Going To Bali, Indonesia?  In this installment of our Bali Travel Guide Series, we review our Balinese lunch at Ketupat Restaurant.

Ketupat Restaurant Balinese Lunch

One of the downside of hiring a private local guide is that they tend to want to bring you to restaurants that they have an existing arrangement with, to earn a commission on top of their sight-seeing fees.

If you are not one who plan the trip down to its very last detail, this hands-off arrangement could work very well for you.   For us, however, we were a bit disappointed when our guide tried to give excuses not to bring us to the eating places that we had planned for. And so, it was with politeness that we had to forgo our original food plan and were instead brought to Ketupat Restaurant for lunch.

The restaurant was made up of an intricately designed Balinese interior (non air-conditioned, oh gosh!) and an outdoor dining area.

Although it was lunch time, the restaurant had absolutely no guests at all, so we had our pick of an outdoor sitting beside the pool.

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Our lunch of Pineapple rice (IDR55,000) and Satay (IDR72,000) freshly baked on a mini barbeque pot.  There was nothing special about the pineapple rice, but the satay was fantastic! Best satay ever!

We ordered a glass of orange juice (IDR33,000) to share- which was quite refreshing considering the hot weather in Bali.

The total bill came up to about IDR184,000 including taxes (which works out to be around SGD $20) for 2 main course and 1 orange juice.   We later found out that restaurants such as this normally had 2 menus – one for tourists and one for their locals, so I am not surprised if we were grossly overcharged for this meal, with our private guide getting a fair share of the cut.

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Ketupat Restaurant Final Review

All in all, it was not a bad meal, but we would have still preferred the famous street food that we planned for.

Restaurant Details

Ketupat Restaurant
Jalan Dewi Sri
Kuta Bali 80361

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Join us next as we travel to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.

First published 25 Dec 2014
Last updated 30 Dec 2018

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