Semporna town is the transit point for tourists who visit the best islands of Sabah, so many of them may spend a day or two in this small town. However, after the tour to Skull Hill and proboscis monkey river cruise, there is nothing left to do there. But hey, why not trying out the seafood in Semporna, as the price of seafood in Semporna is probably the cheapest in Sabah?
Personally I can recommend you three seafood restaurants. All of them are in town centre and within walking distance from any Semporna hotel and lodge. Please note all price is in RM (Malaysian currency) (USD1≈RM3.2) as of Aug 2013.
1. Mabul Café & Seafood Restaurant
Chinese Name: 满布海鲜饭店
Mabul Café has a wide selection of Asian and Western food, so most foreign tourists can find anything they want, from chicken chop, fried rice, noodle soup to seafood. That’s why you can always see groups of tourists there having seafood and a couple of beer. The famous dishes of Mabul Cafe are 3 Rasa Fish (Fish with 3 tastes), Black Pepper Lamb & Steak and Grilled Squid, and the signature drink is Mango Sago.
Pic: Mabul Cafe is located in Semporna town centre, easily recognised by its hanging buoys.
The restaurant is on first floor. During meal time, it is full of tourists.
Pic: Seafood Tom Yam soup
Pic: fresh prawns
Pic: steamed fishes. We have so many fresh seafood so Sabah people seldom have frozen seafood.
Pic: spicy chicken meat
Pic: fried mixed vegetables
Pic: view of Semporna night market from Mabul Cafe
Below is the contact of Mabul Cafe:
Tel: +60 89-781785
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm daily
Address (see location map): Mabul Café & Seafood Restaurant, Lot 39 & 40, Block G, 1st Floor, Semporna Seafront New Township, 91300 Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.
2. Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant
Chinese Name: 海中宝
If you want the best seafood, just head to Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant without thinking twice. Not only they serve very rich variety of seafood, they also can cook a seafood in 10 different styles, based on your preferences. Besides lobster, fishes, seashells and prawn, they also sell exotic seafood such as stone fish, mantis shrimp and sea cucumber.
Pic: Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant
I went there once to have seafood noodle as a quick lunch, so I didn’t order any seafood dish. They are quite generous in quantity and the food tastes great.
Pic: crunchy noodle with seafood
Pic: wet noodle with seafood
The following is the contact of Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant:
Website: www.oceantreasurelive.com (may not work)
Tel: +60 16-3239009
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm daily
Address (see location map): Lot C1, Ground Floor, Semporna Seafront Township, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia. (located beside Sipadan Inn II)
3. Pearl City Restaurant
Chinese Name: 珠城海鲜楼
Malay Name: Restoran Bandar Mutiara
This restaurant is inside Dragon Inn Floating Resort. It is open to guests as well as public.
Pic: Dragon Inn Floating Resort
Pic: Pearl City Restaurant is built in the sea
Pic: Pearl City Restaurant is the largest seafood restaurant of Semporna
Pic: fried squid of Pearl City. Many say it’s a must try.
Pic: sweet and sour fish
Pic: butter prawn, yum yum, my favorite..
Pic: fried squid with spicy curry flavor
Pic: claypot seafood and vegetables
Pic: the nice sea view is a bonus for diners in this restaurant
For more info about Pearl City Restaurant, here is their contact:
Tel: +60 89-781099
Opening Hours: 7am – 9:30pm daily
Address (see location map): No.1, Jalan Custom, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.
4. Semporna Weekend Market
When you are enough with seafood, you may try the local snacks in Semporna open market, which is open in weekends in town centre (see location map).
Pic: Semporna open market is crowded with people and you can buy almost anything here.
Pic: check out the food stall
Pic: one of the snacks you must try is fried banana fritter with cheese.
Pic: cheese potato wedges, costs only RM4 (≈USD1.25)
Pic: look at the cheese potato skewers, they are so tempting, also RM4 each.
Pic: cheese potato skewer is big enough as my lunch.
I hope you know where to eat in Semporna now. Do share with me if you know any other nice places for eat out.
Photos taken in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo