Translated from German, Zeitgeist means "the spirit of the moment", and is the key principle underpinning AYANA's service philosophy. Here, we share our inside tips and favorite haunts to help you experience the AYANA Zeitgeist.
Well-Placed-Insider’s tough job is being tested at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, the ultra-glamorous sunset spot located on the rooftop of RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, the sister hotel of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. UNIQUE (named so because it is) is just as dashing and spectacular for a lunch-time chill-out and poolside fun, as it is for sundowners and beats that set the tone for all-day play.
And about those cocktails… Well-Placed-Insider was lucky enough to road-test a few and these are my favorites (at least, the ones I can remember!):
1. Electric Blue Mojito (aka Rocket Fuel Mojito)
This concoction of rum, mint leaf, blue curacao syrup and fresh lime gives a fresh sweet taste that boosts your energy… to sample another one!
2. Strawberry Rum Sundae
Made with rum infused coffee, coffee liqueur, fresh cream and a splash of grenadine syrup, and garnished with fresh strawberry, this girly drink is flavorsome and of course, has a serious caffeine effect. Now I am wide awake…
3. Tiffany Blue
Sorry, no ring in there. But this combination of white rum, coconut rum, fresh pineapple juice, coconut cream and a splash of blue syrup gives a delicious tropical beach flavor that deserves an “I do” too. Or, I do… want more.
4. Southern Nelis Pear
A good mix of fresh pear and peach fruit compounded with sweet vermouth and fresh lime to give a very fruitful zesty bite.?It is a must have for a lazy Saturday afternoon basking under the sun.
5. Ginger Cooler
Made with a thumb-sized nob of fresh ginger, squeeze of fresh lemon, Sunkist mixed with vodka, grand marnier and topped with ginger ale, this is one bold drink for someone who really knows what they want. My favorite next to Strawberry Rum Sundae!
6. Spicy Watermelon Mojito
Nothing quenches a tropical thirst like fresh, sweet watermelon. Add white rum, sugar cane, lime juice, sparkling water, home-made spicy syrup and mint, and you have the perfect summer mojito, and a new contender for my favorite UNIQUE cocktail!
And now thanks to UNIQUE’s mixologists, Well-Placed-Insider finally understands that saying:
“I am only as strong as the cocktails I drink, the hairspray I use and the girlfriends I have…”
The Indonesian Chef Association (Bali Chapter) Dinner was held last month at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali’s newly renovated Jimbaran Lawn adjacent to our new meeting venues. Some of Indonesia’s most celebrated culinary practitioners including celebrity chef Juna Rorimpandey of MasterChef Indonesia gathered to savor the extensive buffet dinner presented by AYANA’s multinational culinary team, led by Executive Chef Bernhard Butz. The selection included a giant paella, lamb shawarma, chicken and seafood from the tandoor, beef short ribs, cheese fondue, salads, soup stations and decadent desserts.
Indonesian Independence Day falls on the 17th of August every year and is a major event for Indonesian people.
In search of spices, the Dutch arrived in Indonesia and established a foothold over Indonesian territories in 1605 and since then, up until 1945 when the Declaration of Independence was signed with Sukarno as the first President, many skirmishes were fought over this country.
As major producers, it’s no surprise that Indonesian food is rich with spices and herbs. The different contrasting flavors and textures make this cuisine a popular choice for diners.? Among the many types of spices used, nutmeg features extensively in the Indonesian kitchen. The nutmeg tree is native to the Moluccas (the Spice Islands) and has been known as a useful medicine in a number of Asian societies. Many types of stews, soups and main dishes have a pinch of nutmeg in them to enhance the flavor.
Join us to celebrate this joyous occasion of Indonesian Independence Day at Padi Restaurant, with our exclusive “Taste of Nusantara” buffet.
On Monday 28th January, 20 bartenders form all around Bali including two from AYANA competed in the 2013 DIAGEO Reserve
World Class Challenge. Here are some highlights from the event:
Many regular visitors to Bali will tell you, finding a good wine at an affordable price has never been easy. But that all changed when a ‘made in Bali’ Australian wine range entered the market.
Here, Well-Placed Insider pours a glass of history from AYANA’S official house wine, Artisan Estate. Have a sip!
Derived from an Italian word, artigiano, Artisan means craftsman. It is an apt name for an estate formed in October 2009 by two great craftsmen; an Australian master winemaker and an Indonesian timber merchant.
Their success story started in 2001 with a big challenge: To establish a system of growing wine grapes in Australia and ultimately produce the wine in Bali. The quality, color and integrity expected of an Australian wine was to be the final result.
