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Writer: Dhina Chahyanti
TIMESINDONESIA, BALI – At Hotel Tugu Bali, the mission of bringing to life the art, culture, and romance of Bali and Java does not stop at decoration and interior design. How you dine is not only about food, but it also involves many other aspects such as theme, setting, ritual of service, atmosphere, presentation, traditions, and history.
The Possibilities offered are unlimited, and as rich as Indonesian culture. When you dine at Tugu, travel back through time up hundreds of years, and find yourself in different eras, places, as well as forgotten experiences of Indonesia. One of Tugu’s signature cultural dining experiences is Royal Rajadom at Bale Puputan Museum – The Last Supper of the Balinese Kings.
The Rajadom dining experience was created with respect to royal Balinese dining, held in Hotel Tugu Bali’s Bale Puputan, a small museum built as an homage to the Puputan War as a tribute to the Balinese heroes who sacrificed their lives during the “Battle to the Last Man” against the Dutch colonialism, specifically the battles of Puputan of Badung in 1906 and Klungkung in 1908. Bale Puputan houses the last antique treasures saved from the Puputan War. Some of these were personal inheritances from Tugu’s founder’s great-grandmother, a personal friend to the last princess of Badung; some others originated from the ship that was the reason the Puputan War happened, and some others were rare artworks that had been smuggled out of the country and had been brought back to the island by the Tugu founder. Amongst the large collection, guests who come can find many historical and important pieces of work that represent many different times, such as the largest whole marble table used by the Dutch general in Bali to host their royal guests and priceless black and white paintings of the royalties of past Balinese kingdoms, to name a few.
The Rajadom experience is a grand ceremonial dining from the Balinese palaces with dishes presented on “dulang” – or Balinese-style wooden offering plates – with authentic recipes, it is a dining ritual practiced by the Dutch plantation masters when they wished to impress their visitors. It allows guests to sit on the antique regal armchairs while they dine at the largest 19th-century whole marble table in the country that used to belong to the last Dutch general in Bali, surrounded by antique statues representing the creatures of Balinese mythology.
The menu samples the finest of Balinese cuisine with recipes originating from various women of the royal families of Balinese kingdoms. This dining experience is an exquisite array of dishes made with rich spices of the archipelago served by a parade of 12 servers, ready to transport guests into a time of grandeur and history through immersive dining experiences and history within the walls, where guests will truly feel like royalty for a night.
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