Dining Out: Top 5 restaurants in Indonesia

Tue Jan 5, 2010 12:29am EST
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - The Miele Guide to Asia's finest restaurants is written by food experts who know and love the region (www.mieleguide.com).

This is a list of the top 5 restaurants in Indonesia, where the cuisine is varied but fine dining still confined to the capital Jakarta and the island of Bali. It is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Mozaic, Bali

Some restaurants boast an exquisite balance between cuisine, service and setting that, together, make them truly exceptional. Such is the magic of Mozaic. Chef-owner Chris Salans deftly marries French skill with traditional Balinese ingredients and flavors, with inventive and delicious results. His cuisine is global in the sense that the well-traveled diner will recognize and appreciate his accomplished mastery of the contemporary language of fine dining, though having lived and worked in Bali for the past 12 years, Salans understands well the importance of balance, and this is meticulously reflected in the well-rounded flavors of each dish. With impeccable service, fronted by knowledgeable and attentive staff, it is no surprise that reservations are essential.

Jalan Raya Sanggingan

Ubud, Gianyar, Bali


2. Ku De Ta, Bali

At Ku De Ta, the famed Balinese all-in-one club-bar-restaurant, New Zealand-born chef Phillip Davenport turns out delicious fusion fare alongside classic combinations. But while the food is deftly cooked and gorgeously presented, it isn't the sole draw here. Ku De Ta is a scene, and one of the best in the world. You would be hard pressed to find a cooler, more happening restaurant with a more good-looking clientele, great sounds, and a sexier interior theme. Ku De Ta is the perfect example of the restaurant as an experience. All this makes it, hands down, one of the coolest places in Asia in which to eat, drink, and be merry.   Continued...