Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

The Brunei Food Guide 2020 Edition

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 are not in this list. This guide is constantly updated to reflect my personal favourites.

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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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Tips for getting around Brunei

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Getting around using taxi might be expensive and troublesome in the past but now in Brunei we have Dart – which is an app just like Uber/Grab to get you from place to place. The only problem is that you cannot get a Dart to pick you from airport but anywhere else its fine. A very handy app to have and you can just pay the drivers using cash. Click on the Dart App Poster to download the app on your phone.



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)


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Address:

Simpang 5, No. 10, Jalan Gadong, BSB, BS 8670, Brunei Darussalam.

2424132 / 2448660
 
http://cookiemonzters.blogspot.com/2008/03/restaurant-review-jinchiew-kopitiam.html


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!


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Address:

Sapphira Kiulap, Spg 88 3 Gr Floor Seri Anigma, Kiulap (next to Yappy Kopitiam)
673-223-2021

Sapphira Bandar, Same row as Coffee Bean (Opposite HSBC Bandar)


Lee Loi Fatt

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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.


Noralizah & Iskandar's House of Curry (same row as KFC)


A place with a long history in Brunei for Murtabak and has since expanded to a few branches. Good crispy fragrant texture, served with delicious condiments like sardines and corn beef, this place is the favourite place for Murtabak for many in Brunei. 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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Address:

No. 15, Ground Floor, Kompleks Awang Hj Ibrahim, Kg. Lambak B, Jalan Berakas (same row as KFC and WYWY Lambak)

Contact Number: +6738675781
http://www.thanislim.com/2013/11/brunei-restaurant-review-noralizah.html


CA MOHD Restaurant

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One of the old signboards for having Brunei Malay Indian cuisine and a fav for many locals for simple mee mamak or roti kosong. The signature dish I like here is the roti norbi – which is stir fried roti murtabak kosong – Norbi is named after the wife of the first owner (if I am not wrong). If you want to have an even more epic meal? Order Roti Norbi Cornbeef – I highly recommend it. Ooooh yessshh!

CA Mohd has many branches across Brunei so just go to the nearest one to you using Google Maps.


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 and Tauhu from Store Number 7 (They have very good sambal which matches perfectly with indomie)! The ayam bakar from store G26 is my favourite stall out of the bunch!

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Soto with beautiful Riverviews along Brunei River

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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!

Address:

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)

http://www.thanislim.com/2016/02/brunei-hidden-gems-where-to-get-soto.html


Soto Rumah Adresto

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I managed to find this place courtesy of my wife who actually knows the chef (wife of the owner) of Soto Rumah Adresto. To get here – you need to take a boat from waterfront Bandar and ask them to take you to Jetty 13 – then from jetty 13 – go straight to the end – then turn right. You will see this house! A very quirky looking house on top of water (a gem of our water village heritage)

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The dish is very affordable and their soto is one of my favourite in Brunei. Worth the boat journey just to get here! Boat fare is $1 per person one way.

Rumah Adresto Instagram for more information on their opening hours

https://www.instagram.com/rumahmkn_adresto


Nasi Katok

Nasi Katok in Brunei has a long history where you can get very cheap $1 rice with chicken and sambal. The story is that peope would knock on the door (katok) to order nasi from the Nasi seller – hence the name nasi Katok. Over the decades the Nasi Katok has evolved into many versions but the following are good notable variations of our traditional nasi katok – and can you believe it’s only $1!?


Nasi Katok Buttermilk SDK

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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.

http://www.thanislim.com/2016/02/brunei-hidden-gems-nasi-katok-buttermilk.html


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

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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!

Address:

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!

http://www.thanislim.com/2016/02/brunei-hidden-gems-nasi-katok-sambal.html


Nasi Katok Lily

What’s special about Nasi Katok Lily is that instead of fried chicken, they actually serve lovely honey grilled chicken and their sambal does pack a punch! It’s no wonder they are a true gem in Lambak and well loved by the locals. Be sure to try their grilled ayam tongkeng!

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Find where Nasi Katok Lily is here: http://www.thanislim.com/2017/04/brunei-hidden-gems-my-new-favourite.html

Nasi Katok Dapur Nenek Mama

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This nasi katok has a very good spiced (rempah) fried chicken and their sambal hijau is ultra spicy!

