Recently opened MAURI restaurant brings approachable Italian fine dining to Petitenget.
The highly anticipated opening of MAURI by chef-owner Maurizio Bombini and fellow Italian restaurateur and cofounder Luigi Amorotti, has seen gourmands living in and visiting Bali flocking to the restaurant.
Over his international career, and especially his years heading Il Ristorante at Bvlgari Resort Bali and those as executive chef at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Maurizio has developed an enthusiastic following who admire his culinary flair and creativity, which results in dishes that delight and amaze your taste buds while being artfully presented.
True to his Italian heritage, Maurizio’s philosophy is to use fresh, seasonal ingredients and create dishes that bring out their innate flavour in both simple and complex ways. With this in mind, MAURI has its own rooftop hydroponic garden to supply the kitchen, as well as locally sourcing high-quality ingredients from Balinese farmers for respectful conscious cuisine.
Maurizio’s passion is cooking and MAURI is his dream come to life. Evoking a Mediterranean feeling – both Maurizio and Luigi are from Puglia – the restaurant is spacious with light wood, white accents, lush greenery and candle-lit lanterns. A warm welcome and friendly service add to the relaxed feel.
A lively open kitchen showcases the busy team with Maurizio always at the centre of things. Seating 40 downstairs, there is a chef’s table alongside the kitchen where the chef will craft a menu for four diners based on their input and personally serve them while explaining each dish. On the mezzanine level, a bar and lounge serve carefully crafted cocktails, wine and light bites.
The à la carte menu provides a selection of contemporary dishes that are respectful of tradition, from appetisers like celeriac soup with foie gras, pasta and risotto, to fish and meat main courses. A four- or five-course tasting menu showcases the highlights of the menu and diners are treated to a selection of amuse bouches while waiting, such as the delightfully fresh and vibrant Orange Campari Spherification.
Popular dishes currently on the tasting menu include tonno in carpione – a meaty tuna with burrata, a fabulously rich 24-month aged Parmigiano cheese in home-made ravioli with a light, clear onion consommé that should not be missed, as well as a supremely succulent rib-eye wagyu beef with parsnip and mushroom.
Rounding off the delectable feast is a pre-dessert cleanser of Szechuan pepper ice cream with raspberry espuma, followed by Mauri-style hand-crafted tiramisu constructed at your table, followed by petit fours. Your dining experience is complemented by an Italian wine list with wines by the bottle and the glass, including prosecco and wines from Puglia, like Negroamaro and Primitivo di Manduria, plus a selection of cocktails and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.
MAURI is already a success, as evidenced by the smiles on diners’ faces around the restaurant, and is sure to continue growing in popularity.