Any plans for the weekend? Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we are here to help with some ideas on what to do during this special weekend!
“Where Should I Go?”
What about a trip to one of the best family hangouts in Kota Kinabalu? There is something fun for everyone of all ages, such as delicious food, a vibrant atmosphere, and lively entertainment, including live bands and even livestreams of big sports events.
Introducing… SOULed OUT Kota Kinabalu!
Situated on the ground floor of Imago Mall KK Times Square, you’ll find SOULed Out Kota Kinabalu. It’s a cozy spot where both locals and tourists can unwind and relax in the tropical warmth of an al-fresco setting.
Here’s a fun fact: SOULed Out started as a little neighborhood cafe in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur in 1996. Fast forward to 18 November 2015, SOULed OUT spread its wings and opened its first branch in Kota Kinabalu, making it their 4th outlet in Malaysia!
As a restaurant that celebrates cultural diversity, their menu includes three languages: English, Mandarin, and Korean.
Serving The Best Mojito In Town
Word has it that SOULed OUT has the best mojito in Kota Kinabalu. With their signature ingredients and a unique sugar cane garnish, it’s no wonder people keep coming back for more. The mojito is not only refreshing but also visually appealing, making it an excellent conversation starter.
On top of that, they are currently offering a Mojito Trio promotion at only RM66 for 3 glasses, featuring Classic, Lychee, and Asam Boi flavours.
For those who can’t resist a fizzy mint lime drink, these creativity concocted mojitos will undoubtedly quench your thirst!
Lance Daniel David Fong, Bartender at SOULed Out Kota Kinabalu, crafting the Mojito Trio
For non-drinkers, you might be interested in checking out their non-alcoholic beverages here.
What’s The Food Like? 🤔
At SOULed OUT Kota Kinabalu, food is is heavily influenced by diverse cultures from around the world, and it includes local, western, and northern Indian cuisine.
During our conversation with Executive Chef Abdul Halim, he revealed that it was Sapna Anand (celebrity chef, author, and TV Host) who introduced the Indian dishes and had even personally taught their team how to prepare authentic northern Indian dishes.
The Art of Preparing Northern Indian Food
As we delved deeper into Chef Abdul Halim’s background, we discovered that he is originally from Medan, Indonesia, but has spent the majority of his life in Malaysia.
Chef Abdul Halim has 25 years of culinary experience and a degree from Beyond Culinary School in Kuala Lumpur. He has worked in several notable Food & Beverage companies, including Secret Recipe and Madam Kwan’s.
When asked about his favourite aspect of preparing Indian dishes, he shared his passion for the art of balancing the herbs in his cooking. Moreover, since it is challenging to source the required herbs locally, all the herbs are directly imported from India.
That being said, let us take you on a culinary journey through some of their signature dishes!
For starters, we had the Mutton Mantao (RM30), a slow-cooked Kerala-style shredded mutton in a spice blend stuffed in Chinese steamed buns. As we savoured each bite, the contrasting flavours of the savoury mutton and the fluffy, mildly sweet steamed buns proved to be an oh-so-delightful combination! Definitely a must-try to pique your appetite.
Mutton Mantao (RM30)
Next up, we enjoyed the Chicken Tikka (RM25). Similar to the Mutton Mantao, this starter dish is packed with spices and herbs. Presented on a barbecue vertical stand, the boneless chicken thigh pieces are marinated in tandoori spices, grilled in a tandoor oven and served with salad and green chutney.
Dip the succulent chicken tikka into the spicy, creamy, and tangy chutney for a flavour explosion that will undoubtedly elevate the overall taste!
Chicken Tikka (RM25)
Moving on, we tried the Paneer Peas Makhani (RM27) in which according to Chef Abdul Halim, it is extremely rare to find a similar kind of paneer in Sabah. Sophisticatedly prepared with a sweet creamy tomato Makhani sauce and Indian cheese, and served with a choice of either Pulau Rice or plain Naan. This dish is rich, spicy, creamy, and tasty. It’s one of our favourites!
Paneer Peas Makhani (RM27)
Of course, a trip to SOULed OUT Kota Kinabalu would not be complete if we did not have a taste of Italy! We couldn’t resist trying the famous Seafood Aglio Oglio (RM42), filled with mussels, tiger prawns, fish, and squid, and topped with a breadstick. From its impressive presentation to the flavourful seafood taste, the dish was cooked to perfection!
Seafood Aglio Oglio Spaghetti (RM42)
Next, we indulged in their Roasted Duck Pizza (RM25). The vibrant ingredients caught our attention, and with each bite, we were greeted with a delicious combination of tamarind glaze, pineapple, crispy shallot, and coriander. The best part? SOULed OUT’s own self-made, crispy dough, made with high-quality cheeses like mozzarella and cheddar.
And let’s not forget the Sirloin Steak (RM70), which is no ordinary steak! According to chef Abdul Halim, they use chilled beef, which is considered a premium item. This dish features grain-fed Australian beef, grilled tomato, roasted potatoes, and sautéed seasonal vegetables.
Sirloin Steak (RM70)
For those who prefer a local taste with a touch of adventure, consider trying the Pad Thai (RM22)! This dish includes rice noodles with prawns, squid, beansprouts, coriander and groundnuts tossed with homemade Pad Thai sauce. The presence of “Wok Hei” in the noodles adds an irresistible flavour that will have you reaching for more.
To end our meal, we devoured their Churros (RM18)! 😋 These fried Japanese flour dough delights were dusted with sugar and served with mixed berries, vanilla and chocolate dips. With their delicate crunch and tender interior, the churros provided a delightful burst of sweet and comforting flavours. It was a truly satisfying way to conclude the meal.
Father’s Day 2023 Set Meal
This year, SOULed OUT Kota Kinabalu has curated a Father’s Day special of a set meal featuring Angus T-Bone Steak Set or Pan Seared Salmon Set. Each set comes with Black Glutinous Rice Parfait for dessert.
Available on June 17 and June 18, 2023. For more information, contact +6088 275 922 or +6016 839 1338.
Monthly Special Deals
For those who enjoy a good deal, enjoy SOULed OUT’S beer of the month (Heineken, Guinness, Tiger) and Beer Mojito Wine promotion!
Schedule for live band:
Weekdays: Every Monday to Thursday from 7:15pm – 10pm
Weekend: Friday to Sunday from 8:15pm onwards
There is also a sports livestream every Saturday and Sunday such as football, formula one, rugby, badminton and other major sport competitions or events.
How To Make A Reservation
SOULed OUT Kota Kinabalu is open daily every Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am.
To make a reservation, you may directly reach out to the following:
Phone Number: +6088 275 922 or +6016 839 1338