Lawar is a Balinese dish created from a mixture of vegetables, grated coconut, and minced meat. This mixture is then seasoned with Balinese herbs and spices. Each region in Bali has a different way to prepare lawar, some even use raw blood.
Lawar might use chicken, pork, beef, or duck. In some places, young and unripe jackfruit is used instead of meat. Lawar is often served with rice, sambal matah, sate lilit, and roasted pig. Here are the best places to enjoy the original taste of lawar in Denpasar.
Just as the name suggests, the main menu here is lamb lawar. Located on the southeastern part of Denpasar, this small restaurant offers a delicious yet affordable genuine lawar. The price of a lawar portion in this restaurant is more or less IDR20000.
If you are exploring the east coast of Denpasar, then you have to try eating here. The address is at Jl. Gn. Sari, Sanur Kauh, South Denpasar, Denpasar City.
Lawar Bali Kartika
This is a popular lawar restaurant in the eastern coast of Denpasar City. Located on the side of the main road, this is a go-to place for tourists who are exploring Padang Galak or Matahari Terbit Beach. Opens at 08.00 am, this place is great for breakfast to start your day.
The price range is about IDR20000 per portion. The address is at Jalan Bypass I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Kesiman, East Denpasar, Denpasar City.
Warung Lawar Kodi
This the place to visit if you are in Sanur. The food here is legendary, mainly serving chicken and pork lawar. Unlike many other lawar places, Kodi opens in the afternoon and can become quite crowded at 19.00 or so. The price is a little bit more expensive than other places. The address is at Gg. Harum Jl. Sekuta No.10, Sanur, South Denpasar, Denpasar City.
Nasi Lawar Nang Etonk
This is an unusual restaurant for lawar lovers. It doesn’t only serve traditional meat lawar, but also octopus one. The place is not big but it is comfy, located at the center of the city. It has a rustic look but the taste is original.
Opens at 10.00 am, this place is one of the best affordable restaurants you can find in Denpasar. The price for a portion of lawar is IDR20000. The address is at Jl. Pulau Batam II, Dauh Puri Kauh, West Denpasar, Denpasar City.
Lawar Kuwir Pan Sinar
This restaurant can be a bit hard to find since it is located in a small alley of a common residential neighborhood. However, once you find it and eat there, you would want to come back for more. Lawar kuwir here is simply delectable despite the place looks somewhat ordinary.
For about IDR20000, you can enjoy the authentic taste of lawar kuwir. The restaurant is located at Jl. Kroya Gang Cempaka No. 1, Kesiman, Sumerta Kelod, East Denpasar, Denpasar City.
Lawar is definitely a must-try food if you visit Bali. Most of lawar you can find in traditional restaurants are usually affordable, with prices ranging in the IDR20000 region or USD1.5.