Bemused with the quaint delicacies at Quila, the newest dining room at Alila Villas Uluwatu...
Alila Villas Uluwatu has been a notable resort for those who want to have a relaxing holiday or simply just to see a picturesque sunset. But now, it has one more reason to make people go all the way to the southern tip of Bali. It is Quila, the newest dining outlet at the hotel, which I personally consider ‘a chic dining room’.
“Qui” means “he who transforms” and “La” is derived from the last two alphabets in “Alila”. These words perfectly reflect what Executive Chef Marc Lorés Panadés wants to present at Quila – dishes that will take guests up to a whole new level of culinary journey. In each dish, Marc transforms a simple meal into an extraordinary one, from the presentation, the taste, and even the name of the menu. Everything is thoughtfully created to give guests a different dining sensation without forgetting Indonesian roots. Quila also uses local produce whenever possible, and stays organic and sustainable as well.
There are a lot of dining places on the island that offer a distinct dining style, but Quila is truly one of a kind as the restaurant is a mix of exquisite degustation and finedining, where dishes are served with multisensory surprises. Come and visit the restaurant, and be taken on an extraordinary dining experience with a lot of surprises.
Decorated with around 200 different Indonesian batik prints on the walls, Quila provides five table sets for a maximum of 10 guests. It is obvious that Quila offers an intimate dining experience for a small number of people, and that’s why reservations are essential. Quila also givespersonalized service as the reservation staff will let guests consult with the kitchen staff – or even with the chef himself – about their meal preference and dietary needs when making a booking.
Quila presents Mediterranean-inspired dishes, all are created to attract the guests’ five senses. For example, during my dinner at Quila, a waiter handed me a sea shell and asked me to put it on one of my ears to hear the sound of rolling waves. At the same time, the waiter also covered my eyes with a cloth. He said, “Just focus on what you hear through that shell.” After a minute, he took off the cloth from my eyes and, like magic, a seafood dish was already served on my table. The presentation of this dish was such a feast to my eyes as well – the seafood was presented on a wooden box filled with a sea stone decoration inside and covered with a glass. The seafood, which was a cray fish and burrata, was placed right on the glass cover. How amazing is that?
Sound, texture, presentation and aroma – Quila successfully combines all those four elements to take guests beyond the dish. Each of the dishes plays with diner’s hearing, smell and feeling senses before it actually hits the palate. Another example is when a waitress brought me a dish called St. George and the Dragon – I was so enchanted with the way she served it. St. George and the Dragon is an appetizer that involves beetroot, but before being served at my table, the waitress told me a story about a legendary tale of a dragon. It made my imagination wander, imagining what the dish would look like. I assumed, it should be related to the story. When served, the dish resembled a blooming rose made of beetroot with some green-colored ice as the branch. It was beyond my expectation, really! And of course, the taste of the food lived up to the presentation. A little tip; the dishes are even better when paired with Quila’s crafted mocktails, cocktails or wine.
Quila has definitely become a breath of fresh air in Uluwatu. Mostly, tourists and residents of Bali go to Uluwatu to surf and snooze at the beaches and resorts, but Quila tops off the reason for a visit to Uluwatu: to treat one’s senses, and to be awakened again with an exquisite dining experience. The menu changes daily, and each dish is tailored by Marc. The degustation mostly comes in 10 courses, but upon request, it can be changed. Don’t get intimidated by the 10 courses though, because each of the dish is perfectly sized in sensible portions. Because at Quila, it is more than just about indulging in the dishes – Quila will tempt your appetite and senses at the same time, and make you forget about the world for a while.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Jalan Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Uluwatu
By Suhartina Sindukusumo