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What a Voice!

What a voice! French Jazz-Pop Crooner Marc Gris blows us away every Saturday with his performance in the DIVINE bar.

Born and raised in South Indian Ocean islands, he spent a decade of his adult life in Paris to perfect his musical skills. From 2000 to 2010 he trained and performed as an opera baritone, singing for 2000+ audiences in many prestigious places. During this ten year period, he had the opportunity to be mentored by the famous French tenor Michel Sénéchal and to distinguish himself by winning different international singing competitions.

After his thorough classical training, he left Paris in 2010 to return back to his roots in Mauritius Island where he both taught and performed, using his warm, flexible and powerful voice to explore the lands of crooners, navigating seamlessly between jazz standards and contemporary tunes.

In 2015, his life took a new turn and Marc is now living in Bali, looking ahead for new adventures… We are very happy about that.

Every Saturday in DIVINE wine and cocktail bar, 6-9pm.

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MEET IBU JERO MELATI

For Ibu Jero Melati, bridges is like a second home and she welcomes each guest with a genuine smile. Her ambition is to make all guests happy and satisfied with their dining experience.  She knows bridges in and out and takes her responsibility as Senior Front of House Supervisor seriously, sharing her vast experience and leading the team to keep up the high standard of service. She is loved and highly respected by the team and the management alike.

Melati’s passion since her young age was to work in the hospitality industry. The opportunity came in 1993 when she finished the internship at Bridges Café and was offered to become a full time staff member. Since then, Ibu Jero lives her dream, working with discipline, focus and with the goal to do the very best and to constantly develop her skills. This did not go unnoticed and after the restaurant was re-launched under new management, she was quickly promoted to Senior Waitress and later to Senior Front of House Supervisor.

For Jero Melati, keeping a positive attitude is one of the key factors for being successful in her role.

Her role is challenging as she has to deal with guests from all over the world and learn to understand their preferences and expectations that can differ considerably. She is clearly doing a great job since often long time visitors come back and still remember her. “Although I feel guilty that I cannot remember all of their names, I am so happy that they remember me well after all these years,” she says.

For Jero Melati, keeping a positive attitude is one of the key factors for being successful in her role. In her spare time the mother of two regularly makes short trips to the hills, villages and rice fields to enjoy nature and keep her mind and soul clear and fresh. She also loves to make Balinese offerings as a way of keeping her work-life balance.

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Executive Chef Miles Belfield

Miles Belfield is regarded as one of the most exciting additions to the Bali culinary scene. Originally from Bahamas and raised in the UK, Miles brings with him many years of experience in top-level gastronomy.

He has worked in several prestigious, Michelin star and award-winning restaurants, broadening his skills alongside the foremost chefs in the business. Anantara, Karma Kandara, bisma eight in Bali, Bordeaux Quay in Bristol, Edilino Italian Restaurant in London and the Quartier Vert in Bristol are just a few of them. He also worked two years in the Caribbean at two five star resorts.

Miles’ approach to cooking is ingredient-driven and sustainability and eco-friendliness rank high on his list of priorities. As for his influences, they are as eclectic and sophisticated as his cooking. “As a young chef learning my trade in London I was very inspired by Marco Pierre White who I still feel is the Godfather of modern cooking In England,” he explains. “As I have matured, I have become more of a purist – I love Elizabeth David, whose cooking style and menu creation are a kind of culinary storytelling.”

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Meet our Head Chef, Wayan Sukarta

Wayan was born in Tampaksiring to a family of cooks where recipes were passed from one generation to the next. Therefore, Wayan’s decision to become a cook himself was not a big surprise. He is always eager to learn, to create something new and to make experiments. His passion for his métier and for bridges shows on your plate!

After his studies, he went abroad and gained experience by working in Kuwait, the Seychelles, Miami as well as on cruise ships and in well-known restaurants in Bali. Wayan joined bridges in 2014 and was promoted to Head Chef in May 2015. This position was a welcome challenge to him and he is eager to be a good example for his team. Obviously, he is doing a good job about it as he is well loved and respected by everyone.

Wayan likes to spend his free time out in the nature, gardening, growing vegetables, taking care of his pets and being with his family. He and his wife are expecting their second child very shortly. He also likes to do sports.

By the way, his favourite dish from our current menu is the Lamb Trio, three delicious variations of lamb, giving an interesting bouquet of tastes.

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Meet Dewa Ngakan Gede Hendrawan, bridges Restaurant Manager

Dewa joined the team couple of months before the opening in December 2010 and was involved in developing the procedures for the Front of House staff in the complete makeover that was taking place. He clearly has done a great job as bridges continually receives high marks for its outstanding service and the competence of its staff.

As acknowledgement of his performance, Dewa was promoted to Restaurant Manager in September 2013 and under his leadership, the restaurant continues to grow. It has become a culinary destination in Ubud and has received many awards, like TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice, Tatler’s Best Restaurants in Indonesia or the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. We had a little chat with him:

What did you do before bridges?

I was working as waiter at La Lucciola, a famous Italian restaurant in Seminyak, for five years.

And what made you move to bridges?

I was looking for new challenges and also wanted to avoid the unbearable traffic down south. bridges seemed like a perfect fit for me at that time – and it did turn out to be exactly that!

What were the challenges when you just started here?

My main challenge was to grow from a simple waiter to become the floor supervisor of a brand new concept, besides hiring and training the staff. I also had to learn about leading a team while adapting to the vision. This was very different from what I had been doing before.

What did you learn from those challenges?

There are many memorable lessons but what I found most remarkable was learning how to start a business from square one and to maintain that business on a high level.

How has bridges developed under your helm?

I cannot really take much credit for that as it has been a true teamwork. Everyone involved has been equally responsible for the outcome. bridges is like a big family and everybody is contributing their best, you can really feel it here. I am very proud of our staff and enjoy working with the whole team.

Where do you see bridges in the next few years?

I would like to cement its position as an Ubud culinary icon where romance remains its best feature. That is my goal and what I hope to realise within that timeframe. We have many new projects in store as well, ready to launched soon…

What is your favourite dish at bridges?

Hmmm… that’s tough. Indonesian tapas? Honestly, I cannot just pick one. So many delicious dishes and more coming all the time.

Apart from managing bridges, do you pursue any other interests?

I am quite a busy person so I do not really have much time to pursue a hobby. But whenever I have free time, I love to travel and I enjoy spending time with my small family, my wife and my son.

What a Voice!
MEET IBU JERO MELATI
Executive Chef Miles Belfield
Meet our Head Chef, Wayan Sukarta
Meet Dewa Ngakan Gede Hendrawan, bridges Restaurant Manager