Thursday, 4 July 2013

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Di Mare Restaurant, Karma Kandara

Di Mare Restaurant at Karma Kandara Resort

Words by Kirsten Durward
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)


Gaze out over white walls at the glistening turquoise sea, and you could wonder whether you were in Greece or indeed in Bali. But Bali it is and our host at Karma Kandara is telling us how the group is striving for environmental harmony and to inspire an appreciation of the rich Balinese culture.  

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Seating by the pool

As someone who regularly travels alone, on reading Di Mare’s menu I am ecstatic to see the Bali influenced daily specials offered with a 75 ml glass of wine paired to match the dish. What a great idea. I wonder if we are trying any of those today. But no! Although Di Mare currently offers a range of Mediterranean style fish dishes, grill options and salads, new Chef Miles seems to have plans for change. He has created a special menu for our tasting, which is to be a surprise. Well great, I love surprises too!

Di Mare’s menu features a large range of cocktails, fresh juices, vitamin boosters and cleansers so you can detox or retox depending on your mood. Di Mare has a plentiful cocktail list, but their signature cocktails are based on the seven Chakras, a common theme in Bali but I have never seen it cocktail style before. We’d love to report on all seven, but decided three was enough at lunchtime.

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Breads, Butter, Olive Oil and Balsamic and, Dukkah

Crown Chakra governs universal consciousness, independence and a mental sense of security. In cocktail form this is interpreted as Beetroot juice with white cacao topped up with champagne. A glowing lychee rests in the bottom of the bright red glass. It is elegant for lunch or an early evening sundowner.

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Crown Chakra 

Throat Chakra is a beautiful pale blue colour. As it begins to ooze in the warm air we sip quickly not to lose the fun. Caribbean white rum and orange give the flavour, curacao gives the wonderful colour and plentiful fresh pineapple adds fibre to this intriguing drink. 

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Throat Chakra
Solar Plexus Chakra represents personal power and the transition of emotions from basic to complex.  At Di Mare, a gin base is blended with fresh mango, organic honey, lime juice and apricot brandy; flavours that play out better as the icy texture melts down slightly.

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Solar Plexus Chakra

Our personal menu starts to arrive, the first offering being a delicate colourful salad of Jumbo Crab with Parmesan foam and edible flowers. It’s a super light foamy puff of a dish with the salty crab and a boost of sun-dried tomatoes giving a dense centre below.

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Crab Salad

Duck Magre is next, playful plating with a sliver of foie gras nestling on top. The base of green organic lentils adds texture and a rustic aspect to the dish. The potato fondant is a little crunchy, just the way we like it and the slightly spiced carrot puree gives additional sweetness. But the duck is definitively the star of the dish, with the foie gras dense rich duck fat giving an intense boost of flavour that lingers. This would pair extremely well with a full bodied red wine.

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Duck Magre

Our delectable dessert is Strawberry Romanoff with Balsamic Ice-cream and a Berry Reduction. The ice-cream brings to mind a smooth spiced caramel, luscious in texture, but not over sweet. The Romanoff is a very light strawberry mousse with fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of grated almond. It is a delicate end to a light summery lunch.

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Strawberry Romanoff with Balsamic Ice-cream and a Berry Reduction

We're kindly taken on a short tour via a dramatic funicular drop to the beach club below. Karma Kandara’s Nammos Beach Club is a relaxed, island style bar serving a variety of Asian and Mediterranean dishes including that popular perennial, stone baked pizza.  The beach is beautiful, clean white sands reaching along to rocky cliffs that provide a natural barrier and relative privacy. Non residents can visit the club at a cost of IDR 250,000, 100,000 of which is redeemable of food or beverages.

Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Hill Tram down to Nammos Beach Bar
Di Mare, Karma Kandara, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Nammos Beach Bar - at the bottom of the cliffs of Di Mare

Reason to visit:  Stunning views, extensive cocktail list, wine paired daily specials

Jalan Villa Kandara, 
Banjar Wijaya Kusuma,
Ungasan, Bali, Indonesia
 +62 (0) 361 848 2000


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2 comments:

  1. The duck magre looks awesome. Had to relook at it a few times!

    Bali...I can never have enough of Bali.

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    1. Us too. hoping you get back there soon!

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