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Food & Dining in Brunei

There are a lot of options for eating out in Brunei which range from informal and casual eateries to more established restaurants and haute cuisine. Many have established themselves and enjoyed brisk business.

Hawker centres offer fine local delicacies at very reasonable prices. Favourite dishes include satay, noodles, rice, whole roasted chicken, grilled fish and steamboats. Hawker food can be found downtown areas of all four districts in Bandar Seri Begawan, and in a purpose-built complex next to Jerudong Park. After a day spent shopping at the Yayasan SHHB Complex, why not visit Padian Food Court which offers a variety of food, from local favourites like chicken rice and laksa to Japanese and Western food. You can also visit the Wisma Setia Food Court at the Wisma Setia building, downtown Bandar, for a wide selection of local and international fare at reasonable prices. The Persiaran Damuan Park on Jalan Tutong is well known for its popular steamboat dinners and satay. In Gadong, there is an indoor hawker centre on the ground floor of Jaya Hypermart and Food Junction at Gadong Properties Centre – which offers a variety of food, ranging from steak to sushi.

Gadong has a good mix of restaurants offering Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. This includes Chinese, Lebanese, Indonesian, Indian, Thai and Japanese food, as well as speciality outlets for seafood and Nyonya cuisine. Many are family-run enterprises with a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Downtown Bandar also has many kedai matron (local eateries), and good seafood restaurants can be found along Jalan Muara and in Muara town. Tutong, Seria and Kuala Belait have a good and varied selection of restaurants.

Chinese cuisine is especially popular in Brunei, and there are many authentic restaurants. In Gadong, Dynasty Restaurant is renowned, as with Kirin Court at Riverview Hotel and Phong Mun in downtown Bandar. For seafood connoisseurs why not visit RMS Portview Seafood Restaurant, next to the Yayasan SHHB Complex for seafood fare in elegant surrounding.

The major hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan all have cafes which serve a mixture of Asian and western meals and sumptuous value-for money buffets. Deals restaurant at the Sheraton Utama specialises in very high quality fusion cuisine. The Buccaneers in Kuala Belait serves excellent British fare in a Tudor-Style setting.

Fratini's Restaurant at the Yayasan SHHB Complex, offers authentic Italian food like mamma used to make. There are also cafe-style eateries like Coffee Zone and Taurean in Gadong.

However, if you feel like some Western fast food, never fret because like other places around the region, it has really caught on in Brunei. Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds all have outlets in the city and at Jerudong Park. Jollibee, Sugar Bun and Express Burger are local equivalents.

Most restaurants open until about 9pm or 10pm and reservations may be required at weekends, especially in hotels and the larger Chinese restaurants.





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