Euro­pean & Bri­tish

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Bri­tish

English Tea House Restau­rant

2002 Jalan Is­tana, San­dakan (08 844 8631/www.en­glishtea­house.org).

English Tea House Restau­rant of­fers an ex­ten­sive menu of tra­di­tional English cui­sine as well as a great se­lec­tion of Asian dishes. Menu items in­clude clas­sics like fish and chips and shep­herd’s pie. They also have English tea sets with scones and mini sand­wiches for a snack. There are monthly food and drink pro­mo­tions.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Free park­ing. $$$

Mediter­ranean NEW Chilli Vanilla 35 Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 823 8098).

This rel­a­tive new­comer to the KK din­ing scene sets it­self apart with its home-style mod­ern Mediter­ranean cui­sine in a ca­sual café set­ting. Its Hun­gar­ian owner and chef takes a lot of pride in serv­ing fresh, healthy and qual­ity meals at rea­son­able prices. The Aphrodite salad is de­li­cious and we love the spicy duck tor­tilla. If you’re with good company, try the ap­pe­tiser plat­ter which comes with frikadelle, beef meat­balls with cheese that goes re­mark­ably well with their home­made tomato salsa. The dessert dis­play is worth tak­ing a look at for the one me­tre cake, the chef’s long time fam­ily recipe of choco­late ganache, sponge and cus­tard del­i­cacy.

Pork-free. Free park­ing at night. $$

Mod­ern Euro­pean NEW Ku­dos Jes­sel­ton Ho­tel, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 831 3366).

Ku­dos has re­cently moved lo­ca­tion from an af­flu­ent sub­ur­ban mall to the his­tor­i­cal Jes­sel­ton ho­tel, cen­trally lo­cated in the city. A favourite of KK’s ex­pat com­mu­nity, Ku­dos mar­kets it­self as mod­ern Euro­pean din­ing and is a good choice for a fancier night out. Ex­pect clas­sic but so­phis­ti­cated western cui­sine – French onion soup, lamb shank, scal­lops, fish, steak – as well as good wines, deca­dent desserts and ef­fi­cient ser­vice from this hus­band-and­wife run op­er­a­tion. Pork-free. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing at night. $$$.

French NEW The Chateau Patis­serie Block D, Ground Floor, Lot 8, Shop D-G-8, 88 Mar­ket Place (08 821 2323).

At this French bistro owned by a dec­o­rated French chef, you won’t be blamed for hav­ing high ex­pec­ta­tions. Find a small as­sort­ment of freshly­baked breads, del­i­cate pas­tries, brunch and an all-day menu of clas­sic Euro­pean and French cui­sine in a mod­ern con­tem­po­rary set­ting that stands out in this neigh­bour­hood. We love the crème brûlée here. Prices won’t break the bank, but por­tions might not fill you up much ei­ther.

Pork-free. Free park­ing. $$$

In­dian NEW Kr­ishna Fish Head Curry 33, Grand Mil­le­nium Plaza, Jalan Pin­tas Pe­nam­pang (08 872 7000).

Kr­ishna’s inim­itable friend­li­ness and hos­pi­tal­ity may pos­si­bly make or break your ex­pe­ri­ence here. The out­go­ing owner is al­ways on hand to en­sure you or­dered enough, that your ba­nana leaf is placed cor­rectly, and will even find you a mate if you came alone. Ob­vi­ously, the fish head curry is to-die-for but try the deep-fried bit­ter gourd, the mut­ton soup and above all

else, wash it all down with their cen­dol. If you don’t feel like hav­ing a huge meal, their to­sai is pretty good too. Their pop­u­lar­ity has seen them ex­pand from their first out­let to a dou­ble storey restau­rant with the op­tion of air con­di­tion­ing up­stairs. Kr­ishna’s has been the most popular ba­nana leaf spot in town for some 20 years now, and it’s easy to see why! Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. $$

NEW Sri Latha Curry House 28 Jalan Ber­jaya, Ground Floor, Ban­daran Ber­jaya, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 825 3669).

Don’t let its lo­ca­tion in an old and, at times, dodgy part of the city scare you. This (almost lit­er­ally) hid­den gem has been sat­is­fy­ing ba­nana leaf rice lovers in KK with its af­ford­able, finger­lick­ing good cur­ries and gen­er­ous serv­ings. The ba­nana leaf lunch sets are of par­tic­u­larly good value but we rec­om­mend the fried quail and chicken as well.

Pork-free. Child friendly. $

Kohinoor North In­dian Restau­rant 4 An­jung Sa­mu­dra, Water­front (08 823 5160).

Kohinoor has the per­fect lo­ca­tion on the KK Water­front, the city’s tourist and en­ter­tain­ment strip. The restau­rant serves up some mean chicken tan­doori and mut­ton masala, just make sure to ask for “very spicy”! The naan bas­ket has a good va­ri­ety but our favourite is the but­ter and garlic naan that is a joy on the taste buds and highly rec­om­mended. Choose al­fresco din­ing to en­joy the sun­set if you hap­pen to be there at dusk. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. $$$

Ital­ian Fer­di­nand’s, The Mag­el­lan Sutera Har­bour Re­sort

Sec­ond floor, The Mag­el­lan Sutera Har­bour Boule­vard (08 831 8888/ www.suter­a­har­bour.com).

Fer­di­nand’s floor to ceil­ing win­dows pro­vide a view over the re­sort’s swimming pool and the sea, al­ready pro­vid­ing the back­ground for a lovely ro­man­tic meal. Ser­vice is said to be sec­ond to none and the Ital­ian and fu­sion menu served here will en­tice the fussi­est of eaters, although the prices can be a bit steep as ex­pected of a fine din­ing restau­rant. Pork-free. Kids’ menu (on spe­cial re­quest). Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. $$$$

Lit­tle Italy Pasta and Pizza Cor­ner Ground floor, 23, Cap­i­tal Ho­tel, Jalan Haji Saman (08 823 2231).

Lo­cals claim it’s the best Ital­ian restau­rant in town and it’s ev­i­dent from the fre­quently bustling lunch and din­ner crowd ev­ery day of the week. A long list of home­made pas­tas and piz­zas will leave you spoilt for choice. We rec­om­mend the ravi­oli, which comes in four va­ri­eties, but choose the trio plat­ter and you can choose any three along with the sauce of your choice. The Sal­ci­c­cia Caserec­cia is a gen­er­ous main course of home­made Ital­ian lamb and beef meat skew­ers that are very good value for money while the tiramisu is wor­thy of any Ital­ian mama’s kitchen. Maybe it’s the con­sis­tently good food, long serv­ing and at­ten­tive staff, but what­ever it is, we haven’t tired of Lit­tle Italy yet. Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. $$$

Pep­pino Shangri La Tan­jung Aru Re­sort, 20 Jalan Aru, Tan­jung Aru (08 832 7888/www.shangri-la.com).

Pep­pino has a lot to live up to, not least be­cause it is one of the tiny hand­ful of fine din­ing restau­rants in the city of Kota Kin­a­balu but ar­guably be­cause it was one of the first. Pep­pino has ex­actly what you can ex­pect from a five-star es­tab­lish­ment – thought­ful and ef­fi­cient ser­vice, stylish am­bi­ence, friendly and knowl­edge­able servers, and fresh, qual­ity in­gre­di­ents that shine in their food. Child friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 6pm– 10.30pm. $$$$$

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