Denpasar is a city that never stops working, after a long day of battling with the traffic congestion, the hustle and bustle along the streets continue into the night. It’s common that cafes and restaurants, and even street food stalls (warung) become alternative spots to dine and relax awhile after a busy day at work. One such warung, which is popular with many visitors, is Warung Semar at Jl. Raya Puputan. To be more precise, it is about 100 meters away from the intersection of the Matahari-Robinson shopping center; you only need to turn eastward toward Renon. The warung has been on this site for the past couple of years.
However, during its daily opening hours of 7 p.m. through 1:30 a.m., it is never empty of customers. “Photographers account for most of the people who hang out here,” said Ibu Didi, the owner of Warung Semar, which offers a favorite hot beverage menu — its STMJ — an acronym that stands for Susu Telur Madu Jahe, or a mixture of milk, egg, honey and ginger. Among the variety of hot beverages on offer is susu janda (Widow Milk), which is a mixture of milk, ginger, and ndok, a Javanese word for egg. Grilled bananas and grilled bread are comforting companions to the tasty hot drinks.
Warung Semar can be a perfect place for having dinner as Ibu Didi offers gulai (curry), rawon (meat stew), plecing (spinach with a hot chili topping), pecel (vegetable salad with peanut sauce) and instant noodles. All the food and drinks at the stall cost between Rp 2,000 and Rp 10,000 per item. Despite being located in the midst of a shopping center and the expensive restaurants of Renon, Warung Semar stands tall without losing a single customer. The hot flavorings of its beverages (wedang) and its other delights, not to mention its lengthy opening hours, are the things that bring its customers back time and time again.
source : bali daily