For the Love of Good Food by Chef Stephane Simond
At FOLIE, they are madly in love with good food and the pleasure of eating, after all in French, the word ‘folie’ means love to the brink of madness. The Canggu eatery’s philosophy is that there should be no guilt involved when enjoying one of life’s greatest pleasures.
FOLIE is owned by FrenchChef, Stephane Simond, whose fascination with fiery Asian flavors has created a love child between two grand food cultures, neither East or West, but an elegant fusion that comfortably sits in between.
“I’m deeply French as a chef but I love Asian food,” says Chef Stephane. “The excitement and stimulation for me comes from the fact that I’m using all my skills, experience and kitchen partners to create our food style. This is the most exciting and challenging part and is why I’m so passionate about my job.”
Chef Stephane’s culinary career began at the age of 15 with an apprenticeship in l’Auberge Lamartine, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant in his hometown in the heart of the French Alps. After working in establishments across France and Switzerland, his love for travel took him to the Caribbean where he worked in the kitchens of the beautiful Hotel Le Toiny on the island of St Barthelemy, and La Samanna Hotel in St Maarten. In 2008 he became Executive Chef at the renowned Cassis fine dining restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia, staying for 5 years before relocating to Alila Villas Uluwatu, where he fell in love with Bali and his Balinese wife and made the island his permanent home.
Breakfast might be Croque Madame with fried egg, smoked ham, Bechamel sauce and Emmental cheese or French Toast with caramelized banana, passionfruit, chocolate crumble and homemade brioche whilst lunch could be Orange Marinated Indian Ocean Red Snapper with tiger prawn gravy reduction and red and green tomato tartare or Angel Hair Pasta Aglio e Olio with dried tomatoes, fresh basil, grilled prawns, crispy pancetta and garlic. The dinner menu offers the choice between a sharing degustation experience and an a la carte menu with a range of delicious seasonal dishes.
FOLIE has a wonderful selection of house made pastries and sweet temptations to enjoy all day as well as tasty options for the kids to enjoy. A range of delicious iced teas and energy giving concoctions such as a Red Sour with watermelon, fresh strawberries, lemon juice and honey sit alongside an enviable selection of signature cocktails and mocktails, and a carefully curated wine list.
Bright and airy with indoor and outdoor seating options, FOLIE is filled with colour and tropical plants, drawing inspiration from a jungle house in the heart of Kaba Kaba village, Bali. A spacious car park and parking attendant adds to the convenience.
Opening hours 08.00 – 22.00