Enjoy a local feast at Agneya, a new Indonesian restaurant that takes pride in its use of fire, herbs and rich spices.
The latest new restaurant on the block at Jalan Wijaya is Agneya, a homey Indonesian restaurant shaded with lush greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows. Its vibes reminded us a bit of Le Quartier in Senopati, and turns out that both restaurants are indeed owned by the same restaurateur!
The name Agneya itself is taken from the goddess of fire, who is the daughter of Agni, a famous Hindu God of Fire. Agneya also means South East, a nod to Indonesia as a Southeast Asian country. Fittingly, Agneya specialises in local Indonesian cuisine with dishes that are grilled over charcoal and jackfruit wood in an open fire.
There are dishes like Jagung Goreng Keriting – a sharing plate that smelled incredible even from afar! The corn gets its unique curly shape because instead of being grilled like we’re usually used to, the vegetable is fried. A mixture of salty and hot spices, or what they call their “gunpowder”, are sprinkled over the dish, and even after eating every last bite, we couldn’t help but continue to dip into the remaining spices on the plate. Yes, it tastes that good.
Agneya’s Soun Bunglon Udang salad is also something else. It’s called bunglon, or chameleon, because the soun’s, or glass noodles, colour transforms from blue to pink when its lime tamarind dressing is poured onto it. The flavours are sour yet absolutely refreshing, as it uses poached prawns, young mango, cucumber and herbs.
Like at all Indonesian restaurants, all of the mains at Agneya meant to be shared family-style. We tried their Nasi Jagung Kotor, Tumis Bunga Pepaya, Sate Ayam and Bebek “Ala Rica-Rica” Bakar Bambu. The first rice dish, made of baked confetti rice filled with peas and other surprise toppings, is a specialty at the house. The top of the bowl was wholly covered with a spring roll skin, sprinkled with fried onion, making us curious to know what’s inside. Thankfully we weren’t disappointed at all after having a taste! Another winner was the Bebek “Ala Rica-Rica” Bambu Bakar, marinated with turmeric, ginger, garlic and sweet basil. This special dish was served inside a bamboo stem that was fire roasted at the open kitchen.
We were full after all the feast that we had, but they say you’ll always have space for dessert, and so we did, ending our meal with their not-your-regular Pisang Bakar. Calling it their Indonesian version of banana split, the dessert is made of assorted coconut ice cream and open fire baked banana sprinkled with toppings and poured with condensed milk.
From starters and mains to desserts and drinks, the food at Agneya is the perfect choice if you’d like to indulge in Indonesian cuisine and rich local flavours. Beyond that, if you’re looking for a private event venue, Agneya also has them on the second and third floor. Decorated with chandeliers and wooden furniture here and there, their private rooms are set to open at the beginning of next year, so be on the lookout for a place to hold your next big bash in 2018!
Agneya, Jl. Wijaya IX No.23, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 7392430.