Istana Bambu Restaurant

Local-style Chinese fish house

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What we say: 4 stars

Hungry travellers can pick up prawn, fish and chicken dishes as well as numerous incarnations of fried rice and noodles, plus soto ayam for 25,000 rupiah. A bit unusually for predominantly Muslim Ende, many pork specialties are on the menu, including sate, fried rice and sweet-and-sour stir-fried pork.

Just about every main on the menu is priced at 50,000 rupiah, which is at the least a way to keep calculations simple. Large bottles of Bintang go for 30,000 rupiah, while there's even a banana pancake to soothe your inner backpacker for 25,000.

As is always the case in Ende, try to go early -- the door gets locked around 20:30. They stock a dizzying array of Popsicles and other mass-market ice cream treats if you're feeling a bit parched. The sambal it available for sale -- we bought four jars of the stuff.

Contact details
Jl Kemurah 30A, Ende
T: (0381) 21 921
About the author
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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Istana Bambu Restaurant
Jl Kemurah 30A, Ende
T: (0381) 21 921

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