out of The Box
With authentic flavours and dishes to tempt all kinds of palates, a visit to Kuu at Maya Sanur ticks all the boxes.
On the hot sultry island of Bali, Japanese food goes down a treat. Whether you are searching for some cooling fresh sushi or sashimi, a reviving bowl of udon in a rich dashi broth or other delicacies from the Land of the Rising Sun, Kuu is the place to visit.
The fresh, quirky decor, with the walls and ceiling resembling stark white origami covered in red dots, open kitchen and lines of colourful sake bottles in Kuu provide a welcoming ambience. The food is equally simple, artistic and tasteful in this popular Japanese restaurant.
Based on the casual izakaya dining concept, quality local produce is complemented by the authentic flavours and scents of simple, modern Japanese fare. The chefs are clearly passionate about their skills and turn out a broad range of popular dishes. The accompanying pickles are refreshingly crisp and tart, while the miso soup is particularly good.
Sushi and sashimi are always popular choices with today's internationally savvy diners and guests at Kuu have plenty of choice. Tuna, salmon, snapper, scallop, tuna belly, octopus and squid all provide that melt-in-the-mouth freshness found in good sashimi, while the
sushi is presented in both simple nigiri sushi style and as elaborate rolls.
Kuu's chefs get creative with their maki rolls, which range from the amusingly plated dragon maki with its prawn, avocado, lettuce, cucumber, seaweed, unagi sauce and flying roe, to the spicy volcano maki with its spicy tobiko mayonnaise and unagi sauce, salmon skin maki and the locally inspired golden maki, which combines prawn, cucumber, mango, gherkin and cheese with a spicy sauce. If you prefer your food cooked, the chefs have delicate hands for the simple, refined dishes like yakitori, salmon and chicken terikayi, squid with buttered asparagus, as well as tempura, chawan mushi, tofu, hot and cold udon and soba and a range of donburi.
The miso ramen is especially tasty and well balanced, while the hot tempura soba is always very popular, especially at lunchtime, as is the tendon – a bowl of rice with assorted tempura and miso soup. A few very Japanese dishes, like the sesame-scented tofu, takoyaki and hiyayako – chilled silken tofu with spring onion, bonito flakes and ginger, offer the perfect balance of umami, texture and flavour.
The drinks menu is also refreshingly Japanese with plenty of sake and sake cocktails, a great yuzu margarita, as well as island-inspired mocktails like the Vanilla Basil, which ramps up a standard lime soda.
Kuu is open for lunch and dinner.
Horenso, salmon sushi, edamame