Il Lido Bali

DSC02367During my last day on my recent trip in Bali, I was looking for a good Italian restaurant for a late-lunch, around 3.30pm, where most of the fine dining establishment is having their lunch break.

DSC02353Il Lido is located at Seminyak neighborhood. It has almost 300 seats in total where diners can choose to dine by the bar or at the courtyard. The restaurant is a replacement for the previous Warisan restaurant, with a hope to duplicate their successor Il Lido Singapore.

DSC02357Their homemade bread was lovely. It ‘s served warm with a good crust, and when you tear it the aroma was perfuming my nose.


Bone Marrow, Salsa Verde, and Radish Crostini

Everyone loves the idea of roasted bone marrow on toast. What makes this one great was the salsa verde managed to cut the richness from the marrow. You just can’t get too much of this. 8.5/10

Scallops with Asparagus and Lobster Sauce

Scallops with Asparagus and Lobster Sauce

Scallop was cooked perfectly with a nice bite and sweet flavor coming trough it. The lobster bisque was packed with flavor, and the consistency was just nice to coat the scallop. Faultless cooking. 9.5/10


Truffle Cheese Ravioli with Veal Jus

Based on several reviews, this one is their must-try from this place. Believe me, I have to agree on those reviews. The ravioli was stunning. The pasta was perfectly cooked, and the amount of truffle oil was just right, in fact too much can kill the whole dish. Basically, after you manage to break the pasta, the filing will melt like butter on your palate. The rich flavor coming trough from the cheese, truffle oil, and the jus was the best feeling on that day. 9/10

Undoubtedly, the food at Il Lido was at the top quality. The service was warm and attentive. I would like to go back for sure.

Il Lido


Jalan Raya Kerobokan No 38

Banjar Taman, 80361 B

+62 361 731175

Tate Dining Room

DSC02046I always love the idea of a small fine dining restaurant. It’s just feel somewhat more warm, intimate, unpretentious, and focus. Here I am, dining at a restaurant headed by the best Female chef in Asia 2015, Vicky Lau, who once graduated as a graphic designer from New York University before she enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu Bangkok. Chef Lau honed his skills under Sebastien Lepinoy during his time at Cepage. (Sebastien Lepinoy is currentlyheading Les Amis’s kitchen in Singapore. Review).

DSC02026I hate to say this, but the bread was honestly felt dry. It didn’t belong in a 1* restaurant. 1/10

DSC02037Our meal started with 5 amuse bouches that represent the 5 Chinese elements.


Quail egg coated with ginseng chicken broth, smoked eel, dashi sphere, corn panacotta, mushroom panacotta

Ode to tomatoes

Ode to tomatoes

five type of tomatoes tartare, strawberry tomato gazpacho, smoked sardine, marrakech lemon skin confit

The strawberry and the tomato tasted really fresh and vibrant with a hint of smoke sardine on your palate. All flavor worked well without a single flavor dominated the plate. 8/10

DSC02040The brioche was definitely way better than the first bread. Good crust on the outside and soft inside.

The Sea

The Sea

Seascallop espuma, taraba crab meat, yuzu gelee, marinated jelly fish, osetra caviar, rice paper

Hong Kong version of “Song of the Sea” probably? It left me the heavy flavor impression at first, judged by the presentation itself, but when you start to dig in, you’ll find that this dish packed with sea flavor yet still feel light in a good way. Very enjoyable. 9/10

Hokkigai Clam

Hokkigai Clam

root vegetable mille feuille, cauliflower black garlic espuma, fresh water clam sauce

A nice blend between sea and earthy flavor. Everything was cooked and seasoned just right. 7.5/10

Sakura Ebi

Sakura Ebi

Lobster broth, fregola pasta, mentaiko, vin jaunne foam, kombu, crispy sakura ebi

I didn’t manage to enjoy this dish since it just felt too heavy. The shellfish flavor was just overpowering the whole dish. I believe it would taste better if the flavor was lighter and having more acidity into it. The Vin Jaunne foam almost just there for the sake of the presentation only. 4.5/10

Rose Bresse Pigeon

Rose Bresse Pigeon

slow cooked breast of pigeon, filo pastry wrapped fermented mustard green thigh of pigeon, roasted baby beetroot, pigeon jus

The meat was just juicy and tender. The jus was rich and worked as the flavor booster really well. The fig managed to cut the richness and balance the dish. 9/10

Honey, Milk, & Chamomile

Honey, Milk, & Chamomile

Honey, Milk, & Chamomile

Honey, Milk, & Chamomile

Home made wing ho hong kong bee farm honey ice cream, chamomile white chocolate mousse, dacquoise, yogurt meringue, willams pear ice cream

I’m not a big fan of white chocolate and sweet desserts, but this one clearly won my heart. 8/10

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Passion fruit marshmallow, matcha macaroon, dark chocolate coconut


Tate is very enjoyable to your eye and your palate. Without any doubt, Chef Lau’s accent appeared on the whole meal. The plates were neat and artistic yet not too complicated. Some dish like Ode to Tomatoes and The Sea were just perfect. Most of the dish feels light without losing any flavor profile. Too bad, some dish was off balance, otherwise it would be a perfect dinner.


