Asian-inspired haute cuisine in Bali
Fine dining on Bali isn’t the easiest meal to find, so Kayuputi at The St. Regis Bali Resort will likely make your list of must-visit restaurants when visiting the exotic island. The beachfront restaurant offers far more than just a lovely ocean view. Discerning diners come to savor exquisite dishes highlighting Asian flavors and ingredients, which are prepared using Western cooking techniques. There’s also a most excellent wine selection and a champagne bar — all of it makes up a recipe for an outstanding night out.
Kayuputi means “white wood” in Indonesian, and the name fits. Beautiful white wood ceiling beams draw the eyes upward while displays of whitewashed wooden Javanese shadow puppets make for unique room dividers. The look of the oceanside spot is reminiscent of a modern barn or a country estate. It’s Hamptons chic — clean, crisp and refined, with a welcoming feel to it. Banquette seating complements tables covered in white linens (plush chairs flank tables in the center of the room) and the soft sounds of instrumental music pleasantly mingle with the hum of the open kitchen.
Tucked into a nook is the famed Kayuputi Champagne Bar where bottles of bubbles are displayed in bowls of ice. Start here for a pre-dinner drink. And while the dinner service at Kayuputi is excellent, a visit during the day also has its perks. Natural light pours into the Bali restaurant through tall windows facing the Indian Ocean, and the sparkling azure waters and white sand beach are an inspiring sight. To enjoy the warm sea breeze, choose one of the restaurant’s private outdoor cabanas.
Prepare to be wowed by interesting textures, intelligent flavor combinations, and beautiful presentation. Chef de cuisine Agung Gede’s eight-course degustation dinner includes dishes such as yellowfin tuna tartare served with pineapple carpaccio, petit salad, encapsulated tamarind and fresh coconut air. Other highlights include the herb-encrusted medallion of lamb fillet with mille-feuille grilled vegetables and cinnamon-infused red wine meat jus.
Whether you choose a degustation menu or go à la carte, the use of local ingredients, the play on textures and the balance between savory and sweet are simply outstanding. Don’t forget to ask the sommelier for wine pairing recommendations to heighten the culinary experience.
On Sundays Kayuputi offers a lavish beachfront champagne brunch where seating is limited and by reservation only. Stellar picks from the menu include oysters, Chinese herbal duck consommé, sushi and sashimi, and a classic Grand Marnier soufflé.