“Entering one of the three unique gateways into the Ji Restaurant at Bale Sutra which is located in the empirical enclave of the Hotel TUGU is to participate in a mythical experience for the senses that lingers between the pleasures of this world and those of another. Leading the heart of this journey is the namesake and inspiration of this unique Japanese cum Peranakan Chinese dining experience—the 310 year old Kang XI period temple which Tugu Hotels founder/designer, Anhar Setjadibrata, rescued from ruin in Java and completely reconstructed on its new premises.”
Ji borrows from Tugu Hotel’s already legendary Japanese menu, fuses it impressively with a rich Chinese influence and washes it all down with a KABUKI-inspired bar offering the finest sakes from Japan, beloved classic cocktails, contemporary cocktails and a covetable collection of the most supreme wines from around the world. Let’s get you started with JI’s signature Hatsumomo cocktail—a delectable blend of Shochu, white peach, green tea, white pepper and lime.
Enjoy this as you explore the art gallery which is this stunning venue, spilling out into two theatres and upstairs to a breathtaking terrace with 180 degree views over the beach at Batu Bolong.
Please be seated for a journey throughout East Asia with delectable Maki Rolls, delicately assembled wakame salad, lightly seared tuna, and a sticky serve of melt-in-your-mouth pork. Dessert is no less a treat for the senses; think Matcha green tea cheesecake with six mouthwatering textures on your plate. After your palette is done with its oriental dance, retire to the dark wood bar for a skilled flaring display by the lively bar staff.
Each of Ji’s entry doors offer a prelude to the form of personalized experience a guest wishes to encounter. Therefore, those looking to partake in the delicate fusion of Japanese culinary euphoria may enter through the low Gate of Heaven; those seeking to show their devotion to a luxurious life worth living, through the Gate of Love; and those in search of decadence past a pair of statues of mythological guards and through the four-meter high, Gate of Hell, which tellingly leads to some people’s idea of heaven – the bar.