The Apurva Kempinski Bali, a five-star hotel in Bali, debuts Koral Restaurant, the highly-anticipated new aquarium dining experience. The menu includes elegant dishes inspired by Indonesian coastal flavors and crafted from locally sources ingredients. The restaurant offers a full bistronomic experience, combining delectable dining, laid-back ambiance and the rarefied atmosphere of an aquarium.
As Bali’s first underwater restaurant, Koral promises something completely unique. Our bistronomic concept combines all aspects of the dining experience, with elegant dishes inspired by local flavours, a warm and welcoming ambiance and the one-of-a-kind opportunity to dine inside a tropical aquarium. With a growing collection of outstanding restaurants, bars and lounges spread across the resort, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is quickly cementing its reputation as one of the leading culinary destinations on the Island of the Gods. – Vincent Guironnet, General Manager, The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Koral’s design is inspired by the tropical characteristics of Bali and the great Majapahit empire, which brought prosperity to all of Indonesia from the 13th to 16th Centuries. It features teak wood ceilings and walls made from traditional red clay bricks and decorated with elegant black and white tegel tiles. The aquarium windows showcase the otherworldly glass-roofed tunnel filled with tropical fish.
The restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from the rich abundance of seafood available in the waters off the Indonesian coast. Executive Sous Chef Imam Fayumi transforms humble ingredients into a menu of elegant fine-dining style dishes. Among the signature dishes are: ‘Tomatoes Bedugul’, ripe tomatoes and red tomato consommé, with fresh baby vegetables, creamy mozzarella cheese and tomato oil sorbet; ‘Lump Blue Crab’ salad with zingy Granny Smithy apple, crisp jicama and aromatic lemon basil and ginger; and the locally inspired ‘Prawn & Lime’, which combines stuffed jumbo prawns with spicy dabu-dabu salsa, silky potato gnocci and spicy tomato and chili sauce.
Furthermore, Koral offers a four-course degustation menu featuring the finest seasonal ingredients with sommelier-selected wine pairings, for the ultimate underwater experience. To complement the rich flavors of Asian spices, guests have a chance to sample cocktails created by talented mixologists. The signature ‘Spiced Ink Mojito’, is a heady blend of spiced rum, squid ink mint syrup, lime fruit ginger and kaffir leaves, and there’s a selection of locally inspired house creations, handcrafted bubbly cocktails and a selection of Indonesian craft beers on offer.
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