Kuching is the most sophisticated city in the world and a true melting pot of cuisine, crafts, and cultures. It is known for its bustling streets, some of which have colonial features, while others are quite modern. Other attractive assets of Kuching include its close proximity to many beautiful natural sites. The city is known for its diverse and rich cultural and ethnic background and you will fall in love with some of Malaysia’s most delicious dishes. Here are our recommendations on some of the best places to eat in Kuching, Malaysia.
1. Jambu Restaurant & Lounge
They are many restaurants in Kuching that specialize in fusion food and are made with ingredients sourced locally but cooked through western techniques. However, many agree that no restaurant does fusion as well as Jambu. The restaurant is known for its pretty, low-lit ambiance and for being a fantastic gathering place. Relish in the French-style starters, like garlic-soused escargots and homemade chicken pâte, which go wonderfully well with grilled fish and steaks. The foot-tapping jazz soundtrack in the restaurant is an added bonus for visitors and will take you back to the twenties. It also features a lounge bar and a leafy and pretty garden terrace.
Jambu Restaurant & Lounge
Address: 32 Crookshank Road, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Website: Jambu Restaurant & Lounge
2. The Dyak
The Dyak became an instant sensation when it opened some years ago. It became a pioneer eatery in Borneo for popularizing classic Dyak dishes that are typically regarded as street or home-cooked food. At the Dyak, they’ve transformed these meals into delectable restaurant dishes. The dining room is beautiful and decorated with pretty artifacts, offering an unforgettable culinary experience in the city of Kuching. It serves cuisine with a history of ethnic and local tradition. Some of its exotic dishes include tempoyak, or fermented durian, with anchovies and a special ice cream dessert, dipped in a local rice wine, known as tuak.
Address: Sublot 29, Panovel Commercial Complex, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kampung Kenyalang Park, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Facebook: The Dyak
3. Bla Bla Bla Restaurant
Here is a Kuching restaurant that is equally popular among national celebrities and young local residents. The decor of Bla Bla Bla will keep you mesmerized, with its candlelit courtyard, Indonesian Buddha statue, and pretty Japanese koi ponds. You will love the chili main salad here, prepared with freshly chopped fern, collected fresh from the jungle, garnished with a rich and delicious sauce. And if you are fond of meat, the mozzarella-stuffed ostrich will definitely appeal to your palate. The sugarcane chicken served in this eatery is an exquisite blend of sweet and spicy.
Bla Bla Bla Restaurant
Address: 27, Jalan Tabuan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
4. Ling Loong Seafood
You will miss out if you visit Kuching and do not drop in to Ling Loong Seafood to sample the tastiest of dishes served here. The ingredients are procured from both the Pacific Ocean and the Sarawak River. You can find good-quality fish in many places, in Kuching, but when you want the freshest of them all, Ling Loong Seafood is the best choice for you, in the city. While grilled pomfret or red snapper, fried in garlic are the favorites of local residents, it would be a folly not to taste the shellfish here. You can also try the other delicacies, such as the chili crab, oyster omelet and peppered squid, accompanied by dishes called kai-lan and bidin, or fern.
Ling Loong Seafood
Address: Jalan Padungan | 4,5,6 - 6th Floor, Kuching 93100, Malaysia
5. 21 Bistro
Visit this fine restaurant in Kuching, Malaysia, that is a gorgeous fusion of restaurant and cocktail bar. Many young professionals of the city are in love with 21 Bistro. It is conveniently located in the heart of the city’s old Chinatown. Expect the best of jazz, cheerful chats with friendly locals and a friendly atmosphere, here. It offers a diverse and interesting menu that makes it a favorite for tourists from all over the globe.
You must taste their best dishes, including their grilled red snapper, salmon teriyaki, and fried bee hoon. Meat lovers should go for the lobster thermidor as it is both juicy and crisp, the New Zealand steak and the lamb cutlets. Enjoy your meal as you listen to the house band playing melodious numbers, on most nights.
Address: 64, Padungan Road, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
6. My Little Kitchen
There are innumerable family run businesses in Kuching, Malaysia. However, My Little Kitchen is one of the most prominent and is run by a warm and friendly couple. Its kitchen never ceases to produce an ever-rotating and lip-smacking collection of cuisine from around the world. Swedish meatballs with mash and gravy are the signature dish of this restaurant but are available only on the weekends. However, diners can relish in a wide range of salads, wraps and roasted meats, all through the week. The bread served here is fresh, locally sourced and homemade. High-quality ingredients are used to bake them without using any additives.
My Little Kitchen
Address: 38, Jalan Padungan, Kuching, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Website: My Little Kitchen
7. Absolute Tribal
If you want to feel like a 19th-century aristocrat, then dining at Absolute Tribal is a must, during your stay in Kuching. When you drop in to dine here, you will have the feeling of being served at a royal family home. The dishes served here are a fusion of local recipes, with influences from Thai and Chinese cuisine. Make sure that you don’t miss out on their tom yum soup, which is originally Thai and Laotian, but very popular in Malaysia, and tastes divine. You should also order the raw seafood salad, called umai, or the hot salmon laksiam, while dining here.
Address: 78, Jalan Tabuan, Westwood, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
8. Pinoy Fiesta Ihaw Ihaw
If you are looking to savor the delicious cuisines of the Philippines, in Kuching, then Pinoy Fiesta Ihaw Ihaw will lure you in, for sure. A Filipino family runs this restaurant and they have the adorable habit of singing while serving their guests. Come here for some delectable sour pork sisig and checked skewers, coated with satay. You can also try out some of their other popular and exotic dishes, like the pineapple chicken and the crispy pat, in which deep-fried legs of pork are deboned and made tender with a seasoning of pineapple, garlic, and soy.
Pinoy Fiesta Ihaw Ihaw
Address: 143, Jalan Padungan, China Town, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Website: Pinoy Fiesta Ihaw Ihaw
9. Life Café
An old and charming tea house, Life Cafe has adorable decor, that will take your breath away. Its doorway is grand and influenced by Chinese artwork, with rows of lanterns. In fact, the Chinese delicacies served here are as tasty as that in the homeland. Start your meal with the salty seaweed soup and don’t miss out on the delicious wonton dumplings. You can also check out the herbal soup, which is quite a healthy dish. If you are a vegetarian, do not be disappointed, as there are various options for you, too.
Address: 62, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Website: Life Café
Happy dining in Kuching, Malaysia
If you are a self-proclaimed foodie or looking for a fabulous dining experience, while staying in Kuching, we are certain you will freak out when you visit these eateries. We wish you happy dining during your visit to this great city!
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