TopSpot Seafood Food Court Kuching, Sarawak
If you happen to visit Kuching, one of the must try places is the TopSpot Seafood Food Court area and if you’re a seafood lover, this is the best place in kuching that serves fresh seafood. The food court itself is located on the top floor of a car park named Permata Car park on Jalan Pandungan and they are stragically located right in the center of Kuching town. Some of the landmarks to look out for is the Kuching Cat Statue, Riverside Majestic Hotel and McDonalds which are walking distant to TopSpot Seafood Food Court.
It’s a 4 story walk to the top where you are seated in an open area that is quite cooling at night. You will also see an array of restaurants and cafes that all sell seafood. The best restaurant according to my Sarawakian friend is the stall called ABC Seafood. The ABC Restaurant and in fact most of the stalls there serve Halal food, they are pork free. ABC Seafood Restaurant in particular have obtained a official Halal Certificate so you’ll see a nice mixture of crowd, a true meaning of 1Malaysia.
I recommend that you be at the Top Spot Seafood Food Court before 7pm to start ordering. After 8pm, you’ll see this whole place flooded with the locals and also foreign guest. They are open from 4pm till late, depending on the crowd and are open every single day (closed on alternate Mondays). Since they are above a parking lot, you’ll have no problem looking for a place for your car. If you’re at one of the hotels in Town, I’ll suggest that you just walk there.
One of the dishes that you must try that I don’t get at Peninsular Malaysia that easily is the Umai which is Jellyfish and fish mixed together and a dish called Midin which are wild fern leaf (known as paku pakis in Malay). These are the native dishes of Sarawak and you must try them. I was not very keen in trying their shark fin soup, instead went for the Sea Cucumber Soup, which was superb. We also ordered some crabs with a sweet and sour sauce. Fish with tamarind sour sauce was also good, but It cost the most. One special dish that I experienced for the first time was their Oyster Omelette which they made it in a shape of a bowl and you’re given a dark soya sauce to dip it with.
What surprised me was the price. Reading most blogs online and notes from friends, this place was suppose to cost really cheap. Our bill came up to RM250 for 5 people which I felt was a little high when compared to Peninsular Malaysia. After double checking with the owner of ABC Seafood Restaurant, I found out that the fish costed the most, nearly RM70 for that bugger. Even the crabs and prawns were super cheap. In terms of the taste, it is definitely the best in Kuching and probably one of the good spots when compared to the seafood you get in Peninsular Malaysia.