Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

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Amali’s Cafeteria

Amali’s cafeteria is a cosy little place at the back of Centrepoint Gadong and right next to Kitaro Japanese restaurant. The owner is a free spirited woman whose not only a great cook but also a fashion designer and in the process of publishing her cookbook! The restaurant is named after her daughter, whose already starting to learn the joy of cooking at a young age.



The restaurant is pretty cosy and has enough seats for maybe 15 people – and up to four tables and some can probably sit at the bar table.



I must say I like the personal touches on the dining table setting. Gives a very classy relaxed feel to your dining experience. Amali’s menu features many home cooked style soul food such as ….


This rich delicious pumpkin soup – which is gorgeous! Loved it!


Cream of Spinach Soup – Hmmm ~~~


The cream of mushroom soup is also *lips smacking* yum!


Amali also has great appetizers from their menu – such as this prawns spring rolls with three different dipping sauces …


These are certainly my kind of lollipops ~~ the chicken lollipops! Hmm ….. and they put foil on the bones so we won’t get our hands dirty~~ how thoughtful!


Now is that green apple basket appetizer enough to make you salivate? *slurps*


and this delicious appetizer, which is a layer of pineapple,cucumber, apples, cherry tomatoes, tuna and topped with caviar – a good contrast and balanced appetizer! A must try dish!

One of the hard things to find in Brunei are salads which aren’t loaded with heavy supermarket dressings that contain so much fat and calories, you’re better off eating Nasi Katok instead. Amali’s uses only home made dressings that are whipped up right in their kitchen! None of that loaded with preservatives and artificial flavouring ‘goodness’ from store bought dressings!


Their Caesar Salad, which you can choose between Salmon or Chicken or Plain, is light and not loaded with mayonnaise and loaded with tons of cheese. Their croutons made from pita bread, are seriously crunchy and provided a great textural contrast to this salad. 


This is their mango prawn cocktail salad, which is drizzled with mango dressing. Hmmm .. a must try for mango lovers!


If ya love nachos and dips, Amali’s has quite a few dips for you to try such as this pizza dip, which is loaded with finely chopped vegetables and a satisfying dip! Be sure to check out their chestnut dip, which the boss highly recommends!


They also have pasta dishes if you’re looking to load up your carbs !


The spaghetti bolognaise ~~~ hmmm….


From the main course I got to try this tangy dish – their Ginger Flower Prawns – which is served with rice.


This dish came from the roots of Filipino cuisine, a milkfish fried till crispy and you can actually eat the fine bones from the fish.


This is the most expensive dish on their menu, their black pepper lamb, which is well seasoned and properly honeyed (a new term I invented for that honey caramelized taste of BBQ honey goodness) – and served with good bodied mashed potatoes – not too mushy – which I like! Highly recommended! *smacks lips – finger licking good*


After all that food – it’s good to end the meal with a good dessert!


Tiramisu topped with chopped strawberries~~ hmmm


Smooth Panna Cotta (you can see the black bits … which are from actual vanilla beans!) and topped with black berries~~ yum!


I also got to try this gorgeous Durian Torte (seasonal), which makes you feel like you’re eating fresh durian! Hmm…… Ooo my Durian~~


Wobbling Mango Pudding ~~ Ooooh gotta love those mangoes!


We also got to try this off the menu dish, which was actually an accidental creation! It is seriously a chocolate overloaded dessert, you need to try this to believe it --- we actually asked the chef to call it OH MY CHOCOLATE~~ we shall see if that happens! So chocolaty goodness  ~~ chocolate mousse on top of a kuih batik/brownies like cake base! Oh My ChoCo…..Late~~


*burp* now to wash down all the desserts with gorgeous cup of cappuccino …


or pour some of their special Sencha (green tea with puffed rice) infused with mint and tarragon. Oooo the fragrance ~~ you can smell it as soon as you pour it off the pot! *sips ~~ and reaches Zen mode or Happy Place*


Hmm … such a satisfying meal! Now you would expect such a place to be pretty expensive but I find the prices are pretty reasonable for good quality food and cosy ambience. I must admit I will be hanging around Amali’s often – if there’s available seats! I actually wished the restaurant could seat more people – so I would not have to think if I will get a seat or not!

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