To get to Geya will require one to circle around the residential neighbourhood of Pisok Street (an effort true of any hidden gems). But once the right corner is found, guests will get a sense of what they’re stepping into: a beautifully-designed property with a strong touch of Javanese style and an outdoor space ample with lavish greeneries and a swimming pool. Just like stepping into someone’s residence, Geya, which means irama (rhythm), begets a homey impression rather than a formal establishment.
The property itself is a personal home of singer and founder Abirama Anggoro and his family, who decided to make use of their yard and Joglo gazebos (whose recycled wooden materials are sourced straight from Solo) as their main outdoor dining areas. Enough to fit ten people, Geya’s environment truly harmonises with its moniker whereby meditating sounds or irama of flowing water, swaying leaves and chirping birds echo nicely to accompany the dining experience.
Upon arriving, guests will be led to their chosen dining area and be served apéritifs like Faux Rose Champagne before delving into their three set menus that range from six to eight courses. Headed by Chef Oscar Susanto, who studied Japanese culinary in Tokyo, cuisines here boast unusual ingredients with an experimental flair to interpret progressive Indonesian Japanese cuisine.
Something like the Tuna Woku Belanga with Karasu and Basil as one of its amuse bouche, a combination of Japanese tuna with Manado’s woku sauce. Also find recurring dishes throughout their set menus, such as the signature Butter Poached Tiger Prawn with Barramundi, Garlic Crumbs and Chilli with splashes of a citrus-like Leche de Tigre sauce that draws from Peruvian cuisine as one of its starters, along with courses like Duck Confit paired with Apple Blini (a type of pancake made from buckwheat flour of Russian origin) and the quintessential Indonesian Rudjak sauce as one of its mains. Then, end it on a high note with dessert creations like the fudgy brownies of Cacao Cheese Crème or the Apple Crumble Cheese Tart by Gabriella Rompis, a home cook chef who helms her own dessert shop.
Though still in its early days, the welcoming folks behind Geya already have something up their sleeves to make the most out of a private dining experience. But for now, a visit to Geya sounds like the most idyllic escape for those seeking to mute the city’s noise and lavish themselves in cuisine and environment that go in harmony with each other.
Prices vary for three of Geya’s set menu, with each ranging from IDR 650,000 to IDR 1,000,000/pax.