The authentic high-end Japanese sister restaurants put Ayana Bali at the vanguard of Bali’s luxury Japanese dining scene.
Ayana Bali today welcomes two highly anticipated arrivals in Bali’s luxury Japanese dining scene, Sumizen and Honzen Bali. Under the expert guidance of Executive Chef Takumi Kimura — who has decades of experience at leading Japanese hotels — Sumizen celebrates the art of yakiniku, or grilled meat, using distinctive types of charcoal to imbue the region’s finest cuts with unique flavors.
Meanwhile, Honzen Bali highlights the art of traditional Japanese cuisine using fresh imported meats and seafood and locally sourced ingredients.
The latest addition to the Kawano Group’s portfolio, which for more than two decades has been one of Indonesia’s leading food and beverage companies specializing in Japanese cuisine, Sumizen is an entirely different concept. Unlike regular yakiniku restaurants, where ingredients are served raw and cooked by diners on a grill embedded in the table, as a high-end establishment, Sumizen’s staff will personally prepare the dishes according to guests’ desired taste.
“It is a fresh start and a new form of the yakiniku dining experience,” says Chef Kimura. “We want to create a unique identity that sets us apart and showcases our expertise in the field, while highlighting our exceptional ingredients.”
While Chef Kimura explains that premium cuts of meat will be the highlight of Sumizen, another of the restaurant’s distinguishing features will be its use of binchō-tan, a type of white charcoal traditionally used in Japanese cooking.
“The use of charcoal is crucial; not only for cooking the food but also incorporating it into various aspects such as plating and rice preparation. We aim to create dishes that embody the essence of charcoal,” he says.
Located in a lush 7,800 sqm reserve of Ayana Bali, the expansive new building and Bali’s biggest Japanese restaurant incorporates traditional architecture surrounded by zen gardens, transporting guests of Sumizen and Honzen Bali to a serene rural Japanese home.
Ideal for family and casual dining, business meetings and special occasions, Sumizen offers eight private rooms with balconies, and during the cooler months guests are invited to dine with the windows open. The rooms can accommodate four guests or be combined for larger groups of up to 18.