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Murni’s Warung Food Photos

Here are some of Murni’s Warung Food Photos.

warung-4Daniel’s Italian mother’s hearty, nutritious Minestrone Soup.

One of our favourite soups at Murni’s Warung . The secret is to give the broth character without overwhelming the other ingredients.

Murni's Warung Food PhotosSpring Rolls.

Who doesn’t love a perfectly crispy spring roll? Called lumpia in Bali. Spring rolls have been a popular snack in Asia for centuries.  They originated in China and were eaten at spring time. They started as a pancake filled with the new season’s spring vegetables.

Murni's Warung Food PhotosOriginal Upper Elk Valley Cheeseburger.

One of our original dishes from 1974. The Cheeseburger was invented in 1920 in Pasadena, California, an amazing 20 years after the hamburger. Lionel Sternberger (no pun intended), a cook at his father’s sandwich shop, ‘The Rite Spot’, decided to place a slab of cheese on top of a hamburger, inventing one of the world’s most loved dishes.

Murni's Warung Food PhotosClub Sandwich.

Several places claim to be the creator of this classic layered sandwich. The famous Saratoga Club House in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1894 as well as the Union Club of New York City, take credit for creating the club sandwich, short for clubhouse. The latest theory is that  ‘club’ is  an acronym for ‘chicken lettuce under bacon’.

Murni’s Warung Food PhotosFishburger

Fishburger – burger of the seas.


Cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce. The Ancient Greeks were serving small cheesecakes to the athletes during the first Olympic Games on the Island of Delos in 776 BC and the Romans were giving them as offerings to the gods.

black rice pudding-5Balinese Black Rice Pudding.

Most visitors to Bali fall in love with the wonderful nutty flavour of Balinese Black Rice Pudding,  with rich coconut cream. It’s actually a deep purple colour and is called bubur injin. It can be  served at breakfast or as a dessert.

