A warung that serves more Balinese than Indonesian fare is strangely unusual in Bali. Warung Astawa does both, although the Indonesian dishes are mostly Indonesian Chinese, with a bit of western food on the side.
Now it is sounding more like any other warung in a tourist area! Still the food served here is simple, but better than most, and incredibly cheap!
Naturally, Satays are on the menu, including a Fish Satay. Local fish is very cheap and available in Candi Dasa and Warung Astawa presents a number of ways in which you can enjoy it. Cooked in the traditional Balinese way, it is spiced and wrapped in banana leaves. It can also be deep fried in the wok and served with tangy tamarind. Or grilled then a garlic sauce added.
Local Prawns can be had either grilled or deep-fried. Your choice of a garlic or a sweet and sour sauce to accompany them.
An incredibly cheap Seafood Combination consists of a Shrimp Cocktail, Fish in Banana Leaves, Prawns in Garlic Sauce, Rice and Vegetables, with a dessert to follow.
Babi Kecap is the usual Balinese dish of pork pieces stir-fried in the wok with sweet soy sauce. Fried Chicken is served with a garlic sauce. There are also four set menus available. They combine Balinese, Indonesian and International selections, all together. But at Rp.25,000 who is complaining?
The usual mix of Pizzas [for Candi Dasa, as almost everyone seems to do them] are available, and in three different sizes. Margarita is the base for all pizzas, tomato and cheese, with onion and garlic added. Funghi is a combination of ham and mushrooms. The Romana comprises ham, onion and garlic, whilst the Picatara is a mixture of seafood.
Overall, Warung Astawa is cheap and cheerful. Not too exotic, but excellent value!