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Hyatt Regency, Kota Kinabalu: Dining is a Joy

Picture of Assam Pedas

The Hyatt Regency in Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia, is centrally located with a mesmerizing view of the South China Sea and islands. It is the perfect location for exploring Sabah. After visiting the Mari Mari Cultural Village, the Nature Center at the Shangri-la, and having a beach-day on the islands, it’s a great place to enjoy dining at Hyatt’s many excellent restaurants.


Tanjung Ria Café offers all-day dining with an international menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy interactive food preparation as the chefs expertly prepare some of the dishes á la minute at the live cooking stations. On weekends, the culinary team creates special themed dinners for the buffet, offering a wide choice of gastronomic delights. A must-have at Tanjung Ria Café is Hyatt Regency Kinabalu’s signature dish, the Oxtail Assam Pedas. Unfortunately for us, the recipe is a closely-guarded secret.

Oxtail Assam Pedas, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, East Malaysia

Rich Oxtail Assam Pedas is one of the specialties at the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu's Tanjung Ria Cafe. .

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu hotel’s elegant and comfortable Chinese Kinabalu restaurant features classic Cantonese, Sichuan, and Shanghai favorites, as well as innovative and delicious dim sum. During weekends and public holidays, the Chinese restaurant at the Hyatt opens early for a leisurely buffet brunch offering an abundant selection of dim sum delicacies. Try their Wok-fried XO Fortune Prawns.

Prawns Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Malaysia

Want good fortune? Try the Hyatt's wok-fried XO Fortune Prawns.

One of the specialties during the New Year at the Hyatt Chinese Restaurant is Yee Sang. Yee Sang is one of those fun recipes that always turns out right. It is popular during Chinese New Year with people in Malaysia and Singapore because the names mean “abundance” and “liveliness,” both of which are auspicious for the coming year. Yee Sang recipe.

Nagisa restaurant is styled after a Japanese winter cottage, and delivers authentic Japanese cuisine on its extensive á la carte menu. Nagisa is the only Japanese restaurant in an international five-star hotel chain in the city, making this Kinabalu restaurant the ideal venue to entertain important guests and visitors. The dark wood panels and narrow passages open to a large restaurant with separate spacious dining areas, including a sushi counter, two teppanyaki tables, a tatami room, and two additional private dining rooms. On the first Sunday of every month, indulge in an all-you-can-eat menu of delicious Japanese dishes. A bottomless glass of champagne is offered during the Bubbly Sunday Brunch promotion.

Yee Sang, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, East Malaysia

Yee Sang is one of the Hyatt's specialties, often served during Chinese New Year celebrations.

Guests can also enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks at the Mosaic, a sidewalk level dining area. Or, choose from a yummy selection of cakes, pastries, pies and other local delicacies at their Delicatessen at tea time or after dinner. Evening means fun at Shenanigan’s, a traditional Irish pub with international live entertainment, specialty cocktails, and snacks.

If You Go:

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is located in the city of Kota Kinabalu and overlooks the South China Sea. It is only 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The 14-story hotel features a five story atrium and 288 rooms and suites. All rooms include a mini bar, in-room safe, voice mail, satellite television, balcony, satellite radio and complimentary mineral water. The Hyatt Regency Kinabalu has four on-site restaurants serving everything from international to Japanese cuisine. Other amenities and facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, fitness center and spa.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

— by Sandra Scott, RFT Contributor

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.