Fancy dining underwater with schools after schools of fishes swimming around you while you enjoy fine seafood cuisine? Then you have to check out Koral Restaurant.
Koral Restaurant is Bali’s first underwater restaurant within an aquarium and it sits within the one-year-old The Apurva Kempinski Bali. The multisensory restaurant has been super popular among both locals and visitors since it was introduced and reservations are most definitely recommended.
Our recent visit sure didn’t leave us disappointed.
Helmed by Executive Chef Eric Cocollos and Executive Sous Chef Ho Weng Kit, Koral Restaurant’s menu is concise and straightforward. Expect a selection of refined seafood dishes and fine desserts crafted using locally sourced ingredients; think a gastronomic adventure with nuances of Indonesian influences.
Dining at Koral Restaurant is quite unlike any other experiences. Whether you are seated within the glass-roofed tunnel or by the “windows”, a fine evening awaits. The aquarium is made up of more than 80 species of marine life, including your usual sea anemone, blue starfishes, sea urchins and a single Nemo. Yes, there is just one clownfish. Try to spot it.
One appetizer that you have to try is the Blue Crab (RP360,000). Presented theatrically in a sphere and dry ice, this luxurious salad features lumps of fresh blue crab, Granny Smith’s apple, crispy jicama and caviar.
On the mains, go for the signature Prawn & Lime (RP420,000)—a true oceanic delight of deep-fried stuffed prawns and Indonesian salsa.
The Red Snapper (RP420,000) was also memorable. Steeped in a broth infused in Balinese herbs glazed vegetables, this fish dish was an instant hit for us with its fresh and subtly complex flavour notes.
You have to try the desserts at Koral Restaurant, because Executive Sous Chef Ho Weng Kit has spent 18 years in France and is a renowned chef who has won numerous pastry competitions.
One to mention is the Strawberry Crème Brûlée. The classic French dessert is prepared with a twist—served in a strawberry, this is one of Chef Ho’s proudest creations and also one that made his name in France.
Do note that the dishes are tasting portions from the degustation menu and the prices stated are for the a la carte dishes.
Koral Restaurant is only open for dinner, and there is a dress code to observe. Reservations are also highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
Tip: The tables within the glass-roofed tunnel are better for photos as the area is brighter but the tables next by the “windows” in the tank are better to admire the fishes in the aquarium.
Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Mon to Sat: 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm – 12am