Tate Dining Room


Hong Kong, 中環蘇豪伊利近街59號地下

+852 2555 2172

Sarong Restaurant


I would be lying if I told you that I came to visit Sarong with confidence about their food. At first, I didn’t believe that a “westerner” was able to cook good Asian dishes, but they got me completely wrong.

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Sarong was established in 2008 and gained several accolades including the prestigious San Pellegrino Asia 50best in 2014. The food is a mixed between Indian, Thai, and Southeast Asian accents. The mastermind behind the kitchen is Will Meyrick, the Scottish chef who was born in Portugal, started his apprenticeships at numerous places in London before he traveled around South America, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

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Their Coktail selections were worth to try.

Tempeh Cracker served with Green Chutney (Mint, Coriander Root, Yoghurt)

Tempeh cracker is best to be enjoyed at any time any day, whether as a condiment for your main, or going with your beer. Even though I prefer to enjoyed on its own, the green chutney brought the cracker more alive by adding the fresh and sour element to the savory cracker.

Grilled Scallop with Sweet Crispy Duck Thai Basil Young coconut & Peanut Nam Jihm Tuna Betel Lemon Grass Green Tomato Sambal Matah and Bumbu Pasih

Don’t be fooled by its humbled appearance, because lot of things are going on in a single bite. The scallop dish delivered a strong South East Asian flavor with Balinese touch. Too bad the scallops were slightly overcooked, otherwise this would be spotless.

Butter Chicken with Cashew Nut Ginger Garam Masala Kasoori Methi & Tomato Sauce

I ordered additional Pita Bread to accompany this delicious butter chicken. The chicken was juicy and tender, but the gravy was slightly too salty.

“Bebek Madura” Twice Cooked Duck with Sambal Mangga & Balinese Sambal

This duck was mind blowing. It has every duck confit checklists that you can probably named off. Tender and Juicy meat, crispy skin, and undoubtedly good flavor. If you’re a big fan of sambal then you’ll definitely love those things.

Signature Crispy Pork Belly with Sichuan Chili Salt Tamarillo and Tamarind Sauce

I was amazed by the texture and the flavor from this pork belly. I tried this dish at their two sister restaurants, Mamasan and E&O, but in my opinion they’re fail to deliver the flavor balance like this one. It was either too sweet or too sour. The one I had here was clearly stunning. The sweet, sour, savory balanced really well. The texture  of the pork was crispy on top, followed by tender meat, and buttery texture from the fat.

Lemon grass Panacotta with Cucumber Lime Jelly served with Citrus Lemon Basil Sorbet

Since I and my partner were quite full during that evening, we decided to order one dessert for sharing. Let’s get it straight, the pannacotta texture was too hard, I think that my pork belly felt more tender that this. The presentation clearly didn’t match the texture and flavor.


Overall, Sarong is a place who treats Asian cuisine with respect. It is a must whenever you’re visiting Bali whether you’re having a date or with a group of friends. I believe that the varieties will please the palate diversities. Obviously, Chef Will is a master in combining complex and strong flavor without sacrificing the main ingredient quality.








Jl. Petitenget No, 19 x
Kerobokan, Bali 80361

T. +62 361 4737 809
F. +62 361 4737 810

Orient 8

As one of the Asia’s finest hotel, Hotel Mulia is a luxurious five-star hotel located in the heart of Jakarta. The hotel has several well known restaurants under his roof including Orient 8, a pan-Asian and French fine dining restaurant that caters big appetite like buffet to the poshy degustation menu.

The kitchen helmed by Florian Lamelot. A French-born chef who became Daniel Boloulud’s protégé for about 5 years at several restaurants including his eponymous Restaurant Daniel at NYC, and DB Bistro in Singapore.

DSC01556 I’m not good at describing an interior, in my opinion, the dining room is absolutely lovely. Everything just looks right, paintings on the wall, chandeliers, and tableware. This place is perfect either for special occasion or a casual one.

DSC01606 DSC01607During Valentine’s day, they had two sets menu for “him” and for “her”. (sorry for the blurry images)


Amuse Bouche: Risotto Ball, Tuna Tartar, Quiche

A set of palate teaser started with a risotto ball, crisp on the outside and al-dente in the center, seasoned with grated truffle. The tuna tartar was fresh and perfectly seasoned. The quiche is basically a savory egg tart with grated truffle, the pastry was slightly soggy.


