The Brunei restaurant scene is really booming and it’s no surprise that more and more quality new restaurants are emerging in Brunei. I was really happy to hear that a chef who has won quite a number of awards in the cooking industry is actually introducing his unique recipes in Brunei.
Chef Sun with his medals from the international culinary scene. Impressive.
He has apprenticed under one of my favourite legendary chefs Martin Yan as well!
You will be able to see one of his medals within the restaurant, which is located at Batu Bersurat’s Yi Yuan Ting Pondok Empat Laut (Shikkai). At the moment, the head chef at the restaurant has been trained and worked under Chef Sun for many years together – with Chef Sun coming from time to time to introduce new menus to Brunei.
Yi Yuan Ting showcases quality Chinese Fine Dining dishes that you normally won’t see in typical Chinese restaurants. They have quite a comfortable Chinese Oriental décor – round tables for bigger groups and square tables for smaller groups.
Diners who had eaten at Pondok Empat Laut or Shikkai last time – famous for their duck will remember the ambience but this time – the menu is very different and shows a lot of promise thanks to Chef Sun’s secret recipes. Now let’s take a look at some of their soft launching dishes. At the moment, they have not launched the full menu yet – but there’s quite a good selection to choose from.
This is the Binchotan Charcoal Beancurd – dark delicious fried tofu – served with Chef Sun’s signature butter custard sauce ~~
I’m loving the colour of the tofu ~~ and the texture is very nice ~~
Of course – you must enjoy it with Chef Sun’s Signature Custard Butter Sauce ~~~ oooooh yeshhh!!
Good to the last bite ~~ I must say ~~~
We continue with more appetizers – these Golden Shrimp Rolls are really addictive!
oooh la la ~~~
More appetizers ~~ say hello to these breaded cheese stuffed squid balls ~~ love the texture of the bread crust ~~
Got Cheese? Yes Please ~~~~~ melting goodness!
We’re really getting carried away with the fried stuff ~~ but who can say no to these?! Crispy stuffed fish fillet, topped with mango salsa and ebiko ~~ mmmm ~~~ a good combination!
Their Thai style Fish Head Curry is really good as well – Shinny (The Collective Arts) was enjoying this with me and absolutely loved this! The manager shares that this recipe is learned for the Royal Kitchens In Thailand. Seriously good stuff here ~~ now pass me some steamed rice to soak up the gorgeous curry sauce! Shinny says she could drink the curry on its own ~~ like a bowl of soup!!
This is their salt braised chicken ~~~ has a good silky taste ~~ nom nom ~~
Next is this very nice crispy fried eggplant – served with chicken floss and crispy ground shrimp flakes (if I am not mistaken) – which is very delicious. I dare say it’s one of the best deep fried eggplant dishes I’ve tasted – texture is seriously yum!
Now this is the epic dish! The Sweet and Sour Chicken – served on ice with assorted diced fruits! What’s surprising is that the battered chicken and sauce stays crispy (special technique from using the ice) and goes very well with the fresh fruits! An eye opening dish that’s one of the signatures of Chef Sun!
Last but not least is this heartwarming soupy rice dish ~~ it’s served with rice cooked two ways – stir fried and deep fried. The deep fried rice gives a puffy crispy texture to the hearty soupy dish – flavoured by top chicken broth, mushrooms and vegetables for the umami effect. I would love to have this every morning for breakfast please ~~
A gorgeous contrast of textures, colour and packed with natural flavours! Spot on! Thumbs up!
Currently Yi Yuan Ting Fine Dining Pondok Empat Laut Restaurant is still in it’s soft opening stage but it’s good to pop by and try out some of their signature dishes available! I seriously can’t wait to try more of the new menus ~~ and Chef Sun himself would come over to launch new dishes from time to time! The restaurant also has Brunei HALAL certification.
Chef Sun will be hosting cooking classes and cooking demonstrations for the Bruneian Public in future – so stay tuned.
