Istana Bambu Restaurant

Local-style Chinese fish house

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What we say: 4 stars

This local-style Chinese fish house may have suffered from guidebook exposure, but it still serves up okay and moderately priced fare.

Hungry travellers can pick up shrimp, 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, there are many pork specialties 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.

Contact details
Jl Kemurah 30A, Ende
T: (0381) 21 921

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