I truly had the most incredible experience at Tresna Bali Cooking School, it 100% made my trip to Ubud! I'm a chef and cooking instructor in Los Angeles, and so am a pretty tough critic- but I literally couldn't find a single thing that I would change about my experience. The food, the environment, and the teaching style all were simply flawless- especially considering I sprung the inquiry on them two days before I came and asked them for a completely off the menu vegetarian class just a week after they opened! They not only accommodated, but exceeded my wildest cooking expectations with a menu and ingredients that blew my mind. My one goal for my Bali trip was to learn how to cook traditional Balinese food (harder to find the real deal than you would think!), and they delivered this in spades. The entire property is gorgeous- from the jackfruit and coconut trees to the fragrant garden to the modern, beautiful, and HUGE cooking space with state of the art equipment and epic views. It is safe to say that the meal we cooked was one of the top 5 most flavorful and fresh meals I have ever had. I learned more than I ever could have hoped for, and have continued to cook the recipes back home and made all my friends' swoon. Adi is a truly gifted teacher and chef, and Frances' energy and culinary/design/organizational prowess was the perfect yin to his yang. Getting to know them and hearing about their incredible journey to open the school just made it all mean even more. The entire team treated me like family from the moment I walked in the door, and by the end of our class I truly felt like I was. I will DEFINITELY be back soon!
reviewed by Stephanie G | Sep 2017
Frances and Adi are so kind, informative and fun! My husband and I took the Monday vegan Balinese cooking class and it’s been the best meal we’ve eaten so far in Bali! They shared information about their lives and culture within their village which was so interesting. Highly recommend taking a class with them — it’s unforgettable!
We can’t say enough about this cooking class or the staff or Adi & Frances. Such an enjoyable day learning and laughing. If you want a fun, encouraging, educational class - this is your go to. We will be coming back to Bali specifically to see them again. What an experience! Don’t miss out!
If you want to take a vegan cooking class in Ubud, THIS is the one to take. We appreciated getting to have a traditional Balinese vegan cooking class. Adi and Frances are kind and knowledgeable instructors who provided an excellent vegan cooking class experience. Their team is impresseively well-choreographed and all are warm and friendly. I loved that all the ingredients used are high-quality and organic. The kitchen is gorgeous and the garden tour was fun too. The knowledge shared about Balinese traditions was invaluable. It helped a lot that they speak excellent English so that we were able to get answers to all kinds of questions. If you're considering taking this class, go directly to YES, you won't be disappointed. =)
We had an amazing time in the cooking class. Adi were gracious, funny and welcoming. Complicated process yet Adi was so compassionate to share his knowledge and experience in making very delicate dish, an authentic Balinese food. Along with my friends, we enjoyed making the spice paste. Learned a lot of techniques in cooking and added more style that I would definitely incorporate and adopt cooking at home. Overall, the Bali culture is great! Lovely people and most especially the food is delicious. Our visit was totally worth it!
We absolutely loved the cooking class with Frances, Adi and the team. They were well-prepared, very knowledgeable and made us feel welcome. We learned a lot and enjoyed one of the best meals we had in Bali. We'd love to go back to learn how to prepare even more traditional dishes. Highly recommended!
Our hosts were so warm and welcoming. We loved exploring the garden and picking herbs whilst hearing about the the history and culture of Bali. We cooked so much food- it can be as hands on as you like. Our group loved doing all the work. Then we are the biggest feast ever whilst chatting with our hosts and group. Such a lovely experience. Best this we did in Bali.
The whole experience...the people, the food, the place but specially all the stories about how they built the place and also the Balinese culture! Just loved it! Can't wait to cook back home! (I'll email them for the recipe ... impossible to remember all spices of the traditional Balinese sauce!... and, make sure I reserve a whole day to prepare my own coconut cream and oil! It was a bit hard to find the place with the GPS as we were riding our motorbikes! Signs would help on the little road!
Totally thrilled with the cooking experience with great communicators. Questions and techniques covered well. This is a must if you are interested in cooking authentic Bali food.
This was a very fun and educative workshop. Got very inspired by the garden with all the ingredients that Adi and Frances grow. They have a beautiful place and are very nice people. I loved every minute of it!
Chef Adi is knowledgeble and helpful. I learnt a lot from him. Will join his cooking class again when I visit Bali.
This cooking was the absolute best experience of our vacation. We booked a plant based cooking class. When we arrived we were welcomed so warmly which made us feel right at home. We were the first ones to arrive so we got the chance to take some pictures in the garden. This class was so well organized everything was perfect. Instead of going to a market we got most of the produce out of the garden. The staff were on the road early to get some additional greens. We loved the funny family stories from Frances and Adi which made the experience intimate. We also loved the fact that the group was not too big. It is a hands on cooking class and they really take the time to teach. They can also arrange a pick-up / drop-off service. We stayed in Seminyak so we decided to chill out some more after the cooking class. Our driver Gun stayed with us the whole day. That way we also got to visit the craft market and the Monkey Forest. Thank you Gun! Thank you Adi and Frances and of course, the lovely team who helped make this class into a great experience! Much Love
The Pure Plant Based Vegetarian Balinese Cooking Class was a great experience and we highly recommend it. We had a really good time and the food was delicious! The house and the garden was outstanding. The cooking class made us inspired and we had a really good and fun time together.
We - one keen cook and one not so keen cook - had an amazing morning and lunch at Tresna. Our class was a small group of four and we were guided through making six different dishes - covering several great salads, fish, pork, chicken, and dessert. Be prepared to do a fair bit of chopping as you are taught how to make several spice pastes - mainly from plants harvested from their own garden - that are the key to all the dishes. This is a family business in a unique location and Adi and Frances went out of their way to make everything work for us. They were also happy to fit the menu around any dietary restrictions or requests. This really was the best meal we ate on Bali by a long long way, something which was made all the better by us making it.
I was really looking forward to booking a cooking class in Bali and stumbling across Tresna Cooking School was pure luck! The class beyond exceeded my expectations and it was easily the highlight of my 2 week girls trip! Frances and Adi are beautiful people, making us feel very welcome and we left feeling truly inspired. The meals we cooked were mouth watering and after a few weeks hunting out the best foodie spots in Bali I can say with honesty that the meals we prepared at Tresna were unbeatable, the flavour was amazing and after working our way through tasting the main dishes we had cooked we couldn't stop eating one Dadar Gulung after another (Coconut Pandan Crepes) - there is always room for dessert!!