Classic Favourites with a Malaysian Twist: Delicious Dining in Kota Kinabalu

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It’s important to note that a trip to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete without visiting the bustling coastal city of Kota Kinabalu. From the awe-inspiring scenery in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park to the breath-taking performances held in the Mari Mari Cultural Village, KK is known for its lively markets, incredible beaches, and historical sites, not to mention the fact that this particular city is largely secluded from the rest of the country by way of a thick rainforest around its boundaries.

As such, Kota Kinabalu represents a huge portion of Malaysia’s booming tourism sector, which catered to over 26 million international visitors during the past year alone. But it’s worth pointing out the fact that many travellers struggle with the transition to Malaysian cuisine during holiday getaways because the local gastronomy is heavily influenced by Thai and Portuguese dietary staples. So if you happen to be interested in finding great western food in Kota Kinabalu in particular, you’ll have to follow the checklist below in order to ascertain the best eateries in the area.

Celebrity Chef Menu

The restaurants and bars that specialise in both local and western cuisine tend to showcase carefully curated menus and tantalising meal choices but in this regard, it’s worth mentioning that the best-rated eateries usually feature tight-knit relationships with renowned celebrity chefs. Nicholas Pillai is a fantastic example of a distinguished restaurateur who has produced menus for various Malaysian bistros, so be on the lookout for his name as you begin creating a shortlist of the best local eateries.

Renowned Designer

After highlighting the establishments in KK with ties to celebrity chefs, you’ll want to use the exact same approach with regard to each restaurant’s actual design scheme. Thus, as you browse through the websites of various local eateries, you’ll want to pay close attention to the taverns, kitchens, and bars that have been appointed by world-famous interior designer Ben Firdaus. This will ensure that your shortlist is comprised of the cream of the crop.

Delivery Service

If you’d like to avail yourself of a truly western dining experience, you’ll obviously want to find a restaurant that features an in-house delivery service. In this regard, you should look out for the following aspects:

  • Deliveries available from 11am to 10pm on a daily basis.
  • Reasonable minimum orders (RM20 or less).
  • FREE deliveries to KK Times Square, The Loft Condo, Riverson Condo, and Gleneagles (the most popular areas in the region).
  • Availability through the Whatsapp platform or by phone.

Table Booking

Last but not least, you’ll want to ensure that your restaurant of choice features an easy-to-navigate reservation system online. Ideally, the establishment will provide a noticeable link at the top of the homepage that allows you to input the following information: name, email, phone, date of reservation, time of reservation, number of seats required, and any special requests.

If you adhere to this simple checklist during your Internet research, you’ll have an easy time finding a fantastic eatery that prides itself on blending authentic Malaysian dishes with traditional western cuisine.

Rene Krueger

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