To celebrate Indonesia’s Independence day, we figure you might want to try something special. So we explore the island and look for the best places that offer Indonesian food and serve it in a fine dining style.
1. MERAH PUTIH
The name cannot go anymore patriotic than this. Merah Putih represents the two colours of Indonesian national flag: Red and White. As one of the first places in Bali that offers fine dining Indonesian food, Merah Putih surely is the place to go. It is a celebration of Indonesia, in its cuisine, culture, design and people. Silhouettes of people moving, reminding us of a shadow puppet show and you will also be blown away by its beautiful design. Merah Putih’s indoor gardens create intimacy amid the majesty, meaning you can enjoy a discreet dinner for two or a large social event with family and friends. The food is a masterpiece of its own.
Merah Putih, Jl. Petitenget no 100x, Kerobokan. Website: www.merahputihbali.com
Kaum, means “clan” or “tribe” in Bahasa Indonesia, is the leading culinary concept from PTT Family. Opening an Indonesian restaurant is not something the team takes lightly. Before launching the restaurant, the team behind Kaum embarked on an exotic culinary expedition, travelling across the archipelago to learn about the indigenous cooking methods, exotic ingredients, and authentic flavours of Indonesia’s tribal communities.
KAUM, Potato Head Beach Club, Jl. Petitenget 51B, Seminyak. Website: www.kaum.com
3. DOUBLE IKAT
The name is taken from one of Indonesia’s fine fabric; Ikat. Located inside Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort, Double Ikat restaurant is a chic and modern all-day dining that serves authentic Indonesian cuisine. It highlights the fresh and innovative approachto indigenous culinary like you have never seen before. The modern interior mixed with traditional touches has created a sophisticated venue for your dining experience.
Double Ikat, Renaissance Hotel Uluwatu, Jalan Pantai Balangan 1 No 1, Ungasan. Website: www.marriott.com
With the success of Merah Putih, Chef Kieran Morland continues his exploration of Indonesian food with Sang Saka Restaurant. This restaurant only seats 40 people, but in this intimate setting people can truly enjoy a mouthwatering selection of Indonesian themed dishes.
Sang Saka offers a small, simple, contemporary menu injected with a wide range of traditional flavors from woods, such as coffee, clove, rambutan and coconut husk. The menu will also be frequently changed so that they can truly take advantage of seasonal products and fresh ingredients.
Sang Saka, Jl. Pankung Sari 100x, Kerobokan. Website: www.sangsakabali.com
When you stroll down the busy street of Hanoman street in Ubud, you can’t help but stop upon passing by Manisan. There lies a majestic 350-years old joglo (traditional Javanese house) in the middle of lush rice fields. Such a stunning view. Go inside, and there you can enjoy a selection of Indonesia’s finest menu, some you might have never heard of.
The menu is personally curated by Mr. William Wongso, a culinary legend in Indonesia. For months he ensured that the Manisan team gets the authentic ingredients from all over Indonesia to get the best taste. A must visit whenever you are in Ubud.
Manisan, Jl. Hanoman, Ubud. Website: www.manisanbali.com
6. THE WARUNG
Looking for great Indonesian food while enjoying stunning cliff top view across Indian Ocean? The Warung is a great choice.
The restaurant presents wholesome traditional Indonesian and Balinese fare. Indoor and outdoor dining is provided in this welcoming yet sophisticated space yet friendly and convivial atmosphere enables diners to have a casual, relaxed experience.
The Warung, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jl. Belimbing Sari, Pecatu. Website: www.the-warung.com