The name of the restaurant, Ageno, sounds intriguing, but it is a typical Nepali word for a 'fireplace' where people cook their meal in the rural areas of Nepal. Hestia is the Greek goddess of hearth and food. Unlike most of the gridlocked restaurants in the valley, Ageno seeks to provide a soothing ambiance, with minimal dinner interruptions.
The restaurant leans heavily on organic grains and seasonal products. One can dart fingers across the menu, as if going from Ilam to Jumla, and stop somewhere for an authentic taste of the thakali cuisine. The menu brings you a range of pure flavors of the whole of Nepal in one place. Ageno chefs have experiences of places, from Mumbai to Dubai, and they are cohesively working to present even the best of continental cuisine and flavor from these places. The menu also covers some terrific Italian, Chinese and Indian dishes.
Along with the luscious flavors and the extravagant service, the restaurant offers a very positive ambiance and vibration inside it. The main hall ‘Ageno’ is tastefully done in a Nepalese motif with a cozy fireplace, Dhaka placemats and brown bricked walls that insinuate a homely atmosphere. It is remarkable how the interior is kept elegant with a lovely statue of Buddha and also Kiran Manandhar’s paintings, which are placed all around the hall like embellishments to enhance the beauty of the interior. The visual appeal is just great.
Ageno has many sitting areas designed for a multitude of purposes- holding conferences, meetings, workshops and exhibitions, to name a few. It also comprises an event room that has the capacity to hold about 250 people. The venue offers a rooftop view seating order with a petit cafe.