A warung is an Indonesian style food-stall, usually on the side of the road, where the local people drink their coffee and have a little sweet snack, and gossip about the day-to-day life in the village. Made’s warung was a little roadside stall like that in the sixties. Run by her grandma, her mother, and assisted by the daughters, catering to the villagers in Kuta, which was still a sleepy fishing village.
In the late sixties and early seventies the first travelers, tourists, hippies, surfers, or whatever name people gave to foreign holidaymakers, came to Bali, and life in rustic Kuta beach started to change. People wanted a little more than un-filtered coffee, rice cake, fried rice, and rice desserts.
Made, the oldest daughter in the family, started to help out after school work was done, and slowly changed the Balinese warung into a more suitable eating place for foreigners, without changing the concept and the structure of a warung.
The environment of the warung was fine and foreign guests from abroad as well as guests from other Indonesian islands were very happy chatting and hanging out at the warung, the only change needed was a bit more variety in the menu.
Surfers introduced Jaffles, an Australian type grilled sandwich. other people asked for fruit salads, then came pancakes (still a best seller), and western-style breakfasts. Japanese people asked and showed made how to make sushi and sashimi. made adapted quickly and so the menu grew and became truly international, from gado2 to sushi Made’s warung became a must in Bali for the local Jakarta crowd and the foreign guests, a hang out were people wanted to see and be seen. renovating the old warung in kuta about 4 times brought made into the nineties and time was right to start thinking about a more spacious place, as kuta grew out of its own coat. Seminyak was the place were the next generation Made’s warung was going to be build.
The concept of people eating together in an environment that was informal, friendly and in line with the Indonesian warung philosophy was to be kept. in a warung complete strangers sit together at a table and eat, drink and talk together. a table for 1 or 2 does not exist, everybody joins each other. new contacts are being made. we decided stick to the warung concept, by now the word warung in Indonesia was widely accepted, in the 70‘ties, when people asked what business you where into and you told them that you had a warung people would look at you and say “ you mean a restaurant, right”. now even multinationals such as telkom use the word warung, as in wartel and others.
In mid 1995 the new restaurant was under construction and mid 1996 the opening was a fact. From day one the new Made’s was a success and in 1997 it was awarded the best restaurant of Bali by the governor, through the branch of the tourism board of Bali. In 2010 we had the opportunity to expand the warung again and rebuild and integrated the new section with some additional shops and an area where we now have Balinese dance performances as well as some live music. There is a beautiful bar in the middle inspired by the raffles bar in Singapore serving old favorites like our now famous arak madu. shops such as bin house, milo’s, just jen’s, emax, lotus de vivre, periplus, fast internet facilities and many smaller boutiques are now part of the warung village, of course we hope to continue to please all of our loyal friends and customers with our home-style cooking and service for a long time to come, as the next generation is ready to continue the tradition. We hope to give you all a very pleasant and memorable night in Bali at Made’s and we wish you all a very pleasant holiday/conference on the island of the gods.
In 2015 we started the next phase of the Made’s warung story, in Benoa we opened the third Made’s warung at the wakeboard park. This venue has been developed with a dual function in mind. This warung will serve the guests at the wakeboard park, but the kitchen will also de used as the prep-kitchen for the airport outlets, both international and domestic, as the access to the airport from the wakeboard park near benoa is only a 10 minute drive.
At the Ngurah Rai Airport we will use a similar concept as all our other Made’s warung outlets, but adjusted to airport needs. guests at the airport will have less time, so service will be quicker and the menu will be smaller. We have choosen our most popular dishes for the airport facilities, such as our famous nasi goreng, mie goreng, sambals, nasi campur, brownies. We will also facilitate take out (bungkus) for guests who would like to bring their favorite dish on their flight.
We are all very excited for the next step in our development together with the Ngurah Rai Airport.