Murni’s Warung Food Photos

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The 50 best restaurants in UbudSo take a break from the temples, the boutique shopping and the bucket list adventures for a moment, because you’ll want a taste of the best restaurants in Ubud. From gourmet to gastro, vegan to carnivorous, this fascinating neighbourhood has it all – no matter your budget or foodie fancy. Ask for Murni’s when you … Continue reading The 50 best restaurants in Ubud
Ubud’s 9 Best BarsThink that Ubud is only yoga studios, rice paddies and Balinese temples? Think again. Busy by day, peaceful by night, Ubud isn’t really known for it’s raging nightlife – but know where to look and you’ll find a growing number of trendy watering holes (and a few old favourites) dotted around town for the after … Continue reading Ubud’s 9 Best Bars
Murni’s Warung, Ubud – Smile Inflight MagazineMurni’s Warung, Ubud – Smile inflight magazine for Cebu Pacific Airways  November 2017 “The countryside is all around Ubud if you just know where to look: get out there with the Bali Bird Walk (US$37). Curious travellers will find the tour worth every dollar: as you stroll through the rice fields you’ll spot egrets, herons, … Continue reading Murni’s Warung, Ubud – Smile Inflight Magazine
Murni’s Warung – Epicure – Bali GuideMurni’s Warung – Epicure – Bali Guide Bali Special Famed for its pristine beaches, striking sunsets and rich culture, the sought-after Indonesian destination also boasts a burgeoning number of highly lauded hotels, restaurants and bars. Meredith Woo goes on a gastronomic eight-day journey to the Island of the Gods. An Ubud Invitation An hour from … Continue reading Murni’s Warung – Epicure – Bali Guide
Bali – Green Utopia – UbudBali – Green Utopia – Ubud Stephanie Brookes iFly – KLM in flight magazine July 2016 The ultimate palms and paradise destination? There are many, and Bali is definitely on the shortlist. But there’s more to the Indonesian island besides white-sand beaches and clear blue water… For me, the town of Ubud is the best … Continue reading Bali – Green Utopia – Ubud
Turen Gar Til Bali Lombok – Af Jens Erik Ramussen – 2001“Murni’s Warung: Jalan Raya v. Wos-floden pa gransen til Campuhan. Righoldigt menukort og hyggelig atmosfaere.” Turen Gar Til Bali Lombok – Af Jens Erik Ramussen – 2001  
Murni’s Warung – Guide Naturale de BaliMurni’s Warung – Guide Naturale de Bali “Face à la gorge à Murni’s Warung: En 1974, Ni Wayan Murni ouvrait le premier restaurant d’Ubud, où elle servait un mélange de recettes occidentales et balinaises. Depuis, des generations de touristes ont savouré la qualité de sa cuisine. Face aux rochers coverts de mousse de la gorge … Continue reading Murni’s Warung – Guide Naturale de Bali
Merian Live! Bali Reisen mit Erlebnis-Garantie – 2002Merian Live! Bali Reisen mit Erlebnis-Garantie – 2002 “Murni’s Warung: Das bekannteste und schönste Restaurant Ubuds findet sich am Ortsausgang (Campuan) an einer alten Hängebrücke (parallel verläuft die neue Strassenbrücke nach Kedewatan). Das Restaurant ist in den Abhang einer Sclucht gebaut und bietet Sitzmöglichkeiten auf drei Etagen. Die seit langem etablierte Gaststätte hat sich dem … Continue reading Merian Live! Bali Reisen mit Erlebnis-Garantie – 2002
Le Guide du Routard – Indonésie – 2002Le Guide du Routard – Indonésie – 2002 “Murni’s Warung: Sur Jalan Raya Ubud juste avant le pont. Tel: 975233. Bien indiquée de la route. Pleusieurs niveaux, une boutique, un bar-salon… terasse dominant la rivière et l’épaisse vegetation. Superbe addresse où curries, poisson, viande et desserts sont realisés avec brio. Également cuisses de grenouilles, gaspacho … Continue reading Le Guide du Routard – Indonésie – 2002
Fodor’s Indonesia – 1999Fodor’s Indonesia – 1999 “Murni’s Warung: Beside a small ravine just outside Ubud, this multi-level restaurant is spacious yet intimate. The street level dining room has terrific views (particularly of a nearby waterfall), as does the downstairs bar. Throughout the shadowy wood interior is complemented by simple bamboo furniture and Indonesian art, creating a rustic … Continue reading Fodor’s Indonesia – 1999
Cadogan Guides – BaliCadogan Guides – Bali “Murni’s Warung down by the Campuhan Bridge is one of just a few places which have been catering for travellers since they began to come to Ubud in the 1960s. The warung is actually a restaurant with an excellent menu of traditional and Western-style food, including mouth-watering delicacies such as frozen … Continue reading Cadogan Guides – Bali
Insight Guide Bali, 2002Insight Guide Bali, 2002 “Murni’s (tel: 975233) located over the Campuhan River can’t be beaten – there are now three levels of seating, the grill is open for scrumptious barbecues of fish, prawns and chicken.” [Now four levels] Insight Guide Bali, 2002
Miami HeraldMiami Herald “Murni’s Warung, In-spot for a meat fix; ribs earn local raves. Under $10.” Miami Herald, 11 September 2005
Insider’s Guide to UbudInsider’s Guide to Ubud Where to Eat: Murni’s Warung Insider’s Guide to Ubud Delicious, voted the World’s best food magazine, March 2005 “This three-level restaurant is an Ubud institution. The freshly baked breads are delicious, especially in a chilli club sandwich, and you can sit on the top terrace for curries, burgers, hot dogs, steaks … Continue reading Insider’s Guide to Ubud
Lonely Planet Guide, Bali, 2005Lonely Planet Guide, Bali 2005 “Since 1977 Murni’s Warung has been an Ubud favourite. The setting is beautiful and a four level dining room overlooks the lush river valley. Indonesian dishes, curries and Western options are available. There’s a cosy bar on the second level down. One quibble: the gift shop gets bigger every year!” … Continue reading Lonely Planet Guide, Bali, 2005
