Housed within the exalted grounds of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, HonZEN takes a very stylish approach to Japanese dining.
The two-story restaurant is a treasure hunt of cool spaces; slide back one door to reveal a secret sushi den and another to find a comfy private dining alcove. All areas are elegantly decorated with minimalist Japanese style warmed with rustic wooden wall coverings, simple artworks and calming bamboo for added ‘zen’.
The wealth of eating spaces doesn’t stop at cozy corners as HonZEN invites up to eight diners to gather for a live performance around their newest teppanyaki table. The teppanyaki tables, now totalling three, are where food and service become an art.
Diners can choose from a well-rounded assortment of a la carte set menus, including shabu-shabu featuring Bali pork, ocean or wagyu beef; dive straight into the teppanyaki experience or opt for a selection of both. A la carte highlights include deep fried softshell crab cooked in an original blend of spices or seafood bibimpap, a signature Korean dish of the freshest seafood, rice and vegetables presented in a Korean stone bowl. Sushi fans can embrace HonZEN’s impressive feast of the freshest sushi. The colourful platter spans from fatty tuna, sweet prawns, salmon and eel to great sushi classics such as the caterpillar roll of crab meat, avocado, cream cheese, tobiko and lettuce. Wherever possible, fish has been locally sourced from the nearby Jimbaran Bay fish market.
When guests are ready for a taster of teppanyaki, Chef Yono or one of his leading brigade will take to the table for a lively sensual dining performance. Using creative flair, traditional Japanese cooking techniques on a hotplate grill,and a choice premium ingredients, guests can delight in a feast that is both culinary and visual. Before a main course of kuroge wagyu sirloin, fresh lobster or Australian wagyu is served, HonZEN’s experienced chefs will enthrall guests with theatrics that include fiery displays and samurai-style spinning, banging and flipping of razor sharp spatulas. The food itself, cooked at a high heat and with only a drizzle of oil, is as equally entertaining as the delicious flavours that promise to ignite the taste buds.
HonZEN offers an interactive dining experience in its truest sense; it is unique, playful and an absolute must-try.