This was our last evening in Bali, so we researched to find something really special. Every magazine we picked up during our holiday was boasting the creations of Michelin star chef Christophe Schmitt from Paris visiting the restaurant at Banyan Tree. It was a 30 minute taxi ride from our hotel. On arrival there was a greeting from the GM and a buggy ride to the restaurant. We were very excited as this was looking like it would be an amazing evening of dining. First thing we noticed on arrival at our table was how dirty the napkins were and the single flower on the table was dead .We had chosen the degustation menu with matching wines. The quality of the food was good, but the execution of the food was no where near Michelin Star standard. Cold sorbet on a hot plate, lobster poo tube not removed (yuk), main course plates cleared and dessert delivered immediately, without any cutlery being set. The wine pours were the most unfair part of the evening - less than 100 mls (in my experience, a standard pour accompanying a degustation is between 120 and 150mls) The staff were pleasant enough but had very little food or wine knowledge and there didn't seem to be a host or supervisor present. The visiting Chef did come around in the early part of the evening at which time we voiced our disappointment, especially regarding the entrails still being in tact in one of the dishes - his response was that he didn't actually check that particular dish - there were so many kitchen staff and the restaurant was nowhere near full so that was a very poor response. As for the bill - Don't mind paying top price for amazing food and service but on this occasion we felt sucked in (by all the advertising) and ripped off. Compared to our stunning experiences at the Oak Room, London, Daniel, New York and Vue De Monde Melbourne, the experience at Banyan Tree is one I would rather forget..
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October 30, 2013
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Director of Food and Beverage
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