Eating in Kota Kinabalu - Dinner at Salut Seafood

Based on recommendations on some travel blogs, we decided to check out Salut Seafood which is at Salut Bay, about 45 min drive from KK Town, and 30 min drive from 1Borneo. It is a bit out of the way, do get proper directions or a map if you decide to go. While we were driving there, it rained cats and dogs which made finding the place even more difficult. After a couple of wrong turns, we finally found it.

The restaurant is quite far in from the main road. To reach it, you drive through a large prawn farm lined with lots of huge ponds. When you finally arrive at the restaurant, you may be surprised to find that it's just a simple shed. The place is huge though - it could possibly accommodate a few hundred diners in one sitting. When we were there on a Saturday evening, it was completely empty except for our table. Not a very good sign.

The long walkway from the entrance to the dining area.

The famous giant shells at the entrance area.

The dining hall is basic but huge.

The restaurant is built over water in Salut Bay. As it was raining very heavily, I couldn't get any good shots of the bay.

Looking through the live seafood selection, frankly I was disappointed. There wasn't much choice, and what was available didn't look too great either. Since we were already there after such a long drive, we decided to give it a try anyway.

The first thing we ordered were the prawns. These were raised at the local farm. They were fresh and sweet, but farmed prawns have a different taste from ocean prawns and can be a shock if you are eating them for the first time. 

Other dishes we ordered were kangkong, mussels and bamboo clams. They were all fresh, but small and average in quality. The cooking was okay but not exceptional.

Surprisingly these pickled vegies were quite nice.

The Salut Seafood experience wasn't what I had expected. It was cheap compared to KK Town, but the quality of the seafood and the cooking let's it down. Go for the experience, but lower your expectations a bit on the food.


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