Trio de crabe et asparges vertes

  “Mille-feuilles‟‟ of peekytoe crab, avocado and asparagus salad, Petite verrine of crab claw and Parmesan croustillant, orange vinaigrette.

Mousse had a lovely creamy texture, the sweetness from the crab meat and the asparagus blend really well, I believe that a hint of acidity will perfect this dish.

DSC01578For him: Foie gras and artichoke cannelloni, grated Parmesan, chicken jus

This humble looking dish carries big bold flavor. The pasta was perfectly cooked, slightly crisp on top and soft in the center (foie gras and artichoke filing). The chicken jus binds the flavor altogether really well.


Gnocchi à la truffe noire

For her: Hand-made potato gnocchi, shaved winter black truffle topped with a light veal jus.

Probably the best gnocchi I’ve ever had in town so far. Perfectly made, perfectly cooked, far from the boring, starchy, gluey texture that you might easily get from other places. It’s served with veal jus and truffle slices. You can’t get enough of this!

Effeuiller de cabillaud

Effeuiller de cabillaud

For him: Poached cod fish “Baccala style” paired with “A.O.C” Tarbet white beans, chipiron à la plancha and red wine ink sauce

Definitely a hearty dish with strong Italian accent, good seasoning, especially the slightly cured cod (baccala style). I personally felt that the fish was slightly overcooked, or it might be resulted from the drying process? I might getting wrong with this. The squid was absolutely good.

Cabillaud d’Atlantique en croûte vin rouge

Cabillaud d’Atlantique en croûte vin rouge

For her: Atlantic seabass topped with red wine crust, cauliflower, romanesco seafood cremolata and red wine sauce.

Didn’t manage to taste it. My bad.

Le bœuf Wellington

Le bœuf Wellington

Prime Black Angus beef Wellington layered with foie gras, truffle and baby spinach

The main course was absolutely stunning. I believe that the picture tells you almost everything what it is going to feel in your mouth. The seasoning and the cooking were spotless. From the crisp pastry, running down to the succulent beef, buttery foie gras, perfumed with truffle, and accompanied with beef jus. Voila!

Soupe de fruits aphrodites

Soupe de fruits aphrodites

Pre-dessert: Seasonal chilled fruits soup topped with strawberry sorbet

The pre-dessert was pretty boring to be honest. It was too sweet to my liking, and not chilled properly.

Fleur d’amour

Fleur d’amour

Coconut candied flower vase, golden raspberry and nuts crystalline

This pretty looking dessert has the right amount of sweetness and manages to carry the surprise element hidden in the sugar works. The sweet coconut feeling was paired really well with the raspberry gelee on the bottom.

Orient 8 definitely has a lot to offer, too bad the brilliant kitchen didn’t match by the service on that day. It was pretty slow, and both of our fish and meat course were switched (the beef was served before the fish). The staff was apologize due to miscommunication between the kitchen and the service staff. Quite a disappointment to be honest, but still, the cooking is solid, and the consistency  was there.

Orient 8


Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jalan Asia Afrika, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10270, Indonesia

+62 21 5753278

Lunch: 12.00-15.00 (last order 14.30)

Dinner: 18.00-23.00 (last order 22.30)

Cassis Gourmand

DSC01548Ginger Bread Christmas House

Ask any Jakartans to name several, if not one of the best, French restaurants in town, Cassis will always be easily crosses your ear. The kitchen helmed by Michelin starred chef Jerome Laurent since 2013. His past restaurant Le Cilantro in Arles, France, earned Michelin star in 2007. I was choosing a la carte instead of their Christmas menu.

DSC01521Amuse Bouche
From left to right: Barramundi fish cake, “Cheese Cake”, Cheese Gougères

DSC01523Pan Seared Foie Gras “Cassis”
Caramelized apples, toasted brioche, blackcurrant sauce

Who doesn’t love the foie gras? This luxurious, rich, buttery like texture piece of fatty goose liver that easily tease your palate any time. I believe that Cassis knows their foie gras really well. Each component was cooked to perfection. The foie gras was crisp at the outer layer, and melted easily in your mouth. The apple was tender, but still left a slight bite into it. The Sauce has the right amount of sweet and sour that compliments the dish really well.

DSC01528Traditional French Onion Soup with Baguette Bread
With comte cheese gratin

DSC01534Crispy Iberico Patanegra Pork
Baby pok choi and Balinesse pepper sauce

Unfortunately, my main course was completely in contrast from my starter. It was a let down to find out that the pork felt somewhat dry, slightly under seasoned, and the “Balinesse pepper sauce” seems didn’t work out.

