Bali’s dining scene is constantly evolving. The problem is not what to eat, but where to go. Here is our round-up of some of the latest dining destinations in Seminyak and Canggu.
Ji at Bale Sutra 1706
What was once a house of worship is now an exotic dining destination. The man behind Tugu Hotels, Anhar Setjadibrata, saved a 310-year-old Kang Xi period temple from ruin in Java and gave it new life – and purpose. The temple’s new identity is Ji at Bale Sutra 1706. Standing proudly on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, just moments from the beach, Ji seduces passersby effortlessly with its entrance guarded by stone lions, tall green bamboo walls and a striking golden Buddha. Once inside, antique furniture, mythological animal carvings in the roofs and ceilings, bright red walls and stunning oriental paintings bring a sense of style and history to the elegant dark wood temple. Drawing inspiration from the traditional cooking methods of Japan and other East Asian countries, the menu at Ji features a selection of Japanese fusion dishes, fine wines and sakes. Those looking for the perfect spot to enjoy Bali’s magical sunsets can head to the alfresco bar on the second floor. Coming with a large group? Book the private dining room and Ji will surprise you with a performance called Forbidden City.
Drinks to start: Coco Sexo – inspired by Indonesian volcanoes – is a mix of Brazilian spirit Sagatiba Cachaca, coconut, vanilla and passion fruit. Gin and Tea – a blend of dragon tea infused Tanqueray gin mixed with Aperol, grapefruit and lemon juice.
Dishes to try: Pork Belly with ginger and scallion – crackling skin, soft juicy meat, served on wooden skewers. Kobe style Black Angus Tenderloin – tender beef cubes, sweet red onions, citrusy ponzu sauce and tangerine peel. Spicy Yellowfin Tuna with shichimi peppers.
Desserts to finish: Young Coconut Crème Brûlée – light coconut custard flambéed with young coconut. Sweet Bento Box – an assortment of six homemade sweets – mochi filled with green tea ice cream, tangy lemon meringue, melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate pistachio truffles.
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Pantai Canggu
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