Starfish Bloo at W Bali – Seminyak
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.