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“original restaurant is a gem; china square isn't” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bumbu

Bumbu
44 Kandahar St | Kampong Glam, Singapore, Singapore (Rochor)
639 28628
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Ranked #589 of 7,410 Restaurants in Singapore
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Neighborhood: Rochor
Singapore, Singapore
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“original restaurant is a gem; china square isn't”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Bumbu at Kandahar street is an experience. Really good, home-cooking peranakan-malay-indon mix, very tasty. and made with evident care. The decor is nice old singapore and fits the neighbourhood. it's intimate and authentic, and the staff are laidback and friendly

Bumbu at China Square is a food kitchen. bland, so-so food, cheap non-decor, desperate groups of office workers only there out of respect for their halal-eating colleagues. Don't bother.

[message to Bumbu management: don't you think you're diluting your brand with the mediocrity at China Square?]

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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  • Indonesian first
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“Excellent meal and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

A very unique place for Chinese Malay food. My favorite is coffee chicken and there is nothing down on the table. As a picky person on Chinese, I consider this place is very good. They do have some typical and atypical Chinese food. Try them all.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Something Different that Guests Will Enjoy Remembering!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We ended up in Bumbu Restaurant in Kampong Glam for lunch the other day. Bumbu has a fairly nondescript exterior and my colleagues and I could quite easily have ended up going 'next door', but we took a gamble and came out real winners.

The menu is a little different offering Thai - Indonesian and Peranakan food. The menu card is complete with pictures which can be helpful to the newcomer / tourist. For us it was a business lunch. The surroundings gave the place an ambiance of 'days gone by' and the circular marble tables reinforced this. We received good advice from the staff and will undoubtedly reorder the Coffee Chicken on a subsequent visit. Which all led to a successful and satisfying lunch meeting.

In a day and age when the memory of one lunch melds into another, and it is difficult to remember where you ate even yesterday, Bumbu is successful in being different, and what is more, for me, its unique selling point works.

I'll be back!!!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Perfect Peranakan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

Bumbu bills itself as Thai-Indonesian, which is really odd, because it has some of the best Peranakan food in town! The Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese Malacca Straits traders and local Malays . Peranakan food and culture takes the best of both worlds and has its own distinctive dishes.
Bumbu offers up great Peranakan fare, including the must try Buah Keluak (Malaccan caviar!), in traditional surrounds featuring lots of Peranakan furniture and crafts. Service is friendly and attentive and it offers great value!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Sumptuous Lunch at Bumbu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

Bumbu Cuisine is located next to Istana Kampong Glam and housed in a nicely decorated shophouse that will bring a feeling of nostalgia for the Old Singapore.

The food we had was quite good and they are mainly Thai and Indonesian food with some Chinese influence.

The service was great too.

They offer set menus based on the number of diners which include free flow of rice and an assortment of desserts.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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