Thanis Lim

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Brunei Restaurant Pancake House International relocates to Rimba Giant

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Pancake House International is a very popular franchise from the Philippines. In fact, they’ve been around for almost 40 years and opened more than 150 outlets alone in the Philippines – the success owing to their famous soft and fluffy pancakes and combined with Filipino favourites make them a big hit.They were open in Kiulap but recently relocated to another popular spot at the new wing of Rimba Giant Hypermart on the first floor (on top of Burger King).



The CEO of Max's Group International, Peter King, was present to officiate the opening ceremony with Director of Pancake House International Brunei,  Del Goh. Max's Group International owns many other franchise eateries such as Pancake House, Yellow Cab, Jamba Juice, Krispy Kreme and others - spanning more than 700 over outlets!


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The ambience uses the colors of Pancake House International – mainly orange and white theme colours – comfy sofas on the sides and white themed furniture in the center. The place is confortable for small to medium size groups.



Let’s have a look at the main attraction here – their famous soft and fluffy pancakes ~~ I have to say there’s quite a lot of choices here – you can order 2 pieces or 3 pieces stack but more is always better when it comes to pancakes!



They have two pancake stacks – one lemon and one orange flavoured one ~~ This is the Sunrise Orange Stack, slightly smaller pancakes, with cream cheese in between, topped with cream, orange rind and served with orange syrup ~~ oooh yes ~~~



Hubba hubba ~~~ can't wait to sink my teeth onto those pancakes!



Oooo would you look at that ~~ *drools* I have to say this is my favourite as I like the soft fluffy moist texture of the pancakes which goes well with the cream cheese filling and balanced by the fragrance of the orange. A thumbs up from me ~~



Oh hello there ~~~ pancake stacks with crushed walnuts, bananas, caramel, scoop of cream and drizzled with banana syrup



They also have savoury versions of their pancakes ~~ such as this Panwich (sunny side up egg in between two pancakes) served with chicken ham (or you can choose sausages) with cream. *drools* #eggporn I wouldn’t mind waking up to that!



Or if you are a fan of waffles ~~ be sure to check out their thin and crispy waffles ~~ *drools*



Mango with waffles or pancakes? Hmmmm ~~ so hard to decide!



Speaking of waffles – in their desserts corner ~~ they have this waffle foldover – you can choose your scoops of ice cream ~~~ served on a waffle spread with PEANUT BUTTER!! with candy coated chocolates and drizzled with chocolate syrup ~~ a combination of my favourite peanut butter, ice cream, waffles and chocolate ~~~ Mmmmmmm #dessertporn ~~~



Or you could order this dish that caught my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed when I had my first Pancake House meal in KK; Southern Maple Chicken, served with rice or fluffy waffles ~~~ OOoooooooOO of course I'll have them with waffles ~~ CHICKEN N WAFFLES!!



I have to say – the chicken is very delicious – the flavour and skin of this chicken is superior to their fried chicken and goes well with their fluffy waffle.. This ladies and gentleman is the my all time favourite at Pancake House *big applause* Die die also must try this chicken and waffles ~~



Let's face it ~~ even if you are in a mood for pancake or waffles ~ you might have one friend or family member that wants to have something else ~~ but don't worry ~~~ Pancake House has a lot of other dishes such as their house special spaghetti!



Besides pancakes, they are also famous for their delicious crispy tacos! I personally like how crispy the taco shells were! I really enjoyed them but be wary not to take too long to snap pictures for instagram or the juices from the filling will make the taco shells brittle. I made a big mess after biting into one of these as I took too long to snap pics of these yummy tacos. These are  must try at Pancake House!



Let's say you want to have pancakes or waffles for breakfast but your colleague's aren't ~~~ I bet they'll be in a mood for a simple grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast! Try Pancake House's version ~~



Simplicity at it's best I must say ~~ A grilled cheese sandwich to start your day ~~



or they can have omelet for breakfast! I have to say their breakfast omelets are delicious as well ~~ quite a few choices for your omelet fillings ~~



They cook my omelet the way I like them ~~~ creamy ~~~ *drools*



The Pancake House Pan Chicken is a very unique style of fried chicken as you can see from the coating of the chicken ~~ be sure to give them a try as well!



Aziz definitely enjoyed the Pan Chicken! Nom nom ~~



I'm actually impressed by their burger steaks ~~ especially the Salisbury burger steak ~~ the sauce was lovely with the pan fried burger steak!



Did I mention they serve some great Filipino favourites? Beef Tapa!!!! A classic Filipino favourite – marinated Australian strip loin, stir fried and served with garlic rice, sunny side up egg and their in house green mango salsa. I have to admit I really enjoyed the mango salsa, and it goes well with the tender beef ~~~ and of course ~~~ more #eggporn just makes this dish better! Besides beef tapa, they also got other Filipino favourites such as smoked golden tilapia and Daing Na Bangus ~~ Friends of mine have raved about their fish dishes and I would definitely try these next time since I am a big fan of Filipino food – and more excuse to have that MANGO SALSA! #delicious



Pancake House has quite a few savoury dishes so if you want a bit of everything, you can order their Special Sets which let’s you try more of their food in one go and it comes with a free iced lemon tea ~~ kind of like a value meal! The House Special Set – which has their spaghetti, fried chicken with mini pancakes, delicious taco and their special gravy sauce. Good dish to have a little bit of everything at Pancake House



A Filipino specialty right here! Halo Halo, which is a popular Filipino version of our Ais Kacang; sweet corn kernals, jackfruit strips, yellow sweet potato, bananas, shaved ice, home made pudding and yam ice cream ~~ mmmm ~~


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Pop by with more people so you can try more things ~~ order more to take Instagram worthy shots ~~


Pancake House International

Unit EF05, First Floor, Giant hypermarket, Tasik Rimba

Opens from 9am till 10pm

Tel: 2463593

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Sosro Fruit Tea Lemon Flavour: Win an iPhone 7 or iPad Mini 4


Great submissions for far from the Brunei residents! Now let's see if we will get some more submissions before the deadline on 9th October! The heat is on! Who will be the winner of the brand new iphone 7!?

Click here to view album of the submissions:



Update: Contest is extended to coincide with the launch of the new Iphone 7! The heat is getting hotter! Who will be the winner of the brand new iPhone7!?


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Brunei's favourite Sosro Fruit Tea recently launched their Lemon Tea Drink and in conjunction with this launch - they will be giving Bruneians a chance to win an iPhone 6S or iPad Mini 4. Three lucky winners will be chosen for the most creative photo taken with their new flavour. Just follow the instructions from the poster.


Terms & Conditions :

1) This competition is open to all residents of Brunei

2) Only those who did all three steps will qualify.

3) You may send in as many photo entries as you wish

4) Participants must keep their IG profile public during the duration of this contest

5) Last day of entry on 9th Sept 2016.

6) All winners will be notified by phone.

7) Prizes are not exchangeable, transferable or exchanged for cash.

8) All prizes will be presented at the Mall during the launching of FT Lemon in Sept.

9) Organizer decision is final.

10) By submitting the photo, contestants grant the Organizer the right to use the photos submitted in their promotional campaign.


Examples and ideas

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The key part is to have the Lemon Fruit Tea drink in your picture. The rest is up to your imagination!

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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!


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The highly recommended Sup Buntut (oxtail soup) is only $7.50 and very delicious! *slurps*

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

Their first branch is located at Delima while their other branch is located at Gadong same row as Thiam Hock Restaurant.


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

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!


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)


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

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 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 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!



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) 


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. edit* They now changed their curry laksa to Penang White curry laksa but still pretty good!

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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.



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