Deatils on where on their Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/dapur_nenekmama


Brunei Cuisines: Ambuyat, Satays, Curry Puffs

During the hard times, there was a shortage of food so the Bruneians managed to create this dish called Ambuyat that provides the neccessary carbs to survive and this has now become a national dish that is always associated with Brunei. Below are some popular places for Ambuyat that I usually go to.


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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Address:
1st Floor Brunei Arts and Handicarft Training Centre, Jalan Kota Batu,Bandar Seri Begawan
673-224-0422
http://cookiemonzters.blogspot.com/2009/07/tarindak-restaurant-kota-batu.html


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.

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Address: Unit 2 & 3 Blk B Ground Floor, Bangunan Hj Abd Rahman, Simpang 88, Kg Kiulap Bandar Seri Begawan.  Phone: 2653036

http://www.thanislim.com/2013/12/brunei-restaurant-review-aminah-arif.html


Soto Pabo

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The Ambuyat set at Soto Pabo is really good too and it has the unique smoky fish dip that I really liked!


The Curry Puff Factory

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What began as Old Klang Road Curry Puffs which was a big success and even claiming the title of my favourite curry puffs is now rebranded as The Curry Puff Factory – now located in the Kiulap building behind SKH Departmental store. These are bound to make you happy ~~ I usually buy them for 10 in a box at $7.

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They have pretty good nasi lemak too ~~ ooooh yasss!!


The Curry Puff Factory

Building behind SKH Supermarket in Kiulap

Gadong Properties Area has another branch too!


Satays

Satay Haji Ibrahim

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The satays at Haji Ibrahim in Brunei is pretty famous. There’s no place to dine in but we usually take away from their stall that is at Lambak Area (just behind WYWY restaurant)


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I don’t need flowers ~~ but I need Satay bouquet!

Sate Haji Ibrahim

https://www.instagram.com/satayhajiibrahim/?hl=en


Asinash Ahmad Satay House

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Asinash made the foodie headlines with their gorgeous looking lamb satays and chicken skin satays. It’s no wonder they are a favourite of many Bruneians.


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Gorgeous shot of the satay by Mr Kurapak


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Enjoying my Satay with their pretty good nasi goreng and a sunny side up egg

Satay Asinash Ahmad

No.4, Madang Complex, BRUNEI

Open: Mon - Sat 10.00am - 10.30pm Sunday 3.00pm -10.30pm


Restoran Pondok Seri Mas Wani Satay Ala Jawa

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This place comes highly recommended by many in Brunei for good satays! You can get all sorts of local favourites like ayam penyet and gulai gulai dishes but most important of all GOOD SATAY!


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Ahhh the lovely smokey goodness ~~~


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Mmmm ~~~ I usually order a few of each to try ~~ cheap and nice!!


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Their nasi gulai kambing for only $3 is one of my favourite dishes here ~~ sooooo tender and the sauce is amazing with rice! A must order here for me!

Restoran Pondok Seri Mas Wani Satay Ala Jawa

Simpang 1511 Jalan Tutong Sengkurong

Opens 9am – 11pm (though I always come here at night)

Seafood

Naturally since Brunei is located in Borneo Island and is at the coast, we have an abundance of seafood to offer. While many have their favourites – I prefer to have my seafood either at Neptune restaurant or GK restaurant but GK wins thanks to better value for money and consistency in terms of taste and service.


GK Restaurant, Sg Hanching branch

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Located at Sg Hanching , 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. In my opinion, the most affordable and value for money seafood restaurant. Service is good making this place a regular pick for my family to celebrate and enjoy seafood dishes. 

 

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Family dinner with lots of seafood at affordable prices. 

Kg Sg Hanching Jalan Muara Spg 490-3 Block A Unit 1-3 Ground Floor, Jalan Muara

Tel: 234 0567


Eats Restaurant

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Eats Restaurant is pretty new to the scene but they already made a name with their very delicious chicken rice. What’s surprising though is that they do very good seafood dishes on request.


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Their chef is very good at cooking seafood! One way to know if the chef is good is how they cook the prawns. Super delicious and since you have to preorder in advance – you can be sure the seafood is fresh and not kept in the freezer for long waiting to be served!


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A good mix of the various delicious seafood with their chicken rice ~~~ oooh my so good!

