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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.

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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

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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 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.

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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.

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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

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:

FORTY DELICIOUS YEARS IS THE BEST BOOK ON BALI–TAKE A VOYAGE TO THE CULINARY AND SOCIAL HEART OF THE ISLAND OF THE GODS

By Dr Vivienne Kruger – Published on Amazon.com, 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