Thanis Lim

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Taipei Food Guide: Must eat places in Taipei!


I first visited Taipei at a tender age of 10 with my family and remembered vividly the bowl of Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup and I was hooked! Fast forward a few decades and I found myself back in Taipei again hunting for the most delicious food Taipei has to offer. While Taipei might be famous for their street food and night markets, I personally prefer their restaurants who tend to serve my favourite eats in Taipei. If you are researching on what to eat in Taipei, this is my guide to the best restaurants in Taipei


Tips for getting around


It is best to travel in groups of fours so you can uber or take a cab around Taipei. You might find that it could be more convenient/cost effective to share a ride rather than public transport in Taipei. I find this more convenient as opposed to taking the subway. My Taiwanese friend told me the rental is more expensive near the subway so it is usually quite a distance to walk to the good places to eat even after you took the subway, which is okay if you have plenty of time.




I’m happy to say that buying a simcard is pretty affordable and convenient. I was in Taipei for 2 weeks so I got the 15 day unlimited data sim for only NTD700 which is around $32 Singapore Dollars. You can grab them at the airport but note that they close offices at 8pm. The above plans are screen grabbed from Chunghwa Telecom This means all the IG Stories you can stream ~~ w00 h00 ~~~


The most popular Taiwanese Breakfast! Dou Jiang Yu Tiao (fried dough with soy milk)


While you will see Yong He Dou Jiang everywhere, my fav Dou Jiang has to be Fu Hang Dou Jiang. They open as early as 5:30am and you will definitely see a queue!



The sao bing are baked fresh from the oven ~~ You get to see them in action while queueing to order but my advice is to ask one of your travel companions to get a seat first as it can be very difficult to find seats here!



Basically you order the soy milk (dou jiang) and also the yu tiao wrapped with sau ping – which is basically fried dough,  wrapped with egg and toasted pancake. You can dip them on the soy milk while eating.



The Savoury Soy Milk is something that you either love or hate it. It’s savoury curdled soy milk served with dried shrimp, picked veggies and chopped fried dough (yu tiao). Some of my friends didn’t like this but I find this quite nice.


Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿

Hua Shan Market, 2F

No. 108, Zhongxiao East Rd., Sec. 1

Near MRT: Shandao Station

Opens: 5:30 am til 12:30am (but sometimes they sell out early)


Mama Lau Rice Balls: Another Taiwanese Breakfast


Mama Lau is a very popular place for takeaway breakfast according to my research. You can see a queue in the early morning where people grab their breakfast on the way to work.



There’s seriously a lot of choice to the type of rice balls you want but they are usually stuffed with pork floss, and you choose between white or purple rice, with options to even add cheese!



Hubba hubba! That does look good!



As with all Taiwanese breakfast ~~ they have soy milk or you can opt for this red rice milk here!



They even put yu tiao in it! Do note that these can be ultra filling and its best to share one amongst two people or you will find that you won’t be hungry for the whole day! I guess that’s why people love these for breakfast as it fills you up and you stay full for quite some time!


Mama Lau Rice Ball 劉媽媽飯糰

No.88, Section 2, Hangzhou South Road

Opens 5am - 11am


Lan Jia Gua Bao


Lan Jia Gua Bao was one of the memorable moments in Taipei. What I like about this place was how soft and fluffy the steam buns were – coupled with the gorgeous pork where you can choose how lean or how fat you want your fillings to be – then topped with herbs and crushed peanuts… OMG! Seriously heaven in a bite!



This Gua Bao is a die die also must eat in Taipei I tell you!



Besides gua bao, they also got very good pork intestine soup here. Highly recommended!



Be sure to pop opposite this restaurant to have a cup of Chen San Ding Fresh Milk with brown sugar tapioca balls/pearls drink! Seriously good! You will keep coming back for more! In my opinion – best in Taipei amongst all I’ve tried.


Lan Jia Gua Bao 藍家割包 and Chen San Ding 陳三鼎黑糖粉圓專賣店

No. 3, Aly. 8, Ln. 316, Sec. 3, Luosifu Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100

Nearest MRT: Gongguan Station

Opens 11am – 12am (closed on Mondays)


Taiwanese Beef Noodles

Taiwanese take their beef noodles seriously and even host competitions annually to encourage competition. I’ve tried quite a few beef noodle place but I narrow it down to 3 favourites of mine here.


Lao Pai Niu Rou La Mian Da Wang (Old School Beef Pulled Noodles King)


To be honest, this place was not in the list of places I’ve researched but it was just nearby the hotel I stayed in. I was attracted by the local crowd here and decided to give it a try. Little did I know that this place actually has a long history and is pretty famous for their beef noodles and dumplings!



The noodles were hand made and you can also choose to have dau xiao mian (knife shaved noodles) to go with the beef.



