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Meet our Bar Supervisor, I Nengah Putra

PASSIONATE ABOUT COCKTAILS AND WINE

Our guests love the wide range of cocktails on the menu. And no wonder, we have a very skilled and creative bar team under the command of Bar Supervisor I Nengah Putra. He and the team just love to make guests happy and fulfill all possible wishes. The father of one son answered some of our questions about his passion.

How did you discover your passion for cocktail creation and where did you learn it?
After graduating from Tourism School in Karangasem – where I come from – I started my career as a waiter in a villa in Ubud. Being involved in the food and beverage service woke my interest in cocktails and I found mixing cocktails so much fun. I started experimenting with many spirits and combined them with local fruits to find the best taste. The opportunity came when bridges did their re-branding in 2009 and looked for a bar leader.

You joined bridges at the re-opening, what was your mission?
My mission was to make bridges not only known as the place with the best wines – we have a very extensive wine list and a great wine loft – but also the place to enjoy cocktails. Beside the classics that we have on the list, me and the bar team continuously develop unique cocktails, be it for a special event, a season or just to keep our list always interesting, offering discoveries that can be found only at bridges. We experiment with many flavours from ingredients that we have on this beautiful island of Bali to create special character. Guests will find this for example in Rosela Aviation and Divine Mojito.

What is the biggest challenge?
The main challenge is to always serve the best cocktails without compromising on ingredients. In the spirit industry, the prices of spirits are continuously on the move upwards. Instead of using ‘fake’ spirits that are on offer plentiful, I try many different brands to find alternatives that meet our quality standard and have the ideal taste.

What do you love most about bridges?
Like I said before, I have been here since the beginning and have experienced its growth to this amazing place to be proud of. The feeling is a little similar to seeing our children grow. I love to work with the team, they are cooperative and support me as their leader which I am very grateful for.

For this year’s Month of Romance, you are introducing two new Romantic cocktails, Love Potion and Bridges Romance. Could you tell us the inspiration for them?
Love makes our lives colorful. Sometimes it is sweet, another time bitter or sour, but at the end of the day, we believe that all of that makes it even sweeter. That is my inspiration. You will taste the sweet, sour, and a little bit of bitter in the cocktails, but the sweet will be the after-taste, especially on the Love Potion.

You are also involved in wine service at bridges. What is your favorite wine?
Yes, I have gained a lot of knowledge about wines since I work here. I am so grateful to be able to work with the sommelier and learn so much about the world of wine through discussions and tastings. My favorites are full-bodied wines like Syrah and Malbec.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love football and Real Madrid is my favorite team. I watch the games and I love to play with my friends.

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Chatting with Antoine, our sommelier, about wine, yoga and Masterclasses . . .

We were chatting with our sommelier Antoine about the wine tasting Masterclasses he hosts every Friday in bridges’ wine cellar. This popular event presents a new theme every week and guests get to taste five different wines each time. Since the beginning almost two years ago he has presented an impressive number of themes and the best liked so far were the Full-bodied love’ and Original white wines. Given that the DIVINE wine cellar is home to over 330 labels from all major wine growing regions he is not afraid of running out of themes any time soon, though.

Most of the guests are wine lovers, people who know how to enjoy the good things in life. They are happy to ask questions and to share their experiences. Antoine also remarks that wine and yoga seem to go well together. After all, we are in Ubud, the yoga center of the world and the typical guest is not only a wine lover but a yoga lover as well. From this we follow that wine is a part of a healthy life style…of course when consumed with appreciation and moderation!

Antoine finds it interesting to observe the influence of culture and experience of the guests in their reactions to wine. This diversity makes the event so interesting for him as he is constantly learning from how people judge or react to a certain wine, depending on their own background. For example, the reaction of an Italian or an Australian to Pinot gris tends to strongly vary as this grape brings very different results in each country.

In the beginning, being a Frenchman, he used feel a little self conscious when doing a Masterclass on Australian wines to a fully Australian audience, explaining to them about their own wines in his ‘funny’ French accent. But he has grown more confident in this area as well and has learned to highly appreciate the New World wines. But still, it is only natural that for him, the son of a winemaker, it feels the easiest when talking about wines from his home country. These ‘French’ Masterclasses also tend to last a bit longer than the regular one hour as there is so much more to the workings of French wines as in other countries and the participants are eager to find out about that.

bridges’ commitment to all things wine has not gone unnoticed – the restaurant has repeatedly received the coveted Wine Spectator Award.

Read more about our Wine tasting Masterclasses
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Dining out with dietary restrictions can be tricky

For people with celiac disease the briefest exposure to gluten can trigger a powerful immune reaction and they have to be alert around food at all times, eating in restaurants requires particular vigilance. The number of people with gluten intolerance is steadily growing and same goes for diabetes.

‘I am lucky not to have any problems, but know many who do and have witnessed what they go through when trying to pick safe dishes from a restaurant menu’ says Claude Chouinard, bridges co-founder. So true to our motto to deliver happiness and pleasing all senses, the team got together and created an amazing gluten-free and diabetic-friendly menu.

In this process we were supported by Lisa Bryan, nutrition coach from USA, who herself suffers from a severe form of celiac disease but is also a big time foodie. The result of the teamwork is mouthwateringly good and will no doubt please also those who do not have any dietary restrictions… To keep it clear and simple, the menu is separate from the regular menus and lists all ingredients used for each dish, offering a choice of entrées, mains and desserts for lunch and for dinner.

From the reactions we get from the guests, this addition has been well received. We are very happy about that!

View menu here
More information on Lisa Bryan:
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Meet our Bar Supervisor, I Nengah Putra
Chatting with Antoine, our sommelier, about wine, yoga and Masterclasses . . .
Dining out with dietary restrictions can be tricky