Bali Day 1 – Bali Sorgawi Hotel & Made’s Warung in KutaOctober 15, 2009 | 13,614 views
Had enough of the food posts? Longing for some food and adventures out of Malaysia? Like the Bangkok story in July, the Hanoi escape way back in February? Or even missing my incessant ramblings last year when I sweated it out with thousands of others in Macau and Hong Kong? (note to self – DON’T EVER CHOOSE TO TRAVEL IN THE HOT SUN AGAIN!!!!)
Then HEY!!!! You’re in luck !!!! (Or not, depends on how eager or bored you are). For J2Kfm had just returned from Bali two days ago, and my engines are back in roaring form now,
with words pouring out like curses/swear words in the elections/emergency GM.
“Eh, we’d better sell these tickets off or our arses would be fired like rockets on steroids! …. what you mean they’re FREE?!!”
Where do I start now? Hmm ….. we booked these tickets since November of 2008. Yup, almost a year ago. So imagine the initial euphoria, then the slowly-fading interest, then reignited anticipation a few months before, followed by the looming threats of terrorists, natural disasters, and of course, the infamous pandemic.
With mixed feelings, and half-prepared, we were off on a journey to the island of Bali, Indonesia ………
Colourful decorations/murals on the plane, the officially FIRST sunset before we even reached Bali, and the jumping lights of Denpasar
Back then, Air Asia was heavily slashing off the prices for their flights, with no fuel surcharge. For a two-ways journey, my all-inclusive ticket was priced at only RM80. Yup, only one ZERO. Which gave us confidence to book so many tickets a year in advance, for RM80 will not even get me to Singapore and back, and by bus at that.
Usually, we travelled by bus from Ipoh to LCCT (Air Asia’s airport), either by Plusliner, Yoyo, or Star Shuttle. Prices ranging from RM30 (for Plusliner) to RM43 (for Yoyo). But this time around, to shave off extra expenses, we decided to go against the grain and instead bought some KTM train tickets for RM12 per person, and maximize the savings by booking the new KLIA Transit to LCCT. The train will stop at Salak Tinggi station, then you’ll be transported to LCCT in a feeder bus. From KL Sentral, the fee per person is RM12.50, including the fare for the feeder bus. But back in the month of September 2009, given the newly added route, KLIA transit was holding a promo fare of RM0 (yup, ZERO fare) but you’ve to book online before embarking. So there. Another RM12.50 saved. A meal in Bali, perhaps? 😉
Bali Sorgawi Hotel in Kuta, Bali
The flight from KL to Bali took us 3 hours. But given the cramped leg space, and lack of entertainment, it felt like half a day. Ahem. No complaints, for we paid peas, so we’re getting what we paid for. An interesting note though, there was NO ONE wearing a face mask, compared to 3 months ago, when we were aboard the plane to Bangkok. Almost more than half of the passengers were decking one each! (including us, but it was indeed funny to be stuffing Nasi Lemak and Foccacia into one’s mouth with a mask shielding the orifice!)
We had booked our hotel rooms in Kuta a few months before departure. Bali Sorgawi Hotel was our choice. A room for two cost IDR300,000 (rupiah), or based on the exchange rate then of RM3.65 = 10,000 rupiah, it came to about RM109.50 or about USD30 per room per night. A triple room on the other hand, consisted of an additional bed for extra USD5. If paying by rupiah, the room was priced at IDR350,000, or RM127.75.
Bali Sorgawi provides free transportation from airport to hotel on arrival, but charges USD7/IDR70,000/RM26 per van on the way back to the airport on our last day.
Not the most spacious room around, but with basic amenities and then some, Bali Sorgawi DOES offer a peace of mind in the bustling town of Kuta
Barely enough space for our luggages (just pray you’re not lugging around your dog, your treasures and whatnots from your home country), the rooms at Bali Sorgawi are indeed a little cramped. But comfortable, nonetheless. With clean bathrooms ( hot shower and clean towels), air-conditioned, and cable channels to appease the couch potatoes in us.
The power/electrical sockets came fitted with adapters, for two-pin plugs. But an international adapter (easily available at your hardware stores, or departmental stores) would do the trick just fine.