The best part is that you can order some assorted mixed meats side dishes to accompany your noodles. I especially love the tendons! Drools!


Lao Pai Niu Rou La Mian Da Wang

No. 7, Lane 46, Chongqing South Road, Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan

Nearest MRT: Taipei Main Station

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The Brunei Food Guide

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.

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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.

2424132 / 2448660


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!


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Address: Behind Rizqun Hotel at the Mall Gadong – ask the locals for walking directions. They are very friendly!


Tamu Selera

Tamu Selera is located right opposite Terrace Hotel and next to St Andrews’s Church. It has plenty of food stalls for you to enjoy a cheap delicious meal ranging from local style economy rice, grilled satays, ayam penyet and ayam bakar, and even seafood! My personal favorite Ayam Penyet is from Store number 5 Gerai Mak Siti and the Cucur Tempeh from Store Number 4! The ayam bakar from store G26 is my favourite stall out of the bunch!


Read more about Tamu Selera here!


Soto with beautiful Riverviews along Brunei River


A spiced comforting soupy bowl of noodles or rice vermicelli topped with chicken or beef and garnished with chilies and herbs, Soto is a must try when you visit Brunei. Here's two places that have serve Soto - one of Brunei's iconic beef noodles - with a great view!


Soto Pabo at spg 222, Jalan Kota Batu

Soto Babu Nini Spg 605, Nombor 605B, Kg Sg Besar, Jalan Kota Batu , (you can find the simpang as you drive along Jalan Kota Batu towards Muara)


Nasi Katok Buttermilk SDK


Nasi Katok is one of Brunei's most affordable staples. Priced at only $1, you get a piece of fried chicken, sambal (chili paste) and steamed rice. We Bruneians love our buttermilk chicken - so when we heard there's a place that combines two of our favourite food - nasi katok and buttermilk - we know it's going to be awesome! Available for dine in and takeaway

Address is no.22, Spg 148, Jalan 99, Kg Perpindahan Rimba.


The Nasi Katok with Many Sambals Stall ~~ *NASI KATOK SAMBAL CHEESE*


The famous Nasi Katok place that has a lot of different sambals to choose from - you will definitely find something that suits your needs! Fried chicken, steamed rice, your choice of sambal for only $1 each. My favourite is the Sambal Cheese which taste a bit like Jollibee spaghetti ~~~ a must try!


To find it, its simpang 94 is just right after Gong Cha Delima (opposite Maktab Sains) .. turn in spg 94 and drive straight till you will see a pondok selling Nasi Katok on your left!


Laksa Udang Galah and Udang Harimau


There's a house in Jerudong that sells pretty good laksa but if you are willing to pay between $8 to $12 - you can have Laksa Udang Galah like the picture above! Be sure to call and check if they have fresh stock before you go. Telephone number is listed below. 

Address: No.1 Simpang 396-93-167, Jalan Mejawa, Kampong jerudong, Jerudong - BG3122, Business Opening Hours 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Mr Abd Rahman Sirat +673 8776372 Owner of Quick Bites


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.

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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


Seafood Place at Pondok Sari Wangi Jerudong


Pondok Sari Wangi is famous for their Indonesian cuisine but recently they decided to invest in a seafood restaurant at Jerudong Park. The restaurant specializes in seafood cooked Indonesian or Oriental style you can see their seafood platter is quite sight ~~ very spacious comfortable restaurant that can seat up to 240 people.

Address: Jerudong Park Food Court Phase 1.


GK Restaurant, Jerudong


Located at Jerudong, GK restaurant is very popular for family dinners – serving good Chinese food and if you have special occasions – you can prebook this lobster platter for special occasions! A great place for seafood and local Chinese cuisine.



Family dinner with lots of seafood!

Kg. Jerudong, Spg 508, Block A, Unit 8-10,

Tel: 2611728 & 2611648


Lee Loi Fatt


Lee Loi Fatt has a long history in Brunei - serving great rojak, deep fried fritters dipped with rojak sauce, fried chicken wings, laksa and signature iced drinks like ABC or Cendol. Their first branch began in Kuala Belait district - and due to popular demand - opened up two branches in Bandar - both filled with happy patrons who are big fans! I personally love their deep fried fritters and chicken wings - washed down with a nice glass of ABC ~~ ahhhh ~~ great place for afternoon tea! They have a branch at Times Square which is near the airport - or go to their branch in Kiulap.


Dapur Penyet

Dapur Penyet might had arrived in Brunei recently but has been very prominent in the international scene when it comes to good Indonesian cuisine. It’s no wonder they have slowly won the hearts of Bruneian Indonesian food lovers. They have a good range from Ayam Penyet, Ayam Bakar to Crispy Tauhu Telur and gorgeous Sup Buntut (Oxtail soup!). I like how they are served fast food style – where you make your order at the counter and the food will be delivered to you. Fast, quick but the quality of their Indonesian food is good!


