Ji at Bale Sutra 1706 Restaurant in Canggu

Japanese Restaurant in Bali

Ji at Bale Sutra is the latest iteration of Hotel Tugu Bali’s unique signature restaurant, Bale Sutra. The restaurant retains much of its impressive artistic appeal, particularly its showcase three-century-old Kang Xi period temple. But now, an upgrade to its menu concept presents Japanese fusion cuisine, as well as a high-end wine and sake bar. A rooftop venue called Ji Terrace by The Sea has seating overlooking the surf and coast of Batu Bolong Beach, and presents contemporary pan Asian selections. It’s a popular spot in Canggu for a fancy dining experience surrounded by impressive art and interior design.

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Dining at Ji at Bale Sutra

The underlying new theme at Ji at Bale Sutra 1706 is arty Kabuki. However, much of the former appeals of Bale Sutra remain. It’s profuse with authentic art pieces and artefacts, in line with the passion of Hotel Tugu’s art and antiques-collector founder. The walls are covered in black-and-white portraits of past Balinese royalty and authentic Chinese paintings from the Qing dynasty. On special events, the waiting staff also usually wear traditional Japanese outfits, complete with kimonos and elaborate hairdo.

From Ji at Bale Sutra’s menu, you have selections that are inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, with a focus on robatayaki, or the classical Japanese art of fireside grilling. You’ll also find fine selections of sushi. There’s also gyoza and Osaka-style salads, as well as charcoal-grilled selections. Special ‘maki’ rolls include spicy yellowfin tuna with Schichimi peppers, Tugu Californian rolls with Tobiko caviar and Ji Rainbow with fresh sliced raw tuna. Each come served as eight slices, with prices starting at IDR 85,000 (USD 6.80).

For contemporary Indonesian, Indian, and Thai favourites served with ocean views, slightly deviate to its rooftop spot, Ji Terrace by The Sea. At Ji Terrace, there’s a thatched roof shack bar and alfresco deck where you’re offered a wide seascape of Canggu’s rolling surf. Its kitchen is led by Chef Colin Buchan who previously helmed the kitchens at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants in London. From the bar are Asian-inspired mixologist cocktails (average IDR 100,000 or USD 7.50 per serving). To complement the seaside vibes and sunsets over the surf, it regularly features DJs playing chillout tunes.

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Hotel Tugu Bali

A magical aura runs through the property, with rare items – from real barong costumes to life-size sculptures and giant Chinese vases – adorning its lobby, gardens and dining outlets.To enhance the timeless quality of Hotel Tugu, black-and-white portraits of scenes from age-old Bali hang inside the rooms.Located in Canggu, far from the crowds on the outlying northern fringe of Kuta and Seminyak, the secluded coastal location adds mystery and appeal to the charming layout.Tugus open spaces are fitted with premium-quality teakwood furniture, and the wealth of antiques in its decor reflects the passion of its owner, an eminent art collector from Malang, East Java. Read More...

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