CasCades Restaurant at The Viceroy Bali

Panoramic Dining with Innovative Cuisine in Ubud

Revisiting CasCades Restaurant at the Viceroy Bali in Ubud brings sweet recollections. The splendid views looking east over the verdant Petanu River valley is simply unforgettable. And you’ll find a an overall refined setting, with an adjacent bar near the resort’s infinity pool and several dining spaces that couples can opt for intimate candlelit moments. Also unforgettable is the cuisine, best experienced during the premium seven-course degustation menu which showcases innovative dishes created by Executive Chef Nic Vanderbeeken and his culinary team.

The spot on the cosy thatched roof platform is perfect, just opposite the valley terrace and flanking a pond with soothing water features. This setup is also duly cleared into a makeshift mini stage for Balinese dance performances during CasCades Restaurant’s monthly full-moon dinner highlights. The degustation menu comes in two options, European and Indonesian, which both are varied and pleasant on the palate. We go for the former.

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The European degustation menu, at IDR 990,000 per person, presents a combination of fresh local produce, particularly tropical spices, greens and fruits, with high quality imported meats, herbs and seafood. Each dish’s presentation is also exceptional. First out, our starter comes served on a freeform wooden tray, with oscietra caviar-topped soft-boiled quail egg firmly sitting on top of a ‘potato soil’ and mousseline sauce as centrepiece. The flavours and soft textures of the egg are balanced well by rolled carrot and green pea cauliflower ‘towers’.

Next, a cured Tasmanian salmon gravlax with daikon cress, radish, pickled cucumber and wasabi crème, prettily adorned with edible blue flowers and a sprig of seaweed, brings a very rich blend of flavours to the palate. This lasts onto the following, which tastes as striking as its presentation – a foie gras terrine marinated in Hatten Wines’ Pinot de Bali and served with Balinese inspired rujak (a hot n’ spicy fruit) salad. The morsels sit in the middle of the plate that is wildly splattered with rujak sauce. Toasted brioche and pineapple-chili espuma pleasantly counters the spiciness.

Off CasCades’ signature cocktail list, we love the invigorating Cucumber Breeze: vodka, lemongrass, lime and lemonade (IDR 150,000), it is refreshing and balanced: perfect for a balmy evening. For something less boozy, the CasCades Iced Tea is recommended, made with tamarind and lemonade and the unique addition of chilli strips and candied lemongrass (IDR 50,000). Our degustation continues with a pan-seared wild scallop with celeriac velouté, pilsner apple foam and silver croutons that brings a wonderful play of crunchy and smooth textures. Our ‘palate cleanser’ is coconut sorbet with passion fruit and calamansi with yoghurt crumble and guava gel, served in a petite wooden bowl.

Three hearty Black Angus strips, grilled to a juicily medium rare, is the high spot of the degustation menu. Served in a square plate sprinkled with ashes of rosemary (which we mistook for black pepper at first), the strips sit on creamed spinach with dashes of rosemary sauce, and truffle mash croquettes on the side. The croquettes also have a rosemary sprig, which is set flaming and reduced to ashes upon being served at the table. Skilled waiters and Joy, CasCades Restaurant’s host, deliver warm and friendly service, and are as knowledgeable and passionate about each of the presented dishes as Chef Nic himself, who finds time near this end of our course to greet us at our table.

A savoury dessert of carrot orange yolk on orange ginger chocolate mud, coconut sorbet, candied carrot and meringue concludes our pleasant sit-down at this luxurious and panoramic restaurant. Check out their weekly dinner schedules with a live band performing jazz and top 40s Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the bar. The Indonesian degustation counterpart is available at IDR 890,000 and presents innovative takes on local favourites. Prices are definitely on the higher end of the Ubud dining scene, but the prime location and views, services and world-class cuisine more than justifies the cost.

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Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali presents luxurious villa accommodation in the cool upland and cultural heartland of Bali, Ubud.The five-star resort makes good use of its natural surroundings, perched on a verdant valley overlooking one of the legendary rivers in Bali.Guests are welcomed to the calm and serenity of the hotel grounds, and enjoy a stay that is close to nature and away from the hubbubs of modern life.The resort is a 90-minute transfer from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in southern Bali, while the hub of Ubud, where a collection of must-see landmarks, art galleries, museums and rows of fine restaurants are found, is only a 15-minute transfer away. Read More...

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