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Restoran Padang Sederhana @ Bali

Padang food in Bali? But this being the closest I can get to my favourite cuisine from Indonesia since I did not get any the last time I was in Jakarta, I had to make the detour to Sederhana.

Nasi Padang (Padang-style rice) is a miniature banquet of meats, fish, vegetables, and spicy sambals eaten with plain white rice; it is Sumatra’s most famous export and the Minangkabau people’s great contribution to Indonesian cuisine.

A Padang restaurant is usually easily distinguishable with their Rumah Gadang style facade and their typical window display. Nasi Padang window display in front of restaurant usually consists of stages and rows of carefully arranged stacked bowls and plates, constructed and filled with various dishes. In a larger Padang restaurant dine-in, the festive hidang (serve) style is usually done. 


After the customers are seated, they do not have to order. The waiter with stacked plates upon their hands will immediately serves the dishes directly to the table. The table will quickly be set with dozens of small dishes filled with richly flavored foods such as beef rendang, curried fish, stewed greens, chili eggplant, curried beef liver, tripe, intestines, or foot tendons, fried beef lung, fried chicken, and of course, sambal, the spicy sauces ubiquitous at Indonesian tables. 

Sotong Gulai – avoided as it can be hazardous

A dozen of dishes is a normal number, it could reach 14 dishes or more. Nasi Padang is an at-your-table, by-the-plate buffet. Customers take — and pay for — only what they have consumed from this array.

Ayam Gulai – my favourite

Founded in 1972, Sederhana has branches all around Indonesia, and over 50 branches in Greater Jakarta alone. I have been to a couple, and they offered pretty consistent quality. This has been my first visit in Bali and the branch here keep the quality but the price has finally succumbed to inflation. It is one of the more expensive padang around.

Vegetable omelete

Everything was so flavourful and yet one can taste the differences between the different meats and condiments. At the end of it all, a waitress came and examined the plates, and surprisingly she could identify what we ate by just observing the remnants on the plate.

Sayur Singkong

There are many chains and restaurants that serve Nasi Padang. I like Sederhana because they are everywhere and good quality. Recommended if you are in town.

Restoran Padang Sederhana
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.1, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Tel : +62 361 4469237

Visited Mar 2023

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