Jeong Hin Kopitiam is a great place to have buns and “pau”, especially during tea break. Whether is it because of the British influence from the colonial time, or is it because people nowadays like to have tea. KK Lites are very fond of their tea break. Kopitiams that serve simple food like buns, pau and other nibbling food are very much in demand around 3pm to 5pm.
This wonderful and cosy restaurant called Bella Italia, which serves mainly western food Italian style, is located at the ground floor of Jesselton Hotel. Jesselton Hotel is one of the longest running hotel in Kota Kinabalu City that boasts a local ownership. Belle Italia now occupies the place formally held by Gardenia Restaurant. Gardenia Restaurant was established since 1959 and many KK Lites have fond memories of this place as it was on the busy Gaya Street of yesteryear. Today the local management of Gardenia Restaurant has teamed up with an Italian group to set up a new business, hence the creation of Bella Italia Pizzeria Ristorante Cafe.
Looking for Dim Sum in Kota Kinabalu? Why not try out Foo Phing restaurant for a hearty Dim Sum treat. Head up to Kolam Center on Jalan Lintas which is some 10 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City and enjoy some tasty Dim Sum. Foo Phing Dim Sum is a hugely popular breakfast destination for many KK Lites. Since it is located at a suburb, parking are easier to come by and are also boasted with an underground car park. Foo Phing restaurant has an air-conditioned section for those who like a cooler setting, and there is also an open air area for the smokers.
There are many types of Dim Sum to choose from at Foo Phing restaurant, “ha kau” is their flagship dim sum, and the usual like “siew mai”, “fu kien”, crab claws, “pai kut”, fish balls, and chicken feet are all waiting to be ordered. Foo Phing restaurant also has many different types of small dishes call “Tian Pin” which literally translated means “sweet stuff”. “Tian Pin” are stuffs like yam cake, egg tarts, fried won-ton with prawns, and others which are great for nibbling.
Kedai Kopi Melanian has made a name for themselves by serving up this very tasty “Sang Nyuk Men” which literally means freshly cooked sliced pork meat and noodle in Hakka. This mixed pork soup comes with fleshly boiled sliced pork meat, pork intestine, and the ever delicious meat balls. The meat ball is a mixture of pork meat and squid, the right amount from each portion is needed to roll them to a beauty. The secret behind the tasty “Sang Nyuk Men” is the fresh ingredients used by the chef.
Kedai Kopi Melanian 2 is located at the Inanam Business Centre, just next to the City Bus Terminal (North), which is a transit centre for long distance coaches that travel to Kudat, Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu and Semporna. Kedai Kopi Melanian 2 occupied a corner shop lot. Next to and opposite Melanian 2 are three other corner shops that are also occupied by Kopitaims, so there are a lot of things to eat at this area. It is a bonus to the travellers who use this terminal depot, as they can enjoy good food while waiting for their bus or just arriving from other distant towns.
Every Sunday the whole length of Gaya Street is closed down for one purpose, the Gaya Street Sunday Market.
vegas bar & grill interior
A warm and relaxed atmosphere are what one feels the moment one steps into Vegas Bar & Grill. It has a simple but well planned interior, that used warm lights and rattans chair with red ribbon to brighten up the main section of the room. While the window tables and seats adopted a different setting from the main section, and two tables are located at the corner for those who need a bit of privacy.
Western cuisine is the main fare on the menu at Vegas Bar & Grill. Beef, chicken, fish and lamb are the few selection for one to choose from. Salads, soups, appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches, are served here. There are also some hawker style cooking like fried noodle and fried rice.
Vegas Bar & Grill is located at ground floor of the Multi Storey Carpark Complex at Jalan Damai Point, which is just next to the Damai Commercial Centre. From Kota Kinabalu City to the Damai Commercial Centre will take about 10 to 15 minutes drive depending on the traffic.
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park covers about 280 acres of land, and at the moment 60 acres of the land have been utilized for the wildlife park and the botanical garden. The park has more than 100 species of mammals including birds, which are kept in captivity. Animals like the Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, Proboscis Monkey, Borneo’s Rhino and Sun bear, which are native to Sabah, they are the main attraction here. The park is jointly developed and managed by the Sabah Wildlife and the Forestry Department. Located about 25km away from Kota Kinabalu City, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park can be easily accessible by either the old Penampang-Papar road via Donggongon town or the Putatan-Papar road.
Bornean Pygmy Elephant is the world’s smallest elephant. DNA anlaysis showed that Borneo’s elephants were isolated about 300,000 years ago from their cousins on mainland Asia. Since then, the elephants become smaller with relatively large ears, longer tails and straight tusks. Bornean Pygmy Elephants are also known to be rather tame and mild-tempered compared to others Asian elephants.
Every day around the late afternoon the Waterfront begins to come alive, as workers come to set up their premises and the chefs start to prepare their special Ala carte. By evening the whole place will be bustling with people looking for a great dinning experience from the many restaurants at the Waterfront.
At the foothill of Mt. Kinabalu, lies this beautiful valley called Kundasang, with an average altitude of 5,000 to 6,000 feet, is one of the highest small town in Malaysia. Kundasang is famous for its temperate vegetation, one gets to view many of these farm lands along the main road. Kundasang also boasts one of the highest Golf course in the world, rounds are mostly play in the morning because by the afternoon the clouds would have cover up most of the course. There is also this Kundasang War Memorial next to the shoplots that attracts many visitors every year. Not far one can also find busy market trading in vegetables and flowers.
Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort and Spa is built on top of a hill just next to the Kundasang township. Previously the resort was under the Perkasa Hotel group. The resort also has one of the best view of Mt. Kinabalu and the surrounding valley. With the addition of the new chalets and the refurnished main building of the resort done last year, Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort and Spa can easily be considered the finest resort around the Kundasang area.
Without a doubt, Little Italy is the most popular Italian restaurant in Kota Kinabalu. Come lunch and dinner time Little Italy is always packed with KKlites and tourists alike. The pasta and pizza here are so delicious that customers always comeback for more.
Located on the ground floor of Capital Hotel, and situated at a corner of one of KK city most busy traffic lights, Little Italy does have a very strategic position. While the others two corners are occupied by Wisma Merdeka and Wisma Sabah, both places are popular shopping centres and offices. Take a seat at the veranda of Little Italy and get a glimpse of life in Kota Kinabalu City, where people walk up and down going about with their businesses.