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EATOUT with Sponsors of our Culinary Heritage

Sarawak has long been a melting pot of cultures, but in culinary terms, that pot has recently been stirred by a reawakening in the F&B business. Fresh flavours are being imported, old traditions revived, and new combinations tested to create a new culinary landscape for Kuching. We are a hybrid nation, happy to appropriate from around us and welcoming to any new faces who long to make Sarawak their home, whether that has been a Rajah, a tea grower or a spice trader, and this has long affected our food. Perhaps it is this very array of choice that has made food a national obsession, from the Nyonya blending of flavours to Dayak jungle fare. Somehow though, we Sarawakians always manage to make it our own. The food heritage of our past still stands strong, from hawker scene to high-end hotel, but new faces are bringing it forward into the future. So we at KINO, confirmed foodies all (isn’t everyone in Kuching?), are paying tribute to some of the bright new stars as well as the firm favourites in our Sarawak skies.



Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg 

082-270 808 RistoranteBeccari/

Beccari is a pioneer in every way – the original exploration in Italian food in Kuching. Named for the famous naturalist, this was the first restaurant to introduce pizza, pasta and all things Mediterranean to a Kuching crowd, bringing in a chef all the way from the Mamma land. It has stood the test of time and now their chef, trained by the self-same Italian original, is putting out a fresh new menu to complement the forthcoming redesign. This is Beccari’s for a new generation - more casual, more affordable but same great taste in a familiar place. So now, there is no need to wait for that special occasion. Get down to Beccari’s for an Italian adventure. (Daily: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm)





      Pincho Loco BY ZINC

94 Ewe Hai street, Kuching

011-3690 6675 PinchoLocoByZinc

Tapas is that famous Spanish tradition where drinkers gather together to sample an array of snacks over, of course, a lively round of conversation – a perfect fit for Sarawak culture. Now, thanks to a Chef direct from Catalunya, you can try these treasures on our very own Carpenter Street where the classic white-tiled kopitiam becomes the Moorish-inspired tapas joint. From the Zinc stable, expect the same quality, just in a different style. Tapas is all about sharing, so get down with your crowd and share some of the best Spain has to offer right here in a Sarawak street! (Mon-Sat: 12pm- 3pm & 6pm-10:30pm, Sun: 10:30am-3pm & 6pm-10:30pm. Closed on Wed)





80 Ewe Hai Street, 93000 Kuching

013-882 0113 peridot.kuching/

A precious gem at the old heart of Kuching, Peridot is at the head of the new wave of invention that seems to be sweeping the city, bringing the best of international cuisine to Kuching’s oldest quarter. Peridot takes classic ingredients and techniques and creates a menu that appeals in the most modern way – fresh, innovative and always satisfying. Ideal for an intimate gathering or an elegant dinner à deux, Peridot is connecting quintessential Kuching to the gastronomy of the world beyond. Australian trained but Sarawak bred, Peridot’s chef and owner seeks to stay one step ahead; though this is not mere fashion, this is real food. (Tues-Sun: 6pm-10pm)




                The Lime Tree

Level 5, Lot 317, Jalan Abell

016-889 3489 limelightkuching

Perched on the fifth floor of the LimeTree hotel is Kuching’s ultimate rooftop lounge, LimeLight. Where earth meets sky, you can get a bird’s eye view of the city skyline while reaching out to touch the wide blue yonder. This is happy hour special at its highest - the place to revel in the burnished Sarawak sunset while sipping on a tequila sunrise of many colours or even a blue margarita made with Camino Gold. Heavenly drinks accompanied by food full of earthly pleasure, share a classic double cheeseburger with friends around an enormous belian table – available for advance booking – amidst a field of LimeTree green. (Mon-Sat: 5pm-12am, Sun: 3pm-10pm, Happy Hour daily 5pm-8pm and on Sundays 3pm-8pm)


            Queen Bee Food Paradise

Lot 2723, Block 10, Lorong Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce 6 (Next to McDonald's)

082-413 551/016-8324319 queenbeefoodparadise/

Queen Bee Food Paradise has taken a once neglected area and turned it into a hive of activity! This new complex has Memoire Hornbill Hotel, an already established Cambodian restaurant (GWC), Seafood Restaurant, and now a food court where Sarawak’s favourite range of food is on sale in an innovatively designed open air space. Take yourself from simple snack to dessert – gula apong ice cream now on sale alongside everything from dim sum to main meals – under the Kuching sky. Already a popular location, Queen Bee Food Paradise boasts of the biggest projector screen to watch your favourite live sports game with the cheapest beers in town. This place is attracting Kuchingites like bees to honey! (24/7)



Ground floor, Lot 3081, Jalan Rock

016-713 2991 Oishi-居酒屋-309403852557943/

Oishi is different! Delicious, in translation, it maintains the key elements of Japanese cuisine – perfect presentation and maximum freshness – repackaged for the everyday Kuching diner to redefine raw and refined into affordable and accessible. A favourite among local residents who keep on returning time after time, their loyal patronage has seen the place grow from humble beginnings into a space double the size, filled with a bold and contemporary take on Japanese culture. Whether you want a simple sashimi salad, a hearty bowl of teriyaki chicken or intriguing paper hot pot and the most matcha of ice creams, our veteran sushi chef can roll it up, lay it out and serve it up for your pleasure. Oishi! (Daily: 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-10pm)


                Razzmatazz Bistro & Pub

Jalan Canna (behind GIANT Stutong) ground floor

016-889 0600 Razzmatazz-Bistro-Pub-Lounge

Razzmatazz are ringing in the year of the rooster with a special Chinese New Year take away menu so you can enjoy the seasonal round of eating without the added burden of cooking. But our chef remains true to himself, whatever the region or the season – 100% Western, no fusion! If you are craving something other than Chinese, order up a spectacular roast – lamb, chicken or crispy pork belly – or even a Black Forest Ham, ready to eat! For a final touch, the award-winning pastry chef is preparing an apple strudel – that favourite German pastry concoction which the faint-hearted wouldn’t dare to make at home!


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KUCHING IN & OUT magazine has been birthed out of the desire of Kuching residents to explore and discover more about all the unique places, activities and resources in this region that make Kuching such a special place to live.

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