Bali’s boutique art resort goes back to basics and dials up quality, reinventing street-front al fresco restaurant as Sanur’s most chilled yet buzzworthy wining, dining and people-watching haven.
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Sudamala Suites & Villas Sanur has re-launched its prime, curbside, all-day dining restaurant as ‘Ares Steak & Pasta’. The restaurant has refocused and pared back the menu, beefed-up quality, and made a commitment to play to its strengths as the artistic district’s home of sublime steaks, signature sauces and pasta nonpareil.
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Ares Steak & Pasta is poised to claim the mantle of Sanur’s leading lounge lizard lair, art maven haven and creator of comfort food for connoisseurs, with its colourful sofa-style seating, fairy-lit al fresco vibe and prime street corner location in the beating heart of Bali’s most venerable precinct of art, heritage and culture.
The new-look restaurant enjoys pride of place in front of the private and exclusive Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur; a hotel created as a living art gallery for its owners’ extensive collection of contemporary Indonesian art and the showcase Sudakara Art Space. It is part of Sudamala Resorts which also owns and operates Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi, in neighbouring Lombok.
Emily Subrata, Director for Sudamala Resorts, said she was delighted to announce the rebirth of Ares Steak & Pasta, a concept created from a frank and critical look at the resort’s all-day dining restaurant.
“We have a fantastic and unique space at Ares, which is part of the hotel yet outside its main courtyards and wings, opening off our Sudakara Art Space and overlooking one of Sanur’s most bustling and vivid streetscapes. With its raised decking and colourful sofa-style seating, it’s a natural habitat for perfecting your lounge act or just hanging out and watching the world go by.
“Now it has the food concept the space deserves. After we took a long hard look at what was working and where there was room for improvement, we decided to go back to basics while at the same time building on our reputation for quality.
“The name says it all really. Ares Steak & Pasta – great steaks, awesome pasta and the warm, smiling service for which we are renowned. I’m thrilled to announce that we are open for business and I look forward to welcoming new guests, loyal regulars and anyone else who visits our beloved Sanur.”
Ares Steak & Pasta has staked its reputation and success on the appeal of three signature dishes: Steak with Signature Sudamala Sauce (with sweet soy beurre blanc sauce), Steak with Bongkot Bali Sauce (finely chopped torch ginger in a light creamy sauce, inspired by the traditional Balinese sambal bongkot, with a European twist), and Pasta Emilie, named in honour of the chosen lunchtime comfort food preferred and often ordered in the restaurant by Ms Subrata.
“Essentially it's bolognese, but with a generous helping of hot chopped chili,” Ms Subrata said. “It’s what I order for lunch almost every day when I’m in Bali.”
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Each dish is created with verve, flair and experience by head chef, I Nyoman Sutawa, who joined Sudamala Resorts after being spotted as a rising star at Oberoi Lombok and other leading Bali and Lombok resorts and restaurants.
Ms Subrata said Ares Steak & Pasta had ‘reengineered’ its entire menu, paring back and refining the offerings, but retaining popular dishes including nasi goreng, traditional fried chicken, and international dishes like tapas, pizzas, sandwiches and burgers.
She said the new Ares Steak & Pasta was also a good fit with the ‘sense of spaciousness infused with local culture and arts and friendly hospitality’ that inspired the creation of Sudamala Suites & Villas Sanur.
Its proximity to Sudakara Art Space also presented possibilities for art-inspired events, special menus and more, of which Ms Subrata said: "Watch this space.”
Sanur was the original destination preferred by foreign travellers that inspired and gave rise to the legend of Bali as the ‘island of the gods’. Over the years it has become an artistic melting pot inspiring local as well as western artists – the likes of Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, Miguel Covarrubias and Walter Spies. Sanur still retains much of the laid-back, old world charm it is famous for.
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Sudamala's 34 luxurious and comfortable suites are nestled around two spacious inner courtyards – one a lush lawn with performance space on either end, the other featuring a large, shimmering swimming pool – both lending to the hotel's tranquil atmosphere.
At its heart, however, is its art space. Sudakara Art Space brings to reality the vision behind the hotel: a place where artists, art collectors and enthusiasts, as well as resort guests, can come together to create, discuss or simply appreciate art. The 250-square-metre art space features periodic exhibitions mainly by local artists and foreign artists residing in Bali.