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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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

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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
Ambuyat- national dish of Brunei

Although this restaurant is quite old but the ambuyat here is delicious and they offers set dish so its less headache of what to choose from. The potion here is quite big. For first timer, don't order too many as you haven't get use to the sour and spicy taste of the sauce. Can side order plain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Although this restaurant is quite old but the ambuyat here is delicious and they offers set dish so its less headache of what to choose from. The potion here is quite big. For first timer, don't order too many as you haven't get use to the sour and spicy taste of the sauce. Can side order plain rice. Go early... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I'm no connoisseur of ambuyat, so it was difficult to evaluate this restaurant. Ambuyat is a gooey translucent substance reminiscent of papier mache paste or a more runny Japanese mochi. The flavour might also resemble papier mache paste. It doesn't have much taste so it just takes on the flavour of whatever you use as dipping sauce or curry. I... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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5 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

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 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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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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