Where to Eat in Keningau: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 6, 2017 Giuseppe Pratt

Keningau (Malay: Pekan Keningau) is the capital of the Keningau District in the Interior Division of Sabah, Malaysia. It is the fifth-largest town in Sabah, as well one of the oldest. Keningau is between Tambunan and Tenom. The town had an estimated population of 173,103.
Things to do in Keningau

1. Permata Cafe, Keningau

Jalan Okk Sodomon, Keningau, Malaysia Lunch +60 13-557 1976
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4 based on 3 reviews

Permata Cafe, Keningau

Reviewed By Syme0n - Alor Setar, Malaysia

For a small town such as that of Keningau, it is considered one of the many blessings to have a more luxurious feel for the higher echelon in society to sample food in a more business-y manner. Despite its more grandeur facade, the food here is pretty much affordable, costing as much as that of the typical four star restaurants in and about Keningau. Food's wonderful and I'm sure you'd get the best of chance to sample all the variety of local cuisine here too!
Alcoholic beverages are available. Food served are Chinese, Western and the local Sabahan dishes. I would recommend the Pineapple Fried Fish and/or Fried Chicken. They are cooked to a fine golden crisp with a tangy twist of pineapple sauce that gives it the sweet-salty combination that is apt to make you eagering for more. Their Sayur Manis (a.k.a. Sabah Vegetable) is cooked in a different method sautéed with egg, much unlike other places in Keningau that reminds me of how they make it in Beaufort (another town in Sabah).

2. Sento Rooftop Restaurant and Hotel

Jalan Okk Sodomon | Lot 15, 16 , 17 & 18 , Adnan Shopping Complex, Keningau 89008, Malaysia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Asian, Malaysian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +60 87-344 333
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3.5 based on 20 reviews

Sento Rooftop Restaurant and Hotel

Reviewed By GoingSoloNepal - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sento Hotel was recommended by my Sabah colleagues. The room is clean, spacious and very comfortable. We requested for extra pillows, as the pillows are too soft. The bathroom is a generous size, complete with hair dryer. I loved the rain shower and cubicle.
As one of the newer hotels in Keningau, it was easy to spot as it is one of the few tall buildings around. Also our room had 4 power sockets, which was great for recharging our electronic devices simultaneously.
The Garden Rooftop is rated as the top 3 best restaurant in Keningau and did not disappoint. We tried out different dishes over lunch and dinner that day.
The room comes with complimentary breakfast at the Garden Rooftop from 7am – 10am daily. While the food is so-so, it’s a great place to chill with a view of the town.
Online booking is currently not available. I booked via the telephone without any problem. For some reason, the wifi wasn’t working while I was there.
By adding some finishing touches to the bathroom such as facial tissue, hand towel, drinking glass and bin, as well as a luggage rack, it will enhance the positive experience for guests.
I would definitely stay here again, on my next visit.

3. Uncle Pepper

Fortune Shoplot, Lot 9, Keningau 89007, Malaysia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Grill, Diner Lunch, Dinner HK$24 - HK$78 +60 17-222 5408
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Uncle Pepper

We are a family run business. Started in the year 2011 in a stall in a food curt nearby, we expanded into a restaurant / cafe in 2015. We serve a variety of grills and also asian Kung Fu Wok Stir Fry style food. Come on in and dine with us. Uncle Pepper, the place to meet, the place to eat.

Reviewed By Syme0n - Alor Setar, Malaysia

Value for money, significant portion of food in each platter, sumptuous delight, delectable desserts/drinks and most of all, a warm, cheerful smile on all the faces of Uncle Pepper's staff. UP is a well-known household name for the local Keningauans when it comes to sampling...MoreDear Symeon, Its been a pleasure serving you during your visit in Keningau. Thank you for your kind review and we shall continue to try our best to provide the best services for each and every one of our customers. Regards Uncle Pepper Keningau, SABAH

4. Crofter Cafe

Lot 18 Datun Commercial Complex, Keningau 89008, Malaysia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff Cafe HK$24 +60 16-838 9320
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Crofter Cafe

A place where the community comes together; sharing life over a cup of coffee and wholesome food. Keningau's 1st espresso based cafe. Crofter [krawf-ter, krof-] /ˈkrɒftƧ/ A crofter is the person who occupies and works a small landholding known as a croft. A croft is a small agricultural unit, most of which are situated in the crofting counties in the north of Scotland. Crofting is a traditional social system in Scotland defined by small-scale food production. It is characterised by its common working communities, or “townships”. Individual crofts are typically established on 2 – 5 ha land and produce lamb, beef and vegetables. Inspired by this, we at Crofter Café bring in the elements of the crofting community to everyone. We source ingredients as locally as possible; providing you with wholesome food while supporting local individuals and businesses. Crofter Café is a place where the community can come together; sharing life over a cup of coffee and wholesome food. Crofter Cafe, your local hangout; Keningau Cafe.

Reviewed By jlimnz - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Crofter Cafe is where I go for my coffee fix whenever I visit my hometown Keningau. It is a great hidden gem with everything from good cakes, pastries, and great espresso coffee, to Insta-worthy decor. Their Iced Cabayero is my go-to favourite. They have a great selection of cabinet sweet treats which are different almost every time I visit. If you are ever visiting Keningau, or due for a pit stop to the next town, be sure to stop by Crofter!

5. Ho Peng Cafe

Lot 38, Adika Commercial Complex, Keningau, Malaysia Chinese +60 19-585 3333
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5 based on 2 reviews

Ho Peng Cafe

Reviewed By lbert1979 - Keningau

This is my second time visit the restaurant. The environment not that catching my visitation, but i totally love and enjoy the foods which had been served during my dinner. Staff are friendly and the bos @ tauke minggle around with their guests and ask hows the foods. To be honest me and my wife enjoy the foods and definitely this is our second top 5 restaurant in Keningau. U will never regret to choose the restaurant. It happen to me as coincidence choose and sit at the restaurant. Thanks. And highly recomended.

6. Cinnamon Cafe and Restaurant

Mile 8, Crocker Range Park, Jalan Keningau-Kimanis, Keningau 89000, Malaysia Cafe, Asian, Malaysian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$24 - HK$126 +60 19-809 8683
Cinnamon Cafe and Restaurant

Cinnamon Café & Restaurant is located within Crocker Range Park HQ, with a great panoramic view of Keningau town. We are a facility of Manis Manis Rooftop of Borneo Resort. We serve a tasty range of meals with local touch, such as fish sambal, asam pedas, curry chicken, and nasi lemak. Prior arrangement is required for barbecue and steamboat. We also host lunch meeting, party and banquet.

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