Nestled in a rather obscure location is Adventureland Bon Appetit, an indoor playground that I had honestly not heard too much about until recently. None of my friends had been there before but they had heard the food was good - and basically I just followed my stomach (as usual) and decided to give it a try. Man, am I glad I did.
Adventureland is really a place I wouldn’t have found, were it not for my good friend, Google Maps. Located in a seemingly random small shop-lot in Kampung Tungku, Adventureland doesn’t do itself any favours by also not having any signage by the road. But we have technology to come to our rescue. The upside was that parking was very easy to find (thought this was during a weekday and I’m not sure about the weekends).
Unlike other indoor playgrounds, the restaurant portion of Adventureland Bon Appetit doesn’t feel like just an addition to the playground. Adventureland (the playground) and Bon Appetit (the restaurant) actually look like two separate establishments linked together - though I was told they are under the same company and management. Bon Appetit is actually a genuinely good restaurant and had patrons there that just came for the food (i.e. without any children). They have a wide selection of Asian and Western dishes so it was kind of hard to decide.
I went on their recommendation of the Iga (beef rib) Penyet, my mum went for the crispy duck and my husband went for the braised oxtail with soup. The Penyet and oxtail were magnificent, though the duck was slightly dry and not super crispy. The food was so good that we even ordered some to go. The restaurant itself is really nicely designed and there is a nice cake display case as well as, what I think might be a bakery section in the future. The only odd thing was that the restaurant didn’t have a kids menu - which I think it could really benefit from.
The Adventureland playground itself was also a great surprise. It was a rather large play area with lots and lots of things to climb and do. There was a mini trampoline, 3 slides that land in the ball pit, lots of different sized rubber balls and space hoppers, a bunch of plastic rocking horses and seesaws, big soft blocks, a few activity tables and more. The playground itself is a bit maze-like which could be quite fun for kids. It was also quite clean which is a HUGE requirement for me (and mums in general).
The play area could be a little brighter in some areas (though I don’t think kids care) and I heard from one mum that when there are a lot of kids running around on the upstairs portion of the playground on the weekends that the structure feels a bit wobbly. You also don’t have a full view of the play area from the restaurant so younger kids need to be watched. Nevertheless, the positives for me far outweigh any negatives and it is a great indoor play area with a fantastic restaurant attached. You will be seeing me again there soon.
Address: No. Unit 2 & 3, Simpang 355, Bangunan PSI, Simpang 355, Kg Tungku BE2119 Bandar Seri Begawan
Telephone: +6732449009 +67373170995
Monday to Sunday 9.30am - 11pm
You can find out more on their Facebook page
Mel moved from Singapore to Brunei in 2016 to give birth and raise her now rambunctious toddler. The move from the world of business and law to being a stay-at-home mum ignited her passion for all things baby and child related. She founded Baby Brunei in the hopes of sharing this passion with other parents in Brunei.