Top Choice Seafood in Kota Kinabalu

Alu-Alu Kitchen

Drab on the outside, perhaps, but this restaurant wears its stripes in the tastiness of its food, and the fact it gets its seafood from sustainable sources – no shark-fin soup here. Alu-Alu excels in taking the Chin…
Top Choice Cafe in Kota Kinabalu

Print Cafe

In the backpacker street of Lg Dewan, this brilliant cafe is a cool (in both senses of the word) place to catch your breath, read a book or play Jenga at one of its tables. Excellent coffee, papaya and orange shakes…
Top Choice Indian in Kota Kinabalu


Come to this silk-festooned waterfront restaurant, for northern Indian cuisine and classic dishes ranging from chicken tikka masala to prawn biryani and lamb rogan josh. The aromas from its tandoori oven are mouthwa…
Top Choice Hawker in Kota Kinabalu

Night Market

The night market is the best, cheapest and most interesting place in KK for barbecued squid, ray and a vast selection of delicious seafood cooked up right before your eyes. Vegetarian options available.
Market in Kota Kinabalu

Grace Point

Take bus 15 out near Tanjung Aru for some local grub at this Kota Kinabalu mainstay. The development is actually quite chic compared to the smoke-swathed food courts in the city centre – KKers joke that the public b…
Chinese in Kota Kinabalu

Ya Kee Bah Kut Teh

Expect brisk service at this rammed plastic-chair joint spilling noisily onto the pavement in the centre of old town. The buffet counter bubbles with noodles and glistens with sauce-laden pork. That's right, Cantone…
Japanese in Kota Kinabalu


Super-swanky Nagisa exudes class and executes Japanese cuisine with élan, with a wealth of sushi dishes from California temaki (crabstick, avocado and prawn roe), ebi tempura maki (crispy prawn rolled with rice) to …
Fusion in Kota Kinabalu

Biru Biru

Based at Borneo Backpackers, this blue joint is Asian fusion galore, with dishes like fish cooked in lime and ginger, huge tacos, and an ever evolving menu. Try the Lihing rice wine (aka, rocket fuel). With its para…
Fusion in Kota Kinabalu

Chili Vanilla

This cosy bijoux cafe is run by a Hungarian chef and is a real fave with travellers thanks to its central location. The menu makes an eclectic voyage through goulash, spicy duck tortillas, Moroccan lamb stew and gou…
Food Hall in Kota Kinabalu

Wisma Merdeka Food Court

For cheap, excellent eats, head to the top floor of the Wisma Merdeka mall and get stuck into stalls serving mainly Asian street food; the Chinese dumpling stand is particularly delicious. In general this is a break…