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Cuca: a new culinary gem in Jimbaran, Bali

July 31, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Opened since late July, Cuca, a casual dining destination serving tapas, cocktails and desserts, is hosting its Grand Opening on 10 August 2013.

Set in the beautiful expanse of a coconut grove, the restaurant is helmed by Chef Kevin Cherkas, who has an enviable career developed in some of the world’s best restaurants, and his wife Virginia Entizne, with a successful track record at managing and enriching customer’s experience.

Cuca offers three distinctive spaces: an interactive and exciting food bar where wooden chairs run along one impressive 8-meter-long teak counter. Slightly elevated, guests directly face the open kitchen, as if they were front-row spectators attending a performance; a relaxed and intimate dining room, ideal for guests to enjoy the company of each other in a comfortable and air-conditioned environment, and a chilled outcocktail bar & garden lounge, gently touched by the ocean breeze and surrounded by the undisturbed beauty of nature.

Kevin’s cooking philosophy consists on serving western cooking made exclusively from the best and freshest local ingredients. He handpicks the tastiest products Indonesia offers and brings them to a new level by applying techniques acquired through his outstanding career at, among others, Michelin three-star Arzak Restaurant in San Sebastian, Michelin three-star El Bulli in Roses and Michelin two-star La Broche in Madrid. He also left his mark in New York City during his 2 year tenure with Daniel Boulud at the highly regarded Michelin three-star Daniel.

Among the signature dishes at Cuca are the “Chilled Watermelon Salad”, an outrageously flavorful concoction of watermelon, calamansi, radish, fresh seaweed, sesame and cilantro. From the cocktail menu stands out “Pink Lime”, a frozen combination of fresh lime juice, honey and gin topped with soda meringue. Truly special from the desserts category is “Cocoa 8”, a warm dark mousse made from exceptional local chocolate with mint ice-cream and chocolate cake croutons.

Menu prices are very accessible by Bali standards with all items served in sharing portions and starting from Rupiah 30,000 (USD 3).

As part of the restaurant focus on taste, Cuca has developed two additional offerings: Cuca Sessions take participants through a journey of discovery aiming at understanding flavors and taste. These unique “tasting” classes go far beyond any traditional cooking lesson, revealing a completely new creative approach to cooking. Cuca Salt, on the other hand, is a seasoning mixture meticulously handcrafted to capture the soul of traditional Balinese flavors. The base product is an exceptional salt from east Bali that is infused by Cuca chefs with the fresh and natural essences of Balinese ingredients.

Cuca is located just in front of Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate and Spa. Reservations may be made by calling +62 361 708066. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 12pm to 12am.

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