Halal/Muslim friendly restaurants in Kota Kinabalu City Center you should try


Looking for Halal/Muslim friendly food around Kota Kinabalu City Center? More eateries open up around Kota Kinabalu City Center offering a good variety of foods and also Muslim friendly foods for tourist and locals. Most of the shops are Muslim friendly nut not certified halal as they didn’t apply for the license but they serve no pork and employ Muslim worker.

Listed are some of the certified halal eateries or Muslim friendly eateries:

Halal Certified


Borenos is a local Sabah Fried Chicken food chain with 2 outlets at Center Point and Asia City. They offer Fried chicken, snacks and their signature food is their Fried Spring Chicken. Crispy outside and juicy inside.

Location:  Lot G23, Ground Floor, Star City North Complex, Jalan Asia City

Opening hours: 24 hours

borenos chicken

Tanjung Ria Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Serve one of the best buffets in town. Their must-try food is the Oxtail Assam Pedas and Indian Naan.

Location: Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Open during Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Tanjung Ria Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Muslim Friendly Restaurants/ Eateries

ASquare Kota Kinabalu

Asquare Kota Kinabalu is the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu and there are over 60 types of foods to choose from independent food stalls. Open daily from 5pm to 11pm. Asquare provides a one-stop food street in Kota Kinabalu City Center.

Location: Between Promenade Hotel and Wawasan Plaza

Opening hours: 5pm to 11pm

Yee Fung Laksa

Yee Fung Laksa is one of the most popular coffee shops in Kota Kinabalu City Center and the shop is always full packed with tourists and locals. They serve laksa, beef noodle, and clay pot chicken rice.

Location: Jalan gaya

Opening hours: 6.30am to 6pm
Yee fung laksa and Teh Tarik ping for breakfast. Voted Top 20 foods in Kota Kinabalu city #sabahfoodawards2015

Cafes at Jalan Dewan

If you are into cafes, check out the cafe scene at Jalan Dewan, a printer street converted into a cafe street at the edge of Kota Kinabalu City center. Few notable cafes are October Coffee, Nook Cafe and Biru Biru Cafe where the backpackers hang out.

The Changing face of Jalan Dewan

Sunday happiness?. Fruit french toast at October Cafe jalan Dewan.
Korean Street Toast at October Coffee
Grilled cheese sandwich and mocha at @look.for.nook new outlet (Jalan Dewan, previously The Workshop) for Monday lunch. Light and easy eats around the City center.
Grilled cheese sandwich at Nook Cafe

Lucy’s Kitchen

Serve Malaysian Cuisines such as Tuaran Mee, Nasi Lemak, Hokkien Mee and Nasi Briyani. They have 4 outlets around Kota Kinabalu and their Imago Mall outlet is located at the LG of the Mall.
Lucys Kitchen

Kedai Kopi Yuit Cheong

Kedai Kopi Yuit Cheong is the oldest Coffee shop in Kota Kinabalu (previously Jesselton). Their first shop open at Gaya Island and they move to the current location at Jalan Pantai more than 50 years ago. Locals gather at Yuit Cheong for satay and bread over a cup of coffee for afternoon tea.

Location: Jalan Pantai

Opening hours: 6am to 6pm
Satay Jawi @ Kedai Kopi Yui Cheong

Welcome Seafood

Welcome Seafood is the most popular Seafood restaurant in Kota Kinabalu and the place is always full of tourists. The seafood price is cheap and they offer a wide variety of seafood.

location:  G15-18, G/F, Komplek Asia City

Opening hours: 12pm to 11.30pm

Sunday is crab and seafood night??. Had this delicious kam heong crab at Welcomr Seafood?

Asia Rasa Cafe

Offers over 50 types of Malay dishes during lunch hours. Asia Rasa Cafe is famous for lunchtime. Be early as they run out of food by 1 pm! They also serve a different kind of Hinava (sotong Hinava, Fish Hinava)

Location: D-0-3, Lorong Capital, Sabah

Opening hours: 7am to 9pm

Prawn, fish and squid Hinava, part of the extensive dishes at Asia Rasa Citarasa Kamping, Karamunsing Capital. A good place for Malay cuisine in KK. - halal

Warung Pokdi Kelate

Warung PokDi Kelate offers plenty of local, authentic East Malaysian/rural dishes at budget prices. The must-try food is the Nasi Kelabu

Jalan Sinsuran Complex
Ground Floor, Lot 1, Block 1
88000 Kota Kinabalu

photo: Warung Pokdi Kelate FB Page

D’ Place Kinabalu

D Place Kinabalu serves traditional KadazanDusun Food. They provide Ala Carte menu during lunchtime and buffet for dinner with performances.

D’Place Kinabalu – Sabah Local Kadazan-Dusun cuisine

Opening hours: 11am to 4pm, 6pm to 10pm
Performance + traditional KadazanDusun food at D'Place Kinabalu, Plaza Shell. Sedap bah?

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Joanne Lee

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I cook, I eat and I always looking for good food!


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