pretty heavy but very tasty. If you’re looking for heavy, comfort food, this is it!

I’ve been meaning to try the traditional dish, Nasi Campur for a while, but I wanted to do so in a local restaurant as opposed to a touristy place. So here I ordered the vegetarian Nasi Campur.

Image of rice, tempeh, tofu, peanut sauce, veggies, nasi campur dish
Nasi Campur: Tempeh skewers in peanut sauce, tempeh/tofu stirfry, veggies, peanuts and crackers.  (*NOTE: Those crackers might not shrimpy!)

Nasi Campur is a simply a plate of rice, with a number of options around the edge. In some places you can select your options, but here I think it’s simply what they have to hand that day. It usually includes tofu, tempeh and veggies.

As you can see in the photo, they gave me prawn crackers, which shouldn’t be part of the veggie nasi campur. There’s also a few tempeh skewers covered in peanut sauce. Again, the peanut sauce is pretty amazing, and I was impressed with the amount of tempeh on the plate. There was more tempeh in the veggie stir fry at the top left, and bottom right.

Veggies on the top right were really tasty. It was a simple mix of bean sprouts, water spinach and some other greens.

Atmosphere

The seating inside the restaurant is outdoors and feels very romantic. There are a few separate seating areas, so it can feel very private.

Image of table and chairs at made's warung
Restaurant seating at Made’s Warung

Overall, the dish was both tasty and filling. And at just 31,500 rph I was excited to visit again.

Unfortunately, there was a problem when it came to paying the bill. My friend’s mum accidentally paid with 100,000 rph notes, instead of 10,000 notes, and the staff took advantage of this mistake. Instead of paying 32000 for her meal, she paid 332,000.

Luckily I noticed, and went back to speak to the owner who had charged her. She feigned confusion but gave the money back without challenge.

If it wasn’t for this incident, Made’s Warung would have rated a lot higher, but clearly this dishonesty is off putting.

From what I have seen and experienced, short changing is a common practice here in Ubud. It’s happened to my friend many times as I’ve been with her, in all sorts of different places, from the laundry service to Starbucks. Make sure you always check your change.

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