The year 2018 saw the introduction of many International brands entering the Kota Kinabalu market. The biggest name to enter Kota Kinabalu is Dominos Pizza with the opening of their first outlet at T1 Bundusan and the opening of a total of 4 outlets in 2018. Bubble Tea also making a comeback bigtime in Sabah which saw many international Bubble tea brand suck as Regius Tea, Cha Tra Mue.
Medovik Coffee House at Bay 21 – serves Russian cuisine, cakes and coffee
Tea/ Food Kiosk
RegiusTea – Tea Bar from China with the first outlet at Plaza 333. 2nd outlet opens at Citymall
Ayoi Culture Café – Tea Café from Taiwan with their first outlet at Warisan Square
Cha Tra Mue – 70+ Years Old Thai Tea Company and Thai Ice Milk Tea Specialist. The first outlet at Suria Sabah
Liang Sandwich Bar – Jay Chou endorsed scallion sandwich from Taiwan. Outlets located at Suria Sabah and Imago Mall
Llao Llao – Served natural yogurt with toppings and seasonal fruits. The first outlet is located at the basement of Suria Sabah
Idrink 吾饮良品 Malaysia – First outlet in Malaysia at T1 Bundusan.
Macao Imperial Tea – Tea Bar from Macao. First outlet in T1 Bundusan and kiosk at Imago Shopping Mall
Godiva – Premium chocolate from Belgium. Located at Imago Shopping Mall. Serves luxurious soft serve ice cream and selling Gold Ballotins, Signature Truffle Assortments, Godiva Liquer, Biscuits, Coffee, Cocoa, Seasonal Novelty Chocolates, Gift Baskets, Wedding & Party Favors, Brownies, Macaroons, and more.
U-Tea – Tea beverage company started with the first outlet at Citymall. New outlet at Lintas Plaza and Gaya Street
Gen Z Sabah – Local Tea Bar at Lintas Plaza.
Crowd 99 – Dessert and soft serve kiosk from Sandakan. Kiosks at Suria Sabah and Imago Mall
International Fast Food Restaurant
Dominos Pizza makes their first entrance to Kota Kinabalu market. With new outlet at Riverson, T1 Bundusan, ITCC and Inanam Taipan
Wendy’s – One of the world’s largest burger chain first outlet in Kota Kinabalu at KKIA (Kota Kinabalu International Airport)
Jollibee – Home of the Famous Chickenjoy re-enter Kota Kinabalu market with their first outlet at Center Point Sabah.
New Eateries and Restaurants at Suria Sabah:
Dragon Palace – Seafood and Dim Sum restaurant from Australia
Kitaro Japanese Restaurant – Serve freshly made ramen on site
Ah Yen traditional Fried Pork Kuey Teow – Sandakan famous fried pork kuey Teow
New Restaurants at T1 Bundusan
Porsh – Bistro, Bar and Party Place
Bottoms up Restro – Kitchen & Bar
See World Café – Local cafe
New Restaurant at Lintas Plaza
The Three by LFJ – infusion Contemporary Cuisine at Lintas Plaza
Yeglina – Japanese Restaurant serving Japanese Style Donkatsu (fried pork cutlet)
Gangnam BBQ – Korean BBQ restaurant facing Lintas golf driving range
New Restaurant at Citymall
東寿司 Azuma Sushi Restaurant – New Sushi and Japanese restaurant at level 3 of Citymall foodcourt area
Papparich – Papparich reenters Kota Kinabalu market at Citymall serving Malaysian delight. Famous for its Malaysian food and kaya toast.
Nyonya Bites – New Malaysian restaurant opens 2 branches at Citymall and Riverson
New Restaurant at Imago Mall
Zing Restaurant & Bar – Serve wine, and fine food. Located at Aramaiti walk, Imago Mall
White Orchid Thai Flavours – Modern Thai Food Restaurant at Aramaiti Walk, Imago Mall
New Restaurant at Plaza Shell
Urban Hotpot Bar – Hotpot Bar with fresh ingredients. Special Karaoke room available for small groups
Der Master – delicatessen Grocer & Bar, a new diverse mix of dining, food grocer and lively nightlife experiences in KK city. Think crispy pork knuckle, heavenly sausages, bacon, hams and steak.
New Eateries at Plaza 333
Super Ono – Poke bowl specialist. Delicious and colorful Hawaiian bowl at Plaza 333
Restoran Pak Mus – Serve Malay cuisine with the family recipe at Tanjung Aru Plaza
Jom Penyet – A restaurant at Aeropot serving Soto and Ayam Penyet
Ho Yen Kee – Roasted pork, chicken and bbq pork serves with kon lou mee at Inanam Capital
Outskirt Eatery – cheap affordable Western and local food café at Jalan Putatan Ramayah
Little Sulap – a simple café at Jalan Penampang Papar Lama
Cafélab – Serve Korean food, desserts and sandwiches at Kingfishes
New Eateries at Tuaran
Our Land Eco Farm – Seafood Restaurant located at Tuaran
We may have left out other new eateries, contact us if you know any new eateries open in 2018 and should be in the list.