Fresh rose petals scattered outside the window, warm welcoming greetings upon entry, a cosy atmosphere and authentic Indonesian food, are things that make you want to return to Warung Agus, time and again.
We were lucky to be able to get the best seat in the house – the daybed in the front of the restaurant - a private and spacious romantic alcove for couples to relax and dine. Stretched out, barefoot and propped up on silk cushions, I guess we could be forgiven for feeling like someone was bringing us dinner in bed – I could get used to this lifestyle.
Warung Agus Balinese dinner for two #BED
The extensive menu offers traditional and fusion vegetarian, seafood, chicken, pork and lamb choices, in small and large sizes, a kid's menu, express meals, as well as banquets. A vegan and/or gluten free menu is also available on request.
We asked for recommendations from the waitress. After patiently discussing our dietary needs and likes and dislikes, she recommended two traditional Balinese dishes, which we ordered. Resting by a candlelit white tablecloth covered low table, decorated with a small vase of fragrant roses, we enjoyed a glass of sparkling and Bintang beer while waiting for our meal.
Our meal arrived quickly, accompanied with steamed coconut rice. Tempe Jagung, with corn, spring onions and spices, with a strong nutty flavour. Mix through the spicy chilli sauce to add another level of flavour burst to this tasty gluten-free vegan dish. Be Pasih Asem Manis is highly recommended with flavours of coconut, tamarind, and palm sugar amalgamated to perfection into a light sauce coating pan-fried fish fillets, served with roasted potatoes and steamed spinach. The large-sized serve is enough to feed four!
Tempe Jagung @ Warung Agus #BED
Be Pasih Asem Manis @ Warung Agus #BED
Leave room for the dessert, where you can select any 3 desserts off the menu for $15 – a terrific way to sample traditional sweet treats such as warm black rice pudding with banana, strawberry, and coconut cream sauce.
The staff are polite and welcoming, the venue is intimate yet is able to accommodate parties of up to 70 people for private functions, and children are always welcome too. Best of all, diners are not rushed to leave after their meals. Though a full house, the two managers were happy for us to relax and talk on the daybed, long after we finished our meal.
If you want to experience a taste of Bali in Melbourne, Warung Agus is your answer – the only thing missing is the humidity and sun.