Yi Yuan Ting Fine Dining Pondok Empat Laut Restaurant
Monday to Thursday, Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. 06:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 6:00pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday and Public Holiday: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, 06:00pm – 10:00pm.
Sorriso will be introducing their Bistro Menu starting this Friday 28th August 2015. The menus offer a good value for money light but good quality meals – which will only be available from 11 am till 5pm daily to cater mostly to the lunch and tea crowd. The menus will be rotated every week to ensure diners will have a chance to savour and look forward to new dishes every week! Let’s have a look at the appetizers for this coming week!
Trio of appetizers from this week’s Bistro Menu
The first of the three appetizers from their bistro menu – Bruschetta Nicosia which is lightly toasted bread topped with tuna, herbs, beans, eggs and cherry tomatoes.
Champignon Mushrooms in a creamy pesto sauce! YUM!
Quite a common dish in Italy – here’s the Chicken Liver Veneziana ~~
For the mains – we have Turkey Breast Milanese
Usually turkey can be overcooked – tasting dry and rubbery but the one I had at Sorriso is perfectly cooked to a moist tender texture!
Moist turkey breast for lunch? Yes please!
Next on the list is one of Chef Salvo’s fav childhood snacks in Italy ~~ fried calzone! which is pizza dough stuffed with pizza toppings – but instead of being baked in the oven – this one is DEEP FRIED!! OOoooo My GIANT Italian Style Curry Puff! LOL – GIVE IT TO ME!!
Ooops ~~~~ sorry ~~~ you cannot escape from my tummy!!! *NOM NOM NOM*
Last but not least – a hearty lamb stew with vegetables – served with a down to earth asparagus risotto ~~
While it might not be your usual arborio rice ~~ this risotto is creamy and matches the lamb stew well ~~ bon appetit!
For desserts – I have to say these orange and lemon tarts are SIMPLY DELICIOUS! I wished I could order more ~~~ highly recommended!
Or go for a down to earth simple white chocolate mousse with cherries and biscuit! ~~ *swoooons*
For more information – call the phone number to enquire about their Bistro Menus – which will be rotated from time to time! Remember it’s only available from 11am till 5pm.
Sorisso Restaurant and Pizzaria
Regent Square, #14/15 Block B Grd Floor, Kampong Kiarong (Kiulap)
Sorisso Restaurant and Pizzaria KB Branch,
Lot 8982, Unit 1, Tingkat Bawah, Block C, Bangunan MJJR, Jalan Jaya Negara, Kuala Belait
I wrote this guide when it was 2012 and have been updating it to help Bruneians, Expats and Tourists to find good food in Brunei – country of unexpected treasures – especially food! We Bruneians are a very hospitable bunch and we love visitors! This post is meant as a guideline for visitors who want to explore the dining scene in Brunei and also for locals who want ideas on where to eat. Note: Not being included in this list does not mean the restaurants are not worthy. There are still plenty of good restaurants that won’t be listed in this list – in such a short time – and limited stomach space – I would narrow it down to a few of my favourites! So here goes ~~~ The best restaurants to eat the best food in Brunei! You should also check out my food and travel guide – which has a huge list of Bruneian restaurants as well as personally tried and tested travel guides!
Mmmm so much choices ~~ but where to eat?
Edit: Recently readers have requested for me to label whether restaurants are halal or not. For this guide – I will highlight if the restaurant serves pork (non halal). The other restaurants which do not have the label would be pork free. I’ve also added address and telephone numbers for some of the restaurants.
Chop Jing Chew
Located in Central Gadong. This restaurant has a very long history and is our nations pride. Delicious bread and buns made fresh daily and lot’s of variety of dishes to savour. Their Roti Kuning and Roti Cucur are must tries but my personal favourite is still their Roti Kacang Kahwin! A must try food in Brunei! Recently, they introduced the Roti Cheese, which is a new item you must try. Savoury favourites include their Roti Cucur (French Toast using their yellow bread) as well as their signature Zhi Ma Kway Teow ( Rice Noodles tossed in dark sweet sauce and topped with fried fish fillets)
Simpang 5, No. 10, Jalan Gadong, BSB, BS 8670, Brunei Darussalam.
