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Unit 2-3, Block B, | Bangunan Hj Abd Rahman, Spg 88, Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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We were recommended this restaurant by the Hotel. It looked a bit like a café from the outside. When we got the menu it was all in Malay so we required one of the waiters to help. In the end we got a meal for 2 that was quite nice. No idea what it all was but it was good... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Newcastle, Australia
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Newcastle, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were recommended this restaurant by the Hotel. It looked a bit like a café from the outside. When we got the menu it was all in Malay so we required one of the waiters to help. In the end we got a meal for 2 that was quite nice. No idea what it all was but it was good... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Ever tried ambuyat?. its Brunei's local dish, a starchy porridge. If you are really hungry and not really that adventurous then stick to rice (this advise goes to those who took rice as staple food). This restaurant offer a few set dish that you can choose. Again its a bit gluey to me but above all that gluey starchy thing..it's... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Restaurant look very ordinary, humid and warm despite air-conditioned. Service was slow but this was forgiven when the food arrived. The Ambuyat was delicious, fried fish was crispy and tasty, prawn and squid were very fresh. The food was delicious in general. Only criticism was the lime drink was extremely sweet, even after further dilution with water and ice.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Never leave Brunei without try Ambuyat, this is one of the traditional local food in Brunei, I came here with my friends, although the taste just so so for me, but the way of eating Ambuyat is so unique. I had to try few times before I can eat it without chewing.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

They said ambuyat is a must try when you come to brunei, many people recommended this restaurant. the staff is friendly and happy to explain and help us how to eat ambuyat, good surrounding and good price :)

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Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I love the ambuyat. Hope to taste it again. The glue-like dish surely tickles taste buds especially with its matching dip. I also like the tricky way you have to eat it. you have to twirl it around a stick. Dip it into the sauce and swallow. I would love to taste it again.

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183 reviews 183 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you are a tourist in brunei and looking for local food, this is the place to go. It serves a dish called ambuyat, which is a sago paste served with a range of condiments and dips. The paste itself is tasteless so you need to dip it into the condiments. They also serve other local dishes but most people... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Long story short - ambuyat is a must try. Don't chew, but swallow. The staff at the restaurant were very willing to help me understand this and I have now come back to Singapore wanting to keep eating it. I enjoyed my visit here very much and am looking forward to coming back in the near future.

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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is the one stop area where most tourists are brought to when they want a taste of Brunei - solely because of the ambuyat. Weird-looking almost inedible alien-like cloudy sticky jelly thing that you eat with two married sticks where after scooping, you dip it into this orangy paste and come up with the courage to eat it. Don't... More 

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Bintulu, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

@ Kiulap branch for early dinner w family in ambuyat set (cant remember - ambuyat, urat daging sambal, sambal tempoyak, pucuk ubi masak lemak, ikan kembong kari...). Maybe I'm hungry at that time... but the 'lauk' are tasty for me :) have not been satisfied w malay restaurant 'lauk' for some time. Although in my visit, the ambuyat not 100%... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Unit 2-3, Block B, | Bangunan Hj Abd Rahman, Spg 88, Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
  • Location: Asia  >  Brunei Darussalam  >  Brunei-Muara District  >  Bandar Seri Begawan

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  • Cuisine: Asian

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