OKU, Omakase Delight In Jakarta City

OKU in Japanese means the peeling back of the layers of an onion, and in poetry implies something abstract and profound, and is intended to represent the culinary journey that diners will experience at this restaurant, located in the heart of Jakarta and helmed by Chef Kazumasa Yazawa, who has cut his chops at several top-notch dining places – in Singapore at IZY and Waku Ghin in Marina Bay Sands, and Tetsuya’s in Sydney, creating a modern make-over on traditional Japanese dishes. … More OKU, Omakase Delight In Jakarta City

The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

The Sayan House is sited at the edge of Sayan’s cliff in Ubud, in a lovely wooden Balinese house that offers panoramic views of the verdant valley below, and chicly-decorated with Asian and Balinese accents. Operated by the Japanese hospitality firm Plan.Do.See (that also manages Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe), The Sayan House serves up very satisfying causal fine-dining contemporary fare with Japanese and Asian influences, under the helm of Chef Yuki Tatami. Highlights of the fusion dinner were the Porcini Royale Consommé – the consomme is prepared table-side using a Bunsen-burner syphon, the sautéed Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi, and the Babi Guling maki with spicy sauce. What’s surprising is that prices are extremely reasonable for such a premium restaurant. … More The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

Locavore, Be Amazed By This Casual-Haute Ubud Restaurant

Restaurant Locavore in the heart of Ubud is my Restaurant of the Year 2015. As its name implies, the restaurant only uses sustainably-sourced local produce to create amazingly creative cuisine; even the ethnic-looking yet stylish plates and cutlery are sourced locally. Chefs Eelke Plasjmeijer and Ray Ardiansyah serve only two set menus of five to seven dishes. Don’t miss the Local Rice Risotto with Snails cooked in garlic butter topped with a 64°C slow-cooked duck egg. Flavours and presentation are top-notch, and service is earnest; what’s unbelievable is the price; under US$50 for the 7-course – we counted about 15 dishes with the freebies and snacks. Make the trip; it’s worth every penny. … More Locavore, Be Amazed By This Casual-Haute Ubud Restaurant

Remboelan, Wonderful Indonesian Soul Food

Remboelan, located in swanky Plaza Senayan in the heart of Jakarta, is famed for serving Indonesia Soul food, turning out affordable and tasty dishes based on traditional recipes from all corners of the Indonesian archipelago. All the home-cooked style dishes we ordered were delicious. Not to be missed is the Nasi Bakar Peda – grilled lemon grass fragrance rice, wrapped in banana leaf, stuffed with “Peda” fish, melinjo leaf and stinky bean; a hearty and titillating creation. … More Remboelan, Wonderful Indonesian Soul Food

Ibu Oka, Queen Of Babi Guling Roast Pork

Ibu Oka is an award-winning Ubud institution that draws foodies from all over the world. It started life as a roadside shanty selling Babi Guling (Balinese roast suckling pig), and was made famous by celebrity foodie Anthony Bourdain on his “No Reservations” TV program. The aromatic and succulent pork comes from a suckling pig stuffed with garlic, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass and chili and slow-roasted for hours. The crackling is amazingly thin and crispy, a sinful but yummy treat. … More Ibu Oka, Queen Of Babi Guling Roast Pork

Bale Udang, Prawny Delights Over Water

Bale means “floating pavilion” and Udang means “prawn” in Bahasa Indonesia; no prizes for guessing that Bale Udang specialises in prawns served at bamboo pavilions built over a fish pond. The star is the Honey Grilled Prawn, a wonderful mix of sweet, spicy and savoury flavours; the prawn is so crispy that you can eat it shells and all. As the sun sets, the place turns magical with the reflections of hanging lanterns simmering in the huge pond. … More Bale Udang, Prawny Delights Over Water

Uluwatu Cliffside Dining at The Warung

The Warung, located within the stunning and gorgeously-minimalistic Alila Villas Uluwatu that’s perched precariously on the Indian Ocean cliffside, created a delectable tasting menu for the Indonesian Culinary Festival; showcasing an authentic taste of Padang, West Sumatra, courtesy of culinary expert, author and entrepreneur Reno Andam Suri. The simple, delicious dishes and several decadent desserts were expertly prepared; presented in surreal surrounds. … More Uluwatu Cliffside Dining at The Warung

Biku, Javanese Royal High Tea & Tarrot Reading

Royal High Tea in Seminyek, Bali? Tarot readings? True. Biku, sited in a 150 year-old “joglo” traditional Javanese wooden house, is an antique shop turned eclectic tea salon and cafe, owned by Jero Asri Kerthyasa, royal princess of Ubud; a Sydney-born lady who married the Prince of Ubud. The signature offering is of course the Traditional Afternoon Tea with the full-works of fresh-baked scones, strawberries and cream, cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, and a few pastries. … More Biku, Javanese Royal High Tea & Tarrot Reading

Sarong Bali, Asian Street Food Fine-dining Style

Awards-winning Sarong opened in 2008, and is now one of the top tables in Bali. Celebrity chef & author Chef Will Meyrick assembles and re-invents street-food around Asia, plating and serving them fine-dining style in a lovely Balinese pavilion surrounded by beautifully-lit verdant gardens. The food is authentic and Chef Will pulls no punches. The multi-flavour Tuna betel leaf with lemongrass, green tomato, sambal matah and bumbu pasih is a mainstay of the menu. … More Sarong Bali, Asian Street Food Fine-dining Style

Sardine In A Balinese Padi Field

Sardine Restaurant at upscale Seminyak, housed in a sprawling bamboo structure with a leafy al fresco lawn decorated with comfy bamboo sofas shaded by black-and-white chequered parasols, serves up spectacular views of a verdant padi field that stretches into the horizoz. Seafood is their specialty; the Manis Clams steamed in coconut milk, lemongrass and Kaffir lime; and the Grilled Hamachi with sweet corn, edamame, sautéed blue crab, grilled asparagus and leek confit are expertly executed. … More Sardine In A Balinese Padi Field