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Bandung is accessible by train or bus from Indonesia’s capital: Jakarta. Its popularity continues to rise since Airasia opens its first route from Singapore to Bandung, making this small and quaint destination become the neighbor’s favorite.
I went to visit Lembang, in North Bandung with two of my friends for a weekend escape. I knew nothing about the place, despite having families living in the suburb of the city, I never really go anywhere. We passed this ‘Kampung Daun‘ a few times when we went around the area and our rental driver kept on saying how famous that place is for dinner. ‘It’s very busy at dinner time,’ he said.
Given the recommendations, we could not be bothered to go anywhere else and we arrived in Kampung Daun just before dark to have an early dinner. They call themselves as ‘Culture Gallery and Cafe‘, so at the entrance you will be greeted by small stalls selling local food and Indonesian traditional handcrafts and fabric.
There is a counter in little hut saying ‘Reservation‘, that’s where you reserve your table and while you wait for your table to be ready, you are free to walk around the shops or sit at the coffee shop. The question is ‘How do I know when my table is ready?’, well, turned out they will call out your name using the speaker that echoed through the whole place. I never felt more like a lost child in my life.
Our ‘table’ was actually a whole gazebo to ourselves. The menu ranges from local Sundanese food to international dishes like steak and pastas. We ordered ourselves the nasi goreng kampung daun, which presented in a big rattan platter, mie tek tek, and nasi bakar seafood to share between us. Appetiser was fried tofu covered in spicy breadcrumbs. Drinks were tea and a green tea frappucino. For what it’s worth and where it was, our meals cost only IDR 200,000 for the three of us.
There is no such rules to eat and just leave, so me and one of my friend decided to go out and explore the whole place. Look what we found:
Our ‘table’ was number 14, and if I am right here, they have about 58 of them. You will be able to go all the way up and eating venues varied from gazebos to tables laid out in a big hall. I supposed this hall would have some traditional performance to go with the dinner.
As we arrived before dark, during our meal here we managed to witness how this place magically turned into such a dreamy forest with all the lanterns lit up. These lanterns were made of recycled cement bag filled with soils to hold up a candle. What an eco-friendly place this is.
Kampung Daun, Lembang
Address: Villa Triniti, Jalan Sersan Bajuri KM. 4,7, Desa Lembang, Kecamatan Lembang, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat
Hours: Open today · 11AM–11PM