Pasar malam Gadong
No trip to Brunei is complete without a tour around the night markets in Gadong. One can bring $5 and have a very very filling meal in these night markets. Grilled chicken, fish and satays are widely available here. Don’t miss Hati Buyah, a marinated and stir fried sliced beef lungs, Ayam Tongkeng (chicken butts!!), pulut panggang (glutious rice stuffed with beef or prawns, wrapped with banana leaves and grilled), Kuih Melaya (Malay style pancake with peanuts, condensed milk and raisins) and lots of good thirst quenching drinks like Samboi (sour plum) and coconut juice. Your trip in Brunei is not complete without a visit to our popular night markets! Oh My Food!
Address: Behind Rizqun Hotel at the Mall Gadong – ask the locals for walking directions. They are very friendly!
Tarindak di Seni
Situated in Kota Batu, Tarindak has great view of the Water Village as well as a showcase for Handicrafts for tourists to have a look. They also boast a great selection of local food and desserts in their affordable buffet, including the iconic Ambuyat, which is a must try for tourists. I personally like their spacious comfortable setting and good service.
1st Floor Brunei Arts and Handicarft Training Centre, Jalan Kota Batu,Bandar Seri Begawan
Aminah Arif Restaurant
A great place to showcase traditional Bruneian cuisine such as Ambuyat, Belutak, Pais, Daging Lalap and much much more~~ give them the traditional Bruneian cuisine experience! Just order the Ambuyat normal or special sets.
Address: Unit 2 & 3 Blk B Ground Floor, Bangunan Hj Abd Rahman, Simpang 88, Kg Kiulap Bandar Seri Begawan. Phone: 2653036
Pondok Sari Wangi
Indonesian cuisine is actually pretty popular in Brunei! This is the restaurant that sparked the Ayam Penyet craze in Brunei, copied by many but their Ayam Penyet is still highly rated although in recent years there’s more competition from other good Indonesian restaurants which are as good – so it’s subjective to one’s personal preference..
Besides Ayam Penyet – try out their satays and beef ribs penyet.
Pondok Sari Wangi Restaurant Gadong
Unit 12 & 13 1st Fl Blk A Abd Razak Complex Jln Gadong
Pondok Sari Wangi Restaurant Sengkurong
Unit 12 & 13 Bgn HYA Jln Tutong Kpg Sengkurong A
Pondok Sari Wangi Restaurant Serusop
17 Gr Fl Spg 72 Delima Kpg Delima Satu Jln Muara
One of Brunei’s main attraction is Excapade Sushi. People from Miri and KK actually put Excapade as their must go place for Japanese food when they visit Brunei. It’s very affordable yet good quality sushi. If you had tried budget sushi places in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia – you will be surprised that Excapade is pretty good value for money. They have many branches throughout Brunei but I always prefer the Gadong branch. Their Japanese buffet during month of Ramadhan is so famous that people travel from overseas just to try it!
Excapade Sushi Belait
2 Gr Fl Blk B Bgn Pg Hj Hashim Pg Mohd Jadid Jln Jaya Negara Kuala Belait
Excapade Sushi Bunut
A2 Spg 638 Gr Fl Bgn Lim Seng Kok
Excapade Sushi Gadong
Unit 4 & 5 1st Fl Abd Razak Complex Blk E Gadong
Excaped Sushi Kiulap
Unit 5 Gr Fl Blk A Q=lap Complex Kpg Kiulap
Excapade Sushi Regent Square
Unit 1 & 2 Gr Fl Regent Square Kpg Kiulap
Excapade Sushi Seria
No 80 Jln Bunga Melor
Excapade Sushi Serusop
5 Gr Fl Blk A Bgn Desa Delima Jln Muara Kpg Pancha Delima
Excapade Sushi Times Square
G1 Gr Fl Times Square Shopping Centre Berakas
Kimchi Korean Restaurant
Located at Regent Square in Kiulap and it’s right next to a the most popular boutique Deseo, Kimchi has great range of Korean cuisine, BBQ and desserts. This is my go to place for my Korean Food cravings. Good service – great ambience and of course – halal certified! I am a big fan of their Korean BBQ selections, Korean seafood pancake, Korean Fried Chicken, and Pat Bing Su – the Korean style iced dessert!
