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12 best dinner spots to eat local food in Kuching

Dining out is not uncommon in Kuching. Because there are just so many dinner hotspots that will surely satisfy anyone’s appetite.

So, get ready because we’re going to share with you some of the best dinner spots in Kuching City! This guide is split according to locations, and some food you can expect at those locations.

 

IN THE CITY CENTRE

Aladin Chicken Rice at Kuching

Aladin Chicken Rice – Almost every Kuchingite knows about this chicken rice joint. Both the roasted and steamed chicken are cooked just right. There’s also the chicken porridge served, if you want something light.

 

Wayne Café – Wayne Café is a nostalgic dining spot in the heart of Kuching. Have a taste of their signature dish Nasi Aruk, with options of Ikan Terubuk or Ayam Goreng on the side. Drinks here are served in huge glasses, so that’s a major plus!

  • Address: Jalan Main Bazaar, 2, China St, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 6:30pm-4am (Tuesday-Sunday), Closed on Mondays
    Halal, $$

 

Seafoods at Topspot Food Court, Kuching 

Topspot Food Court – Topspot is the number one choice for Kuchingites whenever it comes to a seafood night out. There’s plenty of seafood stalls to choose from at this food court. Recommended dishes are Oyster Omelette, Curry Bamboo Clams, Butter Crab with Salted Egg Yolk and Siakap 3 Rasa. Have your meal together with fresh sugarcane or coconut drinks.

Note: If this this your first time to Topspot, the place is located on the rooftop.

 

BOYAN

Nasi Ketok at My Village Barok, Kuching

My Village Barok – This restaurant is famous for its traditional and village-style concept. Some foods you’ll want to try are nasi ayam ketok, linut, and traditional snacks such as bahulu and serabai. There’s also a traditional show put on by the Malay Boyan villagers if you come here on the weekends.

  • Address: 7, Jln Kampung Pulo Hilir, Kampung Boyan, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 4:30-11:30pm daily
    Halal, $-$$

 

BAN HOCK

Lepau Restaurant in Kuching

Lepau – Lepau serves genuine Dayak cuisine in a lovely ambiance reflecting the traditional Kayan ‘kampung’ farm-hut. Be sure to try their manok pansoh, terung asam soup, and fried tempoyak with anchovies, all served together with Bario brown rice wrapped in isip leaf.

  • Address: Lepau Restaurant, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 11am-2:30pm; 6-11pm (Monday-Saturday), Closed on Sundays
    Pork-free, $$

 

Annuar BBQ Steamboat in Kuching

Annuar BBQ Steamboat – Dinner is the best time to have steamboat. At Annuar BBQ Seafood, there’s all sorts seafood from squids, fish cakes, crabs, as well as vegetables and marinated meats. Steamboat packages here also come with free flow of cordial drinks.

  • Address: LOT.220, Main Entrance (opposite Telang Usan Hotel), Persiaran Ban Hock, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 6-11pm daily
    Tel: +60 19 886 7900
    Halal, $$

 

The Heritage in Kuching

The Heritage – In the mood for a full-on Chinese dinner? This restaurant offers a solid Chinese menu. Popular dishes here are the suckling pig, claypot tofu and mango duck wrap. Book early before you come here.

  • Address: 8, Jalan Song Thian Cheok, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 11:30am-2pm; 5;30-10pm everyday
    Non-halal, $$-$$$

 

KUBAH RIA

Nasi Lemak Ganja

Nasi Lemak Ganja – Though most of us are familiar with having nasi lemak in the mornings, sometimes we can’t help craving for this signature Malaysian dish at night. Nasi Lemak Ganja stall at Kubah Ria sells nasi lemak for dinnertime, with variants including cockles sambal, prawn sambal and petai sambal.

 Read more about Nasi Lemak Ganja here: https://www.borneotalk.com/nasi-lemak-youll-get-hooked-on/

  • Address: No.22 Kubah Ria, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 5pm-11pm (Monday-Saturday), Closed on Sundays
    Halal, $-$$

 

Mee Kolok Mangkuk Merah

Mee Kolok Mangkuk Merah – Probably the best halal mee kolok sold from late-night onwards in Kuching. Served in their iconic red bowl (mangkuk merah) with a unique spicy sambal soy sauce. You can customise the amount of noodle or beef according to your appetite.

  • Address: Stall No.53 Medan Niaga Satok (Block E – Benteng), Jalan Matang, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 10pm-2am daily
    Halal, $$

 

JALAN ROCK

Go Fun Kee Bak Kut Teh Jalan Rock

Go Fun Kee Bak Kut Teh Jalan Rock – Known for its delicious Bak Kut Teh, Go Fun Kee has several chain outlets all over Kuching. The Jalan Rock outlet is one of the main ones. You can have a soupy-based Bak Kut Teh, or dry one here. They also have various selection of beverages sold including bubble tea – how cool is that?

  • Address: 10, Ground Flr, East Moore Commercial Centre, 2 1, 2 Mile, Rock Road, Min Chu Garden, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 11am-9:30pm daily
    Phone: +60 10 899 1414

    Non-halal, $$

 

RUBBER ROAD

i-Cafe, Kuching

i-Cafe – Famed for their Mee Siam Wednesday Specials, i-Café is a great place for a seafood dinner with your friends and family. A few of the must try dishes include Salted Egg Prawn, Sea Cucumber Soup and Sambal Squid. Order them together with vegetables like Midin Belacan and Cangkuk Manis.

  • Address: Lot 295-296, Rubber Road & Lorong 9, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 6:30am-10pm (Monday; Wednesday-Saturday), 3:30pm-10pm (Sunday), Closed on Tuesdays
    Phone: +60 82 428 878

    Pork-free, $$

 

MATANG

Fauziah Family Café

Fauziah Family Café – A food court with a fair number of stalls, with all sorts of food from kway teow to satay, and mee jawa. The stretchy cheese naan is must order here.

  • Address: Lorong Metrocity Boulevard 3, Kampung Won, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
    Opening hours: 7am-11:45pm (Monday-Thursday), 7am-12am (Friday-Sunday)
    Phone: +60 12 881 2755

    Halal, $-$$
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