Sarawak has long been a melting pot of cultures, but in culinary terms, that pot has recently been stirred by a reawakening in the F&B business. Fresh flavours are being imported, old traditions revived, and new combinations tested to create a new culinary landscape for Kuching. The food heritage of our past stands strong, from hawker scene to high-end hotel, but new faces are bringing it forward into the future. So we at KINO, confirmed foodies all (isn’t everyone in Kuching?), are paying tribute to some of the bright new stars as well as the firm favourites in our Sarawak skies.
80 Ewe Hai Street, 93000 Kuching
A precious gem at the old heart of Kuching, Peridot is spearheading that spirit of invention that is sweeping the city and now bringing it beyond its fresh and innovative menu and into every event. An ideal space for any intimate gathering, Peridot is now providing that personal touch, offering tailor-made menus on request and event decorating and planning services from early 2019. This is boutique at its best – stylish and specialised, individual and custom made for clients – Peridot will help each event stand out from the pack with a function designed for a perfect fit.
Lot 1659, 15, Jalan Simpang Tiga, 93300 Kuching
The Container is a new concept in Kuching city, blending old and new with East and West to bring visitors an entirely different experience. Architect- designed, this innovative space gives a new lease of life to old shipping containers, providing numerous indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for a private party or a relaxed dinner in the company of friends. You can even rent the whole place for a bigger splash! But the invention doesn’t end there with a menu full of old favourites in new combinations. Sample the Chicken Maryland with its salted egg yolk crust or even Spaghetti Laksa. Anyone for Kway Teow Bolognese? Container is an entirely new Kuching combination!
38 Tabuan Rd, 93000 Kuching
Zinc has been in the Sarawak firmament for 4 years now, set there by high standards in food, ambience and service. The Mediterranean cuisine served by Chef Jordi from Barcelona features many items never before tasted here. With cool music at a volume which doesn't drown out your conversation, experience one or all of the 10 premium gin & tonics on display. Happy Hour for craft cocktails such as Roselle Daiquiri and Jameson Zoom runs at the fitting timeslot of 9.45pm to 11.45pm. The wine list is equally impressive, with the tastiest house red and white wines in town. Now featuring Live Jazz performances every Thursday by the Xanadu Duo from the UK.
(Tues- Sun: 6pm until late)
The Laksamana Commercial Suites, J. Laksamana Cheng Ho, 93350 Kuching
Jackie of Juniper is creating a whole range of interesting new combinations. A modern, industrial space with its own traditional herb garden; a western menu with old Foochow favourites; chef training with its eye for innovation and family recipes handed down through the generations. The result is traditional dishes served with restaurant flair, Kuching’s best mojito made with real home-grown mint, and even herbal soups created with the help of a Chinese physician to heal the body and keep the taste buds happy. But the centrepiece is crocodile – the star attraction at this year’s Kuching festival – stuffed in kong pia or simply as a chop. An exotic bite now available all year round!
(Mon-Sat: 10am-12am, Sunday closed: subject to reservation)
Lot 2723, Block 10, Lorong Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce 6 (Next to McDonald's)
Queen Bee Food Paradise has taken a once neglected area and turned it into a hive of activity! This new complex has Memoire Hornbill Hotel, an already established Cambodian restaurant (GWC), Seafood Restaurant, and now a food court where Sarawak’s favourite range of food is on sale in an innovatively designed open air space. Take yourself from simple snack to dessert – gula apong ice cream now on sale alongside everything from dim sum to main meals – under the Kuching sky. Already a popular location, Queen Bee Food Paradise boasts of the biggest projector screen to watch your favourite live sports game with the cheapest beers in town. This place is attracting Kuchingites like bees to honey! (24/7)
Ground Floor, Lots 353-355, Section 50, Jalan Padungan Utara, 93100 Kuching
King’s Curry brings the spice and excitement of Northern India to South- East Asia. King's Curry is the original creator of the signature Cheesy Naan and King’s Martabak. You can have a full-blown meal, a quick bite from their extensive fast food selection (lunch only), or the ultimate pick me up with their new ‘Cutting Chai and Bites’. Iconic, aromatic Indian tea with crispy pakora can stand alone or as a prelude to their mightier mains – they have even added ‘Nasi Goreng Siram Curry’ to tickle local taste buds. Authentically Indian and still strongly Sarawak – come and enjoy a royal feast!
Level 5, Lot 317, Jalan Abell
Perched on the fifth floor of the LimeTree hotel is Kuching’s ultimate rooftop lounge, LimeLight. Where earth meets sky, you can get a bird’s eye view of the city skyline while reaching out to touch the wide blue yonder. This is Happy Hour special at its highest – the place to revel in the burnished Sarawak sunset while sipping on a Tequila Sunrise of many colours or a Gin & Tonic with fresh lime wedges and other signature cocktails, all at irresistible prices. Enjoy dining with friends around an enormous belian table – available for advance booking – amidst a field of LimeTree green. Christmas and New Year dining specials are now available for booking.
(Daily: 4-11pm, Happy Hour daily 4-8pm)
Old CourtHouse, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg 93000, Kuching
The Old Courthouse complex has a new venue to bring out the best of Kuching culture - in history, tradition and, of course, food. From the end of November, Roots will bring a top-class tasting menu to a casual Kuching crowd, where laid back groups can treat each other to a combination of flavours from Spanish to contemporary, Japanese to Chinese with cocktails, chilled of course! Roots reflects the story of Chef John, who grew from his roots in Malaysia to a stellar career in Singapore, and now will push the boundaries of contemporary Kuching. So, take a seat at his tasting table for the next step in the evolution of Kuching’s Old Courthouse.
Lot 2641 Jalan Green, 93400 Kuching
Anyone with a passion for pets should get down to the Meow Meow Cat Café. Here you can sip a cup of coffee and enjoy a hearty meal or an array of finger foods, all in the company of some feline fur friends. These are no ordinary pussycats but rather Persians and Bengals – special cats for a special occasion. Plan a party with a difference where the guest list includes the most laid back cats in town or else just while away some quiet hours with the comfort of a cat in your lap.
Jalan Canna (behind GIANT Stutong), Ground Floor, Kuching
The ethos at Razzmatazz never changes – always 100% Western, no fusion. But the menu is constantly evolving. International award-winning chef George is endlessly adding specials to his menu and new offerings in his range – beautiful breads and tempting truffles are just the start. Now, in true Swiss tradition, creamy, dreamy cheese fondue makes its first appearance in Kuching – not just a meal but a gastronomic experience in itself designed to be shared with friends and family. Dip into our specials, dive into the fondue and top it all off with a sweet treat – let George take you on the grand tour!