19 Gr Fl Blk B Regent Square Kpg Kiulap
Sapphira Cake House
This cake house specializing in traditional Malay cakes is one of the best places for tea. There are a wide variety of really good traditional cakes to choose from and I must mention I am a fan of their Nasi Lemak Ayam (Braised chicken with coconut rice served with a spicy chili jam). Sapphira has a branch in Kiulap but recently opened up a new branch in Bandar so be sure to check them out!
Sapphira Kiulap, Spg 88 3 Gr Floor Seri Anigma, Kiulap (next to Yappy Kopitiam)
Sapphira Bandar, Same row as Coffee Bean (Opposite HSBC Bandar)
Noralizah & Iskandar's House of Curry (same row as KFC)
This place simply has the best murtabak. Good crispy fragrant texture, served with delicious condiments like sardines and corn beef, this place is my favourite place for Murtabak. It’s so good, friends from Singapore actually felt this is better than their native Roti Canai! Their Roti Kosong is simply good enough to eat on it’s own but even better with the condiments and curry! My personal favourite condiment is the sardine! A special mention goes to their Roti Pisang (Banana Murtabak) and be wowed!
No. 15, Ground Floor, Kompleks Awang Hj Ibrahim, Kg. Lambak B, Jalan Berakas (same row as KFC and WYWY Lambak)
Contact Number: +6738675781
Lao Di Fang – Nostalgic Restaurant
Situated at Central Gadong, Lao Di Fang recently opened a nostalgic themed style restaurant. Tourists would enjoy the old school Chinese style décor while enjoying the good grilled satays(only available at night). A good place for photography while enjoying a good snack.
Simpang 21, Block A, Unit 7, Gadong Central, Kampong Menglait
The Energy Kitchen
They say travelling around doesn’t mean you can’t go for healthy options. If you’re a truly healthy fitness guru type –look no further than The Energy Kitchen, the first truly healthy eating restaurant co founded by International celebrity Wu Chun 吴尊! Think gluten free pancakes, fresh healthy super foods salad, cold pressed juices and flourless chocolate cakes ~ the best part is – it’s just right below the biggest gym in Brunei – Fitness Zone.
Address: Ground Floor, Fitness Zone, Kiulap
Phone 223 3323
Brew Café and Bakery
MrBaker’s Bakeshop is my go to place for premium healthy breads. They have one of the best croissants in Brunei and their bagel sandwiches are pretty good! Recently – they rennovated their Gadong Central branch and renamed it Brew Café! Do check it out!
Main branch: Unit 106, Ground Floor, Bangunan Bersurat, Jalan Batu Bersurat, Gadong (7:30 am till 9:30pm) Tel: 2426020
Mr Baker’s Cafeteria: Unit 47, Ground Floor, Block C, Gadong Central (7:00 am till 9:00 pm) Tel: 2427554
JPMC bakery: Main lobby area, next to the gym (7:00 am till 9:30pm)
All outlets are closed on Fridays from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
Deals Restaurant (Radisson Hotel)
Deals Restaurant has recently won me over for their good quality fine dining. The setting is romantic and the service very good. It is my go to place for a romantic dinner!
Be sure to check out their New Zealand Oysters whenever they’re on promotion and I’m a big fan of their Blue Cheese Ice Cream! Unique and delicious!
Radisson Hotel, Jalan Tasek 2203, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8211, Brunei
+673 224 4272
Sorisso in my opinion is the best Italian restaurant in Brunei – hands down. My favourite is their Sorisso pizza, which consists of thinly sliced raw beef carpaccio, with shaved parmesan slices and truffle oil. Authentic pizzas and pastas, as well as a good selection of Anti-pastos prepared by an Italian Chef Salvo is extremely friendly and fun to have around! Look out for their specials from time to time such as lobsters, truffle burgers and foie gras!
