An Evening “On the Wild side” – at Morabito Art Villa, Bali.
- A millionaires’ stunning private beachfront home.
- An ambitious, adventurous and “wild” menu.
- Unique regional wines, specially couriered from the Woodlands Winery in Margaret River, Australia
Guests gathered on the immaculately groomed beachfront lawns around sunset and sipped Australian Sparkling; Ninth Island from Tasmania. Around 7.30pm, we were called into the main dining lobby, with two elegantly presented tables, sporting a dazzling display of antique candlesticks, laid up for 38 guests to enjoy. The Bailli Provincial de Bali, Frits Henskes, together with Bailli Delegue de Indonesie, Firdaus Siddik, welcomed the guests and introduced Dr. Helena Studdert and her husband Martin. And also our co-host and owner of Morabito Art Villa, Pascal and Marie-Eve Morabito, who has been so kind to let us use their magnificent artistic home for the evening. The theme of “an Evening on the Wild Side” was created to introduce first of all the new Australian Ambassador to Indonesia H.E Paul Grigson, that was held in Jakarta two days before at His Excellency s residence, which we called the “Ambassadors Table” and at the same time the new appointed Consul General of Australia in Bali, Dr. Helena Studdert. It is also to introduce and showcase Australian Cuisine which has turned from a “BBQ meat eating Culture” into an amazing Gourmet destination. The new generation of chefs has been able to create menus combining Native and Fusion into their dishes that has become their “Signature” because of not only the variety but also the freshness of their local produce that cant be found anywhere else in the world. Not to mention the great wineries of “The New Word” with one of the first wineries from the Margaret River, Woodlands, that has generously provided us with the wines, and even allow us to taste from their private collection, the Watson Family Vineyard, and the Golden Award winning Woodlands Chardonnay that we cannot purchase in Indonesia. Because of the bombing incidents in Jakarta, the Australian Chefs them selves were not able to travel and personally present the menu to us, but with the professionalism and the team work of two great Bali Avantgarde Chefs; Nic van der Beeken from Viceroi Ubud and Made Lugra from Ayung Resort Ubud we were able to re create the dishes with their magic touches and presented with the same theme ” on The Wild Side” as follows; Dhufish Sushi served on a bed of Asian Omelet and paired with a soft and light Watson Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillion 2015. Swiftly brought to table was the next “wild” dish. Crocodile Tartar with Asparagus and Salsa Verde. This was accompanied by a very pleasant Woodlands Wilyaburp Chardonnay 2015. The third course was a very tasty Kangaroo Carpaccio, served with Esperance Scallops, Parmesan and Capers, accompanied by a Cold stream Yarra Valley Oakridge Pinot Noir 2013. Making its way to the table next was a delicious Western Rock Lobster on brioche with Apple Remoulade and Salmon Caviar. The wine served with our second course was repeated. A welcome interlude was announced as a Watermelon, Lychee with Asian herbs Sorbet was served. Following the interlude was the main course; Roasted Margaret River Venison, Beetroot Verjuice reduction and Oyster mushroom. This was perfectly paired with an aromatic Woodlands Margaret 2013 , a blend of Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. An Australian Cheese Platter then made an appearance – Adelaide Hills Triple Cream Brie, Margaret River Vintage Cheddar, Maggie Beer Quince Paste. We continued to enjoy the previous wine with the cheese course. It had been a long, warm evening, so guests were delighted to know that the desert course, a Classic Pavlova, Australian Wild Berries with chocolate fudge and chocolate soil, would be served in the cooler environment of the beachfront bale. A delicious Elderton Barossa Valley Golden Semillion 2015 accompanied this course. The evening came to an end with copious amounts of Vittoria Espresso Coffee and Hennessy Cognac. Last but not least, it was an adventurous evening, prepared months in advance, made possible due to the great support of Marcus James from JetStar, Frederic Tartour from Vittoria Coffee, Olivier Salvetti from Riedel Glasses and the support and the cooperation of organising the two venues from the Australian Embassy in Indonesia, it was another one of those memorable evening. Vive la Chaine!