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  • Bale Sutra Restaurant at Hotel Tugu Bali

    Peranakan Dining in Antique Settings in Canggu

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    Bale Sutra is one of the unique signature restaurants at Hotel Tugu Bali in Canggu. Consistent with the ultra-luxe resort’s concept of incorporating authentic Javanese and Balinese art items and antiques of its founding art collector and owner, this restaurant was built out of a nearly demolished three-century-old Kang Xi period temple. The deep red and black dining room now welcomes diners to extravagant dining experiences over selections of Peranakan style cuisine.

    Adding to the sense of antiquity inside Bale Sutra is an assortment of large black-and-white photographs depicting scenes of historical Bali, such as family portraits of Balinese rajas, ‘patih’ palace guards brandishing ‘keris’ daggers in pose, together with old Chinese ceramic plates, embroidered silks, wooden altars and figurines that were actually part of the old temple. It reflects the cultural relationship between old Balinese and ancient Chinese heritage, as does its menu.

  • Peranakan cuisine itself is a cultural fusion through food, which is highlighted well through Bale Sutra’s tasty and spicy selections. Various set menus are available. A ‘Babah Peranakan Dinner’ features seven courses with spicy delights throughout, such as Semarang style ‘lumpia’ or deep-fried spring rolls stuffed with bamboo shoots and shrimp, a clear fish and tamarind soup, ‘udang bumbu rujak’ or stir-fried prawns in a spicy tomato sauce, a chicken curry in cumin and coconut sauce, and a ‘Babah’ style fried rice. A dessert of stuffed glutinous rice balls in ginger syrup concludes the meal.

    You can also opt for a more Chinese dining experience, through the ‘Forbidden City’ set menu. The seven course menu includes fried wonton pork dumplings, sweet corn soup, stir-fried eggplants, breaded and deep-fried baby lobster, a selection of steamed garoupa or tender fried duck for main course, Yangzhou fried rice and ends with deep-fried vanilla ice cream with coconut. This theatrical dinner experience is served by merry ‘eunuchs’, serving staff wearing masks and colourful Chinese court costumes. Dining experiences start from USD 43 (IDR 600,000) for two.

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