The Reopening of A Pioneer
Following closure for 11 months linked to the global pandemic, Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique reopens on 15 December 2022. The enforced year-long lay-off allowed in-depth reflections examining past achievements, including the many laurels won by founder and head-chef Chris Salans and the Mozaic Team at a restaurant widely considered Bali’s best fine-dining venue for the past two decades.
Mozaic’s reopening celebrates past achievements while simultaneously seeking to redefine the true meaning of “culinary excellence.” As it was in the beginning, so is it again at the restaurant’s reopening and during the process of redeveloping its vision forward.
In the words of Chef Salans: “I couldn’t just reopen Mozaic. It wouldn’t make sense. I had to rethink Mozaic for it to last another twenty years. So, I decided to partner with an ex-associate chef at Mozaic, Blake Thornley, who’s 20 years younger than me. Working as a team, we will deliver a revamped, fresh Mozaic experience.”
Mozaic has been a pioneer of fine dining in Bali for over 20 years and helped to establish the Island as aleading Asian culinary destination. Mozaic is the only restaurant in Indonesia that is a member of Les Grandes Tables du Monde (Best Restaurants of the World) – an association composed wholly of 2 and 3 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Mozaic has built a solid reputation for showcasing Indonesian spices, produce, and seasonal products prepared and presented following the uncompromising dictates of modern French cuisine. The newly reopened Mozaic Restaurant remains passionately committed to using select local ingredients, art fully presented, and catered with professional passion.
The re-christened Mozaic Restaurant will see award-winning Chef Chris Salans partnering up again with Chef Blake Thornley. Blake worked as an Executive Chef at Mozaic from 201 0 – 2015. Later, in 2017, Chef Thornley opened several restaurants in Shanghai, China, winning several awards, including “Best Restaurant in Shanghai”.
With the reopening, many veteran team members are returning to Mozaic. This includes Balinese Cok Senajaya, Mozaic’s highly-regarded restaurant and wine director, who returns to the restaurant he helped open two decades ago. Also, many of the original opening team members have returned to recapture the proud culinary legacy that has become synonymous with Mozaic.