Generally, there are two crucial factors that could convince customers to keep coming back to a restaurant: good food and affordable price. However, the reality is that such eateries can be difficult to come by. Once in a blue moon, though, a rare bird such as Bu Si Itek Bireuen appears. Founded by Bireuen native Ustad Hery in the year 2000, this joint delivers both important features with aplomb.
During my visit, I managed to gobble down two drumsticks of Gulai Bebek (duck curry) with rice, a portion of anchovies, and a Pacri Nanas (spiced pineapple). The duck curry was flavoursome, with its juicy meat proving a great match for the savoury gravy that it is served with. Its dense texture was complemented in style with the salty anchovies and the refreshing cooked pineapple.
With the service also worth commending on – waiters Al Mursalin and Ilyas in particular were very friendly and attentive – my dining experience at Bu Si Itek Bireuen was flawless. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I received the bill for my order. The damage was only Rp.29,000. How crazy is that? I did a double take after I inspected the amount due the first time around, and even asked Al Mursalin to check whether he tallied up everything correctly. True enough, the grand total did add up to just Rp.29,000.
So if you’re looking for a meal that’s both easy on the wallet and gratifying on your palate, then Bu Si Itek Bireuen is the place to be. Just be mindful of the Islamic prayer schedule, as its staff tend to leave their posts to fulfil their religious obligations at the mosque across the street.
Jl. Teuku Umar, Setui,
Open daily from 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm
Price: Rp.20,000/US$1.50 per portion