Brunei Darussalam

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Aside from cultural immersion, a travel to Brunei can also be a good gastronomic experiences, given the presence of several good restaurants that serve good food and provide awesome dining experiences to both locals and travelers alike. Brunei has a vast selection of restaurants, from local restaurants and eateries, food fairs, coffee shops, local and international fast food chains, name it! Below are some of the restaurants in Brunei that I highly recommend and all travelers should try out.

1. Soto Babu Nini and Nasi Katok

Soto Babu Nini and Nasi Katok Brunei
Soto Babu Nini and Nasi Katok Brunei

For me, Kota Batu is the most peaceful area in Bandar Seri Begawan. This unique restaurant is built by the water and they serve the best soto and nasi katok ever! πŸ™‚ They have an infinite board walk which is perfect for photoshoots. And oh, their restaurant is very colorful, too!

NO : 605B, Jalan Kota Batu Kg. Sungai Besar, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei BD 2517
+673 278 6116
https://www.facebook.com/Soto-Babu-Nini-Nasi-Katok-281949925175090/
https://www.instagram.com/sotobabunini/

2. The Food Stalls at Bandarku Ceria

Bandarku Ceria Food Stalls
Bandarku Ceria Food Stalls
Bandarku Ceria Teh Tarik Brunei
Bandarku Ceria Teh Tarik Brunei

Bandarku Ceria is the weekly Sunday ‘family day’ fair in Bandar Seri Begawan where kids and families gather around the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien to play around, have picnic, and eat at the food stalls and shop for items around. Sometimes activities like fun runs are also held. For me, Bandarku Ceria is a happy activity, but I came to know that most Bruneians don’t really go there. I was able to try cheap food and drinks at my Bandarku Ceria experience.

Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
https://www.facebook.com/bandarkuceria
https://www.instagram.com/bandarkuceria

3. Tamu Kianggeh (Kianggeh Market)

Tamu Kianggeh Brunei Noodles
Tamu Kianggeh Brunei Noodles
Tamu Kianggeh Brunei Kolo Mee
Tamu Kianggeh Brunei Kolo Mee

Tamu Kianggeh was once a traditional market by the river, until the government decided to renovate it to become one of the cleanest and most organized market I’ve been too. Aside from dry and wet goods, they are also selling local food there, which is a good thing to try out.

4. Easy Way Tea and Cafe

Easy Way Tea and Cafe Brunei Menu
Easy Way Tea and Cafe Brunei Menu
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To someone like me who craves for milk tea and drinks from time to time, places like EasyWay provide me good drinks and good ambiance. After all, Brunei weather could get really hot most of the time!

Ground Floor Soon Lee Megamart Lambak Kanan,, RPN Lambak Kanan, Brunei

5. Gadong Night Market

Excited about my Kuih Melaya (Pancake) which has chocolate and cheese πŸ˜€
Lamb x Chicken x Beef

For a cheap but perfect local dinner, head to Gadong Local Market. They sell everything, from appetizers, main meal, dessert, and drinks! I love their nasi katok which they only sell for 1 BND. Of course, I would not miss drinking teh tarik and Milo here, and I also got kebab meals and local pancakes.

Simpang 37, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

6. MyTown Eating House

The Filipino food section at the MyTown menu. Yum!
Another day. another soto in Brunei πŸ™‚

If you’re traveling to Brunei but been craving some food from outside the country, you could head to MyTown. They have a very sophisticated interior and they also serve different food from different cuisines. I was surprised when I saw some Filipino food in the menu! But of course, I went for some soto which is a local food in Brunei.

Ground Floor, The Crown Princess Complex, Km 2.5, Jalan Tutong,
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei BA1712
+673 2241770 / 2241880
https://www.facebook.com/mytownbrunei/
https://www.instagram.com/mytownbrunei/
www.mytownbrunei.com

7. Jollibee Brunei

Nasi Lemak Chickenjoy in Jollibee Brunei
Jolly Cheesy Fries at Jollibee Brunei. We don’t have this in Manila!

Jollibee is a Filipino fastfood chain which has presence in countries where there are Filipinos, including Brunei. I love their version of Nasi Lemak Chickenjoy and Jolly Cheesy Fries! I also know for a fact that Bruneians love Jollibee!

Several branches around Brunei
https://www.facebook.com/JollibeeBrunei/
https://www.instagram.com/jollibeebrunei/
www.jollibee.com.bn

8. Aminah Arif Restaurant

Ambuyat in Brunei! πŸ™‚
Me enjoying local Bruneian delicacy πŸ˜€

Ambuyat is a local Bruneian dish made of sago palm, which is cooked into a jelly-like food and dipped in a spicy sauce. It is also considered as the National Dish of Brunei and is also popular in the Malaysian territories in Borneo, like Sarawak, Sabah, and Labuan. I recommend Aminah Arif Restaurant to have a taste of Ambuyat.

Simpang 68, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
+673 233 0773
https://www.aminaharif.com.bn/

9. McDonald’s Brunei

Nasi Lemak McD!
Large Milo in McDonald’s Brunei. I could have this everyday.

My first order of business upon arriving in an new country? Try out their McDonald’s, if they have one! πŸ™‚ Brunei has 3 McDonald’s branches, and the newest branch at Lambak is my favorite. Their Nasi Lemak McD is yummy! They also have many menu items that can’t be found elsewhere. I wish I could try them all!

Jalan Utama Berakas Bandar Seri Begawan BB, 1714, Brunei
+673 234 4478
https://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldsbrunei
https://www.instagram.com/mcdonaldsbrunei/

10. SayChiizu Brunei

Everything with cheese for me is <3
Enjoying my first cheese toast sandwich in Brunei πŸ™‚

I’m a cheese lover, and I was happy to find out that Brunei has a SayChiizu branch! They have a vast selection of cheese sandwiches which can serve as a dessert!

The Mall Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
+673 882 8858
https://www.facebook.com/saychiizu.brunei/
https://www.instagram.com/saychiizu.brunei/

11. Old Time Kopitiam

The yummy noodles we ordered from the vast selection of menu items at Old Time Kopitiam

This was highly-recommended to me by locals, and ther menu is composed of some local food, Malaysian food, and Chinese food. They have huge servings and they have friendly staff, most of them are Filipinos.

G2, Ground Floor, Bangunan Hj Ibrahim, Spg 24, Kg Menglait,, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
+6732448282
https://www.facebook.com/pages/OLD-TIME-Kopitiam-Manglait/188485961194628
https://www.instagram.com/oldtimekopitiam/

12. Ayamku Restaurant

Excited about the extra large chicken!
Better than the other fried chicken meals I’ve tried!

Have you tried the Hot Star Chicken in Taipei and other cities? Ayam Ku Chicken is Brunei’s version of it! But here, it’s served with rice and yummy achar, and this was one of my best meals ever in Brunei! I wish they will have a branch in Manila or something!

3, Soon Lee Megamart, Jalan Batu Bersurat, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
+673 245 0539

13. Roasted Sip Coffee Roasters

The beautiful interior of Roasted Sip
Latte and cold brew at Roasted Sip Brunei

Aside from they have friendly Filipino staff, Roasted Sip has a very relaxing interior where you can just chill and read a good book. I also like their selection of coffee and pastries!

Unit 3, Ground Floor Blk. D Spg. 508, Jerudong Complex, Jalan Jerudong, BSB BG3122, Brunei
+673 261 0850
https://www.facebook.com/roastedsip/
https://www.instagram.com/roastedsip
www.roastedsip.com

14. Little Audrey’s

Tried to snap a photo (where the photographer did not include the Audrey Hepburn photos behind me ugh)
The very big serving at Little Audrey’s!

I AM A FAN OF AUDREY HEPBURN, AND THIS IS A HEAVENLY PLACE! The place is as classy as Audrey Hepburn, and I love their interior design so much! They also have friendly and accommodating Filipino staff. Plus, their servings are huge and yummy at the same time! It is a perfect place for dates because of its ambiance.

Kampong Kiulap Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
+673 891 0711
https://www.facebook.com/littleaudreyscafe/
https://www.instagram.com/little.audreys/

15. Yellow Cab Pizza Brunei

We don’t have this kind of menu items in Manila!
I don’t know about you, but halal food tastes better!

Since I regularly eat Yellow Cab Pizza in Manila, I was able to compare it with the Yellow Cab Pizza here in Brunei. I appreciated how better-tasting halal food is, which made me prefer it more than any other kind of food most of the time. They have rice meals which do not exist in Manila, and a Milo for a drink as well. Yum!

B6 Ground floor Shakirin complex Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei BE1518
+673 333 9999
https://www.facebook.com/YellowCabPizzaBN
https://www.instagram.com/yellowcabpizzabn/
www.yellowcabpizzabn.com

16. Alter Ego Fusion

Our yummy dinner at Alter Ego, my favorite restaurant in Brunei

Alter Ego is my favorite restaurant in Brunei. I love restaurants like this with good interior, and they get orders from an app in their iPads. I must say that their menu was a little intimidating, but just order anything you feel like you’re gonna like, and you’re gonna like it for sure. πŸ™‚

Unit No. 2 & 3, Block E, Ground Floor, Lot 5788, Kg. Kiulap, Negara Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei B81518
+673 223 0388
https://www.facebook.com/alteregofoods

17. Yugo Dessert Cafe

Enjoying my snow dessert at Yugo!

After a full dinner in any of the restaurants you dined in at the Setia Kenangan Complex, you can head to Yugo Dessert Cafe for a snow dessert! πŸ™‚ They offer a vast selection of flavors, and chocolate will always be my favorite.

Unit E5 Setia Kenangan Complex 2, BE1318, Brunei
+673 223 3358
https://www.facebook.com/yugodessert/
https://www.instagram.com/yugodessert/

18. Patisserie Cakeshop

Tried some maki at Patisserie πŸ™‚
My happy face after tasting my first bandung drink in Brunei πŸ™‚

Patisserie Cakeshop has a very big menu! I ordered some makis and pesto and this is where I was able to taste my first bandung drink, a rose syrup with condensed milk, a must-try drink in this part of the world.

Unit 10, Blk D, Lot 11620, Jln Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei BE1718
+673 242 5618
https://www.facebook.com/Patisserie-Cake-Shop-111802225575451/
www.patiscakeshop.com

19. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Brunei

here they write their orders on a piece of paper like this!
I ordered “today’s brew”, and I got an Kenya AAA coffee πŸ™‚

I love both Starbucks and Coffee Bean, and Coffee Bean cafes in Brunei look like restaurants than cafes, because they serve other menu items that can’t be found elsewhere, like pizzas! πŸ™‚

Several branches around Brunei
+673 242 0276
https://www.facebook.com/thecoffeebeanbrunei
https://www.instagram.com/coffeebean_brunei/

20. Games & Lattes

I was not able to snap photos during our stay here, but I love the ambiance of this place. They have a lot of games to choose from, which are perfect for couples, groups of friends, or family. Their drinks are yummy also, and I love how other diners/players can keep their noise down so that everyone can enjoy their experiences.

Ground Floor, Unit E9, Block E, Kenangan II, Simpang 150-5-13-18, Kampong Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei BE1318
+673 223 5200
https://www.facebook.com/Games-Lattes-886503024799100
https://www.instagram.com/games.lattes/

If you were able to try out any of these restaurants in Brunei, do share your experiences at the comments section or maybe at email address sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com. Happy eating and enjoy Brunei!

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