Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Kota Kinabalu Restaurant Review: Welcome Seafood Restaurant

Having travelled to Kota Kinabalu on a consistent basis and blessed with great friends – I would always have transport to go to various places outside of town to dine. Locals would stress that most of the good food’s out of town and not within walking distance but I beg to differ – there are definitely good eats to be had within walking distance! This guide is specially for those who are staying around Imperial Boutech Hotel, Warisan SquareCentrepoint, Suria Sabah or Gaya Street areas. All within 20 minutes walking distance (for an average healthy person of course). This place get’s my vote for Cheapest, Fastest and Quality Seafood in Kota Kinabalu – within walking distance! Best seafood restaurant in Kota Kinabalu in terms of value for money and easy to find!

Welcome Seafood Restaurant is a great place to satisfy your seafood cravings. This place is cheaper than those restaurants near KK town that will overcharge poor tourists for seafood. This restaurant is quite popular with the locals. Their original branch is in Bundusan and many locals prefer to go there – but their recent branch in Asia City is so successful that they’re packed every night – they now have at least 10 shoplots at Asia City to the point that I want to rename them as Welcome City! LOL.

Seriously packed this place, I came here to eat 3 times within 5 days in KK and it's almost packed every time. The prices are quite cheap here that's why!


You get to pick and choose from the aquariums and baskets of fresh seafood here.

Different types of shellfish

Fresh Crabs! Slurp!

Two veggie dishes that are uniquely Kota Kinabalu dishes because you only see them in KK. I think they're "Su Jai Chai" or something. It's simply delicious. I like their great crunchy texture. You can order it stir fried with eggs or with sambal belacan. Hmm...

Another vegetable dish I like is the Fan Shu Yeh (Potato Leaves) stir fried with chinese fermented tofu (Fu Yi). Yummy!!

The salted fish and minced chicken fried rice - it's one of the must try dishes here to accompany your seafood meals.

Mongolian Style Pork... Their sauce is really unique and I like the sweet buttery taste of the sauce. Thumbs up!

Mongolian Style Chicken

Their seafood tofu is simply delicious... but too bad it has to take second place to the wonderful array of seafood dishes. Now on to the seafood! Bring it on!

Butter Prawns!

Fresh Steamed Prawns

Steamed Fish with Ginger Soy Sauce

Steamed Fish with Sweet Spicy Nyonya Sauce

*SLURPS* Simply sensational black pepper crab

Shellfish platter!!

This is Tong Fong Luo, I don't know the English name for this but you simply must try it!

Use toothpick to pull the meat out

Dip in sauce and then enjoy!

Drinks wise - In KK I will always order KITCAI ping. In here, they blend the whole lime, including the skin and seeds, then add samboi. Hmm... really good!! Nyum!!

Located in an area called Bundusan, Penampang, behind Super Tanker Restaurant. Everyone in KK knows where Super Tanker is, so if you grab a taxi, just tell him to go Super Tanker. Welcome Restaurant is 2 shop lots behind it.

UPDATE: Good news! Welcome Seafood has opened a new branch near Warisan Square and Centrepoint. It's located in ASIA CITY which is just behind API API(behind Marina Courts and Promenade). My Bruneian Friends! Say hello to CHEAP AND GOOD SEAFOOD within walking distance from Imperial Boutech Hotel in Warisan 

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Walking Map from Imperial Boutec Hotel


  1. this post reminds me of all the seafood offerred in Melbourne's chinatown. any idea where i can get crab noodle here in Brunei? or you can make? no XO sauce ah.. huhu Ginger sauce huhuhu. its nice to finally have met you! - syazwana

  2. Crab noodle? I havn't tried that in Brunei yet ... Xo sauce usually not halal .. that's why brunei don't really sell it ...

    I can make halal XO sauce but it's quite costly as it uses dried scallops..

  3. yeah haha i accidentally had it once..and was like OMG. its non-halal! no wonder there was a smokey element to it. hahahahaha. its ok la ginger sauce would do.