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WARUNG VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT · THAI RESTAURANT

**Warung Hotei**

Is a breezy, shabby chic-style restaurant nestled into a picturesque patch of paddy just north of Seminyak. Serving up a range of well executed Asian and Western dishes and some scrumptious desserts at reasonable prices, if you’re looking to escape the mad traffic of the Petitenget area, it’s a fine choice.

Umalas, is an area wedged kind of between Seminyak and Canggu, is the latest area in the busy south to grab the attention of restaurateurs in hunt of cheaper rent. And some fine ones have certainly shown up over the past year or two — you can’t drive past Gusto’s ice cream without stopping by, Monsieur Spoon has many convinced it’s producing the best croissants on the island, and new Nook is serving up some great nasi campur with — shock, horror — affordable Jacob’s Creek wine by the glass.

Warung Hotei was among the first to spring up, about a year ago, tucked into an elbow of green paddy down low, so you’re surrounded by terrace all round with a view of a few farmer rest shacks. Red umbrellas provide shade if you sit outside, or grab a table in the white brick building with wide windows open to the elements.

With an emphasis on fresh produce, Vietnamese, Thai and Cambodian dishes are served up alongside a few Western standards. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfasts are offered, like eggs benedict (33,000 rupiah) and a continental with eggs, fruit salad, toast, orange juice and jam.

Warung Hotei is a comfortable enough spot where you won’t feel pushed to leave and could easily while away a couple of extra hours if you don’t mind being off the beach. If you don’t have time to get to Ubud from Seminyak, it’s the next best bet for a taste of some paddy views.

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