Seafood in Sabah promises to be nothing less than the best, fresh, abundant and cooked to perfection. Some of the freshest selection can be found in many of Kota Kinabalu’s popular seafood restaurants. For a floating dining experience, visit Kampung Nelayan Restaurant in Luyang to enjoy a night of good food and local natives cultural performance.
If you are taking cab or taxi, make sure to tell the driver “Kampung Nelayan Restaurant, Bukit Padang”. The reason is there is actually a village named Kampung Nelayan in Tuaran, which is about 30 minutes away from the city. When you take the cab, do arrange for a pick-up, or the restaurant can call a taxi for you.
Kampung Nelayan Restaurant is situated in Tun Fuad Stephens Park, located in Bukit Padang (Padang Hill), Luyang. It is less than a 10 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu city, and is best experienced in the evenings. The highlight of the restaurant is fresh seafood and nightly cultural performances. It is known called a floating restaurant due the the construction of the place, it is built on stilts and looks as though it is floating on the water. Especially at night.
What To Eat
They have a good mix of menus prepared in the local style, nothing too fancy, just food that brings out the fresh flavors of local produce and fresh seafood. Just pick the type of seafood you want and they will recommend ways to cook it. Or you could try their steamboat, which is a local chinese favorite.
The Highlight Of The Evening
You can enjoy nightly cultural performances from various local cultural troupes. Here is a video of the Bamboo Dance, performed by Murut warriors (the headhunters of Borneo). This dance is called the Magunatip. This is my daughter favorite, she enjoys the bamboo dance and the music of the bamboo dance. The traditional gongs, and the rhythmic beating of the bamboo is strangely hypnotic, and she enjoys grooving to the beat.
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