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1st floor at the Gadong Central Blocks

Mon-Thurs, Sat & Sun 7AM to 10PM Fri 7AM to 12PM , 2PM to 10PM

https://www.instagram.com/eats.bn

Call 2422020 / 8902020 to prebook your seafood dishes but you can walk in for regular good Chinese dishes


Indonesian Cuisine

Brunei has quite a popular cult following for Indonesian Cuisine – especially Ayam Penyet! Below are the listed popular spots for Ayam Penyet and Indonesian Cuisine in Brunei that I tend to frequent!


Sup Tulang Ibu Rokiah

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Located on the first floor of Bandar’s iconic bus station, Sup Tulang Ibu Rokiah has a rich broth and tender off the bone beef chunks that are bound to wow your tastebuds! I usually come here for lunch or tea time. This place is a hidden gem well loved by the Indonesians who work in Brunei!

Address: First Floor, Brunei Bus Station


Bamboo Garden Restaurant

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I think Bamboo Garden restaurant has my favourite fried chicken for ayam penyet as you can see the amount of herbs and spices on the crispy skin of the chicken. Their sambal is a lil on the sweeter side so it might not be your favourite but I’m more of a fried chicken person ~~ for better Sambal, go to Hameediyah Restaurant near OGH/DeAnggerik. Be sure to check out their Kolomee Extra Pedas (spicy kolomee) as well as their steamed chicken rice!


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The Nasi Lemak has a very crispy fried chicken that I liked and you will need to wait 20 minutes for this as they only fry the chicken from scratch to ensure the quality.  Bamboo Garden restaurant should also be in the Chinese restaurant section as they serve quite good halal Chinese dishes too!

 

Bamboo Garden Restaurant

Right next to Ayamku Delima


Hameediyah Restaurant

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Hameediyah Restaurant is located near the roundabout next to Orchid Garden Hotel/De Anggerik Apartments. They are famous for their Ayam Penyet with their signature sambal. When you have lunch here, you will see 90 percent of the diners enjoying the Ayam Penyet here. A lot of people voted this place as their favourite Ayam Penyet in Brunei.


Hameediyah Restaurant

Anggerik Desa, BB3713 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei


Japanese Food

When I mentioned to any tourist or anyone outside of Brunei that we are famous for our Japanese cuisine, most would shake their head in disbelief. Granted in terms of high end Japanese kaiseki or omakase, we might be able to provide that but for budget and mid range affordable sushi, it is difficult to beat Brunei’s Japanese restaurants in terms of value for money/cost performance ratio!


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!


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Excapade Sushi Gadong

Unit 4 & 5 1st Fl Abd Razak Complex Blk E Gadong

673-244-3012

Excaped Sushi Kiulap

Unit 5 Gr Fl Blk A Q=lap Complex Kpg Kiulap

673-223-4012

Excapade Sushi Regent Square

Unit 1 & 2 Gr Fl Regent Square Kpg Kiulap

673-223-4011

Excapade Sushi Serusop

5 Gr Fl Blk A Bgn Desa Delima Jln Muara Kpg Pancha Delima

673-233-5512

Excapade Sushi Times Square

G1 Gr Fl Times Square Shopping Centre Berakas

673-234-2912

Excapade Sushi Seria

No 80 Jln Bunga Melor

673-322-1155

Excapade Sushi Belait

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

673-333-3993


Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

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For special occasions, we tend to like Kaizen for their better ambience and service especially the waterfront branch with a good view. Making a reservation is essential here so be sure to call and book in advance if you want to get a table.


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Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

Kompleks Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Jalan McArthur, Bandar Seri Begawan

Call 222 6336 to book


 

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!


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

 

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Their Kimchi Fried Rice with chicken and sizzling cheese is one of my favourite things to eat for lunch!


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Cheesy Tteobokki! OMG!


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

Address:

19 Gr Fl Blk B Regent Square Kpg Kiulap
673-222-2233
http://cookiemonzters.blogspot.com/2012/11/kimchi-restaurant-annyeong-haseyo.html

 

 

Pizzas

You think Brunei doesn’t have good Western food? You are in for a big surprise. Our pizzas are easily the best in Borneo island. Don’t believe me? Come check out the top two pizza places in Brunei and be amazed! When it comes to Pizza, I tend to lean towards Sorisso and Coffee Beans – while Margarita Pizza seems to have a cult following – it’s not my favourite type. 


Sorisso Restaurant

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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!

