Room 4 Dessert, Ubud, Bali
A Balinese remake by a New York pastry wizard
Will Goldfarb is the Willy Wonka of Bali. His story started in New York: after a stint at Spain¡¯s El Bulli and a few pastry-chef roles, he struck gold with the original Room 4 Dessert, a 20-seater pudding bar in Nolita that quickly obtained rave reviews as well as regulars including film director Wes Anderson.
When it was shuttered following a fallout with his partners, Goldfarb upped sticks and relaunched it in Bali ¨C this time flanked by palm trees, with ingredients such as fresh cocoa, palm sugar and soursop on his doorstep. His all-pudding tasting menu features Incidente Stradale, mixing jamu, a traditional tonic, with coconut and coffee, while Angel¡¯s Kiss is made with jackfruit, pandan and mango. All of his creations are paired with wine or a cocktail ¨C the Planifoglia, a cheesecake-like sabayon, is matched with a vodka-based mangosteen and hibiscus concoction.
From April the surrounding gardens will also be put to work, meaning medicinal herbs will be picked minutes before they¡¯re used. Combining Goldfarb¡¯s skills with his passion for Bali¡¯s local ingredients has been a sweet success ¨C this is the most exciting restaurant in Indonesia, if not Asia, right now. By Anna Chittenden
Address: Room 4 Dessert Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Ubud Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 813-3705-0539