For an exclusive culinary experience, nothing beats dining at the Chef’s Table. During my weekend getaway at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, I had the honour of being one of the guests at the first Kitchen Table hosted by Rossano Renzelli, Executive Chef of Sheraton Bali Kuta.
This is a rare treat for me because I have never attended a Chef’s Table, much less the company of an Executive Chef. It’s going to be such a memorable experience for me, and my taste buds.
Executive Chef Rossano Renzelli welcomed us into his kitchen with a flute of champagne.
We were given a guided tour around the kitchen by the Executive Chef to see how the kitchen is being run behind the scenes during a busy dinner night. I saw chefs preparing meals for restaurant orders and we hear chefs shouting in the kitchen as though we were in Hell’s Kitchen. Of course, a very mild version.
We were also presented with interesting hors d’oeuvres from authentic Indonesian cuisines like Braised Ox Tail Soup to premium Seared Foie Gras during the guided tour.
Executive Chef Rossano Renzelli also shared his insights in food from how meat is stored, marinated and presented in the end. Of course, we got to taste the freshly cut Dill & White Wine Marinated Salmon.
A hot favourite for the female guests is seeing how chocolate desserts are made in the Dessert Room. We saw first-hand how chocolate is tempered to produce a smooth taste and shiny finish.
After the tour, it’s time for dinner. Kitchen Table offers a customised multi-course menu specially designed by the chef with specially selected wines to complement the meal. The dishes are not available in the restaurant.
Dinner started off with freshly made bread right from the oven that’s still warm to touch with olive oil and herb dip. The table was immediately filled with the smell of bread as though we were in a bakery.
We also served with white wine presented in a red pepper which added an interesting taste of spice.
Here are more photos of some of the dishes we had. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
If you can’t already tell, all the dishes were presented in cookwares. A very different form of cooking presentation.
Here’s Suan Chiang and Jaclynn (from The Occasional Traveller) having a great time at dinner.
We ended the evening with more alcohol, DIY-style. A few buckets of alcohol (Gin, Vodka and Vanilla-infused Vodka) and flavours like basil and mint leaves frozen in ice cubes. We are given an empty glass each to make our own cocktails creations and stir the mixture to create the concoction.
I walked away feeling very full and amazed by how wonderful every dish was. Now I can’t guarantee if you will have a chance to attend the Kitchen Table when you stay at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, but if you do get that golden ticket, I am very sure that you will have an amazing dinner.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Jalan Pantai Kuta
T:(62)(361) 846 5555
This was a hosted Kitchen Table. As always, opinions are our own.