Thanis Lim

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Brunei Restaurant Review: Nur Wanita (updated)

Nur Wanita is a Thai-Malaysian cuisine Restaurantlocated at Kiarung, two blocks behind Baiduri Kiarung. It was 2009 when I first stepped into this restaurant and made a blog post about it. Since then it has grown into one of the most popular place for Thai Food in Brunei – and even made it to my Brunei Food Guide Post. They are also popular for their catering services too. This blog post will be a combination of pictures from the older post and new dishes I’ve tried recently.

The entrance is pretty grand, and makes you feel like you're walking into an upscale restaurant – the decorations are mostly wooden and the tables can be easily arranged to suit the number of guests.

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As you can see, they have quite good ambiance from their decor. It feel's quite comfy albeit a little cramp during lunch hour.

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I was wondering what this was doing next to our table when I sat down – apparently it’s there specially for women ~~ guess what this is for?

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Tadaa~~ it’s a stylish bag holder – specially for the ladies – but I guess if you’re a tourist and you got backpacks ~ you can leave them there too ~ or food photographers like me ~

Saw this 'Thai style coffee' and decided to try, it has a unique burnt coffee taste. Not bad, good for the experience but I probably would try something else next time but if you never tried it, be adventurous and give this a shot.

The typical soup of Thai cuisine, Tom Yum soup. Their version is not too spicy and is just right for our palette. Nothing too special to mention though. Just Tom Yum Soup.

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Recently, we tried out their TangHoon Salad which we really liked and it has the right balance of sour and spicy. Arguably one of their better dishes.

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Their sliced mango fish fillet – which I felt was not crispy enough and a tad too salty – I would request them to reduce their salt the next time I order.

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This is their yellow curry and egg dish – the marriage of yellow curry spices on top of a crispy fried sunny side up egg is gorgeous! This was a tad too salty as well for me – but with rice it’s pretty fine.

Thai style Fried Kway Teow. Slightly spicier than the usual char kway teow we have. Good flavour and taste but not as caramelized as how we would liked.

Mango Chicken Rice. You can't go wrong with Thai style Mango Chicken or Fish in Thai restaurants. Spicy, Sour and Sweet flavours with the crispy texture of fried chicken. Yum!

Chiang Mai Curry Noodles, this is quite a heartening dish as the noodles are crispy and the curry sauce is thick and spicy. I liked this dish and would certainly order it again. It might be too spicy for those who can't take spicy food, so be sure to tell the chef to adjust according to your tastebuds.

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Chiang Mai style beef curry – which is a bit like a spicy stew minus the milk or coconut – a bit too salty for me as well.

Green Curry Spaghetti is one of their Thai-Western Fusion dishes and it's actually pretty good but the heat factor of this dish is "Oh god It's Spicy!" so order this if you love green curries and enjoy the kick, otherwise ask the chef to make it not so spicy, though the taste might be compromised.

This dish would be my favourite in the restaurant. Deep fried kangkong with meat gravy. The kangkong is fried till a very crisp texture and seasoned very well. I really enjoyed this dish and as I am typing this post, my mouth is already salivating from the memories of wolfing down mouthfuls of the deep fried morsels.

Nur Wanita is still my choice for a good Thai dining experience in Brunei, despite it’s food being a tad too salty lately. I will definitely request for less salt in my orders. Their service is pretty good for Bruneian restaurant standards and the waiting time for the food, despite a full house for my last visit, was pretty decent.

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