Address: Regent Square, #14/15 Block B Grd Floor, Kiulap
BE 1518 Bandar Seri Begawan
Tel: 223 3030
Ximply Chriz Café
This café recently opened and is raved for their exquisite desserts that are attracting quite a crowd! A family run business where both mother and daughter are passionate about great desserts and good coffee. They’re located at Regent Square Kiulap opposite Kimchi restaurant’s block!
There’s a good reason they named this dessert Heavenly Chocolate!
Gr Fl Blk A Regent Square Kpg Kiulap (opposite Kimchi Kiulap and same row as Excapade Regent Square)
Paddington House of Pancakes
Paddington House of Pancakes is highly recommended for their beautiful yet cosy ambience – suitable for a simple date for two, a group of friends or even families. Their savoury and sweet choices make it a must try place to visit! Did I mention they have great coffees as well!? Be sure to check out their Gadong branch which specializes in Brussel Waffles!
To get to Paddington House of Pancakes – turn in from the Airport roundabout into Jalan Berakas – take the First U-Turn and you will see the Happy Star Building~~
If you’re coming from Berakas – The Happy Star Building should be on your left – just before Sekolah Menengah Berakas.
Call them to make pre-orders and reservations at 2331668
Paddington House of Pancake branch has a more cosy ambience and specializes in waffles! (right next to McDonald’s Gadong)
High Frequency Lifestyle Cafe
High Frequency Café not only offers a cosy hipster ambience for you to enjoy your coffee – but they actually make really good coffee! One of my favourite places to enjoy a cuppa while serving a good range of delicious brunch and dinner items.
Feel like taking someone special out for brunch or dinner? Or just want to pop by for a chat with friends over a cup of coffee? High Frequency is always a good choice!
1st Floor, Unit 5, Blk B Sempurna Complex, Baru Bersurat, Brunei
(Opposite Fun Bee Park – up the hill of Batu Bersurat – in the newer blocks)
Charcoal BBQ and Grill Restaurant
Charcoal restaurant is one of the iconic grill and bbq restaurant in Brunei – famous for their delicious range of beef ribs, steaks and comfort food – with a good mix of sauces to suit both local and Western taste buds. Besides that, they are famous especially for their superb Skewers all you can eat buffet that happens during the fasting month every year!
Address: Kilometers 2.5, Jalan Tutong, The Crowne Princess Complex, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1779
+673 222 1171
MyTown Eating House
Mytown Eating house is a locally created heritage style restaurant that features great food created specially for the Bruneian taste but with affordable local prices! One of my favourite dishes is their chicken skin fried kway teow ~~ *swoons* They also offer freshly baked buns and tarts daily so be sure to pop over for a quick snack or meal!
They really know how to win you over with nostalgic biscuits such as these on your drink ~~ mmmm
Ground Floor, The Crown Princess Complex, KM2.5, Jalan Tutong, BA1779, Brunei
Bahn Nucha at the Mall Gadong
There are many good Thai restaurants in Brunei and I personally like Bahn Nucha at the mall. One simply must try their Claypot Tanghoon Salad, which fully utilizes the coriander root to give a strong flavour.
Address: 2nd Floor, Mall Gadong
Nur Wanita Thai Restaurant
Located in Kiarung. Nur Wanita feels like a classy Thai restaurant (Northern Thai and Chiang Mai style) and serves both traditional and modern creative Thai style cuisine. I personally loved their Crispy Deep Fried Kang Kong and their Spicy Green Curry Spaghetti. Good service and ambience – a must try if you love Thai Food! Recently, they opened up a new branch at Serasa beach – adding excellent beach side ambience to their good Thai food!
