A Fine Journey
Indulge in some fine french cuisine with a Japanese twist with your loved one while overlooking the view of the tranquil ocean..
Nestled on a cliff within the tranquil Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali, Ju-Ma-Na is still one of the most romantic restaurants on the island that every lovebird should experience. The sleek yet elegant design with white color dominating the space gives a charming touch while the floor-to-wall windows boasting an expansive view of the ocean makes the restaurant look dreamier.
A table by the window in the indoor area is the perfect place to dine, but before your dinner begins, take your loved one to the outdoor area to have a pre-dinner cocktail as the sun sets on the horizon. “Ju-Ma-Na” actually means “white pearl” in Arabic, and Ju-Ma-Na restaurant lives up to its name, not just by offering a sophisticated design and remarkable view but also selections of fine delectable dishes with a surprising twist...
As the sky turned pink, I chose to sit by the window to admire the scenery. Not long after, Chef de Cuisine and Head Chef Alit Mandala greeted me. “In Ju-Ma-Na, we present French cuisine with a Japanese twist,” he explained. “We use French cooking techniques like sous vide and incorporate them with Japanese flavor. For instance, our Angus beef is served with vegetables cooked teppanyaki style and truffle sauce.”
Ju-Ma-Na also highlights fresh seafood. “Our signature dish is Seafood Tower that serves crab, tiger prawn, oyster, clams, lobster and mussel,” Chef Alit continued. “Most of the seafood is imported. As for the meat, we have Kobe beef, a top-grade beef from Australia that is still rare to find in Bali, and French duck.” To balance the imported protein, Ju-Ma-Na sources local vegetables for side dishes. “We aim to elevate local ingredients to fine dishes by combining them with our imported meat and seafood.”
The result is selections of delectable fine cuisine with unique characteristics like no other fine dining restaurants on the island offers.
From Alaskan king crab for an appetizer to fresh water blue lobster for the main course, Ju-Ma-Na’s menu sure seems appetizing. If you want to have a complete experience, Ju-Ma-Na presents three-to six-course dinners – I opted for the three-course dinner, and the dishes were beyond my expectation.
My dinner started with amuse bouche that was made of smoked beef with compressed watermelon and ponzu sauce. As I took a bite, I began to taste the Japanese twist within the amuse bouche, and couldn’t wait for more surprising flavors in the following dishes. Next on the menu was Ama Ebi Tartar for appetizer. Served with white sauce, wasabi aioli and ponzu sauce, the Japanese prawn dish had a bold flavor with miso dressing and avocado guacamole. It was also presented in a sophisticated plating as it was adorned with edible 24-carat gold leaves.
The Obe Beef Tenderloin followed as the main course. Served with potato mousseline and teppanyaki vegetable, this meat dish was even more delicious with truffle cream and citrus reduction. The organic Australian Obe beef was lush and delicate as it was cooked to perfection – it was beautifully seared on the outside and pink in the inside. And just like the dishes I had previously, the Obe Beef Tenderloin had a bold Japanese flavor that gave a unique twist.
My three-course dinner had a sweet ending with Mon Merveilleux for dessert. The mascarpone passion cream served with vanilla chantilly and meringue tuille had a balanced sweet and sour flavor with carrot and ginger candy as well as slices of orange and strawberry. It was such a perfect way to end the night at Ju-Ma-Na.
For a more romantic setting, the restaurant team can set up a table adorned with rose petals for lovebirds. Reservation is essential.
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