As one of the most famous travel destinations in the world, Bali’s hospitality sector is in a state of constant redevelopment and reinvention. This month the island is welcoming not only new restaurants to the culinary scene but new chefs too. Lion X opened its doors at the Renaissance in Nusa Dua.
The Westin Resort, also in Nusa Dua, has welcomed the newly revamped restaurant Ikan which overlooks the tranquil waters of the coastal inlet. Over in Seminyak, Hotel Indigo Bali is welcoming Japanese culinary specialist Chef Rizal to the team to breathe new life into the hotel’s signature restaurant SugarSand.
The newly opened Lion X at the Renaissance Nusa Dua Bali is heavily influenced by the traditional Chinese lion dance. The new kitchen is led by Chef Alex Kuan, who has designed one of the most inspiring and authentic menus in all of Bali. He is introducing new unique flavor combinations and sensations rooted in Szechuan and Cantonese dishes. Chef Kuan’s menu is designed to take diners ‘on a tour between two culinary landscapes’.
Featured dishes include Chef Kuan’s Signature 8 Treasure Flamed Chicken and his Cantonese Style Flying Crispy Noodles with Seafood and Egg Gravy. The intimate restaurant can seat up to 114 people and offers a private dining area. Diners can also choose to make a booking in the outdoor dining area if they so wish. Lion X operates two dining services, lunch is served from 12-3 pm, and the dinner service starts at 6 pm with the kitchen closing its doors at 10.30 pm.
Staying in Nusa Dua, the coastal resort area is celebrating the launch of the newly revamped Ikan at The Westin Resort. Headed up by Chef de Cuisine Fajar Kurniawan Putra, the menu is inspired by passion and deep knowledge of traditional Balinese cuisine. Chef Putra launched his career when he was just 20 years of age. He has worked in some of the island’s most famous high-end restaurants and is serving up an incredible range of Balinese seafood specialties.
The menu is a sight to behold, featuring all manner of dining options. From indulgent mains to tapas-style small plates and a mouth-watering dessert menu to finish off the dining experience on a high. Featured dishes include Jimbaran-style Ikan Bakar, Bulung (seaweed salad), and Ayam Upih Betutu.
Ikan is not only about amazing food but amazing drinks too. Head Mixologist Marlon Hermanto is one of Bali’s most highly regarded cocktail designers and has created a beverage menu that incorporates some of Bali’s finest artisanal spirits.
Heading over to Seminyak, the popular coastal retreat is welcoming Chef Rizal to the ever-popular Hotel Indigo. Chef Syamsul Rizal is a specialist in Japanese guises and is bringing his international experience to Hotel Indigo’s beachside restaurant SugarSand. Originally from Java, Chef Rizal has worked in Miami’s highly regarded Nobu Restaurant and Dubai’s phenomenal Zuma.
Chef Rizal is bringing his sense of adventure to the pass and is enthusiastic about leading his new team. Chef Rizal is giving the menus at SugarSand a complete revamp. New menus will feature soups, salads, and small plates for lunch. In the evening, diners can expect new culinary experiences, including Chef Rizal’s very own Japanese-style fried rice with garlic and striploin, which is racking up rave reviews.
While travelers generally visit Bali with a wish to explore the cultural heritage of the island or to kick back and relax on the beach, it is entirely possible to have a dedicated food tour of the island. In 2023 Bali was voted in second place in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. The culinary scene in Bali, as well as the outstanding hospitality and dedicated tourism attractions all, helped secure the island as one of the world’s best travel destinations.
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