Kaum Bali


Exquisite Taste - - Best Indonesian Restaurant : Bali -

In an era when In­done­sian cui­sine is fi­nally get­ting the el­e­vated recog­ni­tion it de­serves, Kaum is not just an­other restau­rant jump­ing on the trendy band­wagon. In fact, Kaum was born out of more than three years of ex­ten­sive re­search and a pas­sion­ate drive to pro­tect and bring back au­then­tic­ity – not only of In­done­sian cui­sine, but also of his­tory and cul­ture.

Liv­ing up to its name, which means clan or tribe in In­done­sian, Kaum is built upon the re­la­tion­ships made by the culi­nary col­lec­tive be­hind the restau­rant with nu­mer­ous eth­nic tribes in In­done­sia. The steps to­wards Kaum in­cluded re­search­ing au­then­tic flavours and qual­ity in­gre­di­ents be­fore col­lab­o­rat­ing with small-scale and re­spon­si­ble food pro­duc­ers, all to bring al­most-ex­tinct cook­ing tech­niques and for­got­ten recipes back to life.

The menu com­prises cu­rated In­done­sian dishes from across the is­lands of Su­ma­tra, Java, Kal­i­man­tan, Bali, Su­lawesi and Maluku, and din­ers can be sure that the fare is pre­pared and served as it's sup­posed to be. The restau­rant's three cus­tomised grills al­low bam­boo grilling on lava stones, pit roast­ing and skewer grilling, and the sam­bal is man­u­ally ground with tra­di­tional mor­tar and pes­tle. Speak­ing of which, no In­done­sian din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence would be com­plete with­out sam­bal, and Kaum has six dif­fer­ent kinds.

Choos­ing from the eclec­tic menu can be dif­fi­cult, but fret not as Kaum of­fers three set menus – East In­done­sia, Java and Bali, and all through In­done­sia – to make de­cid­ing eas­ier. Fur­ther­more, Kaum also of­fers Kaum Col­lec­tion Cock­tails, in­cor­po­rat­ing indige­nous ex­otic fruits, roots, herbs, flow­ers and spices and re­sult­ing in re­fresh­ingly cre­ative cock­tails.

Even the din­ing room of Kaum re­flects In­done­sia's rich and vi­brant cul­ture. At first glance, Kaum looks stylishly rus­tic, but look closer and you'll find In­done­sia's del­i­cate crafts­man­ship in the charm­ing de­tails. The mo­tifs of To­ra­jan wood carv­ings can be found stamped on the con­crete wall pan­els, and on the com­mu­nal tables is be­spoke ce­ramic table­ware by lo­cal brand Gaya.


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