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


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Coffee Bean Mata Mata (connected to Supasave supermarket)

http://www.thanislim.com/2015/06/the-coffee-bean-and-tea-leaf-mata-mata.html


Cafes

We have quite a lot of influence especially from UK and Australia so it’s natural that we have very good cafes and cakes, from chefs and baristas trained overseas and opened their own humble cafes in Brunei!


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!

Address:

Gr Fl Blk A Regent Square Kpg Kiulap (opposite Kimchi Kiulap and same row as Excapade Regent Square)



Brew Café and Bakery

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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!

Address:

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.

http://www.thanislim.com/2015/07/brunei-cafes-brew-cafe-and-bakery.html


Flour and Butter Cafe

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Flour and Butter is one of the rising stars in the cafe scene and is very popular for their good food and coffee. I personally like their grilled chicken dishes as well as their waffles. They also serve good coffee and crepe cakes here – making it a good place for brunch!


Flour and Butter Cafe

10 Jalan Menglait, Bandar Seri Begawan BE391 (Next to Le Apple)


Dane’s Café (Non Halal Café)

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’ve since received a lot of positive remarks about Danes Kolomee from travellers and locals alike agreeing with me, while taste is subjective and you have your right to declare your favourite – this is still the kolomee to beat in Brunei in my opinion.

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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!


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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) 


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!

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Sundried Tomato Cheesy Sandwich ~~


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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)

http://www.thanislim.com/2015/09/brunei-cafes-rack-brew.html


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!

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Located opposite the famous GK Restaurant in Jerudong!
Note: recently they have opened a new branch at Serusop which is pretty near the airport!

http://www.thanislim.com/2017/03/bruneis-coffee-scene-roasted-sip-coffee.html


High Frequency Lifestyle Cafe

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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.


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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!

Address:

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)

http://www.thanislim.com/2014/02/brunei-restaurant-review-high-frequency.html 


Jazz Bar and Grill

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Jazzbar’s Seafood Blue Cheese Pot has been one of the favourites of many Bruneians and expats alike. I personally enjoy the liver pate as well as the steaks here. We tend to come here for special occasions or a sudden craving for steaks.


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They have built up quite a good reputation as one of the best place for steaks in Brunei.

Jazzbar and Grill

First Floor, Regent Square, Kiulap, Gadong B, Brunei-Muara, BE1318


Alter Ego Fusion

Operated by the same owners of High Frequency - Alter Ego Fusion has a great selection of dessert and food in a very instagrammable cafe setting.

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Gourmet teas and fancy desserts ~~


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Would you like some of that lovely steak? Hmmm ~~

Alter Ego Fusion: http://www.thanislim.com/2017/07/brunei-restaurants-alter-ego-fusion.html


Radisson Hotel’s Tasek Brasserie

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For a place with good ambience and dining, Tasek Brasserie is one of the better places for a good Western dinner. They usually have dinner buffets but it’s a great place for ala carte dine in as well. I sometimes love to sit at the poolside and order tidbits like fish and chips or deep fried squid. Pictured is one of the best seller, steak sandwich which has a hefty price tag but its one of my favourite sandwiches!


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Besides having one of the best mushroom soup in town – their vegetarian butternut olive gnocchi is one of the best vegetarian options I’ve tasted in Brunei.


Read more about Tasek Brasserie at

http://www.thanislim.com/2016/09/brunei-restaurants-look-at-tasek.html


RIWAZ Indian Dine Dining

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Riwaz earns high praise from many and is highly rated as the best fine dining restaurant in Brunei. Their Indian cuisine is beautifully presented and tastes amazing.


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I would recommend anyone to spend their special occasion here as the food is top notch and the ambience perfect for any romantic evening.

Riwaz Fine Dining

Radisson Hotel Brunei

+673 224 4272 Ext 8873


Pakistani Food

Seri Damai Restaurant

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Seri Damai which is located at Kiulap is one of the best places for naan and down to earth delicious curries. They had been around for ages and if you haven’t have a taste of their naan and curries ~ you are really missing out!


