Starfish Bloo at W Bali – Seminyak

Exquisite Taste - - Up Close & Personal -

To say that Starfish Bloo at W Bali – Seminyak is Bali’s culi­nary sweet­heart might be an un­der­state­ment. The restau­rant has es­tab­lished its rep­u­ta­tion as a culi­nary des­ti­na­tion, thanks to its idyl­lic lo­ca­tion – in the mid­dle of hap­pen­ing Seminyak, right on the pic­turesque Seminyak Beach, its iconic decor – lob­ster cage-in­spired booths and turquoise pil­lars, and of course, its in­no­va­tive menu. Starfish Bloo is where Asian flavours and Western fi­nesse re­ally hit it off and cre­ate a match made in gas­tro­nomic heaven.

Chef de Cui­sine Ash Gar­vey helms the restau­rant and makes sure that ev­ery dish served tastes as di­vine as it is vis­ually en­tic­ing. Just re­cently, Ash in­tro­duced to its dis­cern­ing din­ers the In­spired Din­ing menu, a re­sult of his own personal jour­ney in In­done­sia. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the rich and colour­ful ex­pe­ri­ences of seafood mar­kets, rice fields, all the way to his wife’s re­mote vil­lage in Java, the set menu brings au­then­tic In­done­sian fare to a new, creative level.

The In­spired Din­ing set starts with tuna with sam­bal ulek served in a mini black taco set amid an at­ten­tion-grab­bing gin­ger flower gar­nish. Din­ers can then take a bite of a reg­u­lar-looking cro­quette (served on a cheeky dish shaped like a hand), only to find the flavour­some Ja­vanese-style braised beef with Ja­vanese spices. The BBQ quail looks like it has never left its nest, with the rus­tic touch of rice husks on a wooden pack­ag­ing box as the ves­sel. Hints of zesty Ja­panese and Thai flavours in the forms of yuzu and sriracha perk up the fresh crispy prawn. The salmon with crab and sweet­corn dumpling is sim­ply di­vine, and there are more del­i­ca­cies where they came from.

Fans of In­done­sian food will be de­lighted to taste the ra­won tea soup – in­spired by the East Ja­vanese dish of ra­won – filled with melt-in-your-mouth diced beef cheek, glass noo­dles, herbs and – quite an in­ter­est­ing and brave twist – lob­ster. Served on an asym­met­ri­cal sphere-shaped glass bowl, the dish recre­ates the much-loved East Ja­vanese del­i­cacy into a con­tem­po­rary work of art. A de­li­cious one at that.

Rawan tea

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