Firefly Bar & Grill

Located at the prestigious KK Times Square complex, just 1km away from downtown Kota Kinabalu (KK), Firefly Bar & Grill offers good dinner options, where Western style foods are served, and it also doubles up as an entertainment depot where a live band and DJs perform every night. While most Western food eateries in KK shy away from offering pork on their menus, Firefly Bar & Grill has lined up four to five pork platters for its customers to savor. Bacon & ham sandwich, crispy pork belly, honey glazed pork belly, pork chop Alfredo, and BBQ pork back ribs are what cooking at this place. Apart from pork, meats selection like beef, chicken, fish, lamb, oyster, prawn, and salmon can be ordered for the main course. Side orders like burger, pasta, salad and soup are also available. For drinks, Firefly has quite a large collection that includes beer, brandy, cognac, red & white wine, vodka and whisky. This is also the place to gulp down the new and popular Hoegaarden beer, which is original from Belgium.

Crispy Pork Belly

New York New York

New York New York, what? New York in Kota Kinabalu? Not quite, but this all American food restaurant called New York New York has come to Kota Kinabalu, with it’s first outlet in Malaysia at1Borneo Hypermall. Now KK Lites can enjoy pure delicious American food without travelling half-way around the world, the saving on flight charges along can buy many meals at New York New York.

Toscani’s Wine & Dine Cafe


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With view like Gaya Island on one side, and the international Sutera Harbour Golf course on the other side, Toscani’s Wine & Dine Cafe, which offers a fusion of Italian and Spanish Cuisines, is a great place to dine and wine down after a busy day.


toscani’s wine & dine cafe

Located at the Waterfront Kota Kinabalu, which is one of the best gourmet destinations in Kota Kinabalu City, and with the South China Sea fronting the Cafe, Toscani’s Wine & Dine is right in the centre of the city. It is also within walking distance from most of the city Hotels, and just a stone throw away from Warisan Square and Centre Point Shopping Mall.

Bella Italia Pizzeria Ristorante Cafe

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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.

Vegas Bar & Grill

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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.

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prawn cocktail

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.

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vegas bar & grill

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.