Four Seasons Restaurant
5670 B/2 & B/3 Jalan Sri Cemerlang, Kota Bharu (09 743 6666/www. fourseasonsrestaurant.com.my).
Four Seasons Restaurant has been featured on national television and it’s easy to see why. Set in pleasant surroundings, the restaurant is famous for its authentic halal Chinese and Thai dishes. You wouldn’t want to miss the spicy tom yam and juicy butter prawns. Servings come in big portions, so hearty eaters can happily tuck in. Do make reservations in advance for this Chinese restaurant, or come on Fridays when it’s somewhat less crowded. Halal. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Disabled friendly. Daily, 12noon–2pm, 6pm–10pm. $$$
Sri Chiangmai Restaurant
Lot 327-329, Jalan Sri Cemerlang, Kota Bharu (09 741 8328).
You don’t have to go to Thailand’s northernmost reaches of Chiang Mai to sample authentic Thai food. Instead, Sri Chiangmai Restaurant has a wide range of mouth-watering dishes, categorised for easy selection. Red tom yam and Thai-style seafood dishes are some of the must-try offerings on the set menu. Halal. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Disabled friendly. Sun–Fri, 12noon–2.30pm, 6pm–10pm. Sat, 6pm–10pm. $$$
NEW Chim Chum Food Village Restaurant
1184 Kampung Baung, Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu (017 923 9448/www.facebook.com/ FoodVillageRestaurant).
Serving up a mix of local and Thai dishes, Chim Chum Food Village is one of the most popular steamboat buffet spots in town. The cooks here use Thai-style cooking trays – perforated overturned tin pots for grilling meats in the middle and vegetables on the side. Halal. Free parking. Child friendly. Disabled friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm–1am. $$