by Will Meyrick.
MAMA SAN IS A TRIED-AND-TRUE BALI ICON.
“The dream has always been to open a place that is more than just a restaurant” says Will Meyrick, the executive chef and innovator behind Bali’s success story Sarong restaurant. “An environment where people can feel comfortable”, Mama San is for anyone who likes to lounge in style and eat quality South East Asian food without it being too expensive.
Asian Street Food, Crafted Cocktails, Remarkable setting.
Mama San Bali, a two storied three-in-one kitchen bar & lounge serving lunches, dinners and evening tapas. The word Mama San is an old term denoting a woman in a supervisory role within South East Asian gentlemen’s drinking establishments.
Will Meyrick has developed a mouth-watering menu. Expect authentic dishes from the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam, served in layered tiffins, on banana leaves and thali trays.
Signature dishes include beef rendang braised in coconut milk, crispy “confit” pork hock on the bone with nahm jihm jaew & nam pla prik, massaman curry with chicken shallot pumpkin potato peanuts & tamarind and a range of heart-warming soups, dim sums and wok-frys.Caroline Usher is responsible for the interior design of Mama San. The unique purpose built warehouse interior blends vintage and retro eras, with tan leather oversized Chesterfield sofas, chairs, mirror walls, oriental side lit screens and quirky one off art pieces, including a 10 x 4 meter retro inspired wall mural wallpaper “Mama San”, created by textile designer Justine Missen.
A range of black and white pictures showcasing Will Meyrick’s food travels around Asia adorn one of the walls in the ground floor dining room and scatter cushions help to create a homely feel on both levels. Respecting the Mama San tradition the entire upper floor is open plan accessing the terrace bar, his/her toilets and a 1000 bottle wine retail room allowing consumers to buy wine by the bottle or case.
Seared duck salad
Crispy confit pork hock
Beef cheek rendang
At Mamasan you can step into colonial Britain in Shanghai during the 1920s, with marble top mah-jong tables and oversized tan leather chesterﬁelds, in a purpose designed industrial high ceiling warehouse.
Gaze up to Mama San in all her glory staring down at patrons while dining and ponder over a travelogue of old style photographs.
Colorful displays of retro inspired ﬂowers tower up to vintage clocks and a Chinese patterned mirror.
A feature of the ground ﬂoor interior are two staircases either side of a service bar that climb a brick wall to the second level.
The Second Level
On Mama San’s second level a redesign of space introduces interactive dining that includes dialogue with chefs who prepare food in the style of bartender, engaging diners on their preferences and offering suggestions.
The setting is intimate yet modern with a flow between creator and consumer, between kitchen and table and between dining and drinking. Cocktails designed to compliment the food and stimulate the appetite are drawn from the classics, served with a slight twist in specially designed crystal glass.