Istana Bambu Restaurant

Local-style Chinese fish house

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What we say: 4 stars

This local-style Chinese fish house serves up fair-priced seafood with a sambal that will blow your socks off.

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 and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.

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

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