Bandung: Restoran Dunia Baru

A popular family restaurant in Bandung that serves a selection of mouth-watering Chinese dishes, Restoran Dunia Baru tends to be very crowded during weekends – with visiting Jakartans making up the majority of the turnout. Despite its popularity, however, the restaurant itself is housed inside a small shoplot on Jalan Gardujati, with only eight round tables available to accommodate up to 50 people.

I entered the place at about 10am and there wasn’t a single customer around as it was on a weekday. Thank God for that. I then settled myself on a table and a waiter hurriedly came over to hand me the menu.

Now, I always find it frustrating when a restaurant doesn’t list down the prices of its menu items, and unfortunately, Restoran Dunia Baru is guilty of such a crime. Vexed, I put down the menu and instead asked the staff member for recommendations. Provided with the option of either boiled ginger chicken or Babi Goreng Kecap (fried pork in soy sauce), I went for the latter along with a plate of steamed rice.

It took quite a while for my food to be ready, and once it was delivered to my table, only then I discovered that it was actually fried to a crisp. Served with cucumber slices and sambal on the side, it seems that the pork meat was covered in flour before being thrown into the frying pan. Crunchy to a T, it oozed a sweet soy sauce-flavoured aftertaste that is to die for. The sambal was hot like wildfire, adding a touch of freshness to the dish – just the way I like it.

It might be a bit costly price-wise, but its quality more than makes up for it. Worth every penny.

Jl. Gardujati,
Bandung, West Java
T: 0813 2013 6823
Open daily from 10am-8pm
Rp.100,000/US$7.60 per person

A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.


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