Finally got to try Sate House yesterday evening. I intended to try out the said restaurant with Kaylie few Sundays ago but she could not make it due to some last minute family obligations. It was bonus payday for the civil servants yesterday so I expected a large crowd in the food industry. Surprisingly, it was not as much as I expected. Perhaps majority population had crossed borders to either Miri or Sabah?
Called in to make a reservation beforehand as it was stated on their Instagram profile that they are only taking reservation at the moment. Unoccupied tables were placed with RESERVED notice when we arrived. I reserved a table for four in case CY can make it for dinner and it was only the three of us in the end – Jennifer, Sister and I.
To be honest, I had been wondering if Sate House is a franchise business but there was no such information on the Internet. So, I can only assume that Sate House is truly made in Brunei.
(Top) Sate Kambing | B$4.20 & Sate Ayam | B$3.80 (Bottom)
Sate is literally meat skewers in English. Steeply priced for 6 sticks but it was pretty good. We agreed that the Sate Kambing (lamb satay) were good as the meat was well marinated. Both Sate came with different dips. Chicken Sate came with peanut sauce while Sate Kambing came with an almost similar dip of soy sauce with chili dip.
Tahu Telur | B$6.50
textured wok fried egg, contrasted with silky soft white tofu complemented by our homemade robust soy sauce and peanut sauce
I ordered this as the name appealed to me and one of my friends posted this on her Instagram profile. She mentioned that it was good. It was okay for me but nothing much to hype about.
Ayam Goreng Penyet | B$6.90
flattened deep fried chicken with rice and condiments
Sister ordered this for herself as she was craving for Nasi Lemak. According to her, the flattened deep fried chicken was slightly too dry for her but she got her craving fixed. I am not a tempe person but their tempe was good enough for my liking.
Soto Ayam with Tanghoon | B$6.20
an Indonesian version of yellow chicken soup in a clear herbal broth, brightened by fresh turmeric and herbs served with chicken, boiled egg, fried shallots, bean sprouts, celery leaves, herbs and rice vermicelli (also known as mie hoon)
Jennifer and I shared this bowl of noodle as we did want to order another rice dish. The soup base was pretty good but slightly salty with a distinctive taste of turmeric. If you are not keen about turmeric, this Soto Ayam will not be your cup of tea.
Verdict: Food wise, the Sate were good but steeply priced. Food were served promptly after ordering. Customer service was good as they were all polite and courteous. I do not mind returning again some time in the near future to try their other dishes.
Do take note that they are only taking reservation at the moment. So, do call in to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.
Unit B9, Block B,
Setia Kenangan II,
Simpang: 150, Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam