Exquisite Indonesian cuisine at innovative fine dining and mixology destination- beachfront at KU DE TA
October 4th, 2013
Perennially rated as Bali’s iconic beachfront lifestyle destination since launching back in 2000, KU DE TA has garnered a world-wide reputation for its alluring combination of stunning Indian Ocean beach frontage, legendary nightlife- and sophisticated contemporary dining. Adding a new dimension to the KU DE TA culinary experience, executive chef Ben Cross and pastry chef Will Goldfarb have jointly conceived, with the June 2013 launch of Mejekawi, a transformational addition to the fine dining options for discerning gourmets visiting Bali’s south coast. Taking its name from the Indonesian term for “sacred table”, Mejekawi embraces culinary excellence, with meticulous and masterful technique, to deliver a first class dining experience.
Inhabiting a newly constructed upper-level space of the southern pavilion of the main KU DE TA facility, Mejekawi showcases a stunning show kitchen, cutting-edge gastronomic laboratory, and innovative cocktail bar. Under the direction of executive chef Ben Cross the kitchen serves innovative 7-course and 11-course tasting menus- regularly updated- that focus on showcasing the most exquisite local produce from Bali, cooked with cutting edge techniques finely honed in the adjacent laboratory. Menus are mostly constructed from classic Indonesian dishes, re-interpreted with modern Western cooking techniques and tantalising ingredient and taste combinations.
Complementing the creative cooking, the talented mixology team at the adjacent bar serve an impressive selection of classic cocktails- updated with cutting-edge mixology techniques- to create perfectly balanced, delicious drinks. Diners also can order from an extensive wine cellar- or avail the wine pairing option with the menus.
Regular activities at Mejekawi include cooking demonstrations and classes, special guest chef dinners, and wine tastings. Updates on events are posted on the Mejekawi Facebook Page.
Mejekawi opens daily for dinner from 6:00 pm until midnight- reservations are recommended- particularly during high season and weekend nights.
Mejekawi Tasting Kitchen
An “island” open kitchen standing at the heart of the Mejekawi dining room is the centre of attraction for diners. With seating limited to around 30 guests- every table is directly adjacent to the kitchen- offering a close up view of the kitchen activities and an interactive engagement with the chefs.
A classic wood-fired grill stands prominently next to the open kitchen- providing a reassuring balance to the hi-tech culinary techniques of the laboratory.
The sleek open kitchen has a slightly sunken floor level so that chefs can engage at eye level with seated diners.
The Mejekawi dining room is encased in full height glass on three sides- offering wonderful vistas over both the Indian Ocean and the bustling activity on the Ku De Ta deck and lawns below. A balcony extending across the front and side is an enticing option for pre or post dinner drinks.
Mejekawi gastronomic laboratory
Directly behind the main dining room and bar- the laboratory showcases an impressive array of cutting edge culinary technology- installed by equipment partners Sub-Zero and Wolf.
The hi-tech laboratory equipment includes a rotary evaporator, ultrasonic homogenizer, and immersion circulator.
Mejekawi Mixology Bar
Overlooking the Mejekawi dining room, the Mixology Bar stands behind the sleek, clean lines of the elegant yet robust grey marble “L” shaped counter.
Well- stocked with premium spirits and house made infusions and syrups, the Mejekawi mixologists expertly hand craft an alluring selection of cocktails.
Extending across from behind the Mejekawi laboratory, the timber decked balcony has a series of built-in daybeds providing a comfortable outdoor setting. Drinks and a snack menu are served from the Mejekawi bar.
The Mejekawi balcony opens daily at 5 pm, making it a wonderful relaxed option for late afternoon and sunset drinks.
Mejekawi Gastronomy & Mixology
Bedugul style organic vegetable salad- leek, ginger, tumeric vichyssoise
Sop Buntut- oxtail soup, tomato raisin, charred onion
Cinnamon rum old fashioned- Ron Zacapa, cinnamon, orange bitters and an orange twist.
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club- Rum, Cointreau, orgeat, lime and fresh grated nutmeg
Gin and juice- Tanqueray gin, pomelo, Campari, pomegranate and grapefruit
Mejekawi Tasting Menus- August 2013
7 Course Menu
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11 Course Menu
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Mejekawi- Tasting Kitchen & Laboratory- at KU DE TA- Bali
Address: Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak. Bali Indonesia 80361
Reservations: +62. 361. 736969
Website: www.kudeta.net/ & www.mejekawi.com/
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/KUDETA & www.facebook.com/mejekawi
Opening Hours: Daily- Dinner menu 6:00 pm – midnight
Dress code: Smart casual