Clara was in town for holiday and we met up for dinner along with Diana and San Diann. We met at Geio Persian Restaurant at 7:30PM but were told that most of their food had sold out. We left and Diana suggested Seri Damai Restaurant & Catering for decent Pakistani food. We all agreed as the said restaurant had been in our bucket list for ages.
Without further ado, let me show you what we had for dinner! We ordered everything in the smallest portion possible and we still had leftover towards the end of the meal.
Lassi (Sweet) | B$1.50
Lassi is a blended yogurt drink served chill and commonly found in Indian restaurants. It tasted very prominent of yogurt and yet refreshing. They have the salty version, suitable for those who prefer savory over sweet.
Pakistani Tea | B$1.00
Served warm and white sugar provided separately which you could add to your liking. I was expecting a milk tea brewed with mixed spices and I was wrong. It was literally tea mixed with evaporated milk. In short, it tasted no different to our local Teh C.
Garlic Nan | B$1.50
Nan, a type of flatbread commonly found in the west and central Asian countries. We had Garlic Nan. It tasted distinctive of garlic and it was like eating garlic bread but denser in texture. They paired very well with the Chicken Aloo Keema we ordered.
Bindi Masala (Small) | B$2.00
Highly recommended by Diana if you are both eggplants and okra lovers. It worked well for me because I love them both! Served with diced okra, eggplants and tomatoes in masala spice. It was good BUT oily.
Chicken Aloo Keema (Medium) | B$7.00
Served with cubed chicken breast and potatoes, cooked with mixed curry spices and garnished with coriander leaves. It was slightly spicy but deliciously good. It makes a good combo with Nan too!
Chicken Seekh Kebab | B$6.00
Another highly recommended dish by Diana, served in three pieces and halved chicken skewers. They tasted prominent of curry spices and weren’t spicy at all. Texture wise, it was like eating Thai fish cakes but in the form of chicken.
Plain Briyani | B$2.50
Served with a portion of Briyani and raw vegetables on the side. Portion was recommended for one person but it fed the four of us just fine with leftovers towards the end of the meal. The basmati rice was nicely cooked and fluffy in texture. The flavoring was well executed and can be oily for some.
Verdict: This was my first time trying out Pakistani food and I can say the food choices are pretty similar to Indian cuisine. However, there might be slight differences in the cooking method and the spices used. Diana commented that food may take some time to be served but we were served promptly after we ordered. I was impressed with the food and pricing was affordable. Our total bill came up to be B$24 and we only paid B$6 per person.
Seri Damai Restaurant & Catering
Unit 10A, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Hau Man Yong,
Simpang: 88, Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam