South East-Asian

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - EAST MALAYSIA -

Filipino NEW Tam­bayan At Kainang Filipino Blk 3 Ground Flr, Api-api cen­tre, Kota Kin­a­balu (016 818 2008).

A large pop­u­la­tion of Filipinos in town means some de­cent Filipino food was bound to show up. Don’t think it’s just adobo and ba­lut: the Filipino’s ver­sion of deep fried pork knuckle, crispy pata, is del­ish and their siz­zling sisig, minced pork cheek with onions and sunny side up egg served on a hot plate, is our favourite. They go down well with some good old San Miguel too.

Free park­ing at night. $$

Thai Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restau­rant Lot 13, Water­front (08 823 4841).

Good am­bi­ence, ser­vice and of course, food. Surely that sounds good enough if you’re in the mood for some mouth­wa­ter­ing Thai de­lights such as Thai style chilli crab, pad Thai and loads of tom yum vari­ants (they also serve the usual seafood op­tion). Come early to re­serve a ta­ble by the sea and dine over the mag­nif­i­cent view of sun­set dur­ing your din­ner. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. $$$

Viet­namese NEW Pep­per­mint 1 Gaya Street, op­po­site RHB Bank and Af­fin Bank (08 823 1130).

One of two op­tions in town to sa­ti­ate your crav­ing for a bowl of pho, Pep­per­mint has been around for more than a decade and re­cently up­graded them­selves to more mod­ern am­bi­ence, and con­se­quently, raised their prices almost out of the bud­get cat­e­gory. Still, the spicy fried chicken rice is good stuff that has peo­ple com­ing back for

more. While it is just fried chicken, the home­made chilli sauce is scrump­tious with just enough zing to not over­whelm the chicken. The beef stew is also rec­om­mended – the chunks of ten­der beef has just enough sinew and is very flavour­ful. Pho here is pretty good too, although lo­cals tend to pre­fer a bowl of ngiu chap in­stead. Pork-free. Child friendly. Free park­ing at night. $$

Steak­house

NEW Flames Lobby level, Le Méri­dien, Jalan Tun Suad Stephens, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 832 2222/www.lemeri­di­enko­tak­in­a­balu. com).

Le Méri­dien’s small, ca­sual steak­house deals in prime cuts of beef and all things meaty like lamb shank, lin­guine with lob­ster and oven-roasted Nor­we­gian sal­mon. It’s not a unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence by any stan­dard but it is a pleas­ant enough touch of com­fort if you’re tired of ex­plor­ing hawker stalls. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon–2.30pm, 6pm–10pm. $$$$$

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