Having set the standard high with his nightly set degustation menu that rotates often depending on what’s in season and what’s inspiring Salans in his colourful, day-to-day life in paradise, indulging in an al fresco evening at Mozaic Restaurant should be at the top of your itinerary when visiting the Island of the Gods.
As soon as you walk through Mozaic Restaurant’s whimsically hand-painted and hand-carved wooden Balinese doors, where impeccably attired attendants greet you with authentic smiles and a subtle, yet sophisticated demeanor, you’ve entered the world of Chris Salans and Ubud’s most famous culinary destination.
Salans is particularly well known for his signature cuisine, which is a fusion of Balinese ingredients and French cooking techniques. He exudes energy and excitement when revealing the marriages he has created with this unique mélange. For example, when he discovered the traditional flavour of ginger flower – or kecicang in Balinese – normally found in the fiery garnish, sambal, he turned it into a mouth-watering sorbet creating an innovative dessert.
“I was working in New York City for a chef who used Asian ingredients here and there,” he says. “I wanted to learn more about the Asian ingredients and their proper use and therefore decided to apply for a job in Asia. I landed a job for a Singaporean company opening hotels in Bali and so came here for the first time over fifteen years ago.”
In addition to some of the best nouvelle cuisine on the island, Mozaic offers top notch cooking classes and private events in their Workshop – a state of the art gourmet kitchen adjacent to the restaurant. If you are perpetually on the hunt for stimulating new activities, Chris recommends the ‘Chef’s Table’, where the Workshop space is turned into a dining room allowing your private party to see each dish prepared as well as a golden opportunity to interact with the chef, asking questions and discovering Mozaic’s secrets.
Reminiscent of a chic Parisian salon, The Lounge within Mozaic Restaurant is a seductive cocktail and dining destination that is open seven days a week starting at 5PM until late. Making up for the lack of sophisticated cocktail venues in Ubud, The Lounge satisfies that craving whether you’re in the mood to pop in for a pre-dinner cocktail, drop in spontaneously for a nightcap, or treat friends and family to an unpretentious and memorable evening.
In contrast to the simple elegance of the restaurant itself, The Lounge is appointed with a sleek collection of comfortable sofas, daybeds and ottomans upholstered in white with lacquered cube tables topped with flickering glass candleholders in amber. Attractively priced at IDR 110,000, the bar’s signature Mozaic Roska cocktail is a refreshing libation created by the chefs as well as the bar’s in-house mixologist. Utilising locally sourced ingredients including Bedugul-grown strawberries, passion fruit and lime as well as a dash of granulated sugar and Absolut vodka, the Roska is a perfect end-of-the-day treat.
Featuring one of the most comprehensive wine lists on the island from Mozaic’s award-winning cellar, along with a heady selection of Champagne cocktails, cognacs, specialty coffees and a boutique humidor for imported cigars, no whim or desire goes unsatisfied.