DSC01541Crispy Mallard French Duck Leg Confit
Sauteéd new potatoes, mushrooms, mixed lettuces

Cooking a simple dish is never a simple task. The duck confit was pretty mediocre. The duck was dry, tasted more like a deep fried duck than a confit.

DSC01546Strawberry Hibiscus Fresh Bubble
Homemade vanilla ice cream

This is really good. The flavor was balanced really well. The vanilla ice cream mellowed the sharpness from the strawberry beautifully.

DSC01547Sorbet Selections

I personally believe that chef at his caliber will able to deliver far better precision into his food. Yes, the foie gras was absolutely the star on that afternoon, but you don’t judge a restaurant by the foie gras alone do you?

Cassis gourmand


Jalan KH. Mas Mansyur, Kav. 24, Pavilion Apartment Retail Arcade, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10220, Indonesia
+62 21 57941500


Kayuputi is a beachfront fine dining restaurant at St. Regis Bali. The 4-time Wine Spectator Award winning offers Asian inspired haute cuisine. The kitchen is helmed by the executive chef Agung Gede with 10 years of professional experiences behind his back.


I had a hard time taking pictures during my dinner because I was chose to dine at the beachfront table with minimal lighting.

IMG_1025Starter: Smoked Salmon, Crushed Potato Salad, Balsamic Reduction

 SAMSUNG CSCWholemeal bread: Rosemarry, Caraway Seeds, Sundried Tomato, Oregano

Served with Butter, Olive Tapenade, Spicy Apple Puree.

Warning: The spicy apple puree is very addictive!

 IMG_1038Lobster Bisque, Poached Lobster Zucchini Cannelloni, Sour Cream, Avruga Caviar, Ginger Crisp

The bisque was light but packed with tons of flavor and it was well paired with the cannelloni. The good thing about the cannelloni is that you can literally cut it down with your spoon. It’s firm and smooth. Perfect cooking.

 IMG_1037Pan seared Alaskan scallop U10 set on seafood agnoloti, topped with caviar and lemongrass infused crustacean – parmesan foam

Those perfectly cooked scallops were paired really well with the crustacean bisque. The agnoloti pasta was cooked al dente. Very intense sea flavor was coming trough this dish.

IMG_1039Indian Ocean “fruits de mer”

Assorted seafood of the day; sea bream fillet, Manila clams, octopus, cuttlefish, king prawn and deeper scallop with carambola, ginger flower “nage” of Balinese aromatic roots.

Seriously, everything on the plate was spot on. From the fish to cuttlefish, the prawn, and the scallop were cooked with high level of precision. Too bad that  I couldn’t really enjoyed the ginger flower “nage”. I felt that the nage was too heavy in flavor (especially the dish was topped with “sambel matah”) and lacking of acidity.

 IMG_1040(1)Black Angus Beef fillet “Rossini” – Kayuputi version

Pan seared foie gras, composition of mushrooms, red onion jam, and Perigueux sauce.

The meat was well seasoned and perfectly pink. The sauce was compliments the dish really well, and the red onion jam cut the richness beautifully. The only thing that bothered me was the foie gras was slightly overcooked, otherwise this dish would be spotless.

 IMG_1101Pumpkin – Orange – Ginger

Pumpkin-orange brûlée, ginger sable, orange-ginger sherbet, espuma of golden ginger candy, orange coulis

The sweet and sour flavor with a hint of ginger that coming through from this dessert was well balanced and refreshing.

 IMG_1042Strawberry – kemangi basil

Kemangi basil infused compressed strawberry, kemangi basil meringue, strawberry mousse and yoghurt ice cream

The kemangi was perfuming the strawberry with a sharp lemony aroma with a hint of mint at the back. The mousse was smooth and melt beautifully on your palate.

 IMG_1041Chocolate – Balinese long pepper

Guanaja bar long pepper infused chocolate manjari coulis, Valrhona bitter chocolate ice cream, cooca nibs – long pepper tuile, liquored chocolate stick.

I believe that the picture and the explanation are enough to tell you how good it is to be put in your mouth.


I’m impressed and proud at the same time about the food they offer. Since the executive chef was a Balinese, yet he’s able to execute the plate with finesse. From the cooking to the presentation were deliver precisely and beautifully like a haute cuisine master.


This place is definitely a must place to go on special occasion. The service was warm enough, the staffs were knowledgeable, and the outdoor dining table is suitable for romantic occasion. If you are willing to have Asian/Bali flavor with a strong touch of haute cuisine, Kayuputi won’t fail you definitely.




St. Regis Bali – Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6 · PO Box 44, Nusa Dua · Bali 80363 · Badung · Bali  ·
(62)(361) 300 6786

Les Amis

Les Amis

The Friends, is what Les Amis stands for in French. Since the opening in 1994, Les Amis has been the temple of French cuisine, and that put Singapore into the world culinary map. The restaurant has several prestigious accolades including San Pellegrino world’s 100 best restaurants 2013 (ranked 81st), San Pellegrino Asia’s 50best 2013 & 2014 (ranked 14th), and The Miele Guide Asia’s 10th best restaurant.


The kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Sebastien Lepinoy, who widely known as the legendary Robuchon’s right hand man before he joined Les Amis group in 2010 as the head chef of Cépage restaurant in Hong Kong. He took out Les Amis’s kitchen since September 2013. He applies classic French technique with a touch of Asian accent on his food.

IMG_0718Mini Croutons (olive, tomato, fennel), Mini Baguettes, Sour dough, Hazelnut Bread.

IMG_0768Teppanyaki Seared scallop, Teriyaki Sauce

This is exactly how I would like my scallop to be cooked every time. The texture was just perfectly crisp on the surface and slightly rare in the center. It’s fresh, has an intense sweet sea flavor with a little bit of acidity from a tiny squeeze of lime and coated thinly with teriyaki dipping…. unbeatable.

IMG_0770Foie Gras Custard, Artichoke Soup, Shaved Truffle.

IMG_0709Simple yet elegant dish. Both the custard and the soup were light and balanced perfectly, nothing was too dominant or heavy, especially the foie gras usually has a tendency to deliver strong flavor, but this one they really nailed it.

IMG_0707Sea Bass, Crispy Leek, Caviar Sauce

The Sea Bass was spotless, it was perfect in both seasoning and cooking. The only concern that I had was I prefer for the sauce to have a little bit more acidity to lift up the flavor. Lacking of acidity almost turned the dish flat.

IMG_0769Grilled Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin, Asparagus, Rich Jus, White Miso

The meat was cooked perfectly and delivered everything that you want to get from the beef. It was perfectly charred, tender but still have the meaty texture (very different from the tender feeling you get from sous vide), and seasoned beautifully. Everything on the plate were delivered with precise cooking. It doesn’t require any unnecessary dressing or plating. A pair of perfectly cooked asparagus were really did the justice.

IMG_0699Pinot Noir Macerated Strawberries, Yoghurt Ice Cream, Almond Cake

It might looks simple, but, believe me, it is not easy to find the right balance for a dessert like this. The Yoghurt ice cream compliments the warm, mellow strawberries really well.

IMG_0697Madelaine, Lemon Cream

Do I need any more explanation about this? :)

I realize that simplicity is getting rarer these days. Is it because simplicity is just too difficult to master? or they just thought that simplicity means boring. Simplicity demands heavily on great produce and perfect execution, and Les Amis clearly knows this game really well. There’s nothing to hide on that afternoon, where every 3 to 4 things on the plate were perfectly executed without any unnecessary garnish or seasoning. This place has a lot to offer. I will go back to this place beyond any doubt.

Les Amis


1 Scotts Road, #02-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
+65 6733 2225

Namaaz Dining (revisit)

During my first visit to Namaaz, I felt that this restaurant had something to offer to the Jakarta culinary scene. I like the way they present their idea to elevate authentic Indonesian cuisine by applying avant garde technique into it. I decided to spend my Valentine’s day here to experience their new menu and location.


The restaurant itself is more refined in terms of dining room and service. The new 30 seats Namaaz has an open kitchen where the guests can almost barely see everything throughout the dining experience. I was sitting on the chef’s table, so that basically I had more exposure to the kitchen.

IMG_0725Passion fruit sphere. Soda tablet.

What you see isn’t what you get. Both the appearance and the texture are completely like a proper raw egg. The idea is to create the flavor similar to passion fruit Italian soda in a egg form. The yolk and the white are made from passion fruit juice, and served with soda tablet.


Ultra light and crisp puff pastry, served with sous vide yolk spread (The chef keep the temperature at 64’ C), sous vide mutton topped with egg whites caviar and spring onion. Even though this interpretation of the martabak (or known as murtabak in Singapore and Malaysia) didn’t really meet the real stuff apart from the components, it was absolutely delicious. The moment you spread the yolk jam on the pastry, and having it together with the mutton, you’ll know that that this plate wasn’t enough.

IMG_0727Sate lilit

I personally feel this interpretation is way too off from the original version. It’s normal for a chef to push the boundary, but the danger lies when he doesn’t know where to stop. This is a spanish mackarel fish cake with red cabbage coating served with peanut sauce. Let’s get it straight, the fish cake is too salty, and fishy to a state where it was being unpleasant. I was close enough to stop myself from having it after the first bite.

IMG_0655Bebek cabe rawit

The concept of this dish is similar to Heston’s “meat fruit”. Basically, it’s a minced duck in a red chili case, served with authentic Indonesian bbq sauce. Taste wise is pretty decent, and I don’t like the duck to be prepared this way.