Craig Newton, an award-winning Australian winemaker and now Wine Marketing Specialist at Artisan Estate, set about exploring ways to achieve this goal. After years of research, the culmination marked the release of their first Artisan Chardonnay in 2009. This was soon followed by the Classic Chardonnay blend in 2010. In 2011, the highly praised Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz entered the market, the latter of which by the way, is Well-Placed Insider’s favorite!
Artisan Estate’s point of difference is quality at a great price. In the highly taxed Indonesian wine market, Artisan offers a quality Australian
wine at a locally produced price point. They manage to do this by importing 100% fresh wine grape juice from Western Australia into Bali. The delivery process must be done under strict temperature control, before it is then crafted into wine with meticulous attention to detail. That is what makes Artisan the local wine of choice for many of the top 5-star hotels and restaurants both in Bali and other regions of Indonesia.
When is a Western Australian wine not an Australian wine? When it is produced in Bali!
Artisan Estate is available at all restaurants and bars at AYANA Resort and Spa.
Sami Sami launches three new set menus for a ‘three course’ lunch or dinner.
Executive Chef Giordano Faggioli and his team have launched new set menus at Sami Sami restaurant, offering three different set menus for a delectable three-course lunch or dinner to match the cliff-edge ocean views. The new set menus reflect Chef Giordano passion for cuisine from his native Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy, renowned for its homemade fresh pasta, cured meats, and seafood fresh from the Adriatic sea.
The menus rotate daily to offer diners more choice and new experiences when they return the next day – as they invariably do. The new dishes are flavorful yet light, blending perfectly with the warm weather and the open-air trattoria-style design of the restaurant, located on a bluff overlooking the Indian Ocean, offering brilliant views any time of day and at sunset.
Lunch Set Menus Rp 210,000++
Parma ham and mozzarella bocconcini,balsamic and arugula
Penne Amatriciana, smoked bacon and spicy tomato sauce
Pepper marinated strawberries with homemade strawberry ice cream
Minestrone, mixed vegetables soup with homemade pasta
Saltimbocca, veal escalope with Parma ham and white wine sauce
Star anise infused pineapple with pineapple sorbet
Fritto misto, crispy seafood and capers with battered zucchini and eggplant
Chicken medallions, mushrooms and rosemary sauce
Vanilla ice cream with dark cherries
Dinner Set Menus Rp 255,000++
Grilled Sumatran Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, rocket bouquet
Baked scallops with citrus salsa and potato risotto
Chocolate creme brulee with chocolate ice cream
Beetroot, oranges and sea bass salad with softened cherry tomatoes
Spaghetti with lobster, red chili, leek white wine sauce
Lemon tart with lemon sorbet, mint sauce
Grilled eggplants and rosemary with tuna and capers sauce
Linguini with calms and tomato sauce
Warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream, berries sauce
“Try hard.Try harder.” Robiatul – ROLE Models trainee at Pastry Kitchen
Where are you from? Malang, Java.
What do you think about this R.O.L.E program and how did you get the opportunity?
I see R.O.L.E as the perfect organization to support us and help us as women to reach our dreams, no matter how hard things may be for us, be it financial difficulties, or not having a good enough educational background. I heard about R.O.L.E from a friend. Now, I am studying English, cooking, basic working skills at the training center.
What gets you excited about being a R.O.L.E student? And what makes you nervous?
That I can learn English every single day and practice it with my tutors at the training center and at AYANA. But I have to admit that working and being trained by AYANA’s professionals gets me anxious too.
Has a career in the hotel industry always been your passion? If so, in which area specifically?
Yes. I have a passion for pastry and am also interested in housekeeping.
What is your message to friends?
Keep on trying to reach you goals. Nothing in the world should be big enough to stop you. When you try to do your best, you will be surprised to see that everything can fall into the right place. Like what R.O.L.E and AYANA do for me.
What do you want to achieve?
To be a pastry chef or open my own business. First, as soon as I complete my training program, I will apply for a job!
Formula 1 mania is about to descend upon Singapore yet again, but noise, stench and stress are not everyone’s dea of a good time. Some Singaporeans like Willin Low, acclaimed lawyer who changed his business suit for a white jacket and tall hat, are escaping to Bali.
Before building a reputation as one of Singapore’s most awarded and dynamic Chef – Restaurateurs, Willin Low led a life as a corporate lawyer from Mondays to Fridays. In the last two years of his full-time legal career, he would shed his corporate suit to become a private chef-for-hire on weekends.
