The LFHW gang and I dropped by at Pondok Sari Wangi recently to try out the new and improved menu, and to learn a bit more about the restaurant. According to owner Pak Ridwan, Pondok Sari Wangi has been around for the last 20 odd years.
In fact the main branch in Gadong has become quite an institution for authentic Indonesian food despite the mushrooming number of restaurants touting similar cuisine in that area. Over the last couple of decades, the restaurant has grown into a chain of seven branches located in the Brunei-Muara district. Pretty impressive considering the fickle palate of the Bruneian consumer.
Having not done a revamp of their menu for some time, Pak Ridwan decided to make a couple of upgrades recently. Below are some of the highlights.
The Iga Sapi (Beef Ribs) Penyet was unanimously voted the star dish of the meal.
Perfectly seasoned thinly sliced beef ribs grilled to perfection
and served with wonderfully tasty crispy bits. YUMMM!
Sambal. According to Pak Ridwan, although all branches use the same recipe
but somehow each branch has a different tasting sambal.
Avocado shake was refreshing with a hint of coffee. Awesome stuff!
Sop tulang, a replacement for the sop bontot which was my favourite
when I used to frequent the Gadong branch some years ago.
Call me sentimental but I prefer the sop bontot.
New dish, ikan bakar wong solo
Another shot of the iga sapi penyet
The new ayam bakar, which replaces the former version which is of macassar origin
The beef sate is to die for! So tender!
One of Pondok Sari Wangi’s signature dishes, Daging Rendang.