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“The Lost World”
Review of Kubu at Mandapa

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Ranked #1 of 970 Restaurants in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$75
Description: A tropical breeze and the soothing sound of water set the mood at our signature bamboo restaurant. Kubu also offers an intimate space with having 9 private cocoons overlooking the Ayung river for you to enjoy fine Mediterranean-European cuisine in the option of A-la-carte or degustation menus. Further, an extensive list of European wines is accompanied for selection as well.
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Description: A tropical breeze and the soothing sound of water set the mood at our signature bamboo restaurant. Kubu also offers an intimate space with having 9 private cocoons overlooking the Ayung river for you to enjoy fine Mediterranean-European cuisine in the option of A-la-carte or degustation menus. Further, an extensive list of European wines is accompanied for selection as well.
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

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.

Thank B C
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Aghpt, General Manager at Kubu at Mandapa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear B C,

Thank you for taking time to write such beautiful words for our hidden sanctuary and village in the middle of Ubud forest. Looks like we did live up to your expectation and the team cannot thank you enough for writing such an outstanding praise in this review. The entire Kubu team remains grateful of your positive remarks and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warm regards,
Ana

Ana Gorjão Henriques
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

While I’ve largely enjoyed the food in Bali, Kubu stood out as the best meal I’ve ever had. From the beautiful view of the cocoons looking out over the river to the many small but thoughtful (and delicious) palate cleansers sprinkled throughout the meal, the entire experience was amazing. The food itself was creative but comfortably tasty, even to a picky eater. We would love to come back again and would recommend Kubu to anyone lucky enough to be in the area!

Thank Gautam N
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Aghpt, General Manager at Kubu at Mandapa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear Gautam N,

It is a pleasure to read your descriptive and wonderful feedback of your special evening at Kubu. We are delighted to hear your compliment for the service, food and ambiance that made your evening extra special. We hope you will continue to support Kubu and get a chance to visit us again. Thank you.

Warm regards,
Ana

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We ordered appetizers and mains from the a la carte menu and everything was delicious. The service, attention to detail, and atmosphere made our meal even more special. Our server, Agus, was the best! He was so professional and friendly. I’d highly recommend Kubu to anyone traveling to Ubud - it was incredibly beautiful.

Thank jdr2104
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Aghpt, General Manager at Kubu at Mandapa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear jdr2104,

Agus and the entire Kubu team would like to thank you for the incredible words about Kubu. We would love for you to come back and try one of our popular degustation menus that highlight the best dishes in Kubu.
Thanks for choosing us and look forward to welcoming you back.

Warm regards,
Ana

Ana Gorjão Henriques
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Our dinner at Kubu in our private cocoon overlooking the river was nothing short of outstanding in every way. The six course degustation menu was simply divine; beautifully presented and perfectly executed. Each morsel was a slice of heaven. The setting is quite possibly the most stunning dining location of my life and I have travelled extensively. Service was impeccable from start to finish. This experience is a MUST if you are visiting Ubud. We will treasure the memory forever. Thank you Kubu and Mandapa!

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Aghpt, General Manager at Kubu at Mandapa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear Island-Mavericks,

Thanks for writing a review of your dining experience with us. It seems that we were able hit all the marks with our service, food and ambiance during your visit. I am delighted you had the opportunity to enjoy dining in one of our popular cocoons overlooking the river. Hopefully we will have the chance to welcome you back soon. Thank you (again) for your appreciation!

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Ana

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

We stayed at Mandapa on our way back from Wakatobi and, based on Tripadvisor, we made sure to ckeck out Kubu. We had the degustation menu and were seated in (what I view as) the best pod. Our server was Widi. I’ve eaten fabulous meals at private clubs, ’Michelin Star’ restaraunts, hole-in-the-wall cafes/bistros in the US and Europe, etc... I may have had a better meal at some point in 57 years....but I can’t say that with certainty. The food was just perfect. Bali is really about the people and our server Widi made our perfect meal even more memorable. I don’t know what more I can add. (Oh yes - it’s at Mandapa. If you don’t ever stay there at least eat at Kubu to view the wonder that is Mandapa.)

Thank Richard A
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Aghpt, General Manager at Kubu at Mandapa, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Dear Richard A,

What a delight to read that your Kubu experience from start to finish lived up to your high standards. Widi and team are really thankful to you for all the kind words and highlighting our degustation menu and the service. Feedback from our guest does help us to understand the expectations and we really appreciate you taking time to detail your experience. We certainly hope you will choose us again whenever you are back on the island. Thank you and see you soon!

Warm regards,
Ana

Ana Gorjão Henriques
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