Crowned by TripAdvisor as the World’s Best Destination 2017, Bali is also fast becoming one of Asia’s top food destination. GROW, located at the L Hotel, is the latest addition to the fiercely competitive dining scene in the upscale Seminyak district of the island; a creation of award-winning Chef Ryan Clift, a native of Wiltshire, UK, whose pedigree boasts stints with some of the world’s best chefs including Marco-Pierre White and Peter Gordon. He won fame in his own right with the establishment of Tippling Club, Ding Dong and Open Farm Community restaurants in Singapore.




GROW’s pop-up lunch in Singapore takes place at a conservation shophouse along hip-and-happening Ann Siang Road. The eclectic “Bistronomie” farm-to-table cuisine focuses on sustainable, artisanal meat and produce sourced in Bali. With the exception of the fish, all the ingredients for the occasion are flown in from the Indonesian archipelago.

The food


Steak Tartare


The tasting session kicks off with the Steak Tartare, artistically plated with classic condiments and confit egg. The Javanese beef ladled onto charcoal crouton is tasty; the mild chilli sauce balancing the rawness of the meat. A course well paired with the full-bodied Pikes Eastside Shiraz 2013 hailing from Claire Valley, Australia.

Next comes Chef Ryan’s favourite recipe — the Potato & Leek Soup, inspired by his mother. The creamy soup is poured tableside onto a cluster of confit potato grown in the mountains of Kintaman and garnished with a tempura of parsley from the Bedugul farmlands.


(Left: Potato & Leek Soup; Right: Bucatini Carbonara)


GROW’s kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Daniel Taddeo, whose Italian heritage is evident in the Bucatini Carbonara, a delish juxtaposition of egg yolk confit in truffle oil at 54°C, speck, smoked pepper and micro mustard leaves atop a bed of al dente rustic pasta handmade from local semolina. A crisp Stella Bella Chardonnay 2015 from Margaret River helps cut through the richness of the dish.




The Roasted Barramundi with smoked eggplant puree is tender, refreshed by a yogurty cucumber raita. It’s pity though that the fish skin isn't crispier.




Sweet ending arrives as Texture of Kintamani Cocao, a luscious dessert of warm chocolate fudge cake and chocolate ice cream served in a cocoa shell, delightfully matched with a perfumed Hay Shed Hill Moscato from Margaret River.

The experience


Overall, the lunch personifies Clift’s philosophy for his newest baby: focus on ingredients first, then come taste, texture, temperature, smell and sound. GROW’s avant-garde rendering of Balinese meats and fresh produce is laudable, allowing the natural ingredients to shine. Chef Ryan’s accolades are well deserved.


Chef Ryan and his team


GROW has just introduced a great value lunch menu: two-course for IDR150,000 and three-course for IDR180,000—all the more reason to get onto that flight to the Island of the Gods.



Learn more about GROW here.

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One thing that we've learned from Legally Blonde is that you should never underestimate the power of pink. It may not be the fiercest shade in the colour wheel, but it's still powerful in making you look polished and presentable when doing business. Here are some ways you can power dress in pink. 


Match It With White


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If there's one colour that you can safely pair with pink, it's white. The combination of the two shades is timeless and it will make you look sleek and professional without coming off as overly intimidating. For shoes and other accessories, make sure that it's still within the colour palette to streamline your look. 


Experiment With Different Shades Of Pink


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If you're going for the head-to-toe pink look, you can create more depth into your ensemble by incorporating different shades of pink. For example, you can have salmon pink for your shoes when you're already in a baby pink outfit. 


Play With Different Textures


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Choosing a dress with simple accents is a great way to give your overall outfit some interesting layers. If you're up for some elaborate styling, then mix and match tops with different textures like pink denim, fur tops and more. Even something as simple as tops with textured sleeves can really amp up your look.


Choose Deep Shades Of Pink For Cocktail Events


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For formal events in the evening, deep shades of pink are your best bets for power dressing. It adds a more glamorous vibe than wearing baby pink hues. Pair with statement earrings and shoes, but choose a simple handbag.



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Classic and versatile, the iconic pumps have been a staple in our wardrobes. Believe us when we say that owning a pair is worth the investment because whether it's versatile nudes or statement red pumps, it can dress up your ensemble and make you look polished in a jiffy. Check the Community's pump picks for some shopping and style guide.


Classic Black


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Fierce Red



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