New Retaurants,Cafes and Eateries in Kota Kinabalu Year 2018


The year 2018 saw the introduction of many International brands entering the Kota Kinabalu market. The biggest name to enter Kota Kinabalu is Dominos Pizza with the opening of their first outlet at T1 Bundusan and the opening of a total of 4 outlets in 2018. Bubble Tea also making a comeback bigtime in Sabah which saw many international Bubble tea brand suck as Regius Tea, Cha Tra Mue.



Medovik Coffee House at Bay 21 – serves Russian cuisine, cakes and coffee


Tea/ Food Kiosk

RegiusTea – Tea Bar from China with the first outlet at Plaza 333. 2nd outlet opens at Citymall

Ayoi Culture Café – Tea Café from Taiwan with their first outlet at Warisan Square

Cha Tra Mue – 70+ Years Old Thai Tea Company and Thai Ice Milk Tea Specialist. The first outlet at Suria Sabah

Liang Sandwich Bar – Jay Chou endorsed scallion sandwich from Taiwan. Outlets located at Suria Sabah and Imago Mall

Jay Chou’s endorsed scallion sandwich

Llao Llao – Served natural yogurt with toppings and seasonal fruits. The first outlet is located at the basement of Suria Sabah

Idrink 吾饮良品 Malaysia – First outlet in Malaysia at T1 Bundusan.

Macao Imperial Tea – Tea Bar from Macao. First outlet in T1 Bundusan and kiosk at Imago Shopping Mall

Godiva – Premium chocolate from Belgium. Located at Imago Shopping Mall. Serves luxurious soft serve ice cream and selling Gold Ballotins, Signature Truffle Assortments, Godiva Liquer, Biscuits, Coffee, Cocoa, Seasonal Novelty Chocolates, Gift Baskets, Wedding & Party Favors, Brownies, Macaroons, and more.

U-Tea – Tea beverage company started with the first outlet at Citymall. New outlet at Lintas Plaza and Gaya Street

Gen Z Sabah – Local Tea Bar at Lintas Plaza.

Crowd 99 – Dessert and soft serve kiosk from Sandakan. Kiosks at Suria Sabah and Imago Mall


New Restaurant/Eateries

International Fast Food Restaurant

Dominos Pizza makes their first entrance to Kota Kinabalu market. With new outlet at Riverson, T1 Bundusan, ITCC and Inanam Taipan

Domino’s Pizza opening in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching

Wendy’s – One of the world’s largest burger chain first outlet in Kota Kinabalu at KKIA (Kota Kinabalu International Airport)

Wendy’s Malaysia opens at KKIA


Jollibee – Home of the Famous Chickenjoy re-enter Kota Kinabalu market with their first outlet at Center Point Sabah.

First Jollibee in Malaysia opens in Sabah


New Eateries and Restaurants at Suria Sabah:

Dragon Palace  – Seafood and Dim Sum restaurant from Australia

where to find Dim Sum Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu

Kitaro Japanese Restaurant – Serve freshly made ramen on site

Ah Yen traditional Fried Pork Kuey Teow – Sandakan famous fried pork kuey Teow


New Restaurants at T1 Bundusan

Porsh –  Bistro, Bar and Party Place

Bottoms up Restro Kitchen & Bar

See World Café – Local cafe

New Restaurant at Lintas Plaza

The Three by LFJ infusion Contemporary Cuisine at Lintas Plaza

Yeglina – Japanese Restaurant serving Japanese Style Donkatsu (fried pork cutlet)

Gangnam BBQ – Korean BBQ restaurant facing Lintas golf driving range


New Restaurant at Citymall

東寿司 Azuma Sushi Restaurant – New Sushi and Japanese restaurant at level 3 of Citymall foodcourt area

Papparich – Papparich reenters Kota Kinabalu market at Citymall serving Malaysian delight. Famous for its Malaysian food and kaya toast.

Nyonya Bites – New Malaysian restaurant opens 2 branches at Citymall and Riverson


New Restaurant at Imago Mall

Zing Restaurant & Bar Serve wine, and fine food. Located at Aramaiti walk, Imago Mall


White Orchid Thai Flavours Modern Thai Food Restaurant at Aramaiti Walk, Imago Mall


New Restaurant at Plaza Shell

Urban Hotpot Bar Hotpot Bar with fresh ingredients. Special Karaoke room available for small groups

Der Master – delicatessen Grocer & Bar, a new diverse mix of dining, food grocer and lively nightlife experiences in KK city. Think crispy pork knuckle, heavenly sausages, bacon, hams and steak.

New Eateries at Plaza 333

Super Ono – Poke bowl specialist. Delicious and colorful Hawaiian bowl at Plaza 333

poke bowl kota kinabalu
Super Ono Poke Bowl

Other areas

Restoran Pak Mus Serve Malay cuisine with the family recipe at Tanjung Aru Plaza

Jom Penyet A restaurant at Aeropot serving Soto and Ayam Penyet

Ho Yen Kee – Roasted pork, chicken and bbq pork serves with kon lou mee at Inanam Capital

Outskirt Eatery cheap affordable Western and local food café at Jalan Putatan Ramayah

Little Sulap – a simple café at Jalan Penampang Papar Lama

Cafélab Serve Korean food, desserts and sandwiches at Kingfishes


New Eateries at Tuaran 

Our Land Eco Farm – Seafood Restaurant located at Tuaran

We may have left out other new eateries, contact us if you know any new eateries open in 2018 and should be in the list.



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Joanne Lee

Chief Eater Extraordinaire of Sabaheats
I cook, I eat and I always looking for good food!


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