Bandung: Warung Ibu Imas

Sometimes you question why so many different mini-markets would occupy the same block, but what happens when you see one restaurant having several outlets in a single neighbourhood? Warung Ibu Imas has been around since the 1980s, and after opening its first shop on Jl. Pungkur No. 81, it went on to establish more branches within that area in downtown Bandung. Widely renowned for its Sundanese dishes, its sambal dadak (fresh shrimp paste sambal) has proven very popular in the City of Flowers.

I went to its flagship joint and it was packed to the brim. There’s a U-shaped table where the selection of dishes are decked on its inner part, whilst customers are seated at the outer end. The ordering method is simple: sit wherever you like, pick out what you want, and then the staff will heat them up and serve them to you.

Opting for its Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken), a couple of Perkedel Jagung (corn fritter), and some of its famous sambal on the side, they came around in a jiffy despite the crowded nature of the place. The evenly seasoned Ayam Bakar was juicy and packed a sweet aftertaste, and a dip into the refreshing sambal dadak lifted its overall taste up a notch.

Jl. Pungkur No. 81,
Bandung, West Java
T: 022 421 8180
Open 24 hours daily
Rp.30,000/US$2.30 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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