Table No. 1 at Tanjung Aru

Table No. 1 at Tanjung Aru

There’s a relatively new restaurant right at the edge of town in Tanjung Aru. It’s trendily called Table No. 1, although it doesn’t only have one table; it has plenty of tables. We decided to check the place out because the converted-into-a-restaurant bungalow looked so inviting when we drove past it.

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So we did a bit of digging and found out the restaurant is owned by a local Sabahan lady, and Table No. 1 is her concept and creation.

Signage

I think one of the things that draw people to the restaurant are the pretty bright signs out on the road side.

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Obviously, this looks best at night.
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Ambiance

Outdoor Area

Not that I encourage it, but if you’re a smoker, or need to fellowship amongst smokers, their outside area is pretty good for that.
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It’s especially great for catching up with people you can talk and talk about life and everything in between with. There’s a slight hum from passing traffic from the street, but it’s tolerable as long as you’re with people you enjoy being with.
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Indoor Area

Actually, the set up is even nicer inside. The air-con temperature is just right, the interior and setting is tastefully done, and I really liked the mood of the place.
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It was also one of the cleanest restaurants I’ve ever set foot in… in Malaysia. Read: Perfect for people who like superclean places ie, neat freaks, nurses, matrons, surgeons, etc.
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The table setting is pretty, but I’m not so sure if the organza napkins are that practical seeing that people will be wiping oil all over it *shrug*. Not complaining though, just a bit of a throw off is all.

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Cakes, why don’t you hurry up and fill that pretty display fridge behind. But, I love the lighting, flowers and the Chinese New Year figurines!
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More pictures on the restaurant interior. Very new, very soft effect, and very pleasant.
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The bar area.

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Dining area…
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Before we proceed to check out the food, here’s a picture of some nice Korean ladies. They really are nice.

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Food

Salad


