Jenja may be better known to the hipper nightlife crowd around Bali as the latest club from the folks at the highly successful Mint Club in Petitenget, but there is also a pleasant surprise awaiting foodies too. David Trauts drops in for a look and taste of what the restaurant has to offer.
Jenja restaurant brings a world of flavours to the table and, just like many facets of life nowadays, it’s all about sharing. The menu is simple and not overwhelming in size with four main sections; salads, teasers, wok works and sharing. The dishes are a mix of Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean and sizes vary from the small teasers to the larger sharing dishes. There are some great flavours from all over the world with highlights like the salad, tempura Japanese tofu and wakame salad (40k), and Mediterranean lamb dumpling with chili tahini oil (50k) and braised pork belly bun with shallot relish and lettuce off the teasers range. These are small tapas type sizes which are ideal for sharing too. From the wok comes dishes like vegetable ratatouille curry with pan-seared barramundi (45/75k) and braised pork belly miso ramen noodle soup with poached egg (65/95k). As you can see, these wok dishes come in small and large sizes indicated by the price.
The sharing section offers two large dishes which could also be considered mains if sharing is not your thing. Slow-roasted Australian leg of lamb marinated in coffee, cardaman, dates and with cous cous salad and sautéed mushrooms in a lamb jus (350k), and ginger and prune glazed pork loin with garlic roasted potatoes, bok choy and peanut sauce (150k) are tasty dishes and weighing in at 550 grams each are big enough to share amongst a couple too.Click to view slideshow.
The menu is all about taste, textures and sharing, and the same could be said about the design of the space. Designed by architect Rob Sample, there are a variety of elements to be absorbed like first the timber feature in the ceiling. “The ceiling is a kit made of 12,000 teak battens assembled on-site and hoisted into position,” Sample told FRV. Then the large green and opaque glass mosaic tiles on one wall and the stain glass paneled wall facing the street. “The feature wall is inspired by sea snakes we see in Bali coloured from green to white to yellow to blue and black with a red stripe made from 24,000 handmade glass tiles produced from recycled glass bottles,” continued the eco-sensitive architect. Light, colour and warmth exude from all sides, and with the open kitchen with chef Selma Abualia and her team busily preparing dishes, the picture is set for an evening of great food and inspiring surroundings. The second thing you notice when entering Jenja is the long wooden table right down the middle of the dining space. This table sits approximately 30 people and invites guests, whether they like it or not, into the communal spirit of Jenja. There is enough space between the chairs to keep some intimacy, but be prepared for sharing dishes and conversations at the long table. For those who want their own more private space, regular table and chair settings are also available.
At first glance Jenja, the restaurant, could be mistaken for a classy entrance to the club downstairs, but make no mistake, it is an excellent dining experience in its own right. On any night Jenja is a one-stop dining and clubbing venue for a great night out when you are in Bali.
Jl. Nakula Barat #18
Tel: +62 (0)361-846-9077