Category Archives: Sabah

Lobster Nasi Lemak, First in Malaysia

(Update (Jan 2019): This dish is no longer available in Tavern restaurant).
Malaysians love Nasi Lemak (Coconut Milk Rice), which is our unofficial national dish, and I wonder why 1Malaysia campaign doesn’t use Nasi Lemak in their logo design, as this is the food that can unite every races. Well, probably it isn’t a good idea to have a patriotic logo that makes people drool lol.

Lobster Nasi Lemak

The rice of Nasi Lemak is normally cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaves that give it a pleasing aroma and creamy flavour. Standard nasi lemak is served with sambal (chili-based sauce) and various garnishes such as crispy ikan bilis (fried anchovy fishes), roasted peanuts, fresh cucumber slices and boiled egg.

close-up of Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak can be served in a variety of ways. For example, you can add fried chicken, cuttlefish, or rendang daging (beef) to the rice for a more fulfilling meal. You may have eaten hundreds of nasi lemak, but have you ever tried it once with lobster?

dinner with MeiTzeu and Alex

With me were MeiTzeu, a famous blogger and her husband Alex

For those who have curious tastebuds, Tavern Kitchen & Bar, one of the best restaurants in Kota Kinabalu City, is creative to make this exclusive menu for you.

Lobster Nasi Lemak

Similar to traditional nasi lemak, Lobster Nasi Lemak consists of coconut infused steamed rice, pandan leaf and traditional ingredient to enhance the rice flavour, accompanied with tomato & cucumber slices, crispy anchovy, toasted peanuts, acar (mixed pickled), boiled egg & sambal (hot & spicy, pre-cooked). On top of these, it is also served with a 400gm lobster oven baked with chef marination ingredient, preferred sauce (3 topping choices: buttermilk, satay sauce and spicy sambal) top with cheese.

lobster meat

The cuisine is placed on banana leaf and mini bamboo sieve, giving it a nice touch. Nasi Lemak is always sold as an economic food in roadside stalls and hawker food centres, so I applaud the bold idea of Tavern Kitchen & Bar to push it to higher level.

Lobster Nasi Lemak and side dishes: tiger prawns and giant squid

Lobster Nasi Lemak tastes wonderful. The lobster meat is tender and well-marinated, and blend well with the taste of nasi lemak. Rice is the soul of Nasi Lemak and is well taken care of by Tavern. The savoury coconut milk-infused rice has fluffy texture and not oily.

Lobster Nasi Lemak by Tavern Kitchen & Bar

Limited Time Offer: Tavern Kitchen & Bar offers promotional price of RM49++ for Lobster Nasi Lemak from October to December 2017 (Normal Price is RM79), and it’s limited to only 30 plates daily. FYI, even a normal nasi lemak is sold for over RM45 in Vancouver (Canada). For Lobster Nasi Lemak like this, it could cost 10 times more overseas.

Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito

The recommended drink to go with Lobster Nasi Lemak is Virgin Mojito (lime juice with brown sugar and fresh mint, topped with club soda, RM15.90 per glass), a sour drink to remove the oily feel in your mouth.

Tiger Prawns

To enjoy three kinds of seafood flavours, you can order two other side dishes:

  1. Tiger Prawn (RM49++): grilled tiger prawn 500gm, marinated with garlic, tuhau (local wild ginger) and top with cheese
  2. Giant Squid (RM38++): grilled large squid weight 450 gm with chef special marination, served with sambal and acar

Giant Squid

For more information about Lobster Nasi Lemak, please visit:

Tavern Kitchen & Bar is located in Imago Shopping Mall, just next to Nike shop, on the same row as Starbucks in ground floor.

Address: Lot G-93, Aramaiti Street Walk, Imago Shopping Mall, KK Times Square Phase 2, Jalan Coastal, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
GPS Location: 5.971437, 116.066320 (see Location Map)
Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 10am to 12 Midnight; Fri, Sat & Public Holiday eve: 10am to 2am
Tel: +60 12-5860093
Facebook: tavernkk
Instagram: @tavernkitchen
Twitter: @tavernkk

Lobster Nasi Lemak and side dishes: tiger prawns and giant squid

Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Top 10 Islands of Sabah

Corals in Mabul island

Nobody can resist the tranquil sea and white sandy beach of tropical island. Sabah, as a “Maldives of South East Asia”, has dozens of islands open for tourists. Below is the list of Top 10 Islands in Sabah. Each island has its own features and beauty, you may click the Island Name to know more about them.

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Kapalai Island

Kapalai Island is a pearl in Celebes Sea of Semporna. This island is so isolated and look like another world. Its "magical" beach only appears during low tide.

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Sipadan Island is one of the top 3 diving sites in the world. This only oceanic island of Malaysia has been featured many times in National Geographic and Discovery Channels. You can easily spot over 10 sea turtles in a dive. But what thrills divers the most is the barracuda tornado.

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Mabul Island

The nearest island to Sipadan. Mabul itself is also an island full of corals and one of the best muck diving sites in Malaysia. In the past, the corals of Mabul was badly damaged by blast fishing. After many years of restoration, the fishes and turtles are coming back.

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Bohey Dulang

Also nicknamed as Pearl Island, Bohey Dulang has the most stunning sea view in Sabah. It's located in Semporna Islands Park, which has one of the richest marine ecology in Malaysia, and it's also a favorite photography site for many world's renowned photographers.

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Sea turtles call this island their paradise. The sea and beach of Pom-Pom Island is just unforgettable. At night, you can lay on the jetty to look at the starry sky and listen to the sound of ocean.

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Well-known for whale shark sighting and turtle nesting. All the chalets of Lankayan are facing the sea. In the morning, you would see many fishes, turtles and baby sharks swimming in front of your balcony.

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Famous honeymoon destination for Europeans. Mataking is a picturesque tropical island with white sandy beach, crystal clear water, romantic sunset and luxurious resort. You can have your wedding underwater or in the chapel on the island.

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Mantanani is also known as the Mermaid Island because a friendly dugong living in this sea. The moment you see its turquoise sea, you know you have fallen in love with this island.

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Pulau Tiga

The filming site of first TV reality show named “Survivor”. Pulau Tiga is the most unique marine park of Sabah because it has mud volcano and snake island. Its hidden gem is the snowy pristine beach on Sands Spit Island.



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Sapi Island is only 15 min by boat ride from Kota Kinabalu City. This small island seems to have more fishes than other nearby islands. Tourists feel a bit intimidated by harmless wild boar and monitor lizards that wander around, but they also love such nature experience.

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Other Islands of Sabah

There are nearly 400 islands in Sabah, but only some of them are developed for tourism purpose. Below is a list of other islands that travellers can visit.

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