Eelke Plasmeijer & Ray Adriansyah
17 – 19 January 2018
Guest of Executive Chef Florian Mainzger, Hotel Nira Alpina****-W-
No. 22 – Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017
No. 49 – Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016
Best Restaurant in Indonesia 2016, 2017
Executive Chefs, Ray Adriansyah (from Indonesia) and Eelke Plasmeijer (from the Netherlands), came to know and respect each other professionally in Jakarta. They moved to Ubud in Bali where they took over the culinary sceptre at Alila Hotels & Resorts. The Bali national Adi Karmayasa also started his career as restaurant manager here. In 2013, opening their own restaurant, Locavore, the trio realised their dream of celebrating avant-garde cuisine based exclusively on Indonesian products. Their creative skills and concept have attracted much attention and recognition. In 2017, Locavore was awarded “Best Restaurant in Indonesia”. As the name would suggest, Locavore is all about local produce, from the raw Balinese abalone to the Sumbawa Island oyster, and even through to the plates and glasses, which are all made in nearby workshops.
«Into the Sawah» best illustrates the whole regional concept. For this dish, all the ingredients used grow, live or swim in the Ubud rice fields. «It allows our guests to have a miniature rice field on their plate and to savour it with all their senses», says Ray Adriansyah, in explaining their philosophy.