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.
Silla Korean Restaurant (non Halal)
Dubuyo (Halal restaurant)
One of the Korean restaurants is halal certified. The interior design of the restaurant is more fun and cozy. Suitable place for family dining. Each set of the menu comes with Banchan, a side dish that consists of macaroni, kimchi, and vegetable. Chicken king, Toppokki, and Bulgogi beef are their specialties.
Location: Imago shopping mall, Lower ground floor
business hour: 10.30 am until 10 pm daily.
Bintulu Korean Restaurant (Non-halal restaurant)
Bintulu Korean Restaurant serves good Korean cuisine food. The restaurant is fully air-conditioned with air ventilation installed on each table as each table is equipped with a sizzling BBQ plate. There is two sections of the restaurant where the first area is more to usual sitting with table and chair 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 dish 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 nighttime. 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 others. They do provide a lunch menu which consists of side dishes and a main course meal.
Bab’s Korea BBQ (Non-halal restaurant)
Bab’s Korea BBQ is well-known for its amazing Banchan because it served more than 10 different varieties of appetizers. Customers usually go to Bab’s and order a Bibimbap meal which is served in a 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 its best of Korean food. Although the design of the restaurant is quite simple the environment there is 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 want more of it. Their menu served several of Korean food for you to suit your taste buds 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.
Korean Club Restaurant (Non-halal restaurant)
Korean Club Restaurant is located in a bungalow at Tanjung Aru, near to the Tanjung Aru beach and Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.
Location: No.4, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: 11:30 – 14:00, 18:00 – 22:00
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There is another non-halal Korean Restaurant at Karamunsing Capital, called Deli Korea. The owner is a Korean couple. Check it out!