Prestige visited Andaz Bali’s Fisherman’s Club, and discovered a modern take on the Jimbaran seafood dining experience with a sophisticated beach club ambience
Not too long ago, Prestige Indonesia was welcomed with open arms at Andaz Bali – the first Andaz resort in Asia. Located in the heart of Sanur, a quaint seaside village known for its old-world charm, picturesque beaches and spectacular sunrises, Andaz Bali’s overall concept was inspired by the surrounding villages, from its intimate scale to the use of the distinctive red brick – a traditional construction material in Sanur.
The very same concept was also reflected in its signature restaurant named Fisherman’s Club, which is located on the resort’s beachfront and opens daily for lunch and dinner from 11AM to 10PM, with a live DJ on the weekends. Upon entering the restaurant, almost immediately you can feel how open it is. A jukung table at the front side of the restaurant and a selection from the catch of the day by local fishermen welcome you as you walk inside.
Aesthetically speaking, the play of proportions and volumes in this restaurant – through widths, lengths, and heights – creates an extensive experience as one moves through the venue and discovers that everything is easily within sight, including the open kitchen. Inside, the restaurant is dominated by neutral colours with warm wood accents on the ceilings.
Going into the food and drinks in on offer, Fisherman’s Club delivers unique flavours that bring all the senses to life. There is notably a lot of variety, as the menu spans all the way from Siomay Bandung to ceviche and multi-influence dishes from Japanese as well as Korean cuisine. “When it comes to food, near is really dear for us,” explains Chef Benjamin Haselbeck, Andaz Bali’s Executive Sous Chef. “We buy from small-scale local fishermen who use low-impact fishing techniques. This way we can ensure that our seafood is good for you, for the community and the planet.”
It was Chef Ben, who previously worked at Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Park Hyatt Seoul, who brought East Asian influences in his cooking as he plays with kimchi, gochujang, wasabi, and more. “We use Indonesian products but introduce a different preparation method and flavours from other countries,” Chef Ben continues.
For lunch, it’s all about easy and comforting food like Mie Goreng Cakalang, Nasi Goreng Bebek, The Fisherman’s Burger, and Grilled Ginger Chicken. For those who like to keep things light, then the Green Bowl salad,Tuna Sambal Matah and Hamachi Ceviche make for ideal options. The dishes are also separated into a small and large plates, so you can choose the correct portion to sate your appetite.
As for dinner, Fisherman’s Club features premium seafood and meat elections, from grilled U.S. prime ribeye to barramundi, pompano, snapper, tuna, and also squid, king prawn and whole lobster. More importantly, you can choose the way you want the seafood to be served, whether grilled over coconut husks with onion, ginger, soy sauce in the traditional way or steamed with ginger, garlic, vinegar and coriander.
Another wonderful option would be to go for the Fish and Seafood Platter that consists of the chef’s selection from the catch of the day with various sides and sauces. Also particularly recommended is the Spiced Pompano in Banana leaf, with turmeric, coconut and lemongrass. More crowd-favourite side dishes that are too good to share include the Dirty Potato, Duck Tostada and BBQ Octopus. Mind you, particularly for the latter, ordering two or even three plates of barbecued octopus is highly suggested – it’s simply that good.
Finally, a meal on the beach is best complemented with drinks on the table. The beachfront bar section of Fisherman’s Club serves a selection of wines, liqueurs and champagnes. There are also refreshing cocktails, including signature drinks, cocktails to share, and classics with a twist featuring local ingredients such as telang (butterfly pea), kalamansi, Kintamani coffee, and pandan, which certainly gives your taste buds a surprising delight.
Enjoy them day or night, or whenever you feel like having your cocktails, and try the Club’s signature Sanur on the Rocks or Passion Island. If cocktails aren’t your thing and you just want to enjoy the view of Sanur beach with a drink in hand, then a must-try is the locally produced – and the restaurant’s signature – Andaz Bali Pale Ale.
So, all in all, Andaz Bali’s Fisherman’s Club has really managed to present a refreshing and upscaled take on the classic Jimbaran-style dining experience that has long been a defining element of tourism on the island. That it does so using responsibly sourced seafood and with local touches across everything from the cocktails to ambience makes it even better.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan 89a, Sanur, Bali
Ph: +361 320 1234