East Malaysia

Nat­u­rally rich and beau­ti­ful, Sabah, Sarawak, and the tiny is­land state of Labuan are not, first and fore­most, foodie des­ti­na­tions. Nev­er­the­less, a visit to Kota Kin­a­balu af­fords the op­por­tu­nity to try some Saba­han treats like beefy ngiu chap and the regi

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Cheap Eats


Nam Thong

Jalan Merdeka.

The de­lec­ta­ble chicken rice served here draws din­ers to this sim­ple Chi­nese cof­fee shop. The tangy sauce that goes with the chicken rice is unique, and very dif­fer­ent from the sauce served in most es­tab­lish­ments. The recipe is a closely guarded se­cret and is very mor­eish. Get here early if you’re plan­ning on hav­ing lunch as it gets crowded very quickly.

Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly.

Ma­mak Restoran Sel­era Farizah Lorong Bunga Tan­jung.

This restau­rant has an ar­ray of dishes rang­ing from roti, cur­ries and nasi cam­pur served with a va­ri­ety of side dishes. Be­fore leav­ing have a sip of re­fresh­ing li­mau ais.

Chi­nese Pu­lau Labuan Restau­rant 27-28 Jalan Muhib­bah, Ho­tel Pu­lau Labuan (08 741 6288).

Wine and dine at this Chi­nese restau­rant, which of­fers a large va­ri­ety of au­then­tic seafood dishes. Sit­u­ated within Ho­tel Pu­lau Labuan, this place boasts af­ford­able prices and some de­li­cious co­conut dishes in­clud­ing the co­conut pud­ding, which is the spe­cial­ity here.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 7am–10pm.

In­dian Choice Restau­rant U0104, Jalan OKK Awang Be­sar (08 741 8086).

Open from break­fast to din­ner, Choice serves top notch In­dian cui­sine. Au­then­tic dishes are the spe­cial­ties around here with the top favourites be­ing roti and fish head curry.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing.

Kr­ishna Fish Head Curry Restau­rant 36 Jalan Tun Mustapha, Lazenda Com­mer­cial Cen­tre (08 742 6335).

Kr­ishna’s is the per­fect place to sat­isfy any In­dian food crav­ings. In­dulge in au­then­tic In­dian cui­sine and var­i­ous types of cur­ries; the fish head curry here is a must.

Me­hfil U 0259, ground floor, Jati Com­mer­cial Cen­tre.

This restau­rant of­fers clas­sic In­dian sta­ples such as birya­nis, cur­ries, fish masala, chicken tan­doori and garlic naan. Try the lamb biryani, it’s es­pe­cially good and stud­ded with suc­cu­lent chunks of lamb. Daily, 10.30am–2.30pm, 5.30pm– 10pm.


NEW Cas­siopeia River­side Restau­rant Ban­gu­nan Restoran Eko Pe­lan­con­gan, Sg. Kin­abe­nuwa, Jalan Kin­abe­nuwa (019 853 6286/www. face­book.com/pages/Cas­siopeiaRiver­side/321356971304242).

This place mar­ries Malay and Chi­nese cuisines with some Western dishes in a slightly more up­scale en­vi­ron­ment than can be usu­ally seen on the is­land. Its at­trac­tive river­side set­ting should make it a popular spot for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Ha­lal. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Seri Malindo Restau­rant 431 Jalan De­wan Ban­gu­nan USIA (08 741 6676).

Tra­di­tional Malaysian dishes are very popular here, with over 50 choices on of­fer for lunch. But they also serve de­cent, sim­ple Western dishes like fish and chips and chicken chop. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly.

Spin­naker Restau­rant 1 Jalan Wawasan, Water­front Fi­nan­cial Ho­tel (08 741 8111).

Spin­naker, which is open 24 hours, is the per­fect spot for late-nighters and early-ris­ers. They serve a va­ri­ety of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cui­sine. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing.

Vic­to­ria’s Brasserie Jalan Merdeka, Dorsett Grand Labuan Ho­tel (08 742 2000/www.dorset­tho­tels. com).

Choose from finest selections of an á la carte or buf­fet menu of Asian and Western cui­sine to whet your ap­petite. Menus change ev­ery night to give din­ers a pleas­ant din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. 24-hour ad­vance or­der place­ment is ad­vis­able if you’re plan­ning to dine here. Pork-free. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing (limited spa­ces). Ital­ian

NEW Fra­tini’s Jalan Bunga Ke­suma, Labuan (08 741 7555/www.face­book. com/pages/Fra­ti­nis-Res­tau­ran­tLabuan/198485400287106). If you’ve got a crav­ing for Ital­ian food, head to Fra­tini’s. It’s ac­tu­ally one of

a chain of restau­rants from Brunei, prid­ing them­selves on gen­er­ous por­tions of good qual­ity dishes in­clud­ing freshly made piz­zas, pas­tas, soups and meaty mains. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Daily, 10am– 11pm. $$

Seafood An­jung Ke­tam Jalan Sim­pang An­jung Ke­tam, Kam­pung Tan­jung Aru (08 742 4366/019 830 9577).

For crab din­ner by the sea, go to An­jung Ke­tam which is wildly popular with the lo­cals. The crabs served here are fa­mous in their own right and can be cooked in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways – but­ter­milk, black pep­per and steamed. Book a day – yes, a whole day – in ad­vance to guar­an­tee a ta­ble. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. $

Manja Rasa Jalan Tan­jung Pu­run, near the In­ter­na­tional Sea Sports Com­plex (08 742 4937).

Look past the du­bi­ous green light­ing scheme and step into Manja Rasa where you will get one of the best value-for-money deals in Labuan. For RM20, eat all you can at this float­ing restau­rant’s seafood BBQ buf­fet. With friendly ser­vice plus great views of the night scene you’ll be back for more.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Free park­ing.

Maw­illa Yacht Club Restau­rant Jalan Tan­jung Batu (08 742 2125).

Maw­illa is a seafood joint that isn’t as fa­mous as An­jung Ke­tam but it is closer to the cen­tre of town. It’s very at­mo­spheric, and as it’s next to the sea, you can dine on steamed fish and their spe­cial­ity, Nes­tum crab, as the sea breeze gen­tly ca­resses your skin.


South East-Asian


Is­land Tomyam Restau­rant

SU3162 Jalan Ko­lam, Kg. Batu Arang (08 741 5248/www.is­land­to­myam. blogspot.com).

Tomyam is a fa­mous dish hail­ing from Thai­land. Spoon up this hot and sour soup with your choice of vegetables, meat, chicken or a com­bi­na­tion of all three at Is­land Tomyam Restau­rant.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing.

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