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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 Indian in Tawau

Restoran Azura

Cool, white, fresh and friendly, this authentic Southern Indian restaurant is a staple in many a Tawau local's day. Choose from a host of curries and pillow-soft roti canai bread. There's another branch at the Sabin…
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.
Top Choice Bar in Sandakan

Balin Roof Garden

A hidden treat at the top of the Nak Hotel, this stylish restaurant/bar has retro bubble lights, a '70s wicker swing-chair, and swallow-you-up couches. Eat inside or out; on the shaded verandah or up on the rooftop.…
Top Choice Seafood in Kota Kinabalu

Alu-Alu Cafe

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 Bar in Kota Kinabalu

El Centro

El Centro is understandably popular with local expats and travellers alike; it's friendly, the food is good and it makes for a nice spot to meet other travellers. Cool tunes, non smokey, and a laid-back vibe, El Cen…
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 Art in Kota Kinabalu

Cracko Art Gallery

Made up of a group of brilliantly talented KK artists, high up on the 3rd floor (look for the Cracko sign outside on the street), you'll find a vivid working studio of abstract and figurative art, stunning jewellery…
Top Choice Bar in Kudat

La Playa Beachfront Bar

Next to the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society, this lantern-lit open-decked bar is one of the most peaceful, best located wateringholes in Sabah. Tibetan prayer flags flutter as you recline on loungers, scatter cush…
Top Choice Chinese in Semporna

Fat Mother

Mother's has terrific reviews for its warm service and wide-ranging seafood menu – your dinner will be glowering at you from the glass tanks. They'll even prepare your own fish if you've caught it. Grouper and mango…