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Kota Kinabalu Restaurants & Eating

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Kota Kinablu is a cultural melting pot. Here Chinese meet Malays and Bruneis, Javanese, Filipinos and even a couple of Europeans, all of whom have brought along their own cuisine. Try out the many specialties offered at the various kedai kopi (often in buffet form making it easy to order) and shun fast food chains.

For meals, head to the outdoor food stalls fronting the sea or coffee shops along the streets. The less adventurous could make a beeline for fast food outlets in the Centrepoint shopping center while those with deeper pockets could try the pier-side restaurants just after the open air fish market. The promenade restaurants between the Philippino Craft Market and the fish market are poor value and only frequented by tourists. Try SEDCO Square in the evening for top value.


Seafood in Kota Kinabalu is very popular, so getting a dose of it is a must. Here are some places to try:

  • Yuit Cheong Coffee Shop
  • Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant
  • New Gaya Seafood Restaurant
  • Ocean Seafood Restaurant
  • Portview Seafood Restaurant
  • Sutera Rimba - 7PM to midnight.

Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu

International @mosphere
Menara Tun Mustapha, ☎ +60 88425100, Revolving restaurant in Borneo's tallest building serving predictably generic "Pacific Rim" cuisine. Open throughout the day and for drinks at night.
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Indian Anjappar
Asia City Complex (facing Api Api centre, diagonally across the street from CentrePoint) ☎ +60 88227969, Chettinad (North and South Indian) cuisine. Serves authentic Indian food such as banana leaf meals, biriyani, naan & roti, tandoori dishes, and ... more
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Italian Bella Italia
69 Jalan Gaya – right under the Jesselton Hotel in KK's business area. ☎ +60 88313366. Italian restaurant serving pizzas and pastas and if you get there early there are discounts.
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Italian Grazie Ristorante -Italian Restaurant
' - at Wawasan Plaza Complex, next to Tang Dynasty Hotel, ☎ +60 19 8216936 Serves no pork.
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Italian Ferdinand`s Italian Restaurant
Magellan Sutera harbour hote. Italian restaurant an Sutera Harbour hotel, next to the international airport.
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International Jeff De Corner
Jeff De Corner is in a shophouse, approximately 15 minutes from the city. Vast range of dishes incl Lamb & Beef Steak, Oxtail soup, lamb shank, BBQ Lamb and the exclusive Wagyu Beef Steak. Please call for reservation.
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Indian Jothy's Fish Head Curry And Banana Leaf Restaurant
An eat-with-your-hands restaurant. A chicken dish RM8, a mango lassie RM4. Also, try the fish head curry, fish cutlets, fried fish pieces, chicken nasi biryani, assam soup and dried bitter gourd. Not the best Banana Leaf restaurant in Malaysia, but not bad. They... more
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North Indian Kohinoor
North Indian food by the waterfront. Claims to have invented the "Chicken Cheese Tandoori Tikka". Indoor and alfresco seating.
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Chinese Man Tai Restaurant
Located in Likas, Dah Yeh Villa. They are famous for their Beaufort-style Fried Noodles. They serve Chinese style a-la carte dishes as well.
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Italian Mario's Pizza
Mario's Pizza at 1 Borneo C-702 Lower Ground serves authentic Italian Pizza Slice or "Pizza al Taglio" so good and yummy at an unbeatable price.
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