Food: Opened in July 2015, this contemporary Balinese restaurant in Hong Kong’s swanky Repulse Bay now has a HK$580 “Taste of Bali Sharing Menu. Available on weekday evenings, this set menu takes the stress out of ordering, and is wonderful way to sample some of the Tri’s best dishes such as the crispy Balinese style duck leg and the potato perkedel – potato fritter with chilli, grilled eggplant and lime leaf.
A complimentary basket of squid ink and lobster Asian-style crackers served with two types of sambals, and petit fours that include lemongrass infused marshmallows and passion fruit jellies, make the entire dinner a truly delightful and memorable experience.
At present (4 January, 2016), this is one of the only places in Hong Kong where you can enjoy authentic Balinese cuisine. Ingredients such as galangal, turmeric, ginger, jangu, lemongrass, salam leaf are used to create inventive meat, seafood and vegetable dishes that are artfully plated, exotic and delicious.
Service: The staff are warm and attentive. They seem to know the menu well and make confident recommendations.
Must try: The lawar salad – spicy chopped salad of mixed green beans, asparagus and grilled coconut; the duck goreng – crispy duck leg Balinese style with chilli mango, cucumber and pink grapefruit, the Iga Sapi – melt-in-your-mouth grilled angus short ribs with spicy soy saycem lalaoan salad and green chilli sambal hijau, and the dadar gulung – a Balinese pancake dessert with cocnut filling, poppy seed crumble and mango sorbet.
Ambience: The atmosphere and interior design alone makes Tri worth the journey to Repulse Bay. Designed by sustainable architecture and design firm Ibuku, the restaurant is divided into three sections inspired by the landscape of Ubud. Upon entering, the first section includes a lounge-bar with swing seats followed by a dining area with a private table and a single long table made out of a single tree; the second section consist of tables positioned along a green wall, and the third section consist of dining basketk pods built inside a pond running along beach-facing windows, which mimics a river. The most coveted seats are these pond tables, where guest remove their shoes and sit on comfy cushions at a stone table, in a nest-like bamboo structure offering utmost privacy and intimacy. At night, the blue tinted glass windows and soft, low lighting gives the space an ethereal glow that transports you into another world.
Average price per person: HK$800 with drinks
Address: Tri. Shop 302, 3/F, Lobby C, The Pulse, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2515-0577