Don’t be surprised if you yet to think or even consider of having Japanese Cuisine during your trip to Bali. Well neither of us did when we were planning our gourmet trip!
Located somewhere in an area within Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, perhaps you might even miss it somehow especially when you are inside a car at night, lies a Japanese restaurant call Rayjin. Well, this restaurant is indeed a place you have to visit for their teppanyaki dishes as well as to chill out over drinks from premium wines, sakes to in-house cocktails prepared by their bartenders.
Rayjin Teppanyaki Dining Bar is one of the Japanese F&B establishments under the Kaminari Group in Indonesia. In fact, the Kaminari Group started with this small izakaya style in 2013 before expanding further with other Japanese restaurants. Both of the group’s partners are half Japanese and half Indonesians and they are based in Bali.
The owner who first decided to venture into this F&B business wanted to bring back the detailed Japanese style of service (omotenashi) and work ethics along with the cooking techniques he learned during his 6 years working in a well-known teppanyaki restaurant in Japan to his hometown. He thought by offering his guests the concept of a new type of fusion Teppanyaki dining and maintaining the Japanese standard, the business would thrive as Bali is a cross-cultural city.
Kaminari Group is backed by young & passionate individuals. The team also has another advantage because they understood the Indonesian culture. This also the reason why the Japanese fusion items on Rayjin’s menu suits the Indonesian’s palate as well.
The Restaurant’s Design
In order to portray a modernise Japanese feel, the interior structure of Raijin has been designed with wooden materials. You will also notice a fierce looking ‘human creature’ painting on the wall beside the wine cellar upon entering the restaurant.
The Balinese God of Thunder Mural which also Represents “Cross-Culture”.
This painting is done up by a well respected and talented local up and coming young Balinese artist named Andre Yoga who’s other wooden artworks are displayed throughout the restaurant.
Having the teppan being the center of attention in an open kitchen allows all guests at the counter seating to get close up and enjoy the chefs’ artfully creation of their meals right in front of them. The longer benches in the middle of the restaurant are for families and group of friends to enjoy the lively atmosphere – especially when the staff shout “kanpai!” (乾杯) in unison for toasts and greetings.
Some of the Menu Items
Pork Syabu-Syabu Harusame Salad
Pork and vermicelli sesame salad
Instead of udon or ramen, our Asian style rice noodle is used to prepare this Japanese style sesame dressing salad. Taste good and it also may remind you of our “Singaporean local satay beehoon” in a tangy non-spicy way.
Fresh slices of fish with sliced onion & capsicum onion mix and garlic soy dressing
Savoury crepes with shrimp, mentaiko, potato and melted mozzarella cheese
Indulge in Carbs for potato lovers! Can we have more mentaiko, please?
Stir-fried beef with onion & sweet yakiniku sauce
Simply Classic in a teppanyaki restaurant.
Grilled miso marinated gindara
Japanese Black Cod can’t go wrong!
Garlic Rice (S/L)
Teppan fried rice with garlic chips and butter shoyu
Best fragrant staple food to end with which will make you feel comfortable.
What Else to Look Out For?
The Rayjin team loves to bring the community together. A party called “Midnight Nomikai” will be thrown in every few months where the team will change the atmosphere and turn the teppanyaki restaurant literally into a place to drink with friends. DJs will be spinning music all nights and customers will get to enjoy special bites and drinks.
All new dishes are either inspired by the freshest ingredients in the market, traveling or really anything which the team spots on. The previous highlight was their Sakura Raindrop cake which is always something to look forward to.
Rain Drop Cake | Macha Ogura Siratama
Translucent Japanese water jelly served with Japanese brown sugar syrup
Green tea ice cream with mochi balls & red bean paste
Other Restaurant Updates
The Kaminari Group continues to expand; they have just opened their newest outlet Musubi offering Japanese inspired all day brunch and izakaya-style dishes for dinner. Kaminari Catering service will also be launched and soon all guests will be able to enjoy their favourite dishes at their own events including weddings. Indeed, this is going to be an exciting year for the company! Do visit them when you are having a holiday in Bali or Jakarta.
Jl. Petitenget No.98 X, Kerobokan Kelod,
Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: (62) 81 339 181295 (After 3 p.m.)