IMG_0728Rujak semangka

Again, this is another manipulative dish. It looks like a plate of beef carpaccio, but the beef was actually made from “dehydrated and rehydrated watermelon”. It’s served with “rujak” sauce (rojak in malaysia). This dish was spot on! Especially for the rujak sauce was really good, even though it might be slightly too spicy for some people.

IMG_0729IMG_0730Rujak bebek

This dish was adapted from the original rujak bebek (“pounded rujak”), where normally some selections of fruits are pounded and mixed with palm sugar or known as gula Malacca. The “case” is made from jicama juice shaved ice. Jicama or known as bengkuang in Indonesia is a root vegetable that high in water content, naturally sweet, and normally used in the soup, salad, or even dessert. Inside the jicama case you have mangosteen sorbet, peanut, pomegranate, diced ubi jalar (some kind of yam), topped with jambu air (known as water guava or malay apple) foam, and served with Malacca sugar sauce. This dish was so good, because every component compliment each other and blend really well.

IMG_0740Beef Rendang

The beef is pre-seared and cooked in sous vide for 1.5 hours in 58’ which resulted in a beautiful piece of pink meat. As I mentioned in some of my previous post, I’m not a big fan of sous vide beef, but, it works. Here, you are having something different from the normal meaty (sometimes tough) beef rendang meat sink in a bold, oily rendang sauce to a neat and classy beef rendang on a plate without sacrificing the authentic flavor a bit.

IMG_0731Sop buntut (oxtail soup)

Normally the original sop buntut  is served with bone marrow. Here, the bone marrow is emulsified with with rice to form a puree, but the texture is too pasty in my opinion. I think the soup has been on top of the stove for quite sometime that makes the broth somewhat slightly too salty (over reduced).

IMG_0732Udang telur asin (prawn with salted egg yolk)

Smoke butter infused king prawn, mashed potato, smoked butter sauce. Perfectly cookef prawn, tender, sweet, and tasted far too good compared to the normal salted egg prawn.


Braised mutton chop, mutton jus, white rice, broth foam. The meat was undoubtedly tender, but it was slightly dry.

IMG_0668Opor ayam

This is a complete makeover from the original dish. Short biscuit topped with “opor” custard that is too heavy in my opinion. I get the idea, but the execution is a no for me.

IMG_0734Kue keranjang (Basket Cake)

Basket cake or normally known as Nian Gao in Chinese is a special cake during Chinese new year. It is made from glutionous flour and sugar. On this plate I was having a basket cake with mandarin coating, served with Indonesian cotton candy (rougher texture compared the normal cotton candy). I personally don’t like basket cake, so I can’t comment much about this one.

IMG_0736Pisang bakar lilin (edible grilled banana candle)

Some people might easily notice that this dish first introduced by Heston Blumenthal in his legendary Fat Duck restaurant in a different version. On this dish the chef  use the grilled banana coated with fructose and served with popping candy. The wick is made from pecans.

IMG_0675Dragon’s breath

Another famous gimmicky dish, Dragon’s Breath. The vanilla meringue is dipped in liquid nitrogen for about 35 seconds, and it will produced a smoke when you eat it.

IMG_0737Es kachang

Caramel pearl, peanut puree, chocolate paste, and Chocolate pearl filled with es kachang syrup. Check out my Instagram account for details.

IMG_0679Hot and cold ice tea

Similar to the previous session, you can read it here

IMG_0739Smoked chocolate mousse

There’s an Indonesian proverb saying that whenever you’re in love, even a cat shit will tasted like a good chocolate. This is where the idea was coming from this dessert, smoked “poo” chocolate mousse.


I have zero doubt about the way chef Andrian executes his flavor. He is the man who can put almost everything on the plate tasted right. One thing that bothered me was about the slow service. I was far too slow in my opinion. Looking the way the chefs (apart from the head chef) plate their foods was really pain in the ass. It was slow until I felt that the 3 hours meal was supposed to be end in less than 2 hours.


I really appreciate the way chef Andrian explained every single dishes to every tables on that night, but it will far more efficient if the floor staffs are trained to explain the dish as well.

Hopefully by the time I post this they’re having some improvements.





Jl. Gunawarman No. 42, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta

Cuca Flavor

Cuca flavor is currently the most-talked about restaurant in Bali, since the opening in mid 2013, it’s been reached the top rank on Trip Advisor website in short period.

Before moving to Bali, Kevin Cherkas had spent some of his career at several starred restaurants around the world including El Bulli and Arzak in Spain, and Daniel in NYC.

Before Cuca, I heard and red some articles about him during his time at BLU restaurant in Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. He’s known for his molecular approach on his food such as “breakfast” dessert which looked like an sunny-side-up, but made from coconut cream and mango juice (they served it at Cuca too!).

