The Plantation is a well thought out and designed restaurant. It’s not too big, not too small, it has intimate spaces and enough room between tables to allow that intimacy to flourish. The dimmed lighting and pot plants also help.
Only open for dinner, The Plantation, according to maitre d’ Craig Yallop, while he was sitting us down, has a bistro style cuisine. “A New York bistro style,” clarifies the well-experienced Australian who has been Rob Marchetti’s right hand man for now over ten years. Marchetti, as some of you may well know, is Australian born from Italian stock who found great success opening a number of restaurants in fashionable areas of Sydney and Melbourne, including Icebergs in Bondi and in the Crown Casino, Melbourne before up-rooting and moving to Bali over a year ago to join the new Double Six Luxury Hotel team on Seminyak Beach. The Plantation is on the fourth floor.
Marchetti is the ‘Creative Director’ of the food and dining at the hotel. He loves it, he loves food and you can see it written all over his face.
The Plantation has a twenties feel to the décor. It feels like you have just walked into a New York speakeasy from that period—stylish, cool, and intimate. You could imagine the Great Gatsby waltzing out of one of the rooms with Barbara Streisand in tow, or maybe that’s not the right cast.
The Billiard Room and stairway to the Double Six Rooftop above
We start our evening upstairs at the mezzanine bar, Sling, with a couple of drinks before dinner. My dining companion, Mr Belvedere and I have much to talk about and do it over two drinks; a wet Belvedere Martini [160k] and a Glenmorangie 12 year old whisky [120k]. All prices are subject to 10% service and 10% tax. The drinks were well mixed and served with a true measure. The barman really knew his craft and enjoyed informing us eloquently about the difference between a wet and a dry martini. The surroundings are also rather amicable for a chat. There are two plush private rooms behind the bar area upstairs, which would be perfect for a stylish get together with friends. One, The Boudoir, can be entered through a secret door from the bar, which is kind of funky. The timber and leather details throughout though create a five-star opulence.
Downstairs again we were shown to a beautiful table setting. The semi-circular bench seat and table offers an ambience one could only find in the best restaurants of the world. The wine glasses were also out-of-this-world being the largest I can recall anywhere, let alone in Bali, and when toasting, gave a little wobble and such a very subtle clink—even the glassware is sexy at The Plantation.