The Natural Guide to Bali, 2005The Natural Guide to Bali, 2005 Eat in the Gorge at Murni’s “In 1974, Ni Wayan Murni opened Ubud’s first restaurant, where she served a mix of Western and Balnese food. Since then, generations of travellers have enjoyed the quality of her cuisine. Despite increasing road traffic, the four open-air levels facing the splendid river … Continue reading The Natural Guide to Bali, 2005
Hello Bali, April 2005Hello Bali, April 2005   Murni’s Warung Andrew Charles Editor, Hello Bali, April 2005   “As you approach through the highly-carved Balinese doors, you know you are in a place dedicated to the finer things of life…” One evening recently, I decided to meet up with my old friend, Renée, and dine in Ubud’s oldest … Continue reading Hello Bali, April 2005
Murni’s Warung, Ubud, Bali“Renowned antique collector Ibu Murni founded the first real restaurant in Ubud in 1974, and still manages it actively…” ShopSmart Bali & Lombok 2006
All roads lead to Murni’s WarungAll roads lead to Murni’s Warung All roads lead to Murni’s Warung, Mary, Martha, Murni’s Warung and Me Bud Smith The Times, Lombok, August – September 2007   Mary is my wife, Martha is my mistress, Murni’s Warung is a famous restaurant and I am myself. It is a long story but we all found … Continue reading All roads lead to Murni’s Warung
Rough Guide, Bali, September 2008Rough Guide, Bali September 2008 Murni’s Warung: Follow the stairs all the way down to the lowest level of this multi-tiered restaurant and you’ll approach the setting for it’s built into the wall of the steep-sided Wos River valley. This restaurant is an Ubud institution and serves curries, home-made soups and Indonesian specialties as well … Continue reading Rough Guide, Bali, September 2008
Ubud NewsUbud News Ubud News Ayu Intipid Bali Advertiser, December 2007 I remember a time when you were lucky to find anything more than fried bananas on local restaurant menus. Then came Murni’s Warung. Established in the early eighties [actually 1974], Murni’s Warung was one of the first restaurants to serve a selection of international sweet … Continue reading Ubud News
Ubud & BeyondUbud & Beyond Bali Advertiser, 2008   You can’t visit Ubud without going to Murni’s Warung, its most romantic restaurant at the Campuan bridge. The food is simply excellent and very reasonably priced. The setting above the Campuan River is stunning and it’s open every day, 9am – 10 pm. There are great local and Western … Continue reading Ubud & Beyond
Linda HoffmanBali, The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Spectacular Tropical Island Bali, The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Spectacular Tropical Island Linda Hoffman Tuttle Publishing, 2012 “West of Central Ubud. Murni’s Warung, Campuan. An old favorite, on the Ubud side of the Campuan bridge overlooking the stunning rainforest and Wos River. This multi-storied restaurant, … Continue reading Linda Hoffman
The Sydney Morning Herald  “The best place to have a meal is Murni’s Warung. A four-story open-air eatery and bar overlooking a jungle-clad bend of the Campuan River, it was the first restaurant to open in Ubud, way back in 1974.” Hip, Hitched, Hooray Ian Lloyd Neubauer The Sydney Morning Herald 10 March 2013 Aussie brides choose Bali … Continue reading The Sydney Morning Herald
Half Century Restaurant Murni’s WarungHalf Century Restaurant Murni’s Warung Half Century Restaurant Murni’s Warung The Restaurant Sky Publishing Guide to Bali 2013-14 Hong Kong Murni has a lot of businesses and this restaurant is another one. Right next to the hotel, the restaurant has already been open for nearly 50 years. Every local knows about it. Once you step … Continue reading Half Century Restaurant Murni’s Warung
Fodor’s GuideFodor’s Guide “Calling itself Ubud’s “first restaurant,” Murni’s Warung has introduced Balinese food to the likes of Richard Gere, Mick Jagger, Richard Branson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and David Copperfield. Since opening as a warung (roadside stall) in 1974, Murni’s has grown to four levels running down the river’s edge. (Book a table at the bottom … Continue reading Fodor’s Guide
Travel and Leisure AsiaTravel and Leisure Asia Murni’s Lounge Bar – Ubud’s most haunting watering hole Ian Lloyd Neubauer Travel and Leisure Asia January 2014 “Set above a gentle bend in the Agung River, Murni’s Warung holds the estimable title of being the village’s first real restaurant. Like something out of a Rudyard Kipling novel, the Lounge Bar on … Continue reading Travel and Leisure Asia
Ubud Icon Murni’s Warung Turns FortyUbud Icon Murni’s Warung Turns Forty Ubud Icon Murni’s Warung Turns Forty Katrin Figge Jakarta Globe 4 April 2014 She is often referred to as the “mother of Ubud,” and her restaurant has been a longtime favorite among both travelers and locals: Ni Wayan Murni, a Bali native who recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of … Continue reading Ubud Icon Murni’s Warung Turns Forty
The Australian Financial ReviewWorlds on a plate A fusion revolution is firing up Ubud’s fine dining scene Ian Lloyd Neubauer The Australian Financial Review, 17-21 April 2014 “An hour’s drive, but a million metaphorical miles away from the crowded beaches of southern Bali, the village of Ubud has long been cherished by travellers as a place to tune … Continue reading The Australian Financial Review
forty forteforty forte forty forte Hello Bali, Editor’s Finds, February 2015 If you have been living in Bali for some time, chances are you know and love Murni’s Warung in Ubud. Dating back to the 1970s, Murni’s Warung is
 a treasured food joint with authentic Balinese food and Campuhan River views. Furthermore, Ibu Murni herself is … Continue reading forty forte
Bali 2016 Petit FutéBali 2016 Petit Futé Bali 2016 Petit Futé. L’avis du Petit Futé sur MURNI’S WARUNG Ce vieux restaurant, tenu par une Balinaise, fut le rendez-vous des branchés des années 1975-1980. Dans un superbe cadre (descendre les terrasses successives accrochées à la gorge pour arriver tout en bas, dans un bain de fraîcheur et de végétation), … Continue reading Bali 2016 Petit Futé

