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T.Dining Malaysia Tatler Best Restaurants - - Italian -

A good spot for fam­ily and group din­ners, es­pe­cially if you go early and catch some of the sun­sets that Kota Kinabalu is fa­mous for.

The pleas­antly light and aptly named Pep­pino salad is a good choice of starter. It con­sists of large prawns and or­ganic greens tossed well in the chef’s vinai­grette with con­fit onions and cherry toma­toes.

Meaty mains such as the New Zealand lamb loin and the 200 day-old Aus­tralian chilled black An­gus beef rib­eye come in large por­tions and are served with mar­ket veg­eta­bles; their sig­na­ture sauces are placed separately to al­low one the lux­ury to savour the flavour of the meat by it­self. The lamb loin is suc­cu­lent and ten­der while the rib­eye, done medium rare, is equally juicy, flavour­ful and ten­der – ev­ery­thing one might love of a good steak. The sauce, though slightly pep­pery, com­ple­ments the beef well.

A great way to end a de­light­ful evening is with the sig­na­ture tutto cio­co­lato – hot choco­late fon­dant with ba­nana ice cream and moist choco­late cake. It’s a lovely feast for one’s eyes and palate.

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