I don’t normally write to promote restaurants, but sometimes there exceptions to the rule; in this case Tarindak champions local cuisine and serves traditional Bruneian dishes. Located in the Arts & Handicraft Centre building in Subok, the restaurant overlooks a splendid view of Kg Ayer and Sungai Brunei.
Word has it that this restaurant is Hyatt-run, so you can expect a certain level of quality to the dishes and the service. When we visited there, Tarindak had just been open for about a month, and we went there to celebrate some colleagues who were leaving us. There’s a real Bruneian ‘feel’ to the place you get from the very friendly waitresses who wear a Kain Tanunan sash elegantly, to even the menu that sports the Bunga Beputar motif.
The buffet was an amazing range of grilled sotong, prawn, chicken and lamb, amongst others, with the quintessentially Bruneian Ambuyat and several choices of cacah, and soto.
My drink of choice was Ruby manisan with Selasih (Basil seeds).
And the dessert spread wasn’t too bad either.
With its modestly priced yet tasty food, good service and a very nice ambience, Tarindak is sure to do very well. Friends who have gone there since our visit have all given the thumbs up. And in fact, throughout the month of Ramadan, an impressive sungkai buffet awaits you.