If you are planning to visit Sabah either for pleasure or for business, you shouldn’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in Kota Kinabalu’s interesting food scene. Because the city is home to a diverse group of people who come from various nationalities, the cuisine available in food establishments is also diverse and extensive. Whether you are looking for Chinese food, Indian food, local recipes, or western dishes, Kota Kinabalu has you covered. If it’s your first time to visit the city and you have no idea where to dine, here’s a quick guide to some of the best restaurants in town:
- Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh Restaurant
A visit to Kota Kinabalu won’t be complete without visiting this iconic restaurant that serves soup, meatballs, and dishes that contain ingredients such as pork, intestines, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs. And of course, you should taste their famous bak kut teh recipe.
- Chilli Vanilla Restaurant
Operated by a Hungarian lady, this restaurant offers an amazing array of dishes. Their most popular dishes include black pepper calamari, chicky chick, frikadelle, beef burgers, chicken roulade, and Hungarian goulash.
- El Centro Cafe and Bar
If you want good food, good ambiance, and good music in the background while you eat, this is where you should go. They offer a plethora of tasty burgers, tacos, salads, soups, and various types of pizza.
- Ferdinand’s Restaurant
If you’re craving for fine dining, this is the place to go. It offers authentic Italian cuisine served to you with style, charm, and unbelievable attention to detail. The ambiance is great and their wine selection is something to behold. The place has been consistently voted as the best restaurant in KK as far as Italian food is concerned.
5 . Welcome Seafood Restaurant
If you ask a resident what’s the best seafood restaurant in the city, the answer is usually Welcome Seafood Restaurant. What makes the place unique is that they have tanks full of fishes, crabs, oysters, lobsters, and prawns. Just point here and there and the staff will cook them for you.
These are just a few of the dozens of great restaurants that offer great food in Kota Kinabalu. You should feel free to explore the city and embark on your own food adventure. Don’t just focus on restaurants that are located in high-end streets and main thoroughfares. You’ll be surprised at the number of really good eateries that can be found in the city’s lesser-known streets and neighborhoods.