Warung Bahagia began as husband and wife team - Scibagio and Istri. I spoke to their son Degus to find out more details… Originally from Blambangan, East Java, Scibagio moved to Ubud in 1981 to become a painter. Ubud has been the Balinese centre of art, specifically painting for hundreds of years. Not long after his arrival he met his wife Istri, she's from Peliatan, Ubud. They raised a family together, then when the children had grown up Istri (who has always loved to cook) decided she wanted to open a warung. Scibagio put his painting aside to help his wife with her dream. Four year on, he still hasn't had a chance to pick up his paintbrush again.
Istri begins her day at 5am with a trip to the market, then prepares the dishes for the day. Eventually they hope the warung does so well that they can employ someone to go to the market and serve the food, then Scibagio can go back to his painting and finish some of his masterpieces. But until then, you can find him behind the glass cabinet serving meals, while Istri is out the back preparing and cooking the amazing food.