Level 4

Level 4

And finally you arrive at many people’s favourite spot –  Level 4 – just above the holy, sacred river. You’ll enjoy the sound of flowing water below you with your candlelit dinner in the midst of exotic jungle surroundings.

There are various shrines where the staff present offerings on a daily basis. Some are outside in the garden. Every Balinese year of 210 days there is a special ceremony right down at the river in honour of the water god.

There are terracotta and limestone sculptures. There are also large volcanic stone sculptures.

At night the palm trees and coconut trees are floodlit and the whole place is very relaxing and very romantic.


Level 4

Level 3

Level 3

We generally reserve this level for parties, birthday parties, wedding receptions, and functions. We can arrange the tables and chairs according to your wishes. It has the same wonderful view of the jungle.

Murni’s Warung has

  • Buffet and à la carte menus for every budget
  • Flexibility
  • Welcome drinks
  • French, Australian, Chilean and local wines
  • Champagne
  • Wedding and birthday cakes
  • Waiters and waitresses in Balinese costume
  • Balinese decorations, umbrellas, offerings, candles and flowers
  • Balinese music
  • Balinese dances
  • Music and dancing
  • Personalized menus
  • Aromatic incense
  • Romantic lighting
  • Art
  • River gorge and (in the evening) floodlit trees


Level 3

The Lounge Bar on Level 2

The Lounge Bar on Level 2

Murni's Warung The Lounge Bar on Level 2

The Lounge Bar at Murni’s Warung has been nominated by Honeycombers Bali in the Top 9 Best Bars in Ubud,

“One of Ubud’s true hidden gems, this atmospheric cocktail bar is hidden down a few flights of stairs below Murni’s restaurant – one of the first ever to open in the area over 30 years ago. Its magical ambiance harks back to a forgotten era of Bali, and a tried and tested cocktail list ensures you’ll end up staying way longer than you expect.”

The Lounge Bar on Level 2  is just a gorgeously proportioned room decorated with tribal art and sculptures – many Balinese masks cover the walls.

The Lounge Bar on Level 2

The large hand-made bronze statue of Ganesha, the Elephant God, that greets you in the Lounge Bar, was commissioned in 1997 and completed in early 2002. He and Murni are the same height.

Indonesia is famous for batik and there is a large bowl for hot wax used in making batik in front of Ganesha. It is filled with fresh water and flowers every day. In fact the restaurant has lots of fresh flowers everywhere.

There are comfortable sofas and tables, perfect for tropical cocktails or a meal, while listening to cool jazz and other favourites.

The view from the The Lounge Bar on Level 2 is equally stunning and not to be missed.


The Lounge Bar on Level 2

Level 1

Level 1

When you enter Murni’s Warung, the first thing you’ll notice is the dramatic view of the greenery on the river’s hillside. The steel cable in the foreground supports the old Dutch suspension bridge next door.


On the way to your table, you’ll walk past a display cabinet of cakes and pastries that you should take a look at — just so you’ll know how much room to save for dessert.

Murni’s Warung is famous for its desserts. They are all outstanding from the cheesecake to the chocolate cake to the cashew pie.

