After eating $2 and $3 meals during our time in Jogja, when in Ubud, we decided, in true Tom and Donna style, to treat ourselves. Three words for you: Treat. yo. self.
On Dipali's recommendation, we splurged on a fancy meal at Ubud's famed Mozaic restaurant: a delicious 6-course (which was really more like 8 or 9 courses by the end if you count amuse bouche and petit fours...) degustation menu that featured local ingredients cooked using Western techniques, with a wine pairing for each course. Tasty.
Please excuse the terrible photos. Super low lighting in Mozaic's courtyard, which was certainly lovely and romantic, meant we had two options: flashless, dark and blurry or flashy, bright and washed out. But you get the gist...
First, drinks in the lounge:
Gin fizz, something lemongrass-y and a ginger/lemon/Curacao delight:
Amuse bouche: this isn't listed on the menu, so I am having trouble recalling the exact ingredients, but I think it was essentially a scallop and mangosteen (manggis) ceviche, served up in the cute mangosteen shell:
Before the meal started, the server brought out this display and explained each of the local ingredients to be highlighted in the evening's preparation. From left to right:
2) turmeric root and fresh coconut (kunyit and kelapa)
3) tamarind (buah asam or asam jawa)
5) Calamansi lime (jeruk kalimansi)
6) tree sorrel/star fruit (belimbing wuluh)
Course 1: Charred grilled tiger prawn, pink grapefruit infused with fresh ginger flower
Course 2: Tasmanian salmon cooked in fresh coconut oil, turmeric risotto, caramelized cauliflower and smoked milk emulsion
Course 3: Baked quail and foie gras pastilla with Balinese rujak sauce and apricot chutney
Course 4: Wagyu beef sirloin with Balinese long pepper, oxtail, porcini mushroom, young carrot and a kluwek nut broth
Course 5: Frozen kalamansi lime sorbet, black rice cooked in pandan leaf and lemon pepper tuile
Course 6: Valrhona 'Guanaja' chocolate fondant, fresh star fruit sorbet and spiced young star fruit in a coriander seed caramel
After thoroughly enjoying the wine pairings (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean), Meghan decided that she simply must have photos of a) the empty petit four spoons, b) the napkin and c) her blinged out purse holder. And photograph them she did: