Last night we had dinner at Bumbu Bali. My wife and I and two young daughters (9 and 13). We really wanted to end our 11 night stay in Bali with some solid Balinese food. However I was so caught up in these reviews wondering weather this is really authentic Bali or not and decided that #1 it probably is Authentic Bali and #2 it doesn't matter because what I really want is GOOD FOOD. I don't really care what we call it.
And Bumbu Bali delivers and then some. I am a big cook myself and a huge fan of people like Thomas Keller and The French Laundry in California.
Bumbu Bali was probably the BEST food we had in our whole trip and we ate at The Samaya, Bridges, Fair Warung, Meads, etc.
We were fortunate to see Heinz Von Holzen (owner and chef) by happenstance cooking in the kitchen as we were leaving and I stopped to say thank you and talk to him. We had a nice long conversation and this man after all these years of success is still an incredible "student of the craft." He shared with me that they used to have about 3 pressure cookers in the place and now they have about 20 and "why would you let any of the flavors disappear from your cooking?" He is a student of Harold McGee's chemistry of cooking:
His favorite new book is Modernist Cuisine which is put together by a project led by ex Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold.
Authentic Balinese food in my opinion is a BY PRODUCT of the Science of Cooking that Von Holzen is maniacal about. It is clear that he is a SCIENTIST that is using food as his medium. I LOVE THIS and it makes the food so much better.
He is reading a LOT about Sous Vide cooking right now (which is low temp - up to 140 degrees - food in plastic bags cooking ever so slowly in a bath of 140 degree water).
We ordered the
He keeps all his basic recipes up to date on his website as well:
We had the Rijsttafel which was $49 for two people so they allowed us to order one and a half orders of it because we had two little girls (9 and 13). The Rijstaffel is a combination of ALL the best tastes in the restaurant including pork, chicken, lamb, fish, veggies, soup, satays, etc. It is more than enough food and EVERY SINGLE DISH was FANTASTIC!
It also includes a huge collection of Balinese desserts.
It seemed 80% of the tables in the restaurant ordered the Rijsttafel as well in case you are wondering.
Our whole bill for 4 people with great cocktails and mocktails for the kids and 20% tax and service was $120 all in. I bought a $9 T-shirt as well.
All the meat was melt in your mouth because it was all brined and braised or cooked sous vide.
Nobody in Bali can be as meticulous about their food as Von Holzen is and the value for the price is unbeatable.
If you are a foodie this is a MUST DO in Bali.
I have included photos of the restaurant and Heinz.
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