Mat Salleh Restaurant



Situated near the old harbour of Kota Kinabalu, now rename Jesselton Point, lies a cosy little eatery called Mat Salleh Restaurant. Mat Salleh is a name borrow from an local warrior that lived in the 19th century. He was a freedom fighter who rebelled against the British North Borneo Chartered Company at that time administer for British North Borneo (Sabah). The Mat Salleh Rebellion begin in 1894 and end in 1905 when eventually Mat Salleh was killed in a small town called Tambunan, where his Tomb still lied today.


Colourful Batik sarong table clothes are the first thing that awake my visual sense when I walk into the Mat salleh Restaurant. The different mixture of colour and pattern on the batik-sarongs are very striking to the eyes. The glass wall that surround the restaurant also allow one to have a good view on the harbour, island and the sea. This give one a relax feeling of being so near to the nature. This is an air-condition restaurant, and they also have a few tables that set on the walkway next to the sea.

Browsing through the pages of the Mat Salleh Restaurant Menu, Local Malay and Western cuisines are the main cuisines serving here. We managed to choose a few of the local dishes.

Beef Rendang RM 16.50

( a very popular local Malay dish, beef marinated with herds)

Lamb Curry RM 16.50

Hinava RM 9.00

(a famous local Sabahan dish, lime marinated with chili, shallot and gingers)

Note: Do watch out for the small green chili in the Hinava, it sets my tongue on fire. Remedy drink cool water.

Kang Kong RM 8.00

local vegetable cooks with herb (balacan)

Our total price for four persons is RM 72.20

Are we satisfy with the local dishes? Here are the resulted.


Here are a few price sample of the on the Mat Salleh Restaurant menu:


Grilled Lamb Shoulder Sliced RM 28.00

Chicken Gordon Blue RM 30.00

Sirlion Steak RM 40.00

Fillet Steak RM 45.00

Eat for Happiness

Last update: 18th April 2008

On my last visit to Jesselton Point, I found out that Mat Salleh Restaurant has been closed down.

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