Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs, when they were not writing a Sherlock Holmes or Tarzan novel, wrote The Lost World and The Land that Time Forgot, respectively. The almost unsignposted hotel and the descent into a 'lost valley' is more thrilling than any of the rides at Disney. You are surrounded by nature, trees, stone statues and nocturnal animals, although at no time would you expect a dinosaur to appear.
Such a primeaval prelude hardly prepares you for the haute cuisine and cultured service more Paris than Bali.
The bloody Mary amuse bouche that melted and exploded in your mouth was less subtle than the ones at Iggy's we had the day before in Singapore. The tuna and tomato was rudimentary compared to the Toro and white tomato at Hong Kong's Arbor. Yet, it is unfair to compare Kubu, a hotel restaurant, albeit the Ritz-Carlton, with restaurants whose owners put quality before profit.
This restaurant deserves all the good reviews it has garnered. Michelin starred chefs would not normally take the risk of cooking and serving the food in this natural and uncontrollable environment. This is very special and for visitors from afar, perhaps a once in a lifetime experience.
Michelin defines 3 stars as worth making a special trip. We hired a car and driver to take us on a 90-minute journey from the other Ritz-Carlton in Nusa Dua.
Though very special and pricey, please dress for the hot weather.
I have no interest to declare, to the extent that I did not even get any SPG points for this very expensive meal.
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