In Miri there are several places where you can find a row of food stalls cooking freshly cooked food catering for a variety of tastes. One of these is Taman Seroja in the centre of Miri. There are fresh fish, chicken, rice and noodle dishes and great fresh juices.
The food is cheap - between $1 and $2 for a meal and about $1.50 for a drink.
During the day it is deserted but at night it is a favorite of locals. They will also put your meal in take away containers if you want to eat in your hotel room.
If you are on a budget or just want to try some good quality local dishes, Taman Seroja is the place to go.
Favorite Dish: Great noodles and delicious watermelon fresh juice!
This restaurant serves good Chinese and other Asian cuisines. The restaurant is large and has 3 floors; the ground floor is the main restaurant, the 2nd floor is for special functions (e.g. wedding parties, etc.) while the 3rd floor is a Ballroom for even larger formal dinner functions. The service is quick and professional. The food is delicious, and in generous portions. The restaurant also serves Dim Sums on the weekends.
Favorite Dish: Everything is good.
After spending nearly a week travelling up the Rejang River between Sibu and Belaga and only eating simple noodles and rice dishes, this place was just what I needed. As its name suggest, this place specialises in German and western food with meat being featured heavily on the menu. I went for the mixed grill which consisted of bratwurst sausage, chicken sniztel and beef steak and potatoes which really did the trick. It's run by a German called Monica who isn't from Bavaria but instead from NW Germany close to the Dutch border. The general decor features old LP covers on the walls.
I typically ate the daily set meal (RM16) for dinner and a snack (RM5) for lunch. I ate local food rather than western food. A continental breakfast (bread/toast and/or local crackers with tea or 3-in-1 Nescafe coffee) came with the room. The continental breakfast may augmented with things like fried eggs (RM3 each), sausage and egg (RM6), bacon and egg (RM8) or an omelette (RM8).
For the set meals meats included a pork chop, sweet and sour chicken, river and ocean fish, beef stew, and lightly curried chicken stew. All the vegetables were cooked and included river fern, cabbage, tapioca leaves, bok choy, and long green beans. The "snacks" were really substantial meals and included stir fired noodles with egg and vegetables, and fried rice with egg and vegetables. Filtered water was served with all meals and bottled water was available at cost (RM3 for 1.5 liter or RM2 for a small bottle). I drank both the filtered and bottled water, and had no trouble at all.
A lcoal restaurant with ambience klighting, latin music and a nute CNN TV channel make you feel to be part of the scene even though you dine alone. By having few food stalls under one roof, you have a choice of various types of food at reasonable price. A bottle of beer is a good choice to start the night.
The E-Mart is an area in the Pujut district of Miri city. It is a large low cost shopping complex complete with local markets with fresh produces and seafood, a large hypermarket and also many local restaurants and eating stalls. Near the vicinity of the E-mart area is an open-door BBQ area where the local set up stalls to BBQ meats of pork, chicken, etc. Here is where the local residents, laborers and workers, etc., hang out after a hard days work to enjoy a few glasses of beer with plates of BBQ meats. The food is simple and cheap. The people are nice and friendly. The eating area is also simple with plastic tables and chairs. Can get warm since it's outdoors but they have fans to blow off the warm air, plus the smoke! Go and see how the locals live and eat. It's just fun.
Favorite Dish: BBQ pork and chicken wings.
The restaurant is quite trendy and even has outdoor seating with wooden tables and benches. They even have free Wi-fi for those internet fanatics who wants to have their meals and surf the internet at the same time. The restaurant have quite an extensive menu, which covers not only Thai food but also include Western and Philippines dishes.
The staffs (mainly made up of Filipinos) are quite friendly and the service quick. If you want to sit outdoors, better do it in the evenings when it's cooler. Then you also get to see the cooks preparing and cooking the food in the outdoor kitchen. You get to smell the aroma of the prepared food, getting the hunger going.
Overall, it is not a bad place to hang out after work and on weekend evenings.
Favorite Dish: My family and I had the Lemon grass Fish, Thai Pineapple fried rice and Tom Yam Gong, the typical Thai seafood hot & sour soup. I only liked the Thai Pineapple fried rice; the others tasted rather average.
