Saturday, January 14, 2017

Kampung Daun - Dining In Traditional Bamboo Huts, Surrounded with Greenery and Serenaded by the Sounds of Waterfall and Birds @ Bandung [Indonesia]

Themed restaurants are often featured in travelogues to Bandung but for a person who gives much higher priority to taste of food rather than the ambience of the place that serves the food, i am usually skeptical to go out of the way just to indulge in the experience of supposedly something unique.

That's my personal view although in most cases, i would follow with the flow of my fellow travel mates and in the day trip we made to the outskirts of Bandung, Kampung Daun was chosen and i gamely agreed; there's always the element of surprise anyway and in this case, we are sharing the cost of the meal.

Arrival at the carpark with a horse grazing by the side; as explained earlier in this post, horses are commonly seen outside the city and often as a mode of transport.

Grand entrance of Kampung Daun; for those unfamiliar with the Bahasa Indonesian language, Kampung means village and Daun, according to Google Translate, is leaf. Hence, Kampung Daun is literally the Leaf Village!

Cockatoos in a big, bamboo cage - expected more fauna? Nope, i think that's about the only living and moving thing i see, aside from humans, and cats!

Customers apparently waiting for their tables even though it was already past 2 pm! Our group was late because we spent too much time enjoying ourselves in the hot spring park earlier.

What shall i do when i have too much free time despite a hungry tummy? Explore the village of course and yes, there was a stage, a square and a retail outlet selling snacks, some local handicraft etc. As the village is operational till night, i am guessing the stage would only be "alive" when the sun sets.

The official entrance to the restaurant - it's exciting as we didn't know what to expect and the insides were pretty much hidden; offering no preview to what's really inside. Thankfully, i already had a slight inkling given the research i did prior to the trip.

First impression - i thought i was entering a cultural village; similar to the feeling i had when i visited Mari Mari Cultural Village at Kota Kinabalu.

Mobile street hawkers by the side of the main street of the village; selling quail eggs and malt candy lookalike, i was in no mood for a snack when all i needed then was a hearty, filling lunch!

A mini cooking station, i guess. Whatever the case, i wasn't paying attention as we couldn't find the hut assigned to our group! With at least 39 individual huts spread out in the sprawling village, you can imagine the frustration on the faces of the ladies in my group.

Gotten the advice that the hut was up the staircase - i can sense the irritation from my elder sister as stairs are her greatest enemy and a hungry gal is an angry gal.

Luckily, the "hike" wasn't far and the moment, the ladies got into the bamboo hut; it's all smiles! Time to smile at the camera and then order the food.

Oops, we had yet to be given the menu; another photograph then. To be honest, i don't enjoy sitting cross legged to have my meals as it always translates into leg cramps and pins and needles.

Leaving the ordering to the ladies; as you can see, the environment was rustic and relaxing with the natural music coming from a nearby waterfall.

Too many items on the menu and they had a hard time deciding! By the way, there was a musky odour emitting from the menu; like a wet book that wasn't dried properly.

For me, it's exploring time! The number S13 refers to the hut we were and you see this that bamboo container with a stick by the side? It's a device for you to call for service! Want to order? Use the stick to hit the bamboo. Want the bill? Do the same thing!

Our next door neighbour!

A sheltered sink with running water and soap dispenser was conveniently placed in between both huts. At least we didn't have to walk all the way down to the main entrance just to wash our hands before / during / after our meal.

On the ground level - there were ample space in between huts and privacy was somewhat maintained unless you have someone with a loud voice (like mine).

The hut with the best view overlooking the mini waterfall.

Interior of the hut - if i am not wrong, this should be one of the biggest private huts for bigger groups (24 persons). Sadly, our group comprised of only four persons

Campfire? Likely to be lit up only at night! Frankly, the best time to visit should be at night although i am usually less keen as my photography skill at night is horrendous!

