Seeking to introduce their beloved guests to the classic Japanese cuisine from the perspective of Japanese native, as well as celebrating the Japanese Emperor’s birthday, The Apurva Kempinski Bali through Izakaya by OKU invites talented Japanese chefs living in Bali for an exciting culinary collaboration.
Starting from 23 to 25 February 2021, will introduce two of Japanese guest chefs who have been making their names known in Bali’s Japanese community. Chef Hashimoto Soji and Chef Hatanaka Hirotake will be joining Chef Deni Koeswara of Izakaya by OKU, to deliver authentic flavours of Japan during a three-day event at this award winning
Chef Hashimoto once worked as the captain of a fishing boat who has a board set of scale when it comes to seafood. His hands-on experience working with fishes gave him a solid foundation, as he opened his famed Japanese venture called Tensaki in 1999. Meanwhile, through this collaboration, Chef Hatanaka hopes to show people the real authentic food of Japan, not the altered version that has been modified for international taste. Placing great importance in the freshness of ingredients used, Chef Hatanaka opened Namiya’s stall in 2017 and has since then gained popularity within the Japanese community.
Izakaya by OKU’s very own Executive Chef Deni Koswara, who has more than 15 years’ experience in Japanese gastronomy is leading the team for this glorious occasion. Chef Deny honed his skills in the Middle East for thirteen years, deepening his knowledge in Japanese cuisine in international luxury brands as well as highly acclaimed restaurants such as Nobu Restaurant in Doha. He found himself returning to Indonesia to prepare the opening of Izakaya by OKU, and has been sharing his skillset with his team ever since. Under his leadership, the team has curated a creative menu, inspired by the traditional Japanese cooking method and ingredients.
As the signature Japanese restaurant of The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Izakaya by OKU emphasises in bringing out the best of its creations in a dynamic and convivial atmosphere. Not only famed for its Japanese cuisine, the restaurant is also known for its creative mixologists. These mixologists entertain the guests behind their cocktail cart while preparing unique fusion between traditional Japanese and modern western liquor.
The Japanese Emperor Celebration event will see both Japanese chefs preparing their signature course, presenting a comfortable experience for guests to have a taste of classic home-cooked Japanese dishes in the luxurious setting of the five-star resort. Meanwhile, Chef Deni Koeswara and his talented team will be creating Izakaya by OKU’s tempting creations. For further information and reservation, please contact +62 81138209541 or email at [email protected].