Sabah is very famous for its seafood. This coffee shop owner has a way to use the fish paste to make noodles. It was my first time having noodle made out of fish paste. It tastes good when it cooks with the seafood soup with some vegetable and fried tofu. This restaurant is famous among the locals, and the coffee shop can get crowded during weekends.
You can also order a bowl of fish paste noodle with curry. oh! yummy
It is located in downtown on Jalan Pantai, walking distance from Gaya Street Market.
Little Italy is one of the well known Italian restaurants in KK. It is strategically located in the center of downtown KK, right opposite Wisma Merdeka and a short walk from Suria Sabah. It is on the ground floor of the Hotel Capital. I know this restaurant through a local food program, Axian, and learnt that it is owned and managed by a real Italian family, the Ceresa's. The Ceresa's is from Torino, Northwest Italy. They use their traditional home-made recipe to cook authentic Italian cuisines to the local Sabahans and tourists. And the locals love it and the restaurants are often crowded with customers mostly locals and some tourists. I called up my friends to meet up for a lunch in this restaurant. We ordered several dishes including Puccia al Salmon, Zuppa di Mare, and Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia. They all tasted delicious ! It is quite nice to taste authentic Italian cooking in this part of the World with great prices.
Angling at contemporary Far East practice of design, hypnotic rhythms and sounds as well as atmosphere and cuisine, Peacock Garden (previously Buddha Bar) is the latest addition to Kota Kinabalu’s nightlife. The geniuses behind the establishment are doing everything right; Peacock Garden is designed to pleasure the senses of the wild and refined.
On the Kitchen side the selection of Asian dishes is surrounded by 15 foreign specialties offering an imaginary culinary voyage around the world from Moroccan Couscous to Spanish Paella and the famous French Bouillabaisse fish soup.
On the garden side a wooden flaming grill will satisfy the most exigent of us. The price range from RM28 to RM68 per person including drinks.
Very soon Peacock Garden will establish itself as a state-of-the-art nightspot that expresses itself with the four core elements that make for an elite joint; cuisine, design, entertainment and atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: For only RM 26 the Moroccan couscous is my favorite
On our last night in Kota Kinabalu we decided to treat ourselves a little and went off to the Little Italy Restaurant adjacent to Hotel Capital. We were lucky enough to get an outside table and then our taste buds were in for a treat.
The freshly made lemonade was sensational, the selection of warm breads that came with our meals were incredible, and the vegetarian canneloni was some of the best I've ever tasted.
We felt gluttonous as we finished our meals with rich, chocolate deserts.
While more expensive than any of the other meals we had while in Kota Kinabalu, it was a great place to end our time in this beautiful, friendly city.
Favorite Dish: All the dishes were excellent!
Our last night in Kota Kinabalu and our group of 18 enjoyed an evening at the Floating Seafood Market.
The tour company picked us up at the Hyatt Hotel and 20 minutes later we were in the open air restaurant, people everywhere and luckily our tables were reserved. Seafood platters soon arrived including soup, prawns, fish etc etc. A large beer was included in the deal, all covered in our 4 day tour.
Entertainment was colourful, however we were at least 80 metres from the stage, round tables did not help the 50% of people with their back to the stage. With this sort of Farewell Dinner I never expect much and therefore not disappointed. Company was good and I looked upon it as a free night out with door to door transport provided.
The Rainforest Cafe provides nourishing, hearty meals at a very reasonable price. There is a range of dishes from local food to sandwiches. The cafe tries to take on the appearance of a rainforest - doesn't quite succeed - but fun, quirky nonetheless.
Staff are friendly and service is good. Recommended for lunch or dinner.
On the waterfront opposite Warisan Square Shopping Mall there is a row of restaurants serving a range of food - local, Italian, Seafood and more - all in a covered but open air section.
Prices are fair, the atmosphere good, with a pleasant breeze coming off the water
Favorite Dish: If you want a break from Asian food try the garlic bread and pizzas at Bartzar bistro.
There are several places for cheap eats in Kota Kinabalu. In the evening, carparks on both sides of the central market on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen are lined with stalls selling freshly cooked food ranging from fish to chicken, noodles to vegetable dishes. At some stalls you can pick your own fish for grilling. The stalls are all clean, food is fresh, and smells are enticing!
There are a few food stands at esplanade opposite to some top-end hotels. They are generally nice and enjoyed by both locals and tourists; they serve seafood and usual local food.
My sister was not feeling well after she tried all delicious food, but I stayed as intact as I was. It really depends on person; you might not feel well after local street food, but you may also remain good!
Favorite Dish: Fresh seafood is a must try; chendo is good as well.
The food was terrible, The ambience appalling, this restaurant may have been big in the 70, 80's but now its just sadly in need of help and a complete re design and renovation not to mention new management and staff.
The staff service is pathetic, the price high for such a small buffet offering mainly European dishes, that’s if the kitchen can’t be bothered cooking Al LA Carte, Carpets are stained with god knows what human remains?. The air conditioning units were not even working at all when we were at the restaurant, during the night I wouldn't recommend going as the view is not great to say the least, probably best during the day if its open, didn't stay long enough to find out!!!
Overall I don’t know why this restaurant is even open, especially with some of the fantastic seafood restaurants and other establishments offering fantastic food, entertainment and prices in town, floating restaurant for example, or food courts.
If you learn anything from this post, is do not waste your time or money!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Nothing
I think I liked this even more than the International buffet. Tables were set .up around the pool area and it looked like an authentic Malaysian village. We had huge tiger shrimp ,beef and chicken satays for appetizers. For our main we had crab ,shrimp and calamari all cooked fresh in front of us. Too much food but who could resist .Once again the price was $33.00 each.
International Buffet at the Shangri-la Rasi Ria
This buffet had everything imaginable available. Not only were there Salads ,soups and mains several different country specialties were also offered. For may main I stuck to the lamb dishes ,which were delicious. My resolve wavered when it came to dessert however .I can vouch for the chocolate millet fillet and the mango cake!!
By local standards this was an expensive meal at $33.00 each for the buffet. We were somewhat captured here however,so this was our best option.
Kota Kinabalu has its fair share of western food restaurants to cater for all the foreign tourists and backpackers that visit. This place is one of the best with excellent service and all the things you come to expect from an Italian pizza restaurant. I had a good ham and mushroom pizza along with garlic bread shaped like a face with pointy hair, olives for eyes and a mouth!
Cozy environment, great place for chill out while dining, enjoy few glasses selection of Italian wines.. Suitable for small group, private party, anniversary, birthdays, etc...
Place is clean, friendly staff and chef..
Favorite Dish: a) Leaflet's food pictures = GRAZIE's special ~'Spaghetti GRAZIE', 'Carpaccio Di Manzo', 'Fresh home made breads', Chef specialty 'Salmone Della Nonna', 'Pizza Diavola' and Italian classic dessert 'Hot Chocolate + bananas pudding'..
b) The restaurant setup..
The BBQ Australian steaks with Fresh Prawns are mouthwatering at the Pirates bar in the corner of KK Waterfront. The beah style island bar is a sure fire winner with efficent service and is a favoutite with sailors and visitors from around the world
Favorite Dish: 1 inch T - Bone Steak,
The steak was tender and served with a side salad and jacket potatoe as a heathy option, it size meant that the medium rare option allowd the inside to be rare