This restaurant is located just across the street from the Imperial hotel. It has a huge menu and a big selection of "mock meat" which for me looked kinda funny the first time i went ther (had the green fried rice - great!). The other times i went there though i decided to try the soy chicken and pork, they were amazing. Every time i come back to Miri i visit them and try a new dish, it was never disappointing. The price is ridiculously cheap.
Favorite Dish: There's one dish made of "mock chicken" and thin sliced mango, chili, onion and cucumber served with a sweet and spicy sauce that is amazing. I mean, all the dishes are amazing but this one is superb.
The food was OK but our main courses arrived separately over a period of about 25 minutes. I could understand some delays for a large party, but there were only four in our group! This completely ruined our evening.
Also it was quite expensive considering we didn't have drinks. (The waiter told us the manager had decided not to sell alcohol, despite diners at the next table enjoying a bottle of wine. Later a different waiter told us they had "run out" of all wine and beer.)
This was the first time in years I have not left a tip in a restaurant. Definitely not impressed and will not be returning.
This restaurant had a humble beginning because the owner started with a small restaurant in Sibu town. Then he moved to Miri to open a restaurant with his family in a shoplot in a new commercial area. Now Boulevard restaurant is situated in its own 3-storey building and can cater large functions from weddings to company dinners.
Through the years, it has also maintained its quality of food and reasonable prices. This restaurant doesn't serve pork so the muslims can enjoy their meals here as well
Favorite Dish: There's to many to mention plus the menu changes from time to time. The ones I tried that I like were
- Weekend dim sum (selection)
- Tossed jungle ferns Thai style
- Steamed King prawns
- Hot & Sour soup
- Steamed fish (spicy)
Eating in Miri need not be an expensive affair and you can get pretty cheap meals if you eat like the locals. You find a big selection of food at the local food courts that serve cheap and very nice dishes
You can have a plate of fried noodles for about US$1. Choices are limitless, from fried rice to barbequed meats.
Favorite Dish: There are many things to order in a foodcourt. Here are some of my favorites :
- Fried noodles
- Fried rice with chicken
- Dim Sum
- Wantan noodles
Surprise, surprise, I found this newly opened restaurant in Miri. Slippery Senoritas is a restaurant franchise also in Kuala Lumpur & Penang. This place serves good Mediterranean & Italian dishes and cocktails in a pleasant if not sophisticated environment
Service is also good here, you can expect friendly & efficient service from the staff. While I was there, I was informed that a salsa club will soon be opening next to it so anyone who want to practise a little salsa & enjoy the latin nightlife can go here
Welcome to the new Miri!
Favorite Dish: Creamy soups & sweet desserts e.g tiramisu
Mojitos & wine :)
You can tell by now that one of my favorite food is seafood. This is a typical chinese seafood restaurant located just outside the city center in Tanjong Lobang. This trip, I ordered buttered prawns, clams, local vegetables and rice. There are some live seafood swimming in tanks ready to be cooked for the freshest dishes. Food quality was good & fresh, and all this at a low price ~ less than USD10 per person
You can either sit indoors or outside under the sky, which was what I did.
Favorite Dish: Seafood!!!
I was driving past a hotel, what used to be called Holiday Inn (can't remember the name now) and there in the quiet shoplots was a restaurant. I went in and was pleasantly surprised by the green wall and the other was a painting of the sea. The place looked like it was a Italian restaurant but they had everything western and eastern. It wasn't extravegant but it was warm and cosy. I loved it. Mind you, I haven't been back to Miri since... last year. So I have no idea how it's doing now.
Favorite Dish: They served whole but small chicken with fillings of rice and veggies! Loved it!
This restaurant branch from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah has a wonderful selection of fresh seafood which is still swimming in the tanks before ending up on your dinner plate. Situated 20 mins from Miri town, this lovely restaurant is right by the beach where you can you get beautiful sunset views while enjoying your seafood meal under a Borneo-inspired pavillion.
The food is great, without question. You can select your dishes when you arrive from the tanks along the pathway to the tables. Choose from fresh groupas, shrimps, clams, oysters and vegetable grown in Sabah or Sarawak
Prices are higher than what you can get in town but with the atmosphere and freshness of the food, it's worth it
- Nyoya steamed Tiger groupa
- Boiled fresh prawns
- Midin vegetables with garlic
- Fresh raw oysters!!