Tired of working in fast-paced fine dining environment, he then tried to open a place where he can deliver high quality food with more relaxing environment. His philosophy is using only Indonesian ingredients, but focusing mainly from Bali. Basically, he tries to apply modern technique on local ingredients.

Most of the food here is tapas size because they’re mean to be shared among your dining partners. It’s good really, since you can try different dishes without worrying about getting full too fast.


IMG_0567“Pan Con Tomate” and Betutu Cotton Candy
Famed Bread, Crushed Tomato, Chili, Parsley, Garlic Aioli

Cuca’s version of original spanish tomato bread. I really can’t compare with the authentic spanish version, because they just different in terms of flavor. This one has more intense and bold flavor with Indonesian touch on the tomato dipping.

The cotton candy was close to unedible. The feeling was like having a hunk of cotton candy dusted with unpleasant betutu-flavored msg.

IMG_0569Smoked Sablefish
Beetroot Yoghurt, Avocado, Bread Cracker, Wild Herbs.

Intense smoke flavor from the fish, and the beetroot tasted mildly from the yoghurt which compliment the fish really well. Delicious.

IMG_0570Glazed Young Carrot Salad
Whipped Avocado, Bedugul Strawberry, Cashew Nut, Basil

This is one of my favorite dish. The carrot was very tender, but still managed to have the right bite. It’s perfectly glazed with a hint of cumin at the back. The strawberry delivered the right amount of acidity.

IMG_0571Crispy Wild Chicken

Wild Honey, Country Coleslaw, Sesame Dust, Lemon Basil

Some people says this is one of the highlight, but i feel that this one pretty mediocre. The only good thing about it is the beetroot-infused-cabbaged-slaw. The honey was to overpowering which make chicken tasted more like a dessert.

IMG_0572Bbq Octopus

Asian Gazpacho, Fresh Apple, Caramelized Cauliflower,Coriander

Everyone has to agree that this plate looks georgeos! It’s clean, simple, green, and bright. At first I didn’t like the gazpacho, the flavor is too complex, and lots of coriander (I hate coriander by the way). But after awhile it tasted quite good actually. The problem here is the octopus itself. I know that octopus is difficult to be cooked properly, it has a very fine line between undercooked and overcooked, and between mushy and tender. The octopus meat it tasty, but it’s slightly mushy to my preference.

IMG_0574Roasted Tiger Prawn

Sweet and Sour Eggplant, Red Chili, Light Coconut Broth, Kaffir Lime

This dish was packed of flavor, especially the “light” broth which I personally feel that it has intense prawn flavor. The broth was slightly too thick to my liking, but flavor wise was just spotless.

IMG_0577Chilled Watermelon Salad

Calamansi, Pink Radish, Pandawa Seaweed, Sesame, Cilantro

Again, cuca managed to put simple ingredients together to create something flavorful. It looks fresh and simple where some of the watermelon balls wearing radish hats. The sweetness from the watermelon is well balanced by the calamansi.


White Wine, Iced Fruit, Brandy Soda

IMG_0575Bali Breakfast

Sweet Runny Mango, Frozen Passion Fruit, Whipped Coconut

This “breakfast” dessert is one of his signature dish during his time at BLU restaurant in Singapore. Even though I haven’t tried the original version yet, I believe that the concept is still the same. The mango sphere is placed on top of coconut milk foam which created refreshing flavor.

IMG_0576Cocoa 8

Warm Dark Chocolate Mousse, Mint Ice Cream, Cocoa Crouton

This dessert is inspired by “after 8” chocolate bar that you can easily get in the supermarket. Basically it’s a marriage of chocolate and mint. The mint sorbet was just can’t get any better than this. It’s packed with strong mint flavor, and mellowed by the luxurious warm dark chocolate mousse.

IMG_0582BBQ Berry

Grilled Mountain Strawberries, Almond Ice Cream, Pandan Custard

It’s hard to decide which dessert I like the most because most of them were just keep teasing my evening. The grilling treatment manages to reduce the sourness and let the sugar caramelized a little bit.


 Since I went there in a big group, I didn’t really try the rest of the desserts.



Monkey Business

BBQ Banana Pudding, Espresso Gelato, Hazelnut Dust, Whiskey Butterscotch


IMG_0584 Pineapple Pudding

Roasted Pineapple, Sesame Ginger Pudding, Frozen Crumbled Yoghurt, Tarragon

To sum up the whole experience at Cuca, this place is all about the man, Kevin Cherkas, who knows really well how do flavors suppose to marry each other. I think almost every dish tasted delicious, and that is the most important thing on the plate apart from the gorgeous plating and so on. I really respect him since he tries to channel his passion by using local products in the middle of the trends where our local chefs tend to westernize their cooking mindset. This is the place where you can spend a romantic evening without getting any fine dining intimidation, or just spending time with your buddies in a good place that serves good food.