Address: Unit 10A, Gr. Flr. Bgn. Hau Man Yong, Spg. 88, Kg. Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Tel: 223 0356


Amsarra Shawarma Lebanese & Mediterranean Restaurant

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Amsarra has earned a cult following with their grilled chicken that is comparable to Nandos as well as other interesting Mediterranean favourites like baba ghanoush, hummus etc. The owner himself who has studied in the UK is very passionate about food and aims to bring as much to the table as he can with new dishes from time to time. This Lamb madfoon is slow cooked lamb with Lebanese 7 spices, saffron, almonds and apricot served with rice and roasted chilli. Good stuff!


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Their Lamb Shashuka is pretty yummy as well! Great brunch! I also find their pricing pretty reasonable for the quality they are serving so if you are in a mood for some Lebanese Mediterranean eats

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Address: Amsarra One Riverside


Pho Hoa Vietnamese Cuisine

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I was glad to know that there’s a restaurant in Brunei specializing in Hanoi dishes as I’m quite fond of Vietnamese food. Their pho is a must try and I highly recommend their Banh Xeo which is a crispy egg pancake/omelet with meat.

Pho Hoa

No. 6, Simpang 86, Jalan Delima Satu, Serusop, BB5113

Opens 9:30am – 9pm. Closes on Friday


Thai Food

Thai food is also very popular in Brunei. Two of the restaurants below are the ones I frequent as well as KNY Kitchen, and Aqil Shafee at Jerudong is pretty good as well.


 

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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Address:

Unit 10 Block B, Kiarong Complex, Brunei Darussalam, BE1318

http://cookiemonzters.blogspot.com/2013/04/brunei-restaurant-review-nur-wanita.html

 

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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

http://www.thanislim.com/2015/07/brunei-sungkai-2015-anjung-layar-luncur.html


Aqil Shafiee Thai Food

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Aqil Shafiee is a lovely Thai restaurant that serves pretty authentic Thai food – so much that some of my Thai Embassy friends recommend me this place! It’s located near the previous Jerudong HSBC


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I quite like their fried century eggs with basil~~ YUM!!

Aqil Shafiee Thai Food (near the ex-HSBC Jerudong)

6 Blk a Jerudong Centre, Bandar Seri Begawan 261-2870, Brunei Darussalam


Chinese Restaurants

Brunei has quite a lot of selections when it comes to Chinese restaurants though most of my favourite ones are Non-Halal. While many think that Brunei being a Muslim majority populated country will not have much non halal food, I have to say our choices are pretty good! Here’s a list of my favourite restaurants serving good Chinese cuisine in Brunei!


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!

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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)

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.

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Address:

No.5, Yong Siong Bldg, Lot 9452, Gadong

244-1679

http://cookiemonzters.blogspot.com/2013/04/brunei-restaurant-review-thiam-hock.html


Yang Seng Kopitiam (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 Ocean Quarry kolomee  at Hainanese Association Restaurant where they are also famous for good roasted meats ~~ I usually order roasted pork kolomee here ~~


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The famous Ah Lai Ocean Quarry Kolomee that I grew up eating – now with the added goodness of roasted pork and roasted duck!! ~ yums ~~

Address: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/457971218/yang-seng-restaurant-catering/ 


Seria Kway Teow Tepi Sungai

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We don’t need to drive down all the way to Seria for good Seria Kway Teow as this restaurant located just right opposite Jing Chew serves one of my favourite kway teow in Brunei. Enjoy with their dark sticky soy sauce and lots of sambal for your ultimate kway teow pleasure!!


Address: right opposite the famous Jing Chew restaurant in Gadong Central Area


Golden Leaf Restaurant (Non Halal)

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I grew up eating roasted pork and charsiu rice from Golden Leaf. Their portions are good and the crispy crackling skin is the main reason for us to keep coming back! Their in house made chong yu (scallions oil) and gravy just makes it better!


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Be sure to try out their kolomee too! A pretty nostalgic old school style of kolomee that my father enjoys

Batu Bersurat Branch

No 12,Ground Floor , Block B, Pg Menuddin & Anak-Anak Complex, Jalan Tungku Link, Pengkalan Gadong, Gadong B, Brunei-Muara. Tel: 2451169

Batu Satu Branch

Ground Floor, Block 1, PAP Hjh Norain Building, Seri Kompleks/Batu Satu, Kianggeh, Brunei-Muara, BA 1712 Tel: 2220422

Sukarnya Restaurant (non halal)

Sukarnya Restaurant is a great place if you are a fan of Kuching kopitiam style food. Favourites include Stir fried noodles with Manichai, tomato kway teow and Kuching laksa (on selected days)

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I must say they have quite a selection of good quality Kuching style dishes such as this gorgeous Tomato Kway Teow!

