A Culinary Confluence: When Jakarta and Bali Combine Flavors in Ubud
A remarkable culinary collaboration unfolded recently in Jakarta, uniting Lyon – Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s premier French restaurant, with Apéritif, Bali’s unparalleled fine dining destination. This extraordinary union treated guests to both a sumptuous lunch and dinner, featuring set menus that skilfully traverse global cuisines, weaving in the rich tapestry of the Indonesian archipelago. The culinary team, under the leadership of Chef Nic, artfully intertwined the nuances of Indonesia’s gastronomic heritage with contemporary global flavours, creating a gastronomic experience that mirrors today’s borderless culinary landscape.
With over two decades of culinary expertise gained from renowned establishments in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Chef Nic Vanderbeeken has mastered the art of seamlessly fusing lesser-known Indonesian flavours and ingredients with the distinctive modern European cuisine. His innovative and eclectic cooking style serves as the cornerstone of the restaurant’s culinary identity. By harmonizing the finest modern European techniques and culinary traditions with elements and influences from the Old Spice Islands, Chef Nic crafts dishes that resonate with the discerning global palate.