Dinner @ Room 4 Dessert (Bali, Indonesia)

December 19, 2018 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

And on the day I made my reservation for Locavore, I did the same for Room4Dessert (R4D). Yes, 3 months in advanced again. My interest in R4D was sparked after a Japanese pastry chef, who I follow on Instagram for her food posts, said her Bali trip was planned around her R4D reservation. Wah…

And as with the restaurant’s name, R4D only served desserts. I actually thought there’ll be some savoury snacks on the menu, but no. The restaurant led by chef-owner Will Goldfarb only served desserts. And to be very precise, R4D only offered a dessert tasting menu. Ie, no a-la carte menu.

My reservation was made for 8.45pm because I figured I require at least 2 hours to clear immigration and make my way up to Ubud. And indeed, I reached the restaurant at 8.30pm (via car) after landing at 6pm.

Upon arrival at the restaurant, I was asked to wait (for roughly 5 to 8 minutes) before the staff led me into the restaurant. And I was surprised at how dark the place was. Only the counter seats were brightly lit while each table was illuminated with just a tealight candle. So pardon my grainy photographs.

And as a solo diner, I was baffled when the staff showed me to the communal table. But I was more surprised shocked when I noticed my set of cutlery was set directly opposite another solo diner who was already seated. A communal table which could sit up to 6 people… But the staff arranged 2 solo diners complete strangers to sit facing each other. I was uncomfortable; I’m an introvert and wasn’t mentally prepared at the possibility of talking to new people. And I couldn’t request for another spot because that meant I would be doing it in front of the diner which I felt my action would come across as inconsiderate and rude. So yes, I sat down as per the restaurant’s arrangement. With much reluctance of course.

Upon seated, the staff presented me with the dessert tasting menu together with the mocktail and cocktail pairing menus, and mentioned I could order specific drink as a-la carte instead of going for the full pairing menu.

With that, I started my Season 7.5: In transition (RP780,000) dessert tasting menu for 2 with:-

1) Planifoglia (above) – Barley sabayon, local raspberry, “vanilla”. I really enjoyed this. The top was sorbet while the bottom’s texture was similar to thick, creamy yogurt.

2) New wave (above) – Carrot, pumpkin seed, anise, marigold.

3) Red (above) – Red fruits, rosella, beet cake, red wine.

4) Scarborough pear (above) – Apple tempura, sage diplomate, toffee. Another highlight for me. So good!

5) Angel’s kiss (above) – Soy, mango, jackfruit, pandan, chamomile. Didn’t like this. Neither did the solo dinner seated opposite me. And yes, we spoke cause it’s awkward not to.

6) Incidente stradale (above) – Coconut water, coconut vinegar, white coffee, jamu “kunyit”.

7) The sugar refinery (above) – Coconut nectar chantilly, chocolate toblerone, soursop, Balinese meringue.

8) Caramel tea brulée (above) – Caramel, black tea, cardamom, and sea salt.

9) Chocobubbles (above) – Mom’s cookies, kluwak, warm mousse, “nibs” nougatine.

For the sharp-eyed, it wasn’t a mistake when I mentioned the menu cost RP740,000 (for 2 people). Right after I was seated, the staff explained the desserts at R4D were intended for sharing between 2 and they couldn’t change reduce the serving portion. So instead, they adjusted the price and charged me RP500,400. So yes, I was paying a solo diner price but eating portion that was meant for 2. Very value for money, although I was so stuffed by the eighth dessert. Ha.

Would I recommend Room4Dessert? Well… I say “Why not?” I certainly enjoyed myself despite the awkward seating arrangement and the desserts being a mixture of hits and misses. I liked that head chef Goldfarb was a down-to-earth person; He made himself very approachable. I noticed he make regular rounds to check everything was going smoothly not just in the kitchen but also on the dining floor, and thank customers personally at the end of their meals. In fact, one should totally come to R4D if one is a huge fan of Netflix’s Chef’s Table. I caught the episode after my dinner at R4D and I encourage one to watch the episode prior to one’s dinner at R4D to really appreciate head chef Goldfarb’s creations.

Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 977002, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Sun : 17:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
* Closed on Mon
Service: 7