City Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

20 Lorong Lintas Plaza 2 , Lintas Plaza, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88300

Chinese name 城市素食小館. Often busy. Directions: Lintas Plaza is off Jalan Lintas and is about 700m from the intersection with Jalan Penampang (the road to Penampang). You could take bus 13 from the city to Penampang and get off at this intersection and walk the rest of the way. More info: Open Tue-Sun 10:00am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Malaysian

5 Reviews

First Review by blackeyedboi

Not as 'Vegan' as it seems.. - Edit

Visited this vegetarian restaurant as it's highly recommended by vegans. However, I realised they actually don't fully understand the definition of vegan - refer to below :

1) Sugar - bone char is used to bleach & filter in most sugars and note that they do not use organic sugar (the order taker even laughed when I mentioned most white/brown/refined sugar hi filtered/bleached with animals bones. I don't understand what is so funny about innocent animals being tortured & killed honestly).

2) Vegetarian Oyster/Mushrooms Sauce - note that it's vegetarian oyster sauce, not vegan oyster sauce! It's not vegan because it contains sugar!

3) Soy Sauce - soy sauce used in almost all vegetarian restaurant in town is same as normal soy sauce used in non-vegan restaurants. Although soy sauce is supposed to be vegan but you'll be shocked to find out Malaysian soy sauce actuary contains sugar!

Vegans please be alert and do not support animals exploitation even though they may not be seen through naked eyes! Try to let the owner understand about veganism so that they will have the knowledge in preparing vegan meals. I ordered their deep fried organic oyster mushroom (not using egg batter) - without any sauce cuz of the lemon sauce is mixed with sugar/honey.

Updated from previous review on 2018-03-16

Pros: OK environment

Cons: Lack of vegan knowledge, Sauces prepared in meals mostly not vegan!

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amazing food, generous portions - Edit

Incredible food, staff were lovely and menu was massive. Food arrived quickly and piping hot, and all tasted spot on. Tom yam soup was heavenly. going back for more tomorrow!

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Birthday treat - Edit

Second visit here two years later, place is still as busy and food still great and really good price. June 2017

Taken here for birthday treat by my lovely Sabahan friends/family. Shared a selection of great food. Would definitely recommend. Probably book beforehand, small and busy restaurant. 07/06/2015

Pros: Great food and relaxed atmosphere.

Cons: No cons but is busy so maybe book.

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Amazing Staff, great food! - Edit

This is definitely the best vegetarian restaurant I've been to, not only in Kota Kinabalu, but in Sabah so far. The woman who served us was friendly, helpful and speaks 3 languages (including English). The menu is big and varied, it includes both Malaysian and Chinese dishes. She explained in detail what was in the dishes when asked and even showed us some of the ingredients that we were not familiar with. she also gave us tips on how to cook/eat them. We felt extremely welcomed. The food was also really good, nice sauces and flavors. I wish I'd found this place earlier so I could have gone back more times.

Pros: friendly, welcoming staff, great food!

Cons: a little hard to find, and bad parking if your dri

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excellent quality & healthy - Edit

Delicious, freshly prepared vegetarian versions of Chinese-Malaysian dishes. A good place to try the "Sabah vegetable" and curry dishes. Nice dumplings too. Choice of brown or white rice. They do use eggs, but staff can tell you what to avoid. We had no difficulty talking to the staff in English. You can buy bakery products to take home (unsure if these are vegan) and bamboo leaf-wrapped sticky rice dumplings for your breakfast the next day!

Pros: suburban/non tourist vibe, variety of choices, brown rice available

Cons: some dishes use eggs

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