305 Victoria Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
(03) 9329 1737
Wed-Sun: 6pm till late
Fully licensed, no BYO
10% discount applies for takeaways.
No Efftpos. Credit cards accepted.
On arriving at Warung Agus for some traditional Balinese cuisine, we were greeted by a blanket of fresh rose petals on the footpath in front of the restaurant - a welcome sight juxtaposed with the red-eyed North Melbournites stumbling towards us before we entered. Once inside, the abundant greenery and Balinese decorations made for a perfect setting to our night.
There were a number of dishes marked (v) on the menu and we were delighted to learn that dairy is rarely used in Balinese cooking (aside from ice cream in the dessert menu), so all of the vegetarian options were also vegan. The four of us were feeling free and easy so we let our waiter choose four vegan dishes for us to share.
First to arrive was the Toge ($20), which is a traditional Balinese gado gado with steamed veggies and bean curd in a rich peanut sauce, topped with cassava crackers - which were a bit like a (non) prawn cracker. We were also presented with Temple Jagung ($20) which is described as nutty soya bean morsels (it may have been easier to call it tempeh, but hey!) in sweet soy sauce with corn, spring onions and spices. Both of these dishes were incredible, so full of flavour and down right delicious.
Tuung Mebasa Santen Lalah Manis ($20) which is eggplant and tofu braised in coconut milk and sweet soy and spicy gravy was the next winner to arrive (this dish is the one not to miss!). Finally we had the
Tahu Istimewa ($20) which I failed to take a photo of (probably because it was devoured before I got the chance!), this was a lighter dish of tofu in spiced sauce with crisp bean shoots, capsicum and cherry tomatoes.
There are also some interesting Balinese drinks on offer, such as Es Jus Pisang ($7) which is fresh banana juice, sweetened and blended with ice and Es Jus Apokat ($7) which is fresh avocado juice, sweetened, blended with ice (very curious about this one!). We however couldn't go passed Es Jus Jeruk Nipis ($7) - fresh lemon juice, sweetened and blended with ice. It was like a fresh lemon juice slushy, really highly recommended!
I can't recommend Warung Agus enough for their incredible vegan food, attentive and friendly service and for the rose petals on the footpath!