Whenever travelling I always scan the menus to look for the local speciality foods and Sabah restaurants do not disappoint by serving scrumptious local and international cuisine to satisfy even the most discerning tastebuds.
If you have a passion for seafood then you can be sure you will find a Kota Kinabalu restaurant to fulfill your every pelagic desire. The Kota Kinabalu waterfront is home to one such restaurant called the Port View Seafood Village that can seat up to 250 customers and you may find that if it swims they probably serve it!
This is the only revolving restaurant in Borneo, it specialises in local cuisine and hand picked dishes from around the Pacific rim.
In the Atmosphere restaurant you can enjoy fine dining with an elegant ambience while taking in the breathtaking views of Kota Kinabalu city, the South China Sea and the Crocker Mountain Range.
You need a head for heights in one Kota Kinabalu restaurant and if you have a passion for indulging in 5 star cuisine then you should head for the Atmosphere Restaurant on the 18th floor of the Menara Tun Mustapha building which is the tallest building in Sabah.
Most of the fish available at the Port View Seafood Village were caught from the South China Sea, Sulu sea and the Celebes sea on the east coast of Sabah. The food is good here and with 20 plus chefs on duty the service is prompt too.
In the live seafood area of the Port View Seafood Village you can choose your next meal, there are a bank of 4 levels of aquariums with water cascading from one level down to the next housing an impressive variety of aquatic species.
Two other Sabah restaurant dishes to savour are Mee Goreng Tuaran where the noodles are made of batter of egg yolk and flour and Ngiu Chap which is a mixed beef dish usually served with noodles in a delicious beef broth.
The sweet toothed Sabahans also like a dish called Wajit which is coconut milk mixed with sugar and cooked until a reddish colour, then cooked rice is put in and mixed well and served as sweet rice cubes.
Another favourite Sabah dish is Kinangkaput which is red and black rice mixed with honey then wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed with coconut milk, it is a delicious way to eat rice.
Hinava Tongii originates from the indigenous Kadazan people of Sabah and tastes fantastic, it is usually served with rice and is an inexpensive gastronomical delight that can be found at many Sabah restaurants, food stalls and small cafes.
One of my favourite Sabahan dishes is Hinava Tongii whereby a fresh fish (usually mackerel) is combined with red chillies, shredded ginger, sliced shallots, seasoning and is then marinated in fresh Lime juice for 15 minutes and served.
Kota Kinabalu Restaurants