Karma Kandara’s Executive Chef, Joseph Antonishek is extremely excited to be bringing his international experience to the menus at DiMare and Karma Beach Club.
Chef Joseph’s dedication to local ingredients and traditional Balinese cooking delivers hotel and restaurant guests extraordinary culinary experiences. Joseph has revamped the resort’s dining offerings, drawing upon their culinary influences to create bold flavours highlighted by the best in local produce.
With a career behind the stoves at some of LA’s hottest hotel restaurants including at the Mondrian Hotel and Raffles L’Ermitage, Joseph has found his calling in Bali, and Karma Kandara in particular.
“I work with an amazing group who are always teaching me about local ingredients, traditions and obscure dishes most people wouldn’t be aware of when traveling to Bali. I also find inspiration in travel, not only on the local street food level, but also throughout Asia. I find that most Asian cuisines are based on either seeds, roots or leaves and the cuisine of Indonesia is a complex balance of all three. I just love creating dishes that stay true to their Indonesian roots,” Chef Joseph stated.
Chef Joseph includes the usual suspects that that guests might expect whilst holidaying in Indonesia, such as nasi goreng and urab, but what sets these dishes apart is the unusual preparation his team has devised using local ingredients. Cuka is a handmade vinegar prepared by the family of one of Karma’s cooks and is used in making Scallop Ceviche with Torch Ginger Flower and Pomelo. Petai, also known as ‘stinky bean” is braised for hours in extra virgin olive oil with red bumbu and citrus before being served with grilled octopus. Almond, anise flavoured Kluwak is used as the base for Rawan – a famous Javanese soup and occasionally as an ice cream flavour. All of diMare’s ice cream is made from scratch in house.