CRAFTY CUI­SINE

Com­fort food with a twist isn’t the only thing on of­fer at the new Clay Craft restau­rant; it also of­fers an im­pres­sive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Exquisite Taste - - Gourmet | Bali - By Runi In­drani

These days, go­ing out to dine is not merely about eat­ing a good meal, it’s also about the ex­pe­ri­ence. To present an un­for­get­table din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, de­tails like a mes­meris­ing am­bi­ence, at­mo­spheric mu­sic,

stun­ning vis­tas and ba­si­cally great ideas or con­cepts re­ally make all the dif­fer­ence. That’s where Clay Craft comes in.

Part of the newly opened Re­nais­sance Bali Uluwatu Re­sort & Spa, the all-day din­ing restau­rant re­ally lives up to its name. The restau­rant was born out of the con­cept of presenting a din­ing des­ti­na­tion that re­volves around a clay stu­dio. In fact, the clay stu­dio is the charm­ing pièce de ré­sis­tance set in the mid­dle of the lively

venue. Shelves of ce­ramic plates and table­ware sur­round a gen­uine clay stu­dio where you can get your hands into the art of pot­tery, should you choose. Some of these plates and mugs are ac­tu­ally used at Clay Craft, while for a unique and some­what tran­quil vibe, you can even dine at one of the com­mu­nal ta­bles in­side the stu­dio.

In ad­di­tion to this dis­tinc­tive fo­cal point, the restau­rant also has an open kitchen placed amidst the din­ing area, omit­ting the wall be­tween the creative chefs and the din­ers, mak­ing the whole scene even more vi­brant.

At such a young age, Clay Craft is al­ready pop­u­lar among din­ers, es­pe­cially for its in­spired break­fast buf­fet, with dishes that com­bine a lo­cal touch with the much loved clas­sic dishes – the babi gul­ing eggs Bene­dict is simply scrump­tious. That be­ing said, the restau­rant is a great des­ti­na­tion at any time of the day.

The Light Bites sec­tion is per­fect for shar­ing-style qual­ity meal time with a group. The babi gul­ing soft buns and crispy soft shell crab soft buns are sim­ple and tasty. Go a lit­tle heartier with dishes like the lush babi ke­cap, build-your-own grilled cheese melts where you can hand­pick the cheese, the meat and the condi­ments, or the Uluwatu burger with its 200g black An­gus beef patty.

The big kahuna of Clay Craft, how­ever, is the Babi Bali Asli. The spare ribs of Bali’s her­itage black pig are braised in tra­di­tional babi gul­ing spices, served with sam­bal-grilled corn, stir-fried wa­ter spinach and chilli gar­lic pota­toes. The dish comes out in a big wok and is per­fect for two, but of course if you want to have it all to your­self, no one’s go­ing to judge. Putting a nice bow on this dra­matic dish is the head­phones and mu­sic player lent to the diner. The idea is to let you con­cen­trate on the dish in­stead of the peo­ple and com­mo­tion around you. The song? Ap­pro­pri­ately some cheeky song about spare ribs.

It is proudly quirky, and that’s how Clay Craft wants to be. Add to that the sooth­ing, el­e­vated view of the ho­tel’s in­fin­ity swim­ming pool and the rest of the neigh­bour­hood, and you have a culi­nary get­away to re­mem­ber.

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