A Taste of Jakarta

As Filipinos, we often say, “Let’s go for some Chinese food.” Feel free to replace Chinese with Japanese, Thai, or Korean. But when do we ever hear ourselves say, “Wanna look for an Indonesian resto?” Rarely.

My boyfriend and I discovered a new restaurant in BF Homes, the haven of good eats and underground restaurants in Parañaque. When I say “discover,” I refer to our monthly habit of driving by BF Homes to find a new restaurant to randomly dine in. Pawon Ageng was “it” for the month of March.

The owner is Indonesian and his half-Filipino son is the head chef, so their Indonesian menu is authentic. I’ve never been to Jakarta nor have I ever tried Indonesian food in my life, so the dishes we ordered were new to my taste buds.

Indonesian cooking has a slight resemblance to Filipino, Jamaican and Thai food, but their spices are a bit saltier and tastier. Yum! The restaurant’s homey setup makes it feel like you’re visiting a friend’s house for some of his delicious cooking.

Check out the dishes we ordered, as recommended by the waiters:

Ayam Bakar Kalasan (Javanese Grilled Chicken), P115

Sate Ayam Madura (Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce), P150

Nasi Goreng Special (Indonesian Special Fried Rice), P90

Es Campur (Mixed Fruits and Jelly Dessert), P110

Pawon Ageng is worth a visit. It’s easy to find. It’s at the corner of El Grande St. and Jakarta Street. Yes, Jakarta!

Now I can really say, “Hey, let’s go for some Indonesian food!”

Pawon Ageng 333 Djakarta is located at 333 El Grande (Jakarta St.) BF Homes, Parañaque City. Open from 11am-11pm daily. Closed on Mondays. (+632) 825-6330

July 2012 update:
I’m sad to report that Pawon Ageng is now closed. A Japanese restaurant, Bono Tei, which runs under a completely different management, has replaced the spot.


  1. desi wrote:

    Hi, I’m Indonesian, thanks for the review! It’s true that Indonesian cuisine isn’t famous abroad (except in the Netherlands, Malaysia and Singapore). It’s a pity since we’re the country’s origin of spices…:)
    I guess the reason is because there’re not many Indonesians living abroad that open a restaurant.

    • replikate wrote:

      That’s true! Pawon Ageng was the first Indonesian restaurant I’ve ever heard of in Manila. I can’t wait to go back to try other dishes. 🙂

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