Kota Kinabalu is a well-known vacation destination among Koreans. There are more and more Korean tourists coming over to KK for vacation. There are also a sizeable Korean community in Kota Kinabalu and they operate restaurant serving specialties from their country. Here are some of the Korean restaurants in KK.
The Gaon (Muslim friendly restaurant)
The Gaon is one of the newest Korean Restaurant in Kota Kinabalu opened in October 2016. The restaurant is located at Imago Mall offering an amazing view especially during the sunset hours. They offer various range of Korean foods such as lunch and dinner buffet, set menu, happy hour promotion and ala-carte menu. T
Location: Imago Shopping mall, Aramaitii area, 1st Floor and their business hour
business hour: 10.30am until 10pm daily.
Silla Korean Restaurant (non Halal)
Dubuyo (Halal restaurant)
One of the Korean restaurant which is with halal certified. The interior design of the restaurant is more to fun and cozy. Suitable place for family dining. Each set of the menu comes with Banchan , a side dishes that consist of macaroni, kimchi and vegetable. Chicken king, Toppokki and Bulgogi beef are their specialty.
Location: Imago shopping mall, Lower ground floor
business hour: 10.30am until 10pm daily.
Bintulu Korean Restaurant (Non-halal restaurant)
Bintulu Korean Restaurant serve good Korean cuisine food. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned with air ventilation installed on each table as each table is equipment with sizzling BBQ plate. There are two section of the restaurant where the first area is more to usual sitting with table and chairs seating while the second section is Korean-inspired seating, whereby, u need to take off your footwear and sit on the floor to dine. The food specialty there will be the marinated pork such as the marinated pork, marinated pork ribs and honey marinated pork. Each pork dishes costs RM28 and above. The waiter will help you to cook the pork on your sizzling plate and serve to you. .
Location: Lintas Plaza, Lot 1-1,1st Floor, Block E
Buga Korean Restaurant (Non-halal restaurant)
Buga Korean Restaurant is located at The Waterfront, behind the BED club. Their operational hour starts at 10.00am until 2.00am. The restaurant is on the first floor and thus, customers can enjoy the view during daylight or night time. The place might be quite isolated as u might need to take the stair to go to the restaurant. They served a wide selection of Korean food choices such as Kimchi soup, Bulgogi, japchae, bibimbap and other more. They do provide lunch menu which consists of side dish and main course meal.
Bab’s Korea BBQ (Non-halal restaurant)
Bab’s Korea BBQ is well-known for its amazing Banchan because they served more than 10 different varieties of appetizers. Customers usually go to Bab’s and order Bibimbap meal which is served in copper plate and costs RM30. Bab’s Korean BBQ might be slightly pricey compared to other Korean restaurants.
location: Lot 8, Golf Driving range, Kompleks Sukan, Jalan Istiadat & Stadiumbusiness hour starts at
business hours: 11am to 11pm.
Hi Seoul Korean Restaurant (Non-halal restaurant)
Hi Seoul Korean Restaurant was opened since the year of 2008 and still continues to serve their best of Korean food. Although the design of the restaurant are quite simple but the environment there are quite comfortable and suitable for family dining. It is a non-halal Korean restaurant and said that the pork cutlet which is deep fried pork prepared with their special ingredient that will make you wanting more of it. Their menu served several of Korean food for you to suite your teste bud such as steamed dumplings, pork soft tofu stew, seaweed soup and many many more. Apart from that, there is Hi Seoul set meal such as steamboat set meal, rice topped with soy sauce and a lot more for you to explore. The pork there is always highly recommended! It is located at Likas Square, Lot 10 and their business hour starts at 7.00am until 10pm.
Hana Pot (Halal restaurant)
Hana Pot is a non-serving pork Korean restaurant but of course, they do serve alcohol such as Soju and Korean beer. Hana Pot offer good variety of Korean dish from ala-carte Korean dish, lunch set menu to BBQ, all depends with your preference. While waiting for your meal to arrive, they will serve you the few different side dishes and it is unlimited refilled. They do change their side-dish from time to time as well. The must try food there will be Haemul Pajeon which is a seafood pancake mixed with shrimp and squid, Dak Bokkeum and the Bulgogi. The price range at Hana Pot is reasonable. Hana pot is located at Warisan Square, Block C, 1st Floor and their business hour starts from10.00am untul 11.00pm daily
Koryo-Jeong (Non-halal restaurant)
Koryo-Jeong consider as one of the preferable Korean restaurant visited for both locals and tourist in KK. Koryo-Jeong do serve BBQ grill for their customers and will grill the food in front of their customer. The pork scotch fillet is their best food served there and cost RM28.00. They normally cut-off excessive fat on the pork before grilling it and customers love the smell of the fresh grill pork. It is normally served with bean paste Sause and lettuce. They are located at Warisan Square and business hours starts at 11.00am until 3pm and reopened at 6.00pm until 10.00pm daily.
Korean Club Restaurant (Non-halal restaurant)
Korean Club Restaurant located in a banglo at Tanjung aru, near to the Tanjung Aru beach and Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.
Location: No.4, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu