With the large population of Muslims living in Kota Kinabalu, searching for Halal food is fairly easy. Although, it is very common to find Muslim friendly restaurants (that are not operated by Muslim owners), which are labelled Serve No Pork instead. But you can be assured that the food source are certified Halal.
Borenos Fried Chicken
Borenos Fried Chicken is Sabah’s homegrown fastfood outlet that specializes in fried chicken. The tender and juicy chicken is served with side dishes such as coleslaw, mash potatoes, soups and criss-cut fries. Other signature dishes include the classic fish and chips, and whole spring chickens.
Address: Lot G23, Ground Floor, Star City North Complex, Jalan Asia City, Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm daily
Tel.: +60 88 486 623
This award-winning restaurant operated by an Italian family serves authentic cuisine from their homeland. You can mix and match different types of homemade pasta with sauces such as bolognese, marinara and carbonara. The pizzas and squid ink rissotto are also best sellers!
Address: Ground Floor, Hotel Capital,Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: · 10:00 am – 11:00 pm daily
Tel.:+60 88 232 231
This restaurant is popular for serving Malaysian favourites such as chicken rice, rojak (an egg noodles dish in a peanut sauce) and soto (noodles soup in a spiced beef broth). People are often seen lining up for a taste of their freshly baked buns and traditional cakes.
Address: B26 & 27, Level 1, Block B, Harbour City, Jalan Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm daily
Tel:+60 88 487 411
This local franchise opened their first outlet in 88 Marketplace and since then has expanded to Metro Town and Imago KK Times Square. The restaurant serves a mixture of western favourites such as lamb Shank and spaghetti bolognese, and local delicacies like the oxtail asam pedas. Desserts such as the durian pancake and chocolate creme brulee are must-try items!
Address: Lot 10, Ground Floor, Block H, Lorong Pusat Komersil 88/1, 88 Marketplace, Off Jalan Pintas, Kota Kinabalu
Operating hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Tel: +60 88 259 866
Welcome Seafood Restaurant
Sabah is well famous for its delicious and fresh seafood, and an affordable option is dining at Welcome Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant has small aquariums where you can select your seafood of choice and request for it to be cooked in various styles.
Address: GF, G-15 – G-18, Asia City, Jalan Coastal, Kota Kinabalu
Operating hours: 2:30pm – 12:00am.
Tel:+60 88 447 866
Puteri Hang Li Po
This Chinese Muslim restaurant serves up a delicious mix of Malay, Chinese and Thai food at an affordable price. Signature dishes include the char kuey teow, crab meehoon, ikan asam pedas and fish head curry.
Address: Karamunsing Capital, Kota Kinabalu
Operating hours: 11:45am – 2:30pm / 5:30pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs & Sat – Sun), 5:00pm – 10:30pm (Fri)
Tel.: +60 88 485 002
Ocean Seafood Village
Ocean Seafood Village is a higher end restaurant in a swanky setting. Like other seafood restaurants in the city, you can shop for your meal by peering through the tanks of swimming underwater creatures. Standout items on the menu include the butter and cheese tiger prawns, kam heong crab and Sabah vege with sambal belacan.
Address: 4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu
Operating hours: 12:30pm – 10:30pm
Tel.: +60 88 264 701
English Tea House and Restaurant
The English Tea House & Restaurant is originally from Sandakan. It serves western food such as fish and chips, spaghetti, risotto, chicken chop, rolled beef fillet, and etc. The bread and butter pudding with custard and traditional scones with jam and clotted cream is also popular.
Address: moved to Alam Mesra, still under renovation*
Operating hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm daily
Tel.: +60 88 213 848
Kedai Kopi Yee Fung
This coffee shop is always packed during breakfast and lunch because of their signature laksa (midly spicy noodle soup), ngui chap (beef noodles) and claypot chicken rice. On a hot day, order the ham kit ping, an iced drink with preserved limes and dried plums.
Address: 127, Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu
Operating hours: 6:00am – 4:00pm daily
Tel.: +60 88 312 042
He Jia Fo Seafood restaurant
This Chinese Muslim restaurant serves up popular Chinese dishes using Halal meat substitutes. Items on the menu that are worth a try include the wor tip (steamed dumplings), wantan noodles, soto and Tuaran mee.
Address: Lot 2-3, 1 1/2 Mile, Sunny Garden, Jalan Tuaran, Likas, Kota Kinabalu
Operating hours: 7:00am – 3:00pm / 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily
Tel.:+60 88 319 588