A Fragrant Creation
A new dining spot that pays homage to the wonderfully fragrant trees found in Bali and the traditional method of cooking with firewood.
Conveniently located on the main road in the bustling Berawa area, the recently opened Kayu Bakar Berawa is already causing a stir. The two-storey bar and restaurant sources not only its food ingredients from Bali, wherever possible, but also its selection of firewood. As the name suggests, kayu bakar means firewood, the focus is on presenting home-cooked meals using woodfired ovens, grills and other methods to achieve a natural smokiness.
The primarily coffee and fruit woods, such as rambutan and apple, are used for more than cooking, also having an influence on the the specialty cocktails in the upstairs bar. Wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks are also available, and the long bar and outside terrace are welcoming places to pull up a chair and spend some time while imbibing from the drinks menu.
For a taste of Bali, try the Rujak Canggu, a spicy, sweet and sour mix of tequila and mango purée with homemade spicy mango and basil mix, or go for something sweeter with the Cica Margarita's tequila, creme de cassis, strawberries and basil topped with soda, while to round off your meal an espresso martini is perfect.
The downstairs restaurant is casual and fun with a large open kitchen providing a symphony of enticing sounds and aromas as it turns out dish after dish. Having honed the proper grilling and roasting techniques and using great ingredients, the kitchen team creates an array of enticing meals.
Of particular note is the beef ribs garang asam, which has a rich, piquant broth containing green tomatoes and sour belimbing wuluh to provide the perfect foil to the ribs. The Singaporean laksa, seafood chowder, Caesar salad and beef martabak are also all popular; and do try the char sui lamb shank. There is, of course, a range of steaks and skewers to choose from with sides and sauces to mix and match. Desserts include the must-try Earl Grey crème brûlée with adzuki beans and cognac ice cream, and the mango and white chocolate bavarois with Champagne gelée and mango salsa.
Whatever you choose from the food or drinks menu, it will be packed with flavours that tantalise your taste buds. It's also nice to know that by dining at Kayu Bakar Berawa, you are helping support local farmers and suppliers.
Kayu Bakar Berawa
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