Ja­panese & Korean

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Ja­panese NEW Nag­isa Lobby Level, Hy­att Re­gency Kin­a­balu, Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 822 1234).

The only Ja­panese restau­rant at­tached to a five star ho­tel in the city, Nag­isa is popular among the city’s business elite and for its Sun­day Bub­bly brunches on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month where its tep­pa­nyaki, tem­pura, sushi and sashimi galore with free flow sparkling wine. Do check with them first how­ever as their tim­ing may change. If it’s à la carte you’re look­ing for, the grilled wagyu beef and cod fish never dis­ap­points. Ha­lal. Dis­abled-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. $$$$

NEW Sushi Tei Ground level, Suria Sabah Shop­ping Mall, Kota Kin­a­balu.

A Sin­ga­pore-owned fran­chise, Sushi Tei may have de­te­ri­o­rated a lit­tle since its open­ing a few years ago, but it’s still one of the busiest Ja­panese restau­rants in the city. The ex­ten­sive menu with all man­ner of Ja­panese cui­sine keeps the throngs of shop­pers com­ing back for more. Pork-free, Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30am– 2.30pm, 6.30pm–10pm. $$$

Ya­m­agoya Ra­men Lot 108, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kin­a­balu.

Ya­m­agoya Ra­men is the only spe­cial­ity ra­men out­let in the city. The fran­chise, based on Kyushu-style ra­men of­fers sev­eral op­tions but our favourite is the black garlic and spicy to­ban­jan

ra­men. Black soup may not be the most de­sir­able colours of food but think of it as pow­er­ing up a tonkotsu. You might need to or­der ad­di­tional slices of pork as the pa­per-thin melt-in-your-mouth cha siu will not be enough. The gy­oza, karaage and yak­i­tori are also highly rec­om­mended. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing at night. $$

Ja­panese NEW Bin­tulu Korean Restau­rant Lot 1-1, First Floor, Block E, Lorong Lin­tas Plaza, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 827 0470).

Bin­tulu may be lo­cated in a very popular sub­urb full of cheaper and plen­ti­ful lo­cal food but it holds its own with an ex­ten­sive menu and plenty of seat­ing. Ser­vice can be slow if you come dur­ing peak din­ner pe­ri­ods but this doesn’t seem to stop peo­ple from savour­ing their jap chae, seafood pan­cakes and kim­chi stew. Free park­ing at night. Child friendly. $$$

NEW Korean BBQ Supul Lot S-1-8, First Floor, City Mall, Jalan Lin­tas Kota Kin­a­balu (08 844 8844).

BBQ Supul may be lo­cated out of town but this is one of the few places that has re­fill­able ban­chan. They have a de­cent menu with all the usual Korean favourites and cater to the sub­ur­ban­ites around Luyang and Lin­tas.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Child friendly. $$$

NEW Ko­ryo Jeong Korean Restau­rant B-01-09, First Floor, Block B, Warisan Square (08 844 8860).

Ko­ryo Jeong is run by a friendly hus­band and wife team who have a limited menu of Korean bar­be­cue, bul­gogi, and soups that taste just like what you would find in a Korean home. A size­able Korean com­mu­nity in KK means quite a lot of Korean restau­rants for the city and Ko­ryo Jeong is one of the favoured ones not least be­cause of the friendly ser­vice and the con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion.

Child friendly. $$$

Malaysian NEW Fook Yuen Be­gin­ning of Gaya Street, next to Sabah Tourism build­ing

Ev­ery­one goes to Fook Yuen. For the every­day break­fast, lunch, tea or sup­per, Fook Yuen has it. They earned their stripes as the go-to cof­fee shop for their freshly baked fluffy bread which makes ex­cep­tional roti kah­win, and for their fried chicken wings. Even­tu­ally they in­tro­duced typ­i­cally Malaysian fare like econ­omy packs of nasi lemak and siam mi­hun in ba­nana leaf, cooked dishes, dim sum, and pas­tries. Cheap and cheer­ful and open till late, this self-ser­vice place is busy ev­ery time of the day.

Pork-free. $

Kak Nong Restau­rant B26 & 27, first floor, Block B, Har­bour City, Sem­bu­lan, Jalan Pan­tai Baru (08 848 7411).

A famed restau­rant in Sabah to dis­cover and pa­tro­n­ise, Kak Nong’s runs a full house dur­ing lunch. The spe­cial­i­ties are nasi ayam, gu­lai kepala ikan, soto ny­onya ikan, ABC and an abun­dance of kuihs such as gado-gado, sri kaya, kuih lapis, onde-onde, buns and curry puffs. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing.

NEW Kedai Kopi New Man Tai 107 Jalan Gaya (two shops next to Jes­sel­ton Ho­tel) Kota Kin­a­balu.

This non-de­script cof­fee shop does Beau­fort-style cui­sine. The fried noo­dles come with a heap of green leafy veg, bbq pork and thick gravy, and is highly rec­om­mended. Their fried rice, sweet and sour pork, assam (tamarind) fish and omelette are also very popular. Cheap and cheer­ful, this is a great choice for a quick and sat­is­fy­ing lunch or din­ner.

Free park­ing at night. $

Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 2-0-10, Block A, ground floor, Ko­lam Cen­tre Phase 2, Jalan Lin­tas, Ta­man Hill­top.

Get ready for yummy beef noo­dles. Made with a com­bi­na­tion of minced beef balls, stewed beef, tripe, ten­don and tongue, the sig­na­ture Sabah dish ngau chap is sold at RM7. It takes them about 30 min­utes to bring your dish to you on a busy day but it’s worth the wait. Be sure to try a bowl of a dried ver­sion as well, if your ap­petite is up to it.

Pork-free. $

NEW Lucy’s Kitchen Lot 10, Ground Floor, Block H, Lorong Pusat Komer­sil 88/1, 88 Mar­ket­place, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 825 9866); Metro­town Block I, Lot 6 & 7, Lorong Metro 3, Jalan Bunga Ulam Raja (08 838 2866).

Lucy’s Kitchen opened its doors a few years ago and has earned an im­pres­sive fol­low­ing, mostly thanks to some yummy desserts. The ex­ten­sive menu has ev­ery­thing from nasi lemak to ox­tail assam pedas, to grilled sal­mon in a mod­ern café en­vi­ron­ment. Its mango and durian pan­cake is a fluffy pil­low of crepe, cream and sliced fruit that is the per­fect end­ing to any meal. We also like their sago mango pomelo dessert and the ox­tail assam pedas is worth a try. Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ Menu. Free park­ing at night. $$

NEW Restoran Sri Me­laka 9, Jalan Laiman Diki, Kam­pung Air, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 822 4777).

Hav­ing been around since 1980, Restoran Sri Me­laka has been serv­ing gen­er­a­tions of cus­tomer a wide se­lec­tion of au­then­tic Malaysian cui­sine in­clud­ing Malay and Chi­nese cui­sine by lo­cal cooks. Pork-free. Child friendly. Free park­ing at night. $$

Seafood 88 Sim Sim Seafood Restau­rant Bridge 8, Sim Sim Wa­ter Vil­lage,Jalan Buli Sim-Sim, San­dakan.

A lit­tle hard to find if you don’t know where to look, the Sim-Sim seafood restau­rant is def­i­nitely the go-to for lo­cals when it comes to seafood. Nes­tled deep in a wa­ter vil­lage, it does make a lot of sense when you think of it. You get the fresh­est fish here and some­times, straight off the boat. Lo­cals think noth­ing of or­der­ing a freshly-steamed whole fish for break­fast. You can have noo­dles with the fresh­est seafood for break­fast, or a feast of lob­ster and crabs for din­ner here and prices won’t break the bank. A must-visit when you’re in this part of Sabah.

Child friendly. Free park­ing. $$

NEW Alu Alu Café Jes­sel­ton Point Lot 6, Tan­jung Li­pat, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 823 0842).

Alu Alu Café is an ex­ten­sion of Alu Alu restau­rant on Gayana Eco Re­sort and has the same con­cept of serv­ing or­gan­i­cally farmed-fish and pro­duce. Although it doesn’t have an ex­ten­sive menu like other seafood restau­rants that cater to tourist groups, its sig­na­ture dishes like wa tan ho, fish head curry and steamed chicken are hearty and whole­some.

Pork free. Child friendly. Free park­ing. $$

Coast at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Dalit Beach (08 879 2888/www.shangri-la.com).

This beach­front restau­rant comes highly rec­om­mended for its ex­cel­lent seafood. Popular items on the menu in­clude lob­ster tortellini, black­ened tuna and their mouth-wa­ter­ing crab cakes. And that’s just for starters. For the main course, you can’t go wrong with the seared sal­mon or rack of lamb. There is a marine-themed raised bar at the heart of the restau­rant but it’s worth head­ing to­wards the out­door ter­race to toast the stun­ning sun­set with a cock­tail or two. Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ menu (break­fast only). Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. $$$$$

Gayang Seafood Restau­rant Kg Ba­haru, Jalan Su­laiman, Tuaran (016 810 2395).

Es­tab­lished in 2002, Gayang Seafood Restau­rant is per­fect for food en­thu­si­asts look­ing for a seafood feast. It’s a lit­tle out of the way, but the drive is worth it! Take your pick from the clear tanks of live fish, man­tis prawns,

fresh­wa­ter eels, crabs and shell fish. Stand­out dishes in­clude steamed fish in assam sauce, deep-fried soft-shell crab, stir-fried whole clams in spicy Kam Heong sauce and the sub­limely sim­ple steamed prawns ac­com­pa­nied by a light soy sauce or sam­bal bela­can dip­ping sauce. Word of ad­vice: come early to avoid the dreaded phrase “out of stock” and the huge crowds. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. $$$

NEW Night mar­ket Filipino mar­ket, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kin­a­balu.

The KK night mar­ket is an orgy of grilled seafood served in an open air en­vi­ron­ment. The mind-bog­gling ar­ray of seafood is a sight to be­hold – rows and rows of pre-cooked or raw fish, squid, prawns, crabs, and stingray all wait­ing to be torn into with your fin­gers. All you need is some chilli and lime, or a side of seaweed. Food is served on plas­tic sheets for hy­giene pur­poses, but do take some pre­cau­tions like drink­ing bot­tled wa­ter. Ex­pect to pay around RM10 for a medium sized fish for two, and RM15 on­wards for those jumbo prawns. Make sure you ask for the price first and try to find the fresh­est ones! The mar­ket is on ev­ery night, till late.

Pork-free. Free Park­ing. $$

Port View Seafood Vil­lage Lot 18, ground floor, An­jung Sa­mud­era, Water­front (08 822 1753).

A fine va­ri­ety of seafood can be cho­sen from a large room of tanks here. Un­for­tu­nately we found the ser­vice a bit lack­ing, which de­tracts from what could have been a pleas­ant din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It is also on the pricier side but you are in prime lo­ca­tion at the Water­front strip. Make sure to or­der the co­conut pud­ding as it makes a tasty dessert after your ikan bakar. Ha­lal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. $$$

Sa­lut Seafood Restau­rant Mile 13, Jalan Tuaran Telipok, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 822 8301).

With a lo­ca­tion that’s rather out of the way (you’ll def­i­nitely need a car), Sa­lut is a sprawl­ing wooden spot built on stilts. Their ap­pe­tis­ers of pick­led fruits are quite a unique starter for the se­lec­tion of fresh dishes to come. But­ter prawns, juicy scal­lops, and smooth fish come highly rec­om­mended. Try the ‘dragon beard’ veg­etable for some crunchy fresh greens. Good food aside, the ser­vice here leaves much to be de­sired with slow-mov­ing staff and var­i­ous misplaced or­ders. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing.

NEW Seri Sel­era Seafood Vil­lage Kam­pung Air

4 Jalan Kam­pung Air, Kota Kin­a­balu City Cen­tre, also known by its old name of Sedco Square.

Seri Sel­era Kam­pung Air is a food square con­sist­ing of sev­eral seafood restau­rants as well as hawker stalls. You will be in­un­dated with tanks and tanks of seafood so just choose the one which ap­peals the most. Popular dishes to or­der are soft shell crabs, boiled prawns or but­ter prawns and grilled stingray on ba­nana leaf. You might also be treated to some cul­tural dances when you dine here in the evening. Pork free. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing at night. $$$

NEW Wan Wan Fish Noo­dles Lot 24, HSK In­dus­trial Cen­tre Phase I, Jalan Bun­du­san, Pe­nam­pang (08 871 6698).

It’s all about fresh fish here at Wan Wan. Fish slices, fish head, fish tail, fish skin, fish cake and the oc­ca­sional prawn. Fish in soup, fish in assam curry, or tom yam fish. The ‘kon lau’ or dried noo­dles are topped with minced chicken and goes down a treat with tom yum soup. Wan Wan re­cently ex­panded and now in­cludes two lots which has only in­creased their loyal fol­low­ing. Only opens for break­fast till lunch.

Pork-free. Free Park­ing. $.

NEW Wel­come Seafood Restau­rant Lot G13-18, Ground Floor, Asia City Com­plex, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 844 7866).

Wel­come Seafood Restau­rant is cur­rently the most popular seafood restau­rant in KK city with hordes of tourists and lo­cals flood­ing their doors ev­ery day, de­spite them ex­pand­ing twice. The restau­rant is lo­cated within the city cen­tre and there is a good va­ri­ety of fish, shell­fish, crabs and prawns for cook­ing here. The pak chok ha or boiled prawns is a firm favourite, as well as kam heong crabs, and assam steamed fish, although we still pre­fer the one in Gayang (see be­low). Even if you get there early, be pre­pared to hag­gle to get your or­der, although ser­vice is pretty quick and ef­fi­cient once you do get over that hur­dle. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing at night. $$.

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