5 great places to eat in Sandakan, Sabah


I am so excited I finally got to visit Sandakan, Sabah!! Sandakan is famous for their exotic wildlife, their food and their culture & heritage… And in today, I am gonna share 5 great random places to eat in Sandakan, which I had the chance to try, thanks to Tourism Malaysia, Sabah Tourism Board and Sandakan Tourism Association….


When in Sandakan, seafood is a must.. After all its one of the places fresh seafood is abundant…. And so one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Sandakan has to be Pusat Makanan Laut Pasir Putih Baru


The restaurant is a simple restaurant with a view of Sandakan Town and Sandakan Bay located by the roadside…


The first dish got our eyes wide opened and excited… It was none other the lobster Yee Mee….  The Lobster that came served on top of the Yee Mee was just so fresh and succulent, you could almost taste the sea in every bite…


Then we had some Sabah Garoupa Steamed in Soya Sauce, Steamed Chicken with Garlic, Salt Baked Crab,  Steamed Prawns which was also lip smacking good…

And Sotong Kicap as well as Vegetable soup….


My favourite which I cannot get enough of has to be the Lobster Yee Mee, Steamed Garoupa fish as well as the Salted Baked Crabs…  Which is really really good….

Address –  Pasir Putih Baru Restaurant,
Mile 2 1/2, Jalan Batu Sapi,
PO Box No. 2251,
90725 Sandakan


Nestled among tropical plants, trees and flowers, Sepilok Nature Resort is within walking distance of the world-famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, precious home of the last wild Orang-Utans of Northern Borneo and also the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre..


The Sepilok Nature Resort’s restaurant, The Lake Bistro & Bar is definitely the place to be for a romantic date… It is just so picturesque (instagrammable) and faces a beautiful lake…..


The food here is pretty well presented and the service professional…


I had some Mushroom Soup which is quite nice…


And some Seafood Fried Koay Teow which was just a little mite too sweet for my taste but it was still delicious…

Address – Sepilok Nature Resort, KM 22.5 (Mile 14), Jalan Sepilok, Off Jalan Sapi Nangoh, PPM 255 Elopura, 09000 Sandakan

FB –  https://www.facebook.com/SepilokNatureResort/


This vintage /instagrammable San Da Gen Kopitiam is located at the main town of Sandakan… Easily spotted at the same building of Nak Hotel, where the Balin Rooftop Restaurant is located…


San Da Gen serves up a combination of Sandakan favorite local and fusion dishes and are famous for their cream puffs, UFO tarts and also Salted Egg Lava French Toasts…


The UFO tarts is definitely eye catching… It consist of what is a butter cookie as base with generous cream and custard piled on top of it… Some even call this the “cow dung” tart… Lol

The Salted Egg Lava French Toast looks normal when served… But when you cut the toast, the melted salted egg flows out…. This is definitely a must for every salted egg lover!!!! 

I am also sooooo in love with their avocado cream puff and durian cream puff which is as big as your palm, and it taste just soooo heavenly…

Last but not least, it is said when in Sandakan, you must have a glass of refreshing home made grass jelly prepared with evaporated milk… And San Da Gen has a pretty yummy one to offer…

Address – San Da Gen, Nak Hotel, Lebuh Dua, Pusat Bandar Sandakan, 90000 Sandakan

FB – https://www.facebook.com/TasteSanDaGen/


Sandokan Seafood restaurant’s name was influenced by a pirate character called Sandokan, Pirate of Malaysia, a swashbuckler drama directed by an Italian man, Umberto Lenzi…


This spacious double storey restaurant serves reasonably good authentic Sandakan favorites here… With the air-conditioned upstairs reserved for functions and special events…


We had some corn soup, roasted chicken, 3 rasa fish slices, mixed vegetables and fried seafood tofu to accompany our white rice…

Address – No 197 Lot 3 Taman Pak Tak Jalan Airport, Sandakan

FB – https://www.facebook.com/sandokansr/


OK.. I did not go to the Crowd 99 Cafe, since we barely had enough time to go around…


However, I manage to indulge my taste buds in their spaghetti bolognaise, Musang King soft serve ice cream, green energy yogurt drink and also their Avocado ABC at the Makan Sandakan Food Fair 2019 at Bandar Kim Fung and I loved them all….


Really hope to be able to visit their cafe next time….

Address – Lot 52, Ground Floor,
IJM Avenue 2,
90000 Sandakan

FB – https://www.facebook.com/Crowd99cafeIJMSandakan/

I am pretty sure there are other good eateries out there… And I hope to be able to visit them on my next trip to Sandakan…

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