Beyond Native Restaurant, Aeropod Kota Kinabalu


By Azeera Az.

Enjoy Sabah’s delicious traditional food and be entertained by colourful cultural performances. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you dine in Beyond Native, which is located on the third floor of Aeropod Kota Kinabalu.

The restaurant is owned by Joyce Yong partnered with a husband and wife team, May Pang and Law Kim Tam. The three of them had the vision of promoting local traditional food with a twist of fusion ingredients to their dishes to suit all taste palates, hence calling their restaurant “Beyond Native”.

“As a Sino Kadazan, we want to promote something very local and native to reach a bigger audience” – Law Kim Tam

Beyond Native opened its doors in the middle of November 2019. The restaurant is decorated with traditional elements to create a “kampung” ambience. It is further complemented with interactive activities for guests to participate in such as stone painting and the traditional Murut blowpipe. 

Their dishes are not only aesthetically pleasing, but are also served in a generous amount!

For first timers, here’s what we recommend you try:

The Authentic Native Set: Pinasakan Ambuyat Set Meal (3-4 Pax)

Consists of Pinasakan basungan soup, traditional Ambuyat, bambangan salted egg fried chicken, deep fried basung fish, stir fried vegetable of the day with belacan, traditional side dishes includes hinava, bambangan, tuhau, acar, ulam-ulaman with sambal, desserts, and house drinks.

Buttermilk Chicken Hinopot Set

Buttermilk chicken, deep fried basung fish, hinopot, stir fried vegetable of the day, salted egg, traditional side dishes including hinava, tuhau and bambangan, bubur cha cha, and house drinks.

Our favourite side dishes were:

Beyond Native also provides catering services for events!

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Beyond Native
Aeropod commercial center, level 3, block h unit 6&7, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Business Hour: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Monday to Sunday)
*Beyond Native is open for dine and take away during CMCO starting from 13/5/2020, operating hours will be from 11:00am to 5:30pm.