Eating at Pulau Labuan can be an expensive experience especially if you desire fresh seafood. Seafood does not have to cost you an arm and a leg and the best way to do so is ask the locals as they may suggest cheaper alternatives to you.
Best seafood destinations in Labuan
Your journey to Pulau Labuan can only be complete is you have tried the crab delicacies here and the best place that serves this particular dish is ‘Anjung Ketam’ which is located at Tanjung Aru, not to be confused with another Tanjung Aru that is located in Kota Kinabalu.
This is actually a food court that consists of only 4 stalls that serve mainly crab, lobsters and other type of seafood dishes. It is advised that you book in advance so you would not have to queue up for a long time and for the fear that the ingredients may run out even before you get the chance to sit down and order.
Some of the popular dishes on the menu include the crab in butter milk, crab curry and just the plain old boiled crab which is actually preferred by the locals as they say that this method of cooking retains most of the crab’s natural taste.
Try the Manja Rasa
Another place you can consider is ‘Manja Rasa’ which is a floating restaurant located near the Labuan Sea Sport Complex. Come and enjoy the lunch buffet at only RM9 per person or the dinner special which is steam boat for RM20 while enjoying the panoramic architecture that this place has to offer.
Mawilla Seafood, among the best
Located near the Labuan Waterfront Hotel is ‘Mawilla Seafood Restaurant’, which is considered to be the best restaurant is Pulau Labuan that serves fresh seafood delicacies. There are a variety of seafood items here for you to choose from and they include prawn, squids, fresh fish and lobster. The more popular items on the menu that you definitely must try are the Nestum Prawn and Butter Milk Prawn dishes. The price of the items here are reasonable and matched with the taste of the food, it is worth it.
The BBQ chicken wings are considered to be Labuan’s delicacy; they are cooked on skewers over smoky charcoal and wood barbeque. 6 chicken wings will cost you about RM6.
Local snack coconut pudding
Coconut pudding is the most famous local dessert that you will find on the island of Labuan, in fact this is a must try as you will not be able to find it anywhere else. The pudding will cost about RM6 and the best place that makes these desserts is at the Pulau Labuan Restaurant.
Places to drink
Since alcohol here is duty free you can expect to find a number of bars and night clubs located on the island. The following is a list of some of the clubs and lounges that are located here and they include;
- Sheraton’s Some Place Else (SPE) at the Grand Dorsett Hotel
- Kings KTV
- The Relax
- Jungle Park
- Strawberry KTV
- Jupiter 8