Sarawak’s second city after Kuching, Miri, is a gateway to Gunung Mulu and Niah National Parks. With a thriving centre combining historical and modern attractions, it’s worth visiting for a few days. Here’s our favourite halal restaurants in Miri for Muslim travellers.
The North Indian restaurant along Jalan Maju serves a selection of halal Indian and Pakistani food. Prices for a decent meal shouldn’t come to more than RM15 ($3.80) per person including a drink. Food options range from a variety of naans and roti to tandoori chicken and curries. Expect fast service, delicious food and low prices. Anyone who likes spicy food can ask the cook to load up their curry to feel the real Indian hotness at Khan’s Islamic Restaurant.
Han Palace gets rated as the best halal restaurant in Miri for dim sum and Cantonese food. The comfortable and mid-range spot gives customers a choice between Chinese dishes, seafood and lunchtime dim sum. Head down early, the dim sum usually runs out before 1:30pm. Expect a high level of service, attentive waiters and a more sophisticated ambience.
The popular chain restaurant offers a variety of Indonesian-style and chicken-based halal food in Miri. With English menus and pictures of dishes on the wall, choosing something should be straightforward for the non-Malay speaking customer. Expect fast service, succulent chicken and spicy food. We recommend ordering the Indonesian nasi lemak or nasi ayam bakar (barbequed chicken with rice) at Ayam Penyet Ria.
The Chinese restaurant located at Piasau Garden has been in operation for more than 30 years. All the staff are Muslim apart from the chief cook, David Teo, and serve halal-friendly dishes including laksa Kuching, Teochew duck rice, fried rice, noodles among many others. All meat in this Chinese coffee shop-style restaurant is both halal and affordable. A favourite spot for both Muslims and non-Muslim locals working in the area.
Looking to taste Sarawakian-style satay? Check out family-owned Madli’s on Jalan Merpati near Imperial Mall. Offering a selection of Asian and Western cuisines available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is one of the more versatile halal restaurants in Miri. But the highlight is the succulent satay cooked to perfection by skilful chefs. For satay, we recommend ordering the Fun Pack of 10 or a selection of at least five sticks.
For a classier evening of Indian food, check out Biryani Art inside Pelita Commercial Centre. Chefs from India prepare authentic halal food in this mid-range restaurant with a smart casual ambience. The chain restaurant serves a variety of biryani dishes, which according to satisfied customers are the best in Borneo, as well as tandoori options and vegetarian-friendly dishes. Expect a filling meal for two with drinks to come to around RM 100 ($25.30). This halal restaurant in Miri makes a suitable venue for a quiet meal, a romantic evening or gathering.
While Fratini’s began over 20 years ago in Brunei, the Italian chain has expanded into Malaysian Borneo. Offering an extensive menu filled with halal-friendly Italian dishes like pizza, lasagne, spaghetti and pasta, Muslim customers can indulge to their heart’s content. Pizza topping includes chicken, beef salami and vegetables. It’s also worth monitoring their website for regular promotions and discounts. Fratini’s is the best halal restaurant in Miri for Italian food.
Conveniently located next to the waterfront on the Waterfront Commercial Centre, this is one of the best halal restaurants in Miri for Indonesian food. Specialising in Indonesian and Miri favourite, nasi lalapan, customers can sample both delicious and authentic food. With fish, chicken and beef-based lalapan mixed with generous portions of spicy sambal, customers are in for a treat. Check out this restaurant to sample their regional dish.
Located opposite Permaisuri Imperial City Mall, Shukie Café offers a variety of halal-friendly Sarawakian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. According to satisfied customers, the best dishes on their menu include nasi ayam (chicken rice), mee goreng (fried noodles) and kueh teow (stir-fried rice noodles). Prices are slightly higher than other halal restaurants in Miri and Sarawak, but the environment and ambience make it worthwhile.
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For a high-end dining experience with a comprehensive selection of regional and Western food, head to the Marriott Resort’s Zest Restaurant. Not only do customers dine with views overlooking the sea but they can also expect world-class service from attentive staff. Buffet-style breakfast and dinner are available starting at RM100++ ($25.30) per person. Regardless of budget, this halal restaurant in Miri is worth the splurge for the availability and variety of dishes.