Address:

Restaurant Sukanya

Spg 618, Madewa Bunut Area

http://www.thanislim.com/2014/04/brunei-restaurant-review-sukanya.html


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)

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Address: The pork market – turn in on the road between Terrace Hotel and Radisson Hotel In Bandar. 

http://cookiemonzters.blogspot.com/2011/11/lim-ah-siaw-restaurant.html


Ane Rasa Ku for their Charsiu (non halal)

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Ane Rasa Ku has been given the thumbs up from many Bruneians as their favourite place for Charsiu BBQ Pork. You can tell this style of charsiu has a good char and shine to it similar to the KL style charsiu. I usually ask for the fattier ones! My family also has their ala carte dishes like three eggs bitter melon dish which uses three types of eggs (century egg, salted egg and chicken egg) as well as their other pork dishes like Honey Pork Chops.

Ane Rasa Ku

Ground Floor, 17 Beribi Complex, Jalan, Simpang 607, Bandar Seri Begawan BE1118


Ching Nam Hong (Non Halal)

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Located on the block just next to the famous Jing Chew – Ching Nam Hong serves pretty good baked pastry stuffed with charsiew as well as famous for their fish dishes. You can try their claypot fish stew or their fish slices with bittergourd bee hoon!


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I’m also a big fan of their beef brisket kolomee and their home made seafood tofu ~~ I tend to order these two to enjoy when I’m dining here. They only open morning and afternoons.


Ching Nam Hong, the block next to Jing Chew


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!


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Address is in Menglait Gadong – read the post for driving directions.

http://cookiemonzters.blogspot.com/2013/03/brunei-restaurant-review-renyi-filipino.html 


Hock Long Hunan Cuisine Restaurant (Non Halal)

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Brunei’s Chinese food have always been more of a South East Asian style so when Hock Long first opened Hunan style cuisine, people were initially unsure what to expect. Hunan food is generally a lot spicier and packs a punch!


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Fortunately they also have mild dishes like their home made kolomee with egg and wontons (ohhh yesss)


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You gotta have their Suan Lar Fen (hot sour noodles) if you love your food HOOOOT!


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I also like their cold appetizers such as this pigs ears ~~ sooo goood!


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I also recommend their pork skewers here! Really packs a punch!

Hock Long Restaurant

Located just right next to the famous Jing Chew Restaurant


Subok Kolomee

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Subok Kolomee is popular spot located in a house in Subok. The kolomee has been around for some time but they also serve really good prawn noodles and some of the hottest chili around! You need to actually prebook your big prawn chau chu mian which is their signature this – go for mild spicy and be ready for a delicious treat!


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Do you dare to rise to the challenge? Drop by Subok Kolomee to test your power! Don’t blame me if you cry


Subok Kolomee

No 10, Spg 185 Jln Subok, Subok

Opens 7am – 9pm

Closes on Monday

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

Address:

Ground Floor, The Crown Princess Complex, KM2.5, Jalan Tutong, BA1779, Brunei

+6732241880

http://www.thanislim.com/2014/06/brunei-restaurant-review-mytown-eating.html


Kedai Kopi D’Harith

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The roasted duck kolomee has only recently opened but they are one of the stars in the Brunei foodie world. Their roasted duck kolomee finishes very fast so you have to come early to grab some before they run out!

Kedai Kopi D Harith

Unit 20, Ground Floor HMR Complex, Jalan Komersial Jaya Setia, Bandar Seri Begawan BB2713

Opens 7:30 am to 5pm (go before lunch to get their roasted duck kolomee)



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 – but these are the favourite places for me to dine in lately!


KB SERIA FOOD GUIDE

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Click here for the Kuala Belait and Seria Food Guide!



Temburong Food Guide

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Click here for the Temburong Food Guide



Tutong Food Guide

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Click here for Tutong Food Guide


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2 comments :

  1. Anonymous10:44 PM

    Try Nul Hajika in KB. Did a short write-up on it here: http://thoughtlessme.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/hidden-gem-in-kb/ :)

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  2. Thanks for you recommendation! I've heard of this restaurant from Nonnie and Maurina but I have not got the pleasure to dine in KB for a very long time!

    Will definitely drop by if I had the chance!

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