Room 4 Dessert was a dining dream come true for me! I was thrilled to try this dessert-focused restaurant in Bali on our Indonesia trip. This post gives all the details about our experience.
In searching for Bali restaurant recommendations, I happened upon Room 4 Dessert and knew this was absolutely an experience I wanted to have. Why? Three words: dessert tasting menu. Will needed a little bit of convincing but he finally agreed that if we’re going all the way to Indonesia, we should do it.
Room 4 Dessert
The best way to describe Room 4 Dessert is whimsical. How can you not when their menu is focused on dessert? Their playful personality extends from their website to the presentation on the plate. It’s hard not to feel happy when you think about and eat dessert. Dining at Room 4 Dessert takes eating dessert to another level.
Chef Will Goldfarb is the mastermind behind the restaurant. You might be familiar with him if you’re a foodie in New York or have seen the Chef’s Table episode about him. Room 4 Dessert actually started in New York in 2005 and this iteration ended in 2007. Goldfarb decided to get away from the industry structure that he didn’t seem to fit in. He was tired of the critics, the restraints, and the drama. In 2008, he and his family moved to Bali.
After years of re-cooperating, Goldfarb was ready to find a place where he could do what he loved and be as innovative as he wanted. He opened Room 4 Dessert in Bali in 2014 and has been growing the concept and team since. The restaurant was closed from January to April this year for a remodel. It re-opened with additional space, 10,000 square feet in total.
The 21-course tasting menu takes you on three different journeys. The first is savory in their outdoor seating area. The next is mostly sweet in their main dining room. Finally, you’re led to their outside garden for small sweet bites, petit fours. The adventure through three different environments and tasting a variety of flavors add to the charm of the experience. Having 21 courses might seem daunting but know about 14 of the courses were one or two bites.
The menu changes with the seasons and creativity, and we enjoyed Season 10: The Sequel. I won’t go into full detail of every course in case you will be visiting, but I’ll be highlighting my favorite details. Keep reading!
Our Dinner at Room 4 Dessert
Room 4 Dessert was about an eight-minute drive from our hotel on a road that didn’t seem walking-friendly. When we arrived, we were greeted and escorted into the restaurant’s huge garden. Room4Dessert’s garden supplies a few of the ingredients on their menu and they’re working to grow that percentage more and more.
Our first stop was in their outdoor seating area to taste seven savory “snack” courses. This area was like a very fancy backyard patio with a bar and lounge area. We were seated at the bar and the adventure began! On each part of the journey, we were given a paper with the name and illustration of each course.
1. Dancing Flower
3. Chicken Feet
4. R4D Shwarma
5. Kentucky Mushroom
6. Mc Catri
After our first seven courses, we took a journey through the kitchen to the main dining room where we were seated at a low bar area facing the kitchen and plating area. The next part of our dinner was the main course. These dishes were the best part of the dinner in my opinion. The flavors went perfectly together! Red, Mango Puff, and Incidente Stradale were my favorites. They were creatively presented and I love the unique plates.
9. Na Bro
10. Le Razz Hot
11. Mango Puff
12. Devil Kiss
13. Incidente Stradale
14. Caramel Chocolate Brulee
For the final part of our dinner, we were led through the front door to the other side of the restaurant. This area has a long table surrounded by a trellis and awning with greenery. It felt like we were in a backyard garden, and it was a lovely night and setting to end our dinner. This part of the dinner was petit fours and these bites were easily one bite.
16. Aloe vera “Pate de Fruit”
18. Hot Bobi
19. Small Mac
21. Open Alfajores
What I Thought About Room 4 Dessert
Is it that obvious? I loved it! I love dessert so it was an easy sell for me, but what has me obsessed is how the presentation, flavors, and experience were impressive at every point. The flow of the dinner, from different spaces to different types of bites, was a colorful story coming to life and the Ubud setting made it more magical.
While Chef Goldfarb wasn’t present the night we dined, we were in good hands with his enthusiastic team. They seemed young but that made their hospitality and professionalism impressive. Watching them plate dishes, run courses, and present the dishes seamlessly and expertly made it obvious that attention to detail is a high standard. It’s obvious everyone who works there takes great pride in being a part of the restaurant.
This dinner made up for all the times I missed eating dessert because I was too full, tired, or not interested!
Details for Your Visit
Room 4 Dessert is a dessert lover’s dream. Even though the meal is 21 courses, many of them are bite-sized, so I didn’t think it was too much food. For those who are not a big fan of dessert or can’t tolerate that much sugar, you might not enjoy this restaurant as much.
Budget-wise, it can be an investment, especially if you compare it to the price of a typical meal in Bali. But for a fine dining experience with this many courses, it was reasonable.
I made a reservation about three months before our visit, though you should be able to get a lunch or dinner reservation a few weeks before if your day and time are flexible. As they warn, the dinner will take about two and a half hours.
- Ambiance: Whimsical
- Attire: Casual
- Noise Level: Average
- Reservation: Recommended
- Groups: Yes
- Meal: 21-course prix fixe
- Pricing: Our dinner for two (no drink pairings) was about $132 USD
Room 4 Dessert
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 5 to 11 pm
P.S. Curious about my travel eats? See more restaurants here!