Hawker centres offer fine local delicacies at very reasonable prices. Favourite dishes include satay, noodles, rice, whole roasted chickens, grilled fish and steamboats. Hawker food can be found along the Brunei River in downtown Bandar Seri Begawan, and in a purpose-built complex next to Jerudong Park. The Persiaran Damuan park on Jalan Tutong is well known for its popular steamboat dinnersand satay. In Gadong, there is an indoor hawker centre on the ground floor of Yaohan Megamart – which offers a variety of food ranging from quiche to sushi!
Restaurant Dining – Asian
Gadong has a good mix of restaurants offering Asian cuisine. This includes Chinese, Lebanese, Indonesian, Indian, Thai and Japanese food, as well as speciality outlets for seafood and Nonya. Many are family-run enterprises with a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
Downtown Bandar also has many kedai makan (local eateries), and good seafood restaurants can be found along Jalan Muara and in Muara town. Tutong, Seria and Kuala Belait have a good and varied selection of restaurants.
Chinese cuisine is especially popular in Brunei, and there are many fine authentic restaurants. In Gadong the Emperor's Court and the Szechuan Dynasty are renown, as are the Jade Garden in the Riverview Hotel and the Phong Mun in downtown Bandar.
Restaurant Dining – Western
The major hotels all have cafes which serve a mixture of local Brunei food recipes, Asian and western meals, and sumptuous value-for=money buffets. Deals Restaurant in the Sheraton Utama specialises in very high quality nouvelle cuisine. The Buccaneers in Kuala Belait serves excellent British fare in a tudor-style setting.
Fast food has really caught on in Brunei. Pizza Hut, KFC and MacDonalds all have outlets in the city and atJerudong Park. Jollibee, Sugar Bun and Express Burger are local equivalents.
Please note that the public sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited by law in Brunei, therefore restaurants do not sell alcoholic drinks. Most restaurants open until about 9.00 or 10.00 pm, and reservations may be required at weekends, especially in hotels and the larger Chinese restaurants.