EX­QUIS­ITE DESSERT

Lovers of all things sweet have an ex­cit­ing new venue in which to in­dulge their taste buds and sate their de­sires.

Exquisite Taste - - Contents - By Amanda O'Con­nor

Sweet teeth, re­joice! Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach serves as a new des­ti­na­tion for ev­ery­thing sweet and deca­dent, in ad­di­tion to the great cof­fee and tea se­lec­tions.

The gor­geously colour­ful and eclec­tic Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach is much more than a feast for the eyes. From the mo­ment guests step into the lobby, there is a plethora of beau­ti­ful views, quirky knick-knacks and at­trac­tive decor. This love of beauty stretches across all as­pects of the hotel, in­clud­ing into the kitchens.

Ev­ery one of the out­lets serves sweet treats, but we are es­pe­cially blown away by the in­nocu­ously named Cobana, a co­conut, choco­late and ba­nana crois­sant that melts in the mouth and in­trigues the tongue. Per­fect served warm, the thin lay­ers of pas­try are light but moist, the choco­late is nei­ther too sweet nor too over­pow­er­ing, while the ba­nana adds a creamy tex­ture. Gen­tly per­vad­ing through this is a hint of co­conut, just enough to add an ex­otic touch, but slight enough to be al­most in­dis­cernible.

This de­cep­tively sim­ple pas­try is served in Pot­tery Café, where a se­lec­tion of care­fully cu­rated In­done­sian cof­fees, teas and co­coa are avail­able as the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment. Cof­fee is roasted in the café and the spe­cial­ist cof­fee barista will be happy to help you de­cide on a per­fect match.

Pot­tery Café has plenty of other sin­ful de­lights, such as the 100% Ba­li­nese choco­late gateau made with lo­cally sourced choco­late from Sorga and a stun­ning cashew pie made with lo­cal cashew nuts from the Mun­ti­gu­nung com­mu­nity social en­ter­prise, which sup­ports the lo­cal com­mu­nity – so

by treat­ing your tummy, you are help­ing Ba­li­nese farm­ers and en­trepreneurs!

Over in Makase, the re­sort's In­done­sian street food-in­spired neigh­bour­hood café, is a re­fresh­ing, cool­ing treat that is ideal on one of Bali's hot, sunny days. Es teler is eaten on ev­ery corner of Bali and Java and Makase has a stel­lar ver­sion of this icy dessert. Spoon­fuls of sago pearls, chunks of fresh av­o­cado, swirls of co­conut flesh and cubed jack­fruit are piled onto shaved co­conut pan­dan granita and topped by a gen­er­ous driz­zle of con­densed milk. For those fa­mil­iar with this pop­u­lar street food, the Makase ver­sion is not to be missed; if you've never had it, do try some, it is sur­pris­ingly de­li­cious and re­viv­ing in Bali's heat.

If you pre­fer some­thing a lit­tle more in­ter­na­tional, Hotel Indigo has you cov­ered with a fab­u­lous ar­ray of rolled ice cream down at the beau­ti­ful Cave Pool Lounge. Just tell the chef what you want mix­ing into the ba­sic mix and he'll make it on an iced metal plate in front of your eyes. Pop­u­lar choices in­clude Oreo cook­ies, fresh mango and cof­fee! An­other spe­cial­ist treat here is the re­fresh­ing and freshly squeezed – in front of your eyes – sug­ar­cane drink. For those of us who like an al­co­holic kick with their sugar, head over to Tree Bar for the Indigo twist on an espresso mar­tini. The Kopi Sik Luh is in­dul­gently re­fresh­ing with its Ab­so­lut vodka, Pot­tery cold brew, white choco­late liqueur, turmeric and vanilla syrup, choco­late bit­ters and milk foam. Mean­while the Lak­lak Swiz­zle is a Caribbean-style drink in­spired by the Ba­li­nese lak­lak dessert and sees pan­dan-in­fused Bac­ardi Rum mixed with spiced Arak, pineap­ple juice, co­conut nec­tar and lime juice, topped with soda wa­ter.

What­ever your pref­er­ence, the Ba­li­nese in­spi­ra­tion be­hind all the sweet treats at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach of­fers unique twists that are not to be missed.

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As­sorted fresh pas­tries

Es teler

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