Unit 10 Block B, Kiarong Complex, Brunei Darussalam, BE1318
Check out their Serasa Branch Anjung Layar Luncur
Anjung Layar Luncur Nur Wanita Serasa Branch
(Serasa Beach (next to Royal Brunei Yacht Club Serasa)
Call 2771879 for reservations
Thiam Hock (non-halal)
Famous for their Curry Fish Head, they are also the go to place for good Chinese cuisine. Be sure to check out their signature tofu, German Pork Trotter and Thai style soft shell crabs (my favourite soft shell crab dish in Brunei!) Delicious! Located in Gadong just behind the Mall.
No.5, Yong Siong Bldg, Lot 9452, Gadong
Ocean Quarry Kolomee (now at Sukanya Restaurant) (non-halal)
I had been eating this delicious kolomee since I was a young boy and this kolomee has become increasingly mobile lately, always moving and changing places. At the moment, Uncle Lai, the creator sells his kolomee at Sukanya Restaurant along Jalan Madewa
The famous Ah Lai Ocean Quarry Kolomee that I grew up eating.
I must say they have quite a selection of good quality Kuching style dishes such as this gorgeous Tomato Kway Teow!
Spg 618, Madewa Bunut Area
Hing Nam Fong restaurant (non-halal)
Located near the workshop areas of Menglait. Hing Nam Fong has good kueh chap (pork spare parts soup), kolomee and one must try their Fried Indomie with Lap Cheong (Chinese Dried Sausage) and sunny side up egg
Delicious Indomie Goreng with Ba Teng (Spiced Pork Cubes) and eggs. Must try!
Menglait Area at the stretch of workshops.
Lim Ah Siaw Restaurant (non-halal)
Regarded as the most HARAM restaurant in Brunei – this restaurant is located within the Pork Market behind terrace hotel. It has popular pork dishes such as Kueh Chap Soup (pork spare parts), pork leg Kolomee and I’m a big fan of their Nai Su Chicken (crispy milk powder chicken)
Address: The pork market – turn in on the road between Terrace Hotel and Radisson Hotel In Bandar.
Renyi Filipino Restaurant (non-halal)
Filipino food has been hailed for it’s richness and comfort food. A visit to Renyi restaurant to sample their Filipino cuisine is a must! You won’t be disappointed! Just make sure you go during lunch time!
Address is in Menglait Gadong – read the post for driving directions.
Dane’s Café (Non Halal Café) – Best Kolomee in Brunei 2015
Dane’s Café is one of it’s kind in Brunei for being the first Non-Halal café and also serving arguably the best kolomee in Brunei. The café serves authentic Kuching kolomee but I am very fond of their Kolomee Special, which adds bacon and a sunny side up egg! Simply heavenly! I loved the superhero themed tables and the cosy dim settings! They also serve good coffee and other bacon goodness sandwiches and all day brunches ~ #neverenuffBACON! I also highly recommend their Coconut Cheesecake which is simply divine! #favcheesecakeEVA!
Address: Unit 102, Bangunan Batu Bersurat
(basically the buildings next to the Batu Bersurat Basketball Court, used to be TAFU restaurant)
Delicious Laksa from Soon Lai (non halal)
Soon Lai restaurant has a pretty good curry laksa noodles and it’s considered one of the places I am proud to bring my friends for food. They now changed their curry laksa to Penang White curry laksa but still pretty good!
The address is in Menglait, Gadong – read the post for more detailed explanation
Coconut Grove Restaurant - Best fried mee and fried bee hoon in Brunei (non halal)
In my opinion, one of the best place in Brunei to have great fried mee and bee hoon. Check out their signature fried bee hoon with sunny side up egg. You will not be disappointed.
Location and driving directions in the blog link below.
Honourable mentions: Gold Leaf also serves quite good roasted and barbecued pork (suckling pig only on Sunday). Ideal Restaurant is another local franchise you should try - for their delicious honey chicken!
Disclaimer: There are probably some gems that I missed which should be in this list – especially restaurants in KB and Seria. It would be great help to suggest restaurants that should be in this list.