This spacious restaurant is decorated with art from Murni’s collection of Asian antiques, masks and sculptures, including the small carvings high on the walls.

There are 3 more levels …

Level 1

Murni’s Warung Introduction

Murni’s Warung Introduction

In 1974, Murni opened Ubud’s first real restaurant Murni’s Warung and since then thousands of people have enjoyed her food and hospitality.

Today, Murni’s Warung has four open-air levels that step down the steep hillside overlooking the river and it is still one of Ubud’s most popular and most beautiful restaurants.


Murni's Warung in the 1970s.


This review of our book will give you an idea of the importance and appeal of Murni’s Warung:


By Dr Vivienne Kruger – Published on, 7 July 2014

Forty Delicious Years is one of the finest books ever produced about the mystical, legendary, god-blessed island of Bali–the sacred, unsullied morning of the world. Bali is a brilliant, bright emerald jewel set in the elongated necklace of 17,000 islands that comprise the brooding, primeval Indonesian archipelago. Anyone who has ever visited my beloved Bali–or is planning a sojourn of personal discovery or food discovery–should bring this book along with them. Forty Delicious Years is an incredibly revealing and intimate masterpiece about Ni Wayan Murni, her gorgeous gorge-side Warung restaurant in Ubud, and the constellation of notable expatriates and international personalities that have made Murni’s Warung their social and culinary home away from home.

The tell-almost-all book is filled with the charm and beauty of Murni’s universe, reflected in the anecdotes, accolades, reflections, and stories penned by forty of her often famous, well-known (Mick Jagger) customers and fans. These intensely personal, soul-revealing chapters empower all of us to be expats on Bali for awhile, and experience life as very lucky strangers in an unknown paradise. I lived in Bali for two years, and know first-hand the seductive, permanent pull on the soul by the spiritual, always-god-conscious Balinese and this very fertile, bountiful island sanctuary.

The writing is incredibly alive and spectacular, and is delightfully easy to read and digest. The book takes us into the sanctified world of Balinese cooking, traditional village social life, tinkling gamelan orchestras, and culture–seasoned with Murni’s kindness and career, and deep, longstanding friendships in the community.

Situated near the old Dutch suspension bridge in Campuan-Ubud, Murni’s Warung was built from the ground up, and is a legend in its own time. For almost four scrumptious decades, it has been the ultimate place for Ubud expatriates (and tourists alike) to fulfill their most deep-seated Balinese and western dessert fantasies.

The stunning, four-level restaurant is carefully decorated with Murni’s exquisite antiques, Balinese stone statuary, Buddha images, and artworks–and enjoys a spellbinding, natural riverside location and view. A visually and spiritually enlightening, five-foot-tall bronze statue of Ganesha the Elephant God symbolically creates prosperity and removes all obstacles in the Lounge Bar of Murni’s Warung. Ordered by Murni as a specially designed commissioned piece in 1997, it took highly esteemed, respected, experienced Balinese artisans-craftsmen five years to complete!

Murni remains an integral part of her village of birth and her island of Bali–and the forty testimonial chapters written by forty different long-time expatriates, visiting Bali scholars, and international adventurers/wayfarers are personal, unique, revealing and priceless. This book is a deep and memorable journey through residence in Bali, religious devotion, ceremonial splendor, and life as an expat (or repeat, Bali-obsessed visitor) eight sacred degrees south of the equator. As a first-hand travel journal collection in its own right, these personal tales of adventure–and longing for the spirituality and benediction of Bali–are amazing. And they all swirl around the wonderful people of Bali, Balinese life, and Murni’s longstanding contributions to and dedication to her community, family, local temples, and the gods.

One of the best stories is about a very loyal, Kintamani Bali dog named Dausa–who spent his life lounging on the front steps of Murni’s Warung as Murni’s personal guard dog. He lead a charmed life, and enjoyed such delicious foods as chicken sate sticks and Murni’s highly coveted chocolate chip cookies! A very pampered Balinese dog indeed!

I am an expert on Bali, as well as on traditional Balinese food and food culture, and have complete admiration for this very special new book about one of Bali’s most important and iconic purveyors of Balinese food, art, antiques, and hotel accommodation on the unforgettable island of the gods.

Dr. Vivienne Kruger

Author of Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali. Tuttle Publishing, 2014


Murni’s Warung Introduction