Cuca Flavor


Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, Bali 80364, Indonesia

+62 361 708066


Teatro Gastroteque


The land of paradise, that’s what Bali known for. Bali is always have more than you ask to fulfill your appetite, be it from the glorious beaches to exotic temples, nightlife, it’s a perfect place to really put yourself away from your daily routine.

Bali’s dining scene has changed overtime. Not to mention their wide varieties of local cuisine. The restaurant scene these days is just as massive as you can imagine. I would say Bali is the only place in Indonesia that able to give the right amount of appreciation about fine dining, and Jakarta is not even close.


Thanks to one of my friend to introduce this place Teatro Gastroteque. The restaurant is small, with open kitchen not only to the diner, but also to the people who pass by. It is located at Seminyak alongside the shopfront. The 26 seats dining room is small and intimate.

Young, talented, and incredibly passionate native Indonesian chef, Mandif Warokka, who was born in Papua has wide ranges of experiences during his cooking career including working at several restaurants in Europe, Dubai, and Bali before opening his own place.

IMG_0585 IMG_0586Cassava, Quail egg, Rempeyek, Siew Paw

 Before we start, some of the readers might not familiar with rempeyek. It its an Indonesian traditional savory cracker made from rice flour topped with dry roasted peanut. The cassava is another authentic ingredient from Indonesia where you can treat it almost the same as potato. They use Japanese bamboo powder to color the cassava. These were tasted pretty normal for me because I grew up with these things, except off course the unique mini siew paw. The bun is very soft and the sauce was delicious. Other than that, I really appreciate the effort to bring something Indonesian as an opener of my meal.

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Lovely bread served with butter topped with rock salt and a dash of togarashi (Japanese chili powder)


Beetroot Soup, Cucumber, Cream Fraiche

I personally feel that the soup has the right amount of acidity. It is very light, and doesn’t have that harsh mouthfeel from raw beetroot. The beetroot and cucumber go really well together.


Foie Gras “Terrine”

Apple Salad, Tomato Candied, Micro Greens, Granny Smith Gel, Brioche

You need to have every component from this plate in one spoon in order for the flavor to work, because the foie gras itself tasted somewhat too salty to my palate. I like the progression of flavor from the apple, and slowly fade in into the rich, creamy taste from the foie gras. The Candied tomato was incredibly juicy and naturally sweet.


Seared Hottatei Scallop

Bourbon Green Peas Cream, Romain and Ricotta Raviolo


 The scallop cooked just right, but I feel that the ricotta is somewhat missing on my palate, and my friend was agreed on this too. I wish this dish could be better.


Smoked Fish Consomme

Prawn Gyoza, Scallion, Garlic Oil

The prawn gyoza was good, but I enjoyed the consommé more. It has a hint of lemongrass and ginger taste.


Trou Normand

Seasonal Exotic Tropical Sorbet

Mangosteen sorbet served with a dash of vodka and sweet ginger bubble



Poached Lobster

Caramelized Cauliflower, Brioche, Avruga Caviar, Sabayon

Undoubtedly the lobster was cooked perfectly, but sadly that’s the only thing that I was able to enjoy. The champagne sabayon was lacking of acidity. The chef used nothing except the champagne and the egg to create the sabayon in order to maximize pure flavor, but this just wasn’t working for me. Another thing is that since the plate is hot, the sabayon was slightly hardened and formed like a very soft cake a little bit.


Pekin Duck Breast

Corn Perkedel, English Spinach, Baby Pakchoy, Hoi Sin Sauce

I’m not trying to degrade this dish, the duck cooked pink, the sauce and the corn perkedel (Indonesian version of potato cake) were good, but honestly it’s pretty decent. I would prefer to have this at a good Chinese restaurant instead. And yes, you can blame me for that.


IMG_0601 Gateaux De Citron

Mandarin Marmalade, Lemon Cream, Hazelnut Daquise, Tomato Candy, Fennel, Yogurt Sorbet, Orange Tuile

This dessert was both beautifully presented on the plate and tasted in the mouth. The execution was spotless.


Petit Four

Banana Brownies, Chocolate Caramel, Passion Fruit



Everything was good at first, but it somewhat started to decrease its magic gradually. The problem is that the chef is trying to highlight the main ingredient by minimizing the other supporting elements, which is a very good thing, but I feel that if the supporting elements, even the smallest garnish don’t manage to meet the quality, the star ingredient will also sink into it. I would like come back to this place again to see what the chef is up to. He’s just passionate in what he’s doing, he really tries to push and raise the bar to be the top of the game.

Teatro Gastroteque


Jalan Kayu Aya, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

+62 361 8700078, rona@teatrobali





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