Fook Yuen Cafe and Bakery, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu.
This coffeehouse has gotten many rave reviews from friends in Kota Kinabalu. This outlet in Gaya Street has only been in operations for slightly more than 2 months.
I was introduced to this cafe by an entrepreneur friend who told me he had breakfast here every day. We went on a Saturday morning and ended up chatting with the owner, Mr Low for 2 hours. He is a friendly and smart entrepreneur.
About the Cafe
I would describe this cafe as an upscale coffeehouse with really low prices. You would not expect such ambiance from a coffeehouse that basically serves local style fast food, but the colors, decor and lighting makes it an inviting place to take a break. While it is not air-conditioned, it is quite cool and offers a nice respite from the tropical heat.
The bakery produces fresh baked buns, bread and cake rolls on the premise, so the bread is bound to be fresh. You can see them working the dough as they prepare dough for the oven. Freshness is what brings the customers back, and you can see the food being cooked and replenished throughout the day.
The tables and chairs are reminiscent of Borneo in the bygone years, marble table tops mounted on wooden stands. From the entrance you might have expected an upscale establishment, and in presentation it is. But the food and drinks are the real value, I have had the same food in a old open air coffeeshop that cost more.
Fook Yuen Cafe and Bakery serves local style fast food, fried noodles, chicken wings, hotdogs, fishballs on a stick, among other local delights. Nasi Lemak in banana leave costs only RM 1.60. That is why this cafe is popular with locals and tourists alike.
They also serve an a la carte menu of Western food such as steaks and chops, fish and chips and spaghetti. Prices for the Western menu starts from RM 5.50. Also available is a selection of Japanese set meal, American breakfast, and a variety of ham and cheese sandwiches.
Opening Hours: 7.00am to 2.00am.
Fook Yuen Cafe and Bakery is located on the ground floor of Menara Jubili building, on Gaya Street. Just walk along Gaya Street and head towards Sabah Tourism Board building, Fook Yuen is just before the Sabah Tourism building.
It is in a good location, the building is modern, within walking distances of hotels, backpacker lodges, supermarkets and offices. This parking also has a lot of parking space, making it convenient for locals as well.
Fook Yuen Cafe and Bakery has branches in the following areas; Kota Kinabalu city, Asia City, Karamunsing Capital, Damai Plaza, and Taman Iramanis. The outlets are self service, and there is no service charge or sales tax on the bill.
Comments From A Patron
Yep, it’s a nice place. Just went over there last Saturday night, amidst all the comments we heard from previous patrons. Food was bountiful….and yes, prices were not bad too. Also all the branches are cozy. - Haniwi Chong
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