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Tip Top Restaurant and Bar is a good place to sit down and enjoy some good drinks and meals, after visiting the Tip of Borneo. Burger, noodle, rice and a special local dish called Hinava are served here. Beer, juice, soft drinks, coffee and tea are available here too. This restaurant and bar near the beach is operated by an English man called Howard.
Of late Kota Kinabalu (KK) not only attracts thousands of travellers to its shore daily for its natural wonders, but many of these visitors also find the local foods very tempting. Today it is not uncommon to see tourists with a map on hand to look for these popular eateries in downtown KK, some of them even go hopping from one eatery to another, in search of that perfect taste. Most of these eateries only concentrate at one or two particular hawker style foods. And these are not the big restaurants that specialise in certain cuisine. The food pricing here is from budget to moderate, surely every one can afford to try some of them if not all. These popular eateries are in downtown KK, will be introduced street by street (below).
Let’s start with the oldest street in KK, the famous Gaya Street which was known as Bond Street during the colonial era. Every Sunday this street will be closed for traffic where the Gaya Street Sunday Market will be held. Here many of the local traders will come and sell their produces and products.
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Beef noodle or "Ngau Chap" as it is popular known by KK Lites, is a popular hawker food for breakfast and lunch in West Coast Sabah. While most of the famous beef noodle kopitiams lie in the suburbs of Kota Kinabalu, Mee & Cake House's beef noodle stall is located right in city. Situated at the sixth floor of Wisma Merdeka, the first shopping centre in the city, customers can enjoy their tasty beef noodle inside the comfort of an air-conditional surrounding.
What make beef noodle special are the way ingredients like beef, meat balls and other cow internal organs are cooked and prepared. At Mee & Cake House, the stewed beefs are very delicious. These stewed beefs are well marinated and the meats have been cooked to become tender. The meat balls are moderate in size but taste just as good. The others important ingredients for beef noodle like the shin, stomach, and other internal organs are well prepared too. The soup taste mild and sweet. Here guests can order thier beef noodle in soup or "Kon Lou" which means noodle in black sauce. Guests can also substitute their noodle with vermicelli (be hoon) and flat rice noodle (kui teoy).
Sushi Tei is an international Japanese restaurant chain, with about 37 outlets in the Asia Pacific region and it is still growing. With an origin from Singapore, many of Sushi Tei restaurants are found in South East Asia cities, like Kuala Lumpur, Jarkarta, Surabaya, Bali and of course Singapore. As an expanding international brand, it can be found as far south to the Australia continent with restaurants in Sydney, and branching out to the opposite direction, the northern hemisphere, it has also established outlets in China most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai.
To the delight of all KK Lites, in January 2011 Sushi Tei has decided to open an outlet at Kota Kinabalu most prestige address, the Suria Sabah which is located on the waterfront. The restaurant is situated on the ground floor towards the end of the Kinabalu Mall. Its interior is modern and unique, and the tables along the glass wall do have a view to die for.
Set up a kopitaim or cafe with about twenty popular items that KK Lites love to eat, and have some very good local drinks to go with it. Does this formula work for a cafe? Look no further as Kopi Ping Cafe in Damai has just gone ahead with the above idea and in less than six months it has become a success story. It was opened in July 2010. Today the young and old generations find the place very appealing as the food/taste here some how do cater for everyone. Apart from the food, the interior decoration is also very pleasing to the eyes, which makes the customers relax in a chatty mood.
For a simple meal customers can choose from the many hawker-style offerings like Hainamese Chicken Rice, Curry Noodle, Sambal Meehoon and Fried Noodle. Specially single out here is the Prawn Noodle (Har Men) which is quiet good for local standard. During lunch and dinner hours popular local dishes such as Sweet & Sour Prawn, Ginger & Spring Onion Beef, Black Pepper Fish and Chicken Salad are available.