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The Apurva Kempinski Bali Welcomes Guests To Bali’s First Aquarium Dining Experience At Koral

November 15, 2019 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Guests are invited to an underwater world of gastronomic delights at Koral, the highly-anticipated new aquarium dining experience at The Apurva Kempinski Bali. All senses are stimulated at this unique venue, which is the first underwater dining venue on the Island of the Gods.

At Koral, diners will feast on elegant dishes inspired by Indonesian coastal flavours and crafted from local ingredients, at a venue that’s both relaxed and refined. More than just a restaurant, Koral offers a full gastronomic experience, combining delectable dining, laid-back ambience and the rarefied atmosphere of an aquarium, accompanied by a hypnotic soundscape that captures the magic and mystery of life below the waves.

“As Bali’s first underwater restaurant, Koral promises something completely unique. Our gastronomic concept combines all aspects of the dining experience, with elegant dishes inspired by local flavours, a warm and welcoming ambience and the one-of-a-kind opportunity to dine inside a tropical aquarium,” said Vincent Guironnet, General Manager, The Apurva Kempinski Bali.

“With a growing collection of outstanding restaurants, bars and lounges spread across the resort, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is quickly cementing its reputation as one of the leading culinary destinations on the Island of the Gods.”

Like the rest of The Apurva Kempinski Bali – which opened in the upmarket Nusa Dua area of Bali in February 2019 – Koral takes design inspiration from the tropical characteristics of Bali and the great Majapahit empire, which brought prosperity to all of Indonesia from the 13th to 16th Centuries.

Inside, teakwood ceilings and walls made from traditional red clay bricks – the building blocks of the Majapahit empire – frame the aquamarine views through the windows and underfoot, elegant black and white tegel tiles popular among the royal court further add to the sense of historic splendour. Beyond the aquarium windows and the otherworldly glass-roofed tunnel, tropical fish swirl in a kaleidoscope of colours, creating a mesmerising backdrop for the spectacular cuisine that awaits.

TASTE OF THE TROPICS

Koral offers a menu inspired by the rich abundance of seafood available in the waters off the Indonesian coast, embellished with a wealth of fresh produce grown in the fertile lands of the archipelago. Executive Sous Chef Imam Fayumi brings skills acquired in some of the world’s best hotel kitchens to Koral, transforming humble ingredients into a menu of elegant fine-dining dishes.

Stand-out dishes include ‘Tomatoes Bedugul’, a bright and colourful medley of ripe tomatoes and red tomato consommé, with fresh baby vegetables, creamy mozzarella and tomato oil sorbet; ‘Lump Blue Crab’ salad with zingy Granny Smith apple, crisp jicama and aromatic lemon basil and ginger; and the locally inspired ‘Prawn & Lime’, which combines stuffed king prawns with spicy dabu-dabu salsa, silky potato gnocchi and spicy tomato and chilli sauce.

In addition to the decadent à la carte menu, Koral offers a four-course degustation menu featuring the finest seasonal ingredients with sommelier-selected wine pairings, for the ultimate underwater dining experience.

As well as a selection of premium wines from some of the world’s best wine producing regions, Koral is home to a live cocktail station where talented mixologists prepare creative concoctions designed to complement the rich flavours of Asian spices.

The Koral signature ‘Spiced Ink Mojito’, is a heady blend of spiced rum, squid ink mint syrup, lime fruit ginger and kaffir leaves. There’s also a selection of locally inspired house creations, handcrafted bubbly cocktails and a selection of Indonesian craft beers on offer.

Younger guests are also well catered to thanks to a dedicated children’s menu featuring popular film characters, and a tempting selection of fresh juices and mocktails made with exotic Indonesian ingredients such as Balinese wild berry, jasmine tea and lavender puree.

Koral Restaurant is open from 18:30 – 23:00. 24-hour advance reservation is recommended. Please contact +62 361 2092288 or email: koral.bali@kempinski.com

 

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