Agak Agak to launch dinner menu
The Bangsar eatery is opening its space to cater to the after-work crowd
Local restaurant Agak Agak will introduce its first dedicated dinner menu on 4 July. The eatery gained a reputation for recruiting youths who are unable to find jobs and those who come from marginalised communities for its apprentice programme. Ahead of the launch of the dinner menu next month, Agak Agak co-founder Ili Sulaiman spoke to ELLE about it.
"It was always our intention to grow organically and to develop our restaurant into a lunch and dinner joint," Ili said. "We didn't want to rush into it because we wanted to establish ourselves first while running the Agak Agak Program. We needed our apprentice and our team to be ready."
The grab-and-go lunch crowd in Bangsar is already familiar with the restaurant, so it's not unusual to see the space filled up during peak hours. But come dinner time, Ili expects a different dining vibe.
"For dinner we are hoping to exude a little more thematic experience with a menu that will be slightly less casual (so no sandwiches or plated desserts)," she said. "We're hoping for a more calmer laid-back vibe from our diners."
To accommodate dinners, opening hours will expand from the current 10am-6pm, not counting the buka puasa buffet and Moreh (supper) that's on every day this month until 23 June.
"We wanted to incorporate familiar items that one would have when breaking fast at home," Ili said of the Ramadan menu. "We have an array of different dishes like Chicken Tagine, whole roasted fish, but there's also comfort food like pengat pisang and white rice with sambal belacan. And like everything we do, there's that progressive take on Malaysian nuances like acar buah and salted fish on a cheese platter served with all our homemade sodas."
But Malaysia has different festivals all year round, a fact that isn't lost on Agak Agak. Are there more plans?
"We love festivities and are constantly looking for an excuse to celebrate," Ili assured us. "Thank god we live in Malaysia. Yes, big plans. Big party plans."