Best restaurants in Bandar Seri Begawan

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    Pasar Belbagai Barangan Gadong

    Thanks to its authentic local snacks and dishes (grilled meats on skewers, noodle soups, barbecued fish, rice topped with chicken and sambal etc), this night market near the Gadong Mall is one of Brunei's favourite food stops. It's geared to takeaway customers, so there are only a few picnic tables to sit and eat.

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    Alter Ego Fusion

    It's hard to pin down Alter Ego, except to say that it's one of BSB's most creative offerings, served in an equally impressive space that looks like the coffee shop of your dreams crossed with a jazz bar. Expect falafel, Mandarin short ribs, French onion soup and blackened chicken, and be sorely tempted by the salted caramel eclairs.

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    Kaizen Sushi

    When Bandar residents want to impress, they take guests to this sleek restaurant on the waterfront, where potted bamboo plants set the scene for some excellent Japanese food, from freshly sliced sushi and sashimi to delicious yakitori and teppanyaki dishes. Locals make an evening of it, grazing through plate after plate of sushi.

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    Nasi Katok Mama

    Locals queue at night for a cheap snack of nasi kotok at this tiny shopfront. Rice, rich, oniony sambal and a piece of fried chicken (or fishball or tofu) are placed in a paper cone, you hand over a dollar and off you go to enjoy.

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    Rack & Brew

    'Coffee is always a good idea' announces a poster on the wall of this funky cafe, and we concur. It's good coffee, too; locals come here for the caffeine hit and the epic breakfasts, from soft-shell crab florentine and salmon avo smash to French toast.

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    Aminah Arif

    Aminah Arif is synonymous with ambuyat (thick, glue-like sago gloop), Brunei's signature dish, served with a hot dipping sauce flavoured with kasturi lime and an assortment of meat, fish and vegetable sides. If you're up for a generous serving of gelatinous goo, this is the place to try it.

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    Kimchi

    Korean restaurants are ubiquitous in BSB, and Kimchi is arguably the best in town. The titular kimchi (fermented cabbage) is one of a cluster of tiny dishes served with every main, the tteok (rice cakes) come drowned in a spicy, rich sauce, and the marinated assorted meats and sotong (squid) destined for the barbecue really make your palate sing.

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    Noralizah & Iskandar

    This busy spot is all about the roti. The full roti kosong set is a flaky, buttery roti topped with potato and spiced dhal, tangy pickled vegetables, corned sardines and corned beef. Roti bom, filled with condensed milk, is a buttery, saccharine hit to the taste buds, while murtabak comes stuffed with ground lamb. Located near the airport.

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    Seri Damai Restaurant

    This friendly, family-run Pakistani restaurant with an all-out green colour scheme, wedding-style chair covers and plenty of satin serves up some of the best biryanis, curries, naan breads and lassis in town. There is a good variety of vegetarian as well as meat and seafood dishes available. At B$6 the set menus are good value.

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    Excapade

    This pocket-friendly Japanese restaurant has an extensive menu of sushi, tempura, gyoza, teppanyaki, and rice and noodle dishes, served in a dining room decked out with posters and lanterns. If you can overlook the lack of Asahi or sake, you could almost be in Japan.

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    Soto Pabo

    Overlooking the water a little way south of the bridge to the water villages, Soto Pabo is locally renowned for one of Brunei's iconic dishes: noodles in broth, topped with chicken or beef, chilli and herbs. (Here you can try the tendon and tripe version, too!) Catch a boat taxi (B$1) from the centre.

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    Tamu Selera

    At this bustling hawker centre, set in a shady park north of the waterfront, diners eat excellent, cheap Malaysian and Indonesian dishes under colourful tarps, cooled by whirring fans. It's a good place for fresh seafood, satay and ayam penyet (Indonesian-style fried chicken with sambal) .

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    Thiam Hock Restaurant

    This long-standing Chinese restaurant used to be famous for its curry fish head, but these days locals come for the less challenging fare, such as the delicious butter prawns and a range of pork dishes. Thiam Hock is by the river on the block behind the Mall in Gadong.

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    As-Salihah

    Overlook the laminated floor and the sticky tabletops and tuck into some good, inexpensive Indonesian dishes, such as grilled fish with sambal, mee goreng (fried noodles) and gado gado (blanched vegetables with tofu) for the noncarnivorous diners.

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    Pondok Sari Wangi

    Located in Gadong, Pondok Sari Wangi is a beloved Bandar institution. The extensive menu of Indonesia favourites includes a variety of tasty noodle and rice dishes, stir-fries and rich curries.

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    Pantai Restaurant

    The beachside restaurant at the Empire Hotel & Country Club serves an overpriced (mostly) seafood buffet every evening that includes some unimaginative sushi, king prawns, defrosted scallops and mussels, Alaskan king crab, noodle and rice dishes and desserts. Service is erratic and it tends to run out of items quite early on.

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    Food Court, The Mall

    On the third level of the glitzy Mall there are 20-or-more stalls serving meals from as far afield as Indonesia, the Philippines and the Middle East. It's a good place to pause from shopping for a cheap meal and cool drink, such as a durian milkshake.