Archipelago Amigos

The best restaurants in Indonesia and The Philippines collaborated on an amazing meal during the last Ubud Food Festival.

The recently concluded Ubud Food Festival brought together three of Southeast Asia’s most renowned chefs as Chele Gonzalez from Manila’s Gallery Vask joined chefs Ray Adriansyah and Eelke Plasmeijer from Restaurant Locavore for a one-night-only six-hands dinner. Gallery Vask is the Philippine’s best restaurant, placing 35th on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List, while Indonesia’s Restaurant Locavore is 22nd. This is a reciprocal visit for chef Chele after a successful visit of the Locavore duo to Manila during the Madrid Fusion Manila congress in April, where they joined a ten-hands dinner at Gallery Vask. The Archipelago Amigos degustation menu from the three chefs celebrated the locavore movement and the produce of the two archipelagic nations, both of which are seeing their global culinary status rising.

Well-known for pushing the locavore movement in their respective countries, the chefs put together a menu celebrating local flavors. In Tiradito by chef Chele, guests had a taste of kinilaw, a Filipino dish of fish cured in vinegar, in the form of cured yellowfin tuna served with pickled seaweed, while Indonesia’s favorite condiment—the thick and sweet soy sauce (kecap manis) was used in a dish of aged duck breast.

Here’s looking forward to more creative collaborations between chefs from different countries on our shores.

Written by Jed Doble Photographs by Dennie Ramon July 25, 2017.