In October 2004, Willin decided to make the bold move of switching careers. Though he had achieved much success as a law practitioner, Willin took up a trainee position with the Garibaldi Group. As the stars aligned, he officially hung the sharp tailored suit and changed into a white jacket, opening his signature restaurant Wild Rocket at Mount Emily a year later.
At Wild Rocket, Chef Willin applied his culinary philosophy of serving food that he himself would love to eat – Western food with a local twist. As a self-taught chef, one advantage Chef Willin has is that he possess a style that is unique and perhaps even quirky. Most of his dishes are inspired by hawker fare; his childhood craves; or by an interesting ingredient discovered while travelling. “Cooking is about providing happiness. Providing good food and service is the most basic need anyone requires. I think that is why I love cooking – and eating – so much ” says Willin.
It is safe to say that during the F1 season, there will be a noticeable absence of engine oil as Chef Willin brings his Wild Rocket recipes to Dava 21-23 September as guest chef, invited by fellow Singaporean, Dava chef de cuisine Jusman So – founder-chef of Singapore’ much-lauded Sage
restaurant (2010/2011 Miele List). Jusman will lend his kitchen to Chef Willin for three nights to serve up a special degustation menu, giving Dava guests the opportunity to experience another of Singapore’s culinary gems.
The F1 Fatigue menu by the guest chef, Willin Low from Wild Rocket in Singapore, will run from Friday, 21st September, till Sunday, 23rd September.
The prices for the menu are as follows:
4 courses @ Rp490,000 / 6 courses @ Rp650,000 / 8 courses @Rp790,000
Well-Placed Insider has a tough job and it does not get much tougher than sampling the new cocktails at Rock Bar while enjoying one of Bali’s famous sunsets.
From one new elixir to another, accompanied by one of the brisk bartenders from Rock Bar Bali, the sunset on this day seems a lot prettier, or maybe, it is the drinks that make it so?
The first glass offered from the new menu is ” Rock My Love”, a mix of Vodka, Wild Tea, Lemon Juice, Blueberry, Strawberry and Fresh Rosemary which gives a sweet edge to a thick texture. A drink that gets Well-Placed Insider thinking of the perfect bachelorette party.
” Rockito” is next. It is a milder and fruity version of a Mojito with a blend of Grand Marnier, Mint Spring, Fresh Orange, Fresh Lemon, Passion Fruit Syrup and Soda.
On the third drink, ” Rock My World” , the bartender explains that it is taken from the original menu and given a new twist, now having a richer taste for those thirsty for a refreshing yet zesty drink containing Vodka, Grand Marnier, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice, Fresh Orange and Kaffir Leaves.
Maybe it is pre-arranged, maybe not. But the last drink is a fine closure for the tough task that day. It is trulya lady’s must try ” Lady Long Island” which is a novel version of a Long Island Iced Tea with Vodka, Dry Gin, Light Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime Juice and Cranberry Juice. The drink gets Well-Placed Insider hooked at the first sip!
AYANA’s Pastry Chef Made ‘Dena’ Sutisna has won many awards during his years in the pastry world. As he brings home the gold trophy from the recent Salon Culinaire event in Bali for his ‘Chinese Dragon’ sugar sculpture, he again proves himself as a non settler who keeps setting a higher bar every time he reaches a milestone.
We converse with him to find out the reasons behind his perseverance, why he thinks art is the core that embodies his passion, and how pastry can be his legacy for the future….
1. Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Chef: I am from Denpasar both by birth and ancestry. I never lived elsewhere… this island is my flesh and blood.
2. At what age did your interest in cooking and/or pastry start? Was it part of your upbringing? Family business?
Chef: It was my uncle’s influence. He lived at our family’s house when I was little. I used to watch him bake, making cookies and believe it or not, I will always remember how our kitchen smelled so sweet and sugary at that time.
3. Are you formally educated in pastry/baking or did you go the apprenticeship route? Or both?
Chef: I say both. But the strongest pillars came from my apprenticeship.
4. Can you point to chefs or individuals who were influential in your pastry skills and development?
Chef: Easy. My ex boss. I can recite you the year I first work with him; 1996. His name is Bill McCarrick. He never underestimates his team, always open for new ideas and is generous with his knowledge and skill.
5. How is the appreciation of pastry and chocolate evolving in Indonesia?
Chef: For Indonesia in general, both private sectors and the government have shown a good appreciation and support. But Bali should be able to come up with something independently. This is something that requires an enormous effort form the Chef