The huts seemed to be built to accommodate the natural terrain; somewhat like in the past when technology wasn't as advanced and villages sprouted to complement nature rather than destroying it for human's selfish convenience.

Directional signboards at a crossroad!

A narrow running stream by the side of the huts. How come we were not given a hut next to the stream instead?! Inline with the natural surroundings, please beware of the occasional bugs.

Blooming flowers on the huts!

Walking back as i figured the food would be there waiting for me on the table! I did inform my family that they could always holler for me as the area was relatively quiet with just a few occupied huts. Furthermore, i did inherit my loud voice from my mom.

They were all smiley here as i didn't share the other unglam photographs of them expressing their exaggerated hungry faces as 30 minutes had passed and no food had arrived yet!

My mom's ginger tea and Louise's green tea latte was the first two to be placed on our table. I didn't take a sip of the ginger tea although i recollected that the latte was rather good; strange to have it in a place famed for their Sundanese cuisine though.

Ice Kalapa Orange - my drink which was simply, orange mixed with coconut juice housed in a coconut husk filled with tenderly soft coconut meat. Surprisingly quite good.

Food was finally served ten minutes later!

Instead of having dishes coming one at a time, it's less taxing for the server to consolidate all the dishes and delivering them to us at one go! Good for me as you can see what dishes we had ordered at one glance!

Singkong Goreng Bambu - fried yam that i didn't like; it was bitter with a siap aftertaste.

Tahu Goreng - if you ask me to identify one dish that i really like in Bandung; it's their deep fried beancurd. Something so normal and so commonly found even in Singapore, the taste of the beancurd in Bandung was just too addictive with a subtle sweetness-saltiness that stands out from the common ones.

Kangkung Balacan - normal.

Sate Ayam - satays in Indonesia are always served with plain white rice; a style not seen in Singapore as we are likely to go with ketupats (plain rice dumpling). Texture wise; meat was tough and sauce wasn't impressionable.

Sate Kambing - mutton satay; again, not amazing. Both types of satay were disappointing as we had heard that satay is famous in Bandung and we expected to have them for at least one meal a day!

Ayam Panggang Madu - honey roast chicken; i mentioned a different fried beancurd in Bandung and another dish that wasn't the usual in the Indonesian city is their chicken!

Almost all the chickens i had were healthily reared with a paper thin skin and hardly any fat and meat. This was okay tasting; i prefer the grilled chicken from the Indonesian panggang stalls in Singapore's food courts / kopitiams though.

Ikan Nila Bakar Keropok - fried tilapia with fresh meat, crunchy skin that wasn't overly oily and tasted marvellous with the sweet sauce!

Even with hits and misses, the hunger in us couldn't stop us from devouring everything! It's also rare to find the table exceptionally quiet as everyone was busied stuffing themselves.

Note: the cats would know when you are about to finish and crowd around your hut! This particular feline had eyes with different colours!

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Location
Villa Triniti, Jalan Sersan Bajuri KM. 4,7,
Cihideung, Cigugur Girang, Parongpong,
Kabupaten Bandung Barat,
Jawa Barat 40154, Indonesia

Map

As above.

Contacts
Phone: 022-2787915 / 2784573
Email: kdaun@kampungdaun.co.id

Floor Plan for Kampung Daun
As above.

Pricing
Ginger Tea - 25,000 Rupiah
Green Tea Latte - 22,500 Rupiah
Ice Kapala Orange - 30,000 Rupiah
Singkong Goreng Bambu - 12,500 Rupiah
Tahu Goreng - 6,500 Rupiah
Kangkung Balacan - 27,500 Rupiah
Sate Ayam - 45,000 Rupiah
Sate Kambing - 72,500 Rupiah
Ayam Panggang Madu - 62,500 Rupiah
Ikan Nila Bakar Keropok - 50,000 Rupiah
(Subject to 10% Tax)

Additional Information
Parking fees apply for your vehicle; 2,000 Rupiah.  

For the itinerary of my five days, four nights trip to Bandung, please click here

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