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“Not a real cooking class”

Casa Luna Cooking School
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Bali Cooking Class with Private Transfer
Ranked #11 of 43 Food & Drink in Ubud
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Owner description: Established in 1989, The Casa Luna Cooking School is Bali's most renowned cooking school. Set in the lush grounds of Honeymoon Guesthouse in Jalan Bisma, classes run 7 days a week and include a vegan class, smoked duck twilight class, market tours, food tours and daily sessions. Learn the secret language of spices from our experienced teachers and taste a world of exotic Balinese flavours. Fresh hibiscus tea is served on arrival followed by a discussion about spices, the preparation of all the ingredients, ending in a delicious, memorable feast.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

We were so disappointed in this half day so called cooking class. We spent most of the class watching and waiting to take our turn to chop or mix. There were far too many people to share just a few chopping boards or mortar & pestles and the situation wasn't helped by most of the other participants who were very rude and disrespectful of the teacher, the others in the group and generally the whole experience. very disappointing to see fellow Australians behave in that way, particularly media personalities.
The teacher was great and was so patient, but we came away from the experience without feeling confident we could reproduce the recipes at home.

Thank marknjane
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This sounds like such a strange itinerary, but it was a fantastic day. The took us into the mountains and showed in detail how the nectar is harvested and then turned into palm sugar. It was the same when we went to the sea to watch the salt - lots of work! We finished up with a great lunch at a warung filled with Balinese in their Sunday best.

1  Thank ThatchersBiscuit
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

I took four days of cooking class here, i also stayed at the hotel. The environment and outside kitchen was great. The pro: they explained the ingredients in depth to us, price/quantity was good. The con: too many people in the class, no hands on, everyone just 'took a turn.' I personally thought the food was flavorless, despite all the fresh ingredients going into.

1  Thank Rachelle B
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

There have been mixed reviews about this cooking school and our experience was also mixed. If it was called a cooking class, then visitors may be more informed as to what to expect. Firstly, Janet was not present and while the Balinese chef was bright and cheerful, we were expecting to meet Janet. Visitors really do not participate in the cooking of the dishes, except to prepare a few spices, as many of the ingredients are already prepared and the chef does the cooking. We were in a "class" of about 20 people and we ate the dishes at the end of the demonstration. I believe that it was a "fun" morning spent, but we came away not being satisfied that the main chef (Janet) did not even greet us, let alone prepare any food.
For new travellers to Bali, it can be recommended, but treat it as light entertainment.

1  Thank Murray Y
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

A cooking class is a great way to understand what you are eating in Bali, and why it tastes the way it does. I took one of Casa Luna's cooking classes more to understand Balinese food and what I like and don't like, than to replicate the dishes at home. I took a second class at another restaurant-and-cooking-school as well. Both classes were about 15 people, and surprisingly, about half were men, so men shouldn't feel intimidated about attending.

Both classes were a mix of lecture, demonstration, participation, and meal. The Casa Luna class was informative about the ingredients and cooking techniques, the surrounding are charming, and the food was very flavorful--probably among the best I had in Bali during three weeks. Considering all this, the price is very reasonable. For me, the highlight of the class was a Balinese staff member going through the many fresh herbs used in the cuisine, as well as some of their uses in natural medicine. Several of the ingredients will be familiar to those who know other Southeast Asian cuisines, but there are some unique ingredients as well. Four types of ginger are used, for example. The richly colored native coconut sugar is unforgettable (If anyone reading this knows a mail order source in the U.S. for the first grade of gulab Bali, please let me know).

There were more opportunities to participate in this class than in any of the 3-4 hour, introductory ethnic cooking classes that I have attended in the U.S. with a similar number of participants. Many of the cooking techniques--sauteeing, frying, steaming, simmering--are familiar to anyone who had done some cooking. With the guidance of Balinese cooking staff, several class members tried their hand at the more unfamiliar processes, such as grinding ingredients for basic curry paste on stone mortar and pestle, and making packets of food from banana leaves for steaming.

I highly recommend the experience of a Casa Luna cooking class. And don't forget to visit their restaurants in Ubud--Casa Luna and Indus--to taste more of their wonderful food. If you like Thai food, as many people do, well-made Balinese food will become your new favorite!

Thank TravelCompanion23
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