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(1/15/2007) A major refurbishment, including a second storey addition, has added stunning new dimensions and heights to Japanese dining at the newly-contemporized honZEN Japanese restaurant, located within the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa.
Doubled in size to seat 110 guests and extending their menu to include new Korean Barbecue and Grill rooms, honZEN now offers what is arguably Bali’s most complete and prestigious Japanese restaurant.
With the restaurant's team of 15 culinary innovators, headed by the talented artisan Chef Hiroki Mimaki, honZEN offers a full-spectrum menu focusing on cuisine that captures definitive Japanese dishes while employing the best of modern and western techniques.
Utilizing Zen aesthetic design principles, the introduction of a second level is designed to heighten the pleasures of indoor and outdoor dining. Air conditioned dining venues include individual modern 'cottage' pavilions with Zen inspired courtyards, a range of private dining rooms, exclusive Korean barbecue grill rooms with tables for individual dining and an outdoor terrace for open-air dining.
honZEN's design and menus encourage guests to select the ambiance that best fulfils their needs within one establishment. Guests can casually dine for lunch or dinner at the revamped Sushi Bar, be stunned by the theatrics of the dramatic new Teppanyaki Room or settle in for a meticulous sampling of Japanese dishes from a number of stylish new private dining rooms featuring a-la-carte delicacies and table décor of Seike Torige glassworks, black embroidered napkins and chopstick rests that artistically use fresh garlic and red chili.
Designed by famed Japanese architect Koji Takeda, honZEN, which first opened in 2000, takes its name and inspiration from its’ meaning of ‘wonderful food’ and from the Zen aesthetic principles of harmony, tranquility and purity.
Upon entering the striking restaurant, a five meter long pristine blonde-wood sushi bar lined with white leather chairs overlooked by honeycomb patterned light boxes made of dappled rice paper makes a bold impression. Down lights over the bar spotlight the expert sushi and sashimi chefs whose flawless culinary precision swiftly create incredible fresh delicacies as per order.
The ground level also features an ultra-modern version of a traditional 'suki-ya' room (tea house) which has two entrances. The 'figurative' entrance for guests has a traditional arched 'roji' doorway accessed via an outdoor courtyard which, tradition states, is made low enough so that guests bend down to enter, humbling them in preparation for the meal. This modern dining space is entered via beautiful Kyoto sliding screens to accommodate parties of four to twelve people at low tables with woven chaise seats complete with soft black waffle weave cushions. Set against a backdrop of charcoal-colored rice paper wall paneling the rooms also offer individual piped music and a private and sophisticated atmosphere.
Still on the ground level, culinary theatrics are performed in the Teppanyaki Room which extends past two stylish all white and mocha accented private dining rooms with individual white leather banquette lounges. Teppanyaki guests, presented with specially made fine cotton branded 'aprons', sit on red chili-colored leather chairs. They are surrounded by black marble benches that run alongside two impressive sparkling stainless steel grills where flamboyant cookery demonstrations are presented.
The modern Teppanyaki Room is dramatically set off by a very special antique timber wall panel feature which was crafted from the decks of ancient ships salvaged from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Upstairs the main dining areas offer semi-private dining spaces, interwoven with rich and natural textures and objects of art against and high polished drama of black marble, modern leather and glass finishing’s. Rough-carved wood benches divide the ultra contemporary dining spaces used for the newly installed and already popular Korean Barbecue and Grill.
Here guests can select a range of fresh meats, vegetables and condiments to grill on state of the art in built barbecue grills cooked to their individual tastes and leisure.
honZEN’s menu features a some 150 dishes and imported delicacies across a vast range of appetizers, soups, rice and noodles including an expansive Sushi and Sashimi menu, generous Teppanyaki and Korean barbecue options encompassing set lunches and dinners and a large range of a-la-carte choices, and deserts.
honZEN’s menu also includes some of the best Japanese Sake and Shochu beverage choices which can be paired to dishes with guidance from Chef Mimaki.
Reputed Island-wide as the 'grand masters of Japanese cuisine' for their extraordinary artistry in providing exquisitely crafted fresh dishes, honZEN’s new dining arena is set for dazzling success.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. For Bookings call ++62-(0)361-702222 extension #7801.