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DINING IN NATURE

Fresh, seasonal and organic meals at Alila Ubud.

The hallmark of Alila is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalised hospitality, and bespoke learning journeys. Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of its properties. Of particular note is the Alila Ubud with its lush rainforest views. The Plantation Restaurant is a wonderful setting for an unforgettable meal, crafted around a farm-to-table concept, inspired by Bali’s rich bounty of fresh, seasonal and organic produce.

With lush rainforest views from every table, Alila Ubud’s Plantation Restaurant is a wonderful setting for an unforgettable meal, crafted around a farm-to-table concept, inspired by Bali’s rich bounty of fresh, seasonal and organic produce.

Taking advantage of the abundance of fresh produce available to them, the Plantation team, led by Executive Chef Erwan Wijaya, has created seasonal tasting menus that celebrate the best of Bali.

Diners can indulge in divine seasonal dishes such as pan-seared local scallops served with tapioca herb crème fraiche, salmon caviar, and crispy potato wafer, prepared using traditional French cooking techniques. An authentic Ubud tasting menu features traditional recipes from Ubud and surrounding areas, such as Perkedel Jagung – sweetcorn patties with homemade seasonal pickles and sweet chili sauce. Other irresistible seasonal delights include Ayam Betutu, slow-roasted chicken wrapped and smoked in a banana leaf and served with a traditional Balinese salad – the most traditional and well-known dish of the region.

Set up by Chef Erwan, the organic garden grows a wide variety of fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices for use in the kitchen. Tended by a local gardener, the garden incorporates organic practices, including decomposing and recycling food waste and green waste from leaves for use as fertilizer, and using redworms to improve soil quality. The garden also plays host to guests on a ‘Cooking in the Organic Garden’ culinary experience, which includes a visit to a local Payangan market to buy ingredients, followed by a cooking class in the garden, learning to cook authentic Indonesian dishes. A great opportunity to observe Alila Ubud’s farm-to-table journey first-hand.

Overlooking Alila Ubud’s dramatic pool perched at the valley’s edge, the Cabana Lounge offers a tranquil ambiance where guests can unwind with refreshing juices, creative cocktails, and delicious poolside fare.

All things F&B at the Cabana Lounge are led by Conrad Michael O’Riordan, whose creative flair can be found in a not-to-be-missed selection of signature organic cocktails, featuring ingredients picked fresh from our organic garden. Guests can even join Conrad in the garden and at the Cabana bar on an ‘Organic Mixology’ experience, learning the secrets to making these signature concoctions.

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