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John Hardy Teams Up with Amandari for a Four Hands Dinner

For one night only on September 29, John Hardy Boutique & Gallery at Seminyak will be hosting a special event that serious gourmands will not want to miss. Four Hands Dinner: Unearthing Culinary Crafts is an exciting collaboration between John Hardy’s Head Chef Tomy Saputra and Amandari’s Executive Chef Iwan Yunarto, both of whom share a profound respect for native Indonesian ingredients and age-old culinary techniques.

Expect mouth-watering contemporary dishes that showcase the authentic flavors of Balinese and Indonesian cooking, alongside some artisanal arak, the island’s traditional moonshine. Together, the two talented chefs will prepare an unforgettable tasting menu at The Long Table that includes lawar belimbing, a vegetable-forward delicacy from Tabanan that features young starfruit leaves and grated coconut as well as Bali’s foundational spice paste, base genep.

Also in the lineup are other signature dishes such as tuna tartare Magelang served on arak-battered betel leaf and Sumatran-style iga bakar: beef short ribs that have been braised with kecap manis (palm sugar–laced soy sauce), garlic, coriander, chili, and tamarind, before being grilled and glazed with caliandra honey. A range of Indonesian classics will also be served. On top of that, diners can look forward to an arak tasting experience courtesy of Tabanan-based boutique distillery Karusotju, which spotlights locally sourced ingredients (such as sweet potatoes) and generations-old distillation practices.

Adding to the evening’s magic is a performance from Kita Poleng, made up of contemporary dancers Jasmine Okubo and Dibal Ranuh. The dynamic duo have drawn inspiration from traditional Balinese dance and storytelling, reinterpreting these ancient art forms for the 21st century by way of modern costumes, theater, and movements.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023, Four Hands Dinner: Unearthing Culinary Crafts is priced from IDR 1,900,000++ per person for dinner and the arak-tasting experience. The event is limited to just 20 seats and will take place at John Hardy Bali’s The Long Table in Seminyak. A second seating will subsequently be hosted by Amandari on Friday, December 1, 2023.

Reservations can be made via phone or WhatsApp by contacting +62 811 3811 8004.

Balinese lawar belimbing; preparing tuna tartare Magelang.
Left to right: Balinese lawar belimbing; preparing tuna tartare Magelang.

This article was brought to you by John Hardy.