FLAVOUR FORWARD
Epicure Magazine|June - July 2021
Since opening its door eight years ago, Cuca remains to be a mainstay of Bali’s leading dining destination. epicure talks to Kevin Cherkas and Virginia Entizne about its enduring recipe.
EVE TEDJA

It’s difficult to imagine a better designed restaurant than Cuca. Everything about it is thoughtfully created and curated. The meticulously manicured lawn with swaying palm trees greets the guests as they arrive at the restaurant. Service is always on point, attentive and respectful. Under the well-orchestrated arrangement of chef-owner Kevin Cherkas, each and every dish that comes out from the kitchen is nothing short of perfect. One always feels being well taken care of when one dines at Cuca. Nothing is left to chance.

It also offers plenty of space and different seating options. With stringent health and safety protocols in place, guests can choose to sit indoor at the dining room, book the private dining room, chill out at the lounge garden or watch the kitchen action from the chef’s table. In this era of new normal where physical distancing dining is preferable, Cuca successfully gives its guests a safe destination to get together, dine, drink and revel in each other’s company.

ON PANDEMIC

Temporarily open on weekends only, the restaurant was closed for eight months and only reopened last December. “We know this situation won’t last forever and, like an athlete, if we don’t continue to train, we won’t be ready whenever we need to race and compete again. So, the plan for now is to take the time to look at everything we do and simply become better,” says Cherkas. With the same drive that makes Cuca, well, Cuca, he created several new vibrant dishes.

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