Bali is quite well-known with their rice dishes, nasi campur. It’s a rice served with some Balinese style veggies, lawar, peanut, sambal matah and pork/chicken/fish dishes. While suckling pig is one famous dish for pork, ayam betutu is made from chicken. To put it on quite details, ayam betutu is basically a chicken dish with Balinese seasoned; such as shallots, lemon grass, ginger, garlic, chilli, tamarind, nutmeg, cumin, and many more. Mixed the spices and stuff it inside the chicken, then wrapped with banana leaf and grilled until it’s fully cooked.
There’s one place that I frequently come for their plate of nasi ayam betutu nearby, and I always think they have the best ayam betutu in Bali.
Warung Liku, it is.
Located in Jalan Nakula on the north from the Sunset Road intersection in Kuta/Seminyak area, they serve their food only for breakfast and lunch. They usually open around 8/9, and finished everything by the lunch time. They are really well-known as a lunch place for office workers nearby.
There is some parking spot, but quite small for cars. If you’re not lucky enough, then you should look for some spot at the side way. The place itself is just like any other warung, not spacious, but consist with couple of tables and plastic chairs. At the lunch time, it will be packed and you must be willing to share your table with anybody else.
And as for the food, the ayam betutu is served with rice, steamed long beans with Balinese sauce, peanuts, boiled egg, and sambal matah. It’s full of flavor and incredibly moist. You can taste the richness of herbs they use, but it’s not too spicy. The spiciness is quite moderate, so anybody could enjoy it nevertheless.
Their sambal matah also works that way, you can enjoy the freshness without being overwhelmed hot.
Me personally, think this is the best betutu I ever tasted. Despite its richness of flavor, you can feel it just right on your mouth. Also, for the price-wise, it’s only Rp 12.000,- per plate. So cheap and so good.
I put this Warung Liku on my frequent eating-out list, for sure
Well, if you are happen to be around Kuta or Seminyak area and you want to indulge yourself with some local food such as ayam betutu, you might want to pay a visit to this place.