All Senses On for a Feast at MÉTIS
Carla Albertí de la Rosa reports on a “sensory dining experience” in Seminyak
After 12 years of heralded French cuisine at Kafe Warisan in Kerobokan, founders Said Alem and Nicolas “Doudou” Tourneville have changed location in the hope of setting the bar even higher with their new venture, MÉTIS.
Opened in October last year, MÉTIS offers a combination of French Mediterranean cuisine in Bali’s fine-dining scene. The name means “mixed blood” in French and it represents the fusion of two cultures, symbolising how the French owners live in Bali.
The purpose-built establishment sits off Jl. Petitenget in Seminyak, literally around the corner from the old venue. A dramatic pathway leads you from the street to the restaurant and, if you are driving, parking is easy as it has a large cark park reserved for customers.
The main entrance has an Asian-inspired antiques gallery to the left, where hand-crafted jewellery, a collection of Buddhas and art from all across Asia combine to give the gallery a special ethnic flavour.
Immediately after you enter the dining area, you take in a fine view of the restaurant and ricefields straight ahead. The restaurant is a combination of contemporary-Indonesian style that sits a total of 350 guests. It is configured as an open plan “U” with an upscale boutique selling women’s accessories on the left and a jeweller’s shop on the right. Gemstones including amethyst, aquamarine or sapphire, as well as pearls, diamonds and fossils make up delicate, sophisticated jewellery.
Although the views at MÉTIS are striking during the day, the ambience at night is just as good, cosy and relaxed. If you want to make the most of your experience at MÉTIS start your evening with a fruity lychee martini or any other of their enticing cocktails while you take a look at the extensive dinner menu. MÉTIS’ menu is divided into starters, meat and poultry, soup, pasta and vegetarian, seafood and dessert. They also have an inviting foie gras menu with a “legendary” pan-seared hot foie gras with raspberry reduction, morelo cherry and roasted apple, a beautiful blend of flavours that combine perfectly with the Diel Riesling Kabinett 2007 from Nahe, Germany. It’s a fresh wine and its sweetness supports the foie gras and lifts the whole dish.
The wine list is inviting and very extensive. MÉTIS has wines from France, Italy, Spain, Australia or Chile amongst others, guaranteed to please the most demanding wine lover. Prices range from Rp600,000 (US$66.50) a bottle to more than Rp10 million ($1,100). There are 130 different wines to choose from, so if you’re hesitant, sommelier Eko Putro will suggest the best food and wine combination throughout the evening.
The trio of tartare is a great way of cooling down on a warm night. It’s a beautifully presented combination of yellow fin tuna with Trio Tobiko and Miso Sauce, Tasmanian salmon with Avocado and Yuzu Miso Sauce and Chilled Steamed King Alaska Crab with Scampi Tartare and Creamy Spicy Mayonnaise.
The sommelier suggests a bodied sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, but it also goes very well with a Viognier from the Rhône valley, France.
As a main dish, the trio of Jimbaran fish is hard to beat: a light, luscious dish with fresh swordfish, artichoke fricassée and béarnaise sauce; yellow fin tuna with eggplant caponata and basil olive oil beurre blanc and pacific coral trout with roasted baby zucchini and saffron velouté.
Each fish comes with a different sauce, so the Torbreck Semillon from South Australia combines perfectly with this dish, as it has the right acidity, balance and flexibility to go well with the three sauces.
If you still have space for dessert, MÉTIS has a tempting choice of soufflés like the chocolate soufflé with pistachio parfait, grapefruit confit and vanilla cream or the passion fruit soufflé with apricot coulis and raspberry jelly. For a lighter option try their homemade passion fruit, mango or raspberry sherbets.
Every Thursday night MÉTIS has a classic jazz band playing from 10pm to midnight and any other night they have a different DJ. So after you’ve finished your meal it’s a good time to move from the restaurant to the casual lounge area on the right, overlooking the ricefields from the terrace and veranda levels. You can enjoy specialty wines by the glass or bottle or their creative cocktails, and maybe take pleasure in one of their 22 different types of cigars while you listen to the music.
If what you want is a more intimate dining experience, MÉTIS has a private cellar room behind a pair of glass doors. The luxuriant room seats up to 10 guests and is surrounded by original artwork and wine-lined walls. The minimum wine consumption to book the cellar is Rp10 million.
For special occasions MÉTIS offers a function room upstairs with a capacity for 130 people and a separate kitchen, an independent bar and audio system. They also do special drinks packages from $55 where you can have unlimited selected wines and spirits for three hours.
MÉTIS opens from 11am to 2am, except for Sundays, when they close for lunch. If you prefer to go during the day they have an inviting lunch menu for Rp75,000 that consists of a starter and a main course that changes every day.
You can find out more about MÉTIS “sensory dining experience” by visiting www.metisbali.comFiled under: Arts & Entertainment