Classic Fried Chicken and flattened ~~ served with crispy fried battered tofu and tempeh ~~ mmmm ~~



Their Ayam Penyet Sambal Hijau is very very spicy! Can you handle it?! Deliciously Spicy!

They currently have two branches but my favourite one is the spacious one at Food Arena Seri Q-Lap Mall.

Their first branch is located at Delima.


Excapade Sushi

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 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 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


Excapade Sushi Seria

No 80 Jln Bunga Melor


Excapade Sushi Belait

2 Gr Fl Blk B Bgn Pg Hj Hashim Pg Mohd Jadid Jln Jaya Negara Kuala Belait



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!


Gorgeous spicy kimchi stew would be perfect for a rainy day ~~ *drools*



A personal favourite – Seafood Pancakes – and enjoyed with slices of kimchi ~~~



Never leave Kimchi without having their Korean style Ice Kacang! Patbingsu!


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!

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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

242 7217


The Energy Kitchen

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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.


Sorisso Restaurant


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


Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Mata Mata Branch and Times Square Branch

One might be surprised to find a well known international franchise here but Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branch in Mata Mata deserves a place here for their American style Pizzas and Pastas. They have quickly established themselves as one of the best Brunei has to offer despite having a different style from the traditional Italian style. Of course – there’s good coffee and tea drinks to match their range of American style cuisine! Visit either the branch in Mata Mata or Times Square for the branches that serve Pizza and Pasta!


Their pizza is more rustic and is different but I assure you – they are yummy!



Coffee Bean Mata Mata (connected to Supasave supermarket)


Ximply Chriz Café

This café 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!

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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)


Piccolo Café

Operated by a passionate lady boss who loves coffee – Piccolo, located in Bandar – facing the waterfront is wowing many coffee lovers to her lovely down to earth café. Many are big fans of her salted chocolate tart and other desserts – but their coffee and good service are what draws in their loyal customers.


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Lot 11 Jalan Mcarthur
Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei BS8711
+673 224 1558


Rack and Brew

Rack & Brew entered the Brunei Cafe scene with a delicious twist when it comes to their sandwiches, special crispy chicken skin Kolomee and I am a big fan of their Nachos! They are the first Boutique Cafe in Brunei, combining what women love most – eating cake, having tea/coffee and shopping! Their first floor is a very hipster vibrant cafe with good food and coffee while 2nd floor displays hip and chic fashion inventories for the ladies!


Sundried Tomato Cheesy Sandwich ~~



They are also famous for their modernistic sexy looking cakes such as this popcorn caramel cake! Ooooh La la ~~

Rack and Brew is located at Gadong – opposite the Mall and next to McDonald’s (on top of PHOP Gadong)


Roasted Sip Coffee Roasters

They might be the new coffee roaster in town but they serve in my opinion one of the best coffees here! Do pop by here to try their vintage cappucino and my fav Roasted Sip Signature Mocha!


Located opposite the famous GK Restaurant in Jerudong!


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!

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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 


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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) 


MyTown Eating House

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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!


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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!

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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


Thien Thien Chicken Rice

While Thien Thien Chicken Rice is most famous for their fragrant chicken rice and succulent chicken – I am a big big fan of their yellow noodles tossed with shredded chicken and beef tripe – with lots of their Hainanese chili! Seriously GOOD!


They have branches in Gadong (opposite the mall and saw row as Pizza hut), Kiulap (opposite Hua Ho Kiulap) and in Jalan Batu Satu (original branch)


TK Restaurant (Green House – next to Menglait Shell Station )

While TK has quite a few branches – their specific branch at the Green House next to Menglait Shell Station has this very unique kolomee – The Salted Yolk Crabs Kolomee – which is one of the most epicly delicious indulgence you can get especially if you have this for supper! Try it and be amazed!


Located next to Menglait Shell Station (Green Building)


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



Yi Yuan Ting (closed)

Yi Yuan Ting restaurant is located at Batu Bersurat and serves modernistic fine Chinese cuisine. Their executive chef has won many awards and showcases his recipes in this restaurant. One such exciting dish is this iced sweet and sour chicken which is not only pretty to look at but quite delicious!

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Located at Batu Bersurat

Read more about this restaurant at:


Ocean Quarry Kolomee (now at Sukanya Restaurant) (non-halal) *edit - now at Yang Seng (Hainanese Association) Restaurant

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 *note - The Kolomee Uncle Ah Lai is now at Hainanese Association Restaurant but the Kuching style food and curry fish head is still good in Sukanya restaurant,

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!


Restaurant Sukanya

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 2016

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!



Oooo that lovely pork burger!

Address: Unit 102, Bangunan Batu Bersurat

(basically the buildings next to the Batu Bersurat Basketball Court, used to be TAFU restaurant) 



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.



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