It’s definitely a one and only event for Bali. This month sees the opening of JI at the Bale Sutra, Hotel Tugu Bali, an asian grill, sushi and sake bar housed in an original ancient Kang Xi period temple, dated from 1706. This 310-years-old Kang Xi period temple was almost demolished in the 1990s in Java, and was transported and reconstructed in its entirety at Hotel Tugu.
A majestic blend between the old Chinese and the old Balinese cultures, this ornate and elegant dark wood temple features beautiful carvings and details of mythological animals all over the roofs and ceilings. It was originally a family temple that had been used for generations, before it was saved and found by the founder/designer of Tugu Hotels & Restaurants, the antique collector Anhar Setjadibrata.
The temple is now housed in a red room fully decorated with a delicate 18th century Goddess of Mercy, as well as numerous artifacts, heritage of the grandiose lives of barons and Balinese sovereigns from past centuries. Coloring the red walls are black and white full-sized portraits of Balinese monarch rulers as well as original Chinese paintings from Qing dynasty. The room features a very long dark wood bar serving contemporary Asian-inspired cocktails as well as fine sakes from Japan and wines from all over the world.
The cuisine at JI is inspired by centuries old cooking tradition from Japan, as well as other East Asian countries, with focus on classical art of grilling (robata) as well as the finer arts of sushi in bringing beautifully delicate flavors of Asia to guests’ tables. From marinated black cod in yellow miso sauce with a glaze of shio koji; grilled octopus served with baby potatoes, anchovies and Japanese crème fraiche; aged rib eye marinated in sesame seeds oil with tangerine peel and Sichuan pepper; grilled scallops glazed with yuzu butter served with miso eggplant; dragon roll; rainbow rolls; and chef’s omakase of the freshest sashimis imported from Japan as well as from the fresh catches of the day, JI features a beautiful selection of menu to indulge in this atmospheric setting by the sea.
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