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May 25, 2018

A NEW LOOK FOR INTERCONTINENTAL BALI’S RESORTS ‘TAMAN GITA RESTAURANT’

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InterContinental Bali Resort is pleased to reveal the new-look Taman Gita, the Resort’s Indonesian restaurant and main breakfast venue. This cool, air-conditioned space with its high ceiling and monumental pillars, as well as its alfresco terrace, has recently undergone a complete makeover and has now reopened its mighty entrance doors to introduce an elegant, contemporary-styled interior accented with Balinese ornaments. The impressive design is the innovation of the Singapore-based ‘James Park Associates’ (JPA), a renowned design consultancy that has an extensive knowledge of Bali and Indonesia, and specialises in creating exceptional interiors that pay homage to the location.

Taman Gita now flaunts a fresh and exciting new plumage fashioned in muted, earthy shades of olive and cinnamon, chocolate, teal, grey and black. Each adjoining area, from the entrance to the indoor dining space, to the buffet to the deli to the outdoor dining area, has been cleverly designed to generate a uniquely different mood. Local timbers and stone, materials, chair fabrics and finishes are presented in a myriad of textures, while the ceiling pattern mirrors the ash grey and brown geometrical floor pattern with square sections framed by wooden beams housing recessed lighting, complemented by ring pendant lamps illuminating the tables from above. A pendulous bamboo lighting installation marks the entrance with a flourish, reminiscent of a set of Balinese wind-chimes; designer tables and chairs are crafted in dark wood with marble-topped finishes in the raised floor and banquette-seating areas, while solid timber slatted tables spill across the outdoor terrace. Banquettes feature Spanish-style lumbar cushions, which are suspended from a pole to ensure the optimum position for the back comfort of the guests, and cosy two-seater and four-seater sofas await breakfast guests in the entrance bay and the triangle bay, coordinated with mood lighting from classic table lamps. In the buffet and deli areas, wall spaces are filled with shelves and alcoves showcasing Balinese artefacts. At breakfast time, glass fronted cooler cabinets are stocked with cold cuts and other goodies; tilted breadboards and wooden shelves display a wide selection of breads, and wooden crates are laden with freshly baked bread rolls above a tri-coloured hexagonal tiled floor. Finally, ‘the land of music’, which is the meaning of the name ‘Taman Gita’ has not been forgotten –  the much-loved storyboard of wall plaques featuring pairs, trios and groups of musicians playing all the instruments of a gamelan orchestra amid the flowers and trees of a garden, endures as before, in perfect harmony with its contemporary new environment.

Taman Gita is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The extensive international buffet-style breakfast offers a vast choice of dishes to suit all tastes, including Indonesian, Western and Asian hot and cold specialties, an egg station for à la minute egg dishes, a meat carvery, freshly-baked pastries and breads, as well as an espresso coffee station, fresh fruit and vegetable juice bar and more. For lunch and dinner, the chef has created an Indonesian à la carte menu from traditional recipes, with authentic home-cooked dishes from around the archipelago, showcasing colourful modern presentation. Premium local ingredients are utilised, sauces are freshly made, and spices are ground by hand. Theme dinners take place twice-weekly, and each is a veritable feast featuring a generous assortment of classic regional delights that celebrate the many different flavours of the far-flung Indonesian islands.