Makan Brunei: Sweet Nonya Delights Café

How many times have you craved a bowl of laksa and been unsuccessful in finding one that hit all the right spots? How many times have you had to cross borders to satisfy that same craving?

What if you had to look no further than Kiulap to find that one bowl of comfort reminiscent of times when soul food was gimmicky and grandma would approve?

Sweet Nonya Delights opened its door during the month of Ramadhan in 2015 — a feat many thought would be the cause of their swift downfall. One later, and they have become a favourite spot for quick and hot Nonya meals and sweet and sticky cakes that are reminiscent of old traditions and symbolic of heritage.

Uncluttered and echoey, the inside of Sweet Nonya Delights Café is accentuated with bits and bobs that take you back in time briefly. The rest of the nostalgia you’ll feel when dining there is all thanks to their varieties of freshly made traditional cakes — the largest variety that can be found in the sultanate to date.

 

Hosted by : Darren Chin

Produced by : Steph Nambiar

Directed & Edited by : Faiq Airudin

Makeup by : Nurhamiza Haji Roslan

Unit 16, Regent Square Simpang 150 -17 Kampong Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam BE1518 (+673 871 6369)

Makan Brunei: All Seasons Restaurant

Dimsum – a Sunday brunch staple for some, and family affair for many. Tiny morsels of prawn stuffing, soup and sometimes even custard make dimsum more about the variety than the quantity…sometimes.

All Seasons Restaurant opened in 2012 and has been satisfying the dimsum cravings of Bruneian families through every one of its four branches since then.

Think halal Chinese food in a fine dining setting that’s great for families and easy on the wallet.

Hosted by : Darren Chin

Produced by : Steph Nambiar

Directed & Edited by : Faiq Airudin

Makeup by : Nurhamiza Haji Roslan

Ground Floor, Plaza Abdul Razak, Jalan Laksamana Abdul Razak, Batu 1, Jalan Tutong, Seri Kompleks/Batu Satu, Kianggeh, Brunei-Muara, BA1712 +673 2201174 (Freshco Branch), +673 2338068 (Time Square Branch), +673 3341857 (KB Sentral)

Makan Brunei: Rajah’s Restaurant And Catering

There was a time when restaurants kept it simple. There was a time when a restaurant’s food told the stories of its founders, when ingredients and techniques spoke volumes of culture and heritage. There was a time when restaurants like Rajah’s was a melting pot of of its patrons hopes, dreams, and daily musings.

Sitting Batu Satu, touted to be the oldest commercial areas of the sultanate, Rajah’s though only six years old, has stayed rooted to its original vision of serving up both northern and southern Indian cuisine in a setting that doesn’t take anything away from their real stars: their food.

On the surface, it may seem bare, out of place in a sea of themed establishments promising to tantalise all the senses of its patrons through fancy interiors and fusion epicurean experiences. In fact, it has probably lost its place in the minds and tastebuds of the younger crowd of foodies for its lack of social media aesthetic worthiness. But it makes up for that in flavour, aroma and simplicity — the things that once made restaurant’s second homes to the people who built their day-to-day lives around them.


Hosted by : Darren Chin

Produced by : Steph Nambiar

Directed & Edited by : Faiq Airudin

Makeup by : Nurhamiza Haji Roslan

Wardrobe by: The Letterbox Co.

Jln Tutong, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1712 ( +673 224 0379)

 

Makan Brunei: Soto Pabo

For decades, Kampong Ayer has been celebrated for its cultural novelty and way of life. Home to roughly 40,000 people, and made up of over 40 adjoining villages speckled along the Brunei river, the national icon has attracted throngs visitors from abroad.

But much of its character lies hidden in gems like Soto Pabo — a family run restaurant that is unassuming at first sight but gives its patrons reasons to come back again and again. One of these reasons is their signature bowl of Soto.

Opened by Pg Hj Abu Bakar Pg Hj Osman at the beginning of the year, Soto Pabo was the result of popular demand for a piping hot bowl of noodles in aromatic and flavour-packed broth that they would serve to guests during family functions.

The returns on the risk him and his family took have been nothing short of rewarding for him and patrons wanting to enjoy a home-made, wholesome local favourites with a front-row view of the Bruneian sunset.


Hosted by : Darren Chin

Produced by : Steph Nambiar

Directed & Edited by : Faiq Airudin

Makeup by : Nurhamiza Haji Roslan

Wardrobe by: Fizzy Fire Apparel

Simpang 222 Kampong Pintu Malim, Jalan Kota Batu, Bandar Seri Begawan (+673 868 6388)

Makan Brunei: Delhi Darbar

Hosted by : Darren Chin

Produced by : Steph Nambiar

Directed & Edited by : Faiq Airudin

Makeup by : Nurhamiza Haji Roslan

If you did not already know, somewhere along the streets of Jerudong sits a restaurant that has become an assuming hotspot for Biryani.

Delhi Darbar, opened in 2013 by Hj Answari Bin Hj Mohd Yussof, is a quaint little establishment floating beneath the radar that doesn’t boast about having anything other than the best biryani rice in town. The packed house on a Friday night is a testament to their claim but the real proof is in their cooking.

Using authentic spices and traditional techniques to marinade and cook meats, Delhi Darbar was birthed from its owner’s vision of wanting to make good, real Indian food available to every person who wanted it, appreciated it, but most of all, craved it.

No. 2, Simpang 38, Jerudong, Brunei ( +673 267 2826)

Makan Brunei: The Gurkha Palace Restaurant & Catering Service

Hosted by : Darren Chin & Aaron Wong
Produced by : Steph Nambiar
Directed & Edited by : Faiq Airudin
Makeup by : Grace Cheong

The oil rich town of Seria, situated in the district of Kuala Belait, is home to some of Brunei’s oldest restaurants and coffee shops.

Many began as far back as the 70s and still stand erect in spite of a sudden resurgence of specialty restaurants and cafes.

Seria is vibrant in its own right and if you look hard enough, many gems lay hidden amongst its seemingly dilapidated exterior. One of these gems is Gurkha Palace.

Serving up authentic Nepalese cuisine, Gurkha Palace has crept into the hearts of Bruneians whilst maintaining its position on being a place reminiscent of home for the Nepalese community.

The food they serve is part what they would eat in Nepal, part what the locals would love here, all made using the finest herbs and spices, and cooked using recipes popular in the Himalayan mountains.

47 Jalan Bunga Melor, Seria KB1133, Brunei Darussalam (+673 322 1474)

Makan Brunei: Yam Yam Sarang Korea

Don’t we all just love all things (South) Korean these days? From the most cutting-edge gadgets to affordable yet quality cars to cosmetic creams for all sorts of facial problems imaginable, we just got to have it.

That same Korean love among Bruneians arguably extends to its cuisine as well, although perhaps not with the same military dedication with which millions across the globe followed the hit Korean drama Descendants of the Sun.

However, unlike the dusty arid premise in the show, Sarang restaurant is a cool and cosy escape from the rumbles and din of the surrounding commercial area.

And the best part is, they also serve what must probably be the best Korean dishes that one can find in Brunei, complete with a sweet, homely old lady (the co-owner) in the kitchen who has been recreating her generations-old recipes six days a week since moving to Brunei a few years ago.

Hosted by : Darren Chin
Produced by : Steph Nambiar
Directed & Edited by : Faiq Airudin
Makeup by : Nurhamiza Haji Roslan

Unit 6, Ground Floor, Block J, Bangunan Pg Menuddin dan Anak-Anak, Batu Bersurat, B, Jalan Batu Bersurat (+673 860 7830)