Monday, 7 April 2014

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian, Indonesia

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Chef Firing Up the Grill at Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian

Tenkai, Padma Resort, Bali at Legian


Tenkai Japanese restaurant is located poolside at Padma Resort Bali at Legian. Apparently it’s the only Japanese restaurant in the area so is quite popular with both in house and visiting guests.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Dining Area
There are a couple of teppanyaki barbecues but also regular dining tables both inside in the cool air conditioning, and also al fresco with views of the beautiful tropical gardens. As we arrive we smell wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen and can’t wait to order.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Teppanyaki Grill
Three drink lists are presented – a cocktail menu, a wine list and a one pager of Japanese favourites. We think sake is an appropriate choice so request the Sake of the month (150ml IDR150), which is Ozeki and can be served either chilled or heated. Ours is warm and I smell fruit before sipping the rich smooth liquid.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Sake
We’re here for teppanyaki but never miss the opportunity to sample from across the menu. Four pieces of nigiri Sushi (IDR80) topped with tuna, salmon, snapper and prawn make a pretty plate and we begin the meal with enthusiasm.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Sushi
Before I’ve had a chance to even browse the rest of the menu, hubby has ordered the longest list of teppanyaki items possible, so I quietly concede and handover the decision-making. The Hakucho (IDR435) line up features a set of 12 dishes. I hope they’re small portions as my tummy seems to be filling just thinking about them all.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Our Smiley Teppanyaki Chef
A trio of sauces – garlic and soy for the seafood, sour ponzu for the vegetables and, sweet teriyaki for the meat, are delivered and explained, nudging our anticipation for what is to come.

The appetizer of Tuna Salad has just the right amount of mayonnaise, moistening the fresh fish but not drowning it. “Mmmm, I like it. That was magnifico,” proclaims hubby.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Tuna Salad
We start with assorted vegetables, which our chef explains, are all grown in Bali. He asks if we’d like butter of not. Of course I want none, and hubby wants it all. It’s not a problem though. Chef happily obliges and splits the grill, cooking my lighter version on one side and hubby’s heart attack on the other.

Next comes a juggling act. Chef’s whole body is involved. He bends his knees, launches a huge smile, taps the wooden shaker on the counter and flips it in the air a few times, adding a few whole body shakes for dramatic effect. The theatrics continue throughout the meal with a percussion of scrapers and knives making some lively kitchen music. Finally soy sauce is poured on top of the vegetables causing the griddle to sizzle. Green capsicum, mushrooms, carrots and onion are sided with a healthy tangle of bean sprouts and white cabbage. Hubby finds it hard to believe that vegetables can smell and taste so good.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Vegetables from the Teppanyaki Grill
Seafood is on the grill next with extra large River Prawns and local mahi mahi, White Fish. Chef asks if we’d like to tries the legs. I’m a little hesitant, but hubby cheers, “Why not? This is the island of magic.” He’s clearly enthusiastic about the island and having the experience of a personal chef preparing food right in front of him is tickling his fancy to no end.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Extra Large Bali River Prawn
Chef prepares us for his next trick. “ Fire,” he calls as he lowers the lights and sets the grill aflame. The prawns come off the teppan with a toasty edge as a result of the flambé. Finally the legs are ready and, if we were blindfolded, we might think we were eating prawn crackers.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Fried Prawn Legs
The Japanese scallops are fine specimens - chubby pot-bellied models of excellence. Cooked supremely, they melt in our mouths. Hubby, who usually changes temperament within seconds, the slightest misfortune setting him off, remains suspiciously in high spirits for the entire evening. I don’t hear a single negative under-the-breath mumble. Chef evidently has cast his spell.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Seafood Teppanyaki
Tasmanian Salmon is also cooked faultlessly. A touch of gold is seen on the outside but the middle is rich and fatty. Tuna Medallions are from local seas and couldn’t be fresher.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Plating the Next Course
When it’s time for the Chicken Breast, chef shares with us that it’s local and asks if we’d like some garlic too. Fresh slices of the bulb are soon frying alongside the poultry crisping nicely and giving off that wonderfully pungent bouquet. I find the chicken a tad dry on its own, but enhanced greatly with a quick dip in the sweet teriyaki sauce.

Australian Wagyu Rump Beef of marbling 6-7 is fat, pink in the middle and, a superb illustration of melt-in-the-mouth tenderness.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Wagyu Beef
It seems chef can’t resist a little bit of a bang and a rattle of his metal utensils. He makes me smile and himself too with his jolly play at work. He tells us he has been a teppanyaki chef for eight years but with the Padma Resort Bali at Legion for 24! As hubby is enjoying this show so much I’m hoping he’s also noticing how magnificently clean chef’s approach is, scraping and wiping down the hot plate after every course.

Miso Soup, purple Pickles and Fried Rice are served at the same time. The rice is a mouthful of small flavours combined to make a well-balanced bowl. I’d said earlier to leave out my rice serving but now find myself scooping up as much as I can poise on my chopsticks from hubby’s bowl.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Miso, Fried Rice, Pickles
Finally the meal ends with ice cream, but not quite. I can’t resist an order of the Japanese spirit Shochu (45ml IDR 118). The ice cream is made in house and is gloriously creamy with tiny black specks, evidence of the use of real vanilla beans. Our Shochu is served over ice, but our waitress tells us we can also have it neat or diluted with a splash of room temperature water. I find its strength in between a wine and spirit and mildly fruity on the nose. It’s a fine way to conclude a lovely experience at Tenkai.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Vanilla Ice Cream
Tenkai Japanese Restaurant, Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Shochu
Reason to visit: quality Japanese food in a fun and pleasant environment.

Tenkai Japanese Restaurant
Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Jalan Padma 1
Legian
Bali 80361
Indonesia
+62 361 752 111

Open daily 6pm - 11pm


7 comments:

  1. that beef is what caught my eyes, and I can't say no to seared scallop either!

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  2. love the photo you captured of the flames roaring! the beef looks delicious, and the seafood is super-alluring! :)

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  3. The ambience is so relaxing maybe it's the darkness? He he :)
    You should try umeshu (plum wine) on the rocks, or umeshu lemonade. :)
    I love umeshu.

    >I’ve heard that some of the London museums do a Bubbly Friday evening where guests pay an entrance fee to sip on champagne, mingle an see the art.

    Yes, indeed. Some of them even have candlelight events, sleep over night (bring your own pj's!). ;) What a fun night?! Last weekend, there was this International Pillow Fight thing in Trafalgar Square. Not sure what were they trying to promote through this "fun" event. Soft violence? Feather pillows?

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  4. Sushi seems simply amazing, same goes to the wagyu as well

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  5. wow i think im gonna love the wagyu beef...now u make me hungry!

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  6. oh boy i love teppanyaki...

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  7. I like the show cooking but prefer the sushi.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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