And throughout our trip to Bali, we bought drinking water/mineral water from Circle K convenience stores (akin to our 7-11), and refrained from boiling our own. Not to pass judgment on the cleanliness of the water, but the water in Bali (Kuta’s especially) did reek of a very strong chlorine taste. But moreso because we could not find any free time to boil our own, even with an electrical water heater provided in our room.
The bustling crowd at Made’s Warung in Kuta
One of the most popular ‘Warung’ (they commonly refer to Indonesian/Balinese type of cafes as Warung, and not necessarily depicts the hawker stall-like appearance of the eatery) in Kuta is Made’s Warung on Jalan Pantai Kuta. They also have a branch over in Seminyak, Kuta.
Purportedly started way back in 1969 (40 years ago!) as a small stall on the roadside, Made’s Warung has since flourished into a fully-functional, almost round the clock restaurant serving tourists and expats, more than the locals. Which brings us to an inevitable conclusion.
Yes folks. Commercialization breeds inflation. With fame come fortune.
Less than stellar beverages, the Jus Apulkat/Avocado Juice was a little thick and green-ish/raw in taste.
The place was packed as expected, although it was nearly 9pm. Yup, to walk all the way from Bali Sorgawi Hotel to Made’s Warung took us approximately half an hour!!!!! And some of us were already famished from the day’s journey. To imagine a 3 hours train ride then a 35 minutes transit train, followed by 15 minutes of bus ride, then 3 hours of flight. We could not feel our butts, literally.
1/2 Nasi Campur 1/2 Gado-Gado (IDR35,000 / RM12.80 / USD 3.65)
Nasi Goreng Special (IDR43,000 / RM 15.70 / USD 4.50)
Nasi Goreng Seafood (IDR 40,000 / RM14.60 / USD 4.20)
1/2 Roast Chicken (IDR55,000 / RM 20 / USD5.74)
Truthfully, the meal was nothing memorable. The fried rice was overpriced, and not justified by the ingredients provided. Though the portion’s more than enough for one. The Special Nasi Goreng came with a few skewers of satay (grilled meat), while the seafood version came with some shrimps. An overwhelming pepper-ish nuance marred the taste of the fried rice. Thankfully, the small bottles of Indofood’s Sambal Pedas sauce (which I bought some home later in the trip) saved the day, lending a much-needed kick to the otherwise lacklustre fried rice.
The Nasi Campur + Gado-Gado (mixed rice with Indonesian style salad) fared much better, a myriad of spicy, sour, crunchy and savoury balanced well with the side serving of Gado-gado, an Indonesian style salad served with peanut sauce. The crispy tempe and salted fish completed the ensemble, which can be best explained as …. ROJAK. =)
Surprisingly, although the local delights are priced rather exorbitantly, with fried rice in the realms of RM10+, the Western choices such as grilled fish, roasted chicken, pasta etc were priced rather reasonably. The half roasted chicken came in incredibly large portion, and begged to be shared. A little dry without any sauce, but once again, the Sambal Pedas saved the day! The roasted baby potatoes were classic though.
The meal came to IDR465,000 / RM170 / USD 48 for the 8 of us. Not the cheapest option around, but given the almost legendary status of the Warung, a visit to Made’s Warung may be compulsory after all, if one’s in Bali. Go google search for any map of Kuta, and guaranteed more than half of them have Warung Made’s location printed.
Kuta – The town that never sleeps in Bali?
Jalan Legian is the long, happening road of Kuta. Probably the busiest street in Bali, even. Lined with clubs, discos, cafes, hotels, convenience stores, retail outlets, etc. And with the beach parallel to Jalan Legian, within minutes away, it’s incredibly hard not to see why this place is so famous with the foreigners.
The Kuta 2002 Bombing Memorial – A hauntingly real experience
And a stroll along Jalan Legian is never complete, if one does not stop over and reflect on the tragedy that was, in 2002. The Kuta Memorial was built in 2004, two years after the incident at the former Paddy’s Pub which was destroyed. There’s a large marble plaque with the names of the 202 who had died in the frightening incident 7 years ago. And we were standing there, 5 days before the 7 years of anniversary. Surreal.
Addresses & Contacts :
- Bali Sorgawi Hotel
Jalan Legian Kelod,
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Phone/Fax : +62 (0361) 755 266
E-mail : [email protected]
- Made’s Warung
Br. Pande Mas,
Jalan Pantai Kuta,
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Phone : (0361) 755297
to be continued ……………………