The Jakarta Post
Sweet victory: Locavore chefs Eelke Plasmeijer (center) and Ray Adriansyah (left) received the Best Restaurant in Indonesia title and the Sustainable Restaurant Award at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards ceremony in Macau, China, on Tuesday. (the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants/-)
Bali-based restaurant Locavore took home Asia’s Sustainable Restaurant Award and retained its title as the best restaurant in Indonesia at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards ceremony in Macau, China, on Tuesday.
The list was compiled by the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of more than 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia.
“Locavore wins the Sustainable Restaurant Award in Asia, presented to the restaurant with the highest environmental and social responsibility rating, as determined by audit partner Food Made Good,” Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants said in a press release.
Locavore remains the only Indonesian restaurant on the prestigious list, giving it the title of the Best Restaurant in Indonesia.
While Locavore took home two honors this year, its rank on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list fell significantly from 21 last year to 42.
“Let it be a reason to fight back hard! Super proud of the hardest working team in Asia,” Locavore wrote on its Instagram post. “Thanks, everyone, for your support and kind words. Now let’s simply kick some more ass!”
Tucked in Bali’s upland of Ubud, Locavore is known for its exceptional dishes using only local ingredients. Locavore chefs Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah apply eco-friendly practices both inside and outside their kitchen.
From farm to table: Locavore only uses sustainably sourced local ingredients to create its modern European dishes. (-/Rupert Singleton)
As described in its official website, Locavore uses all edible kitchen waste to feed pigs or make compost for its vegetable garden. The remaining waste is sorted and recycled by Eco Bali Recycling. Locavore used recycled wood to build its restaurant and installed passive solar panels on its roof to reduce electricity consumption by at least 50 percent.
Meanwhile, Singapore's French fine dining restaurant Odette climbed five places to claim the top spot on the list, dethroning Bangkok's Gaggan, which had been the No. 1 restaurant for the past four years.
Gaggan must settle for the runner-up position, followed by Japan’s Den and Bangkok’s Suhring. Rounding up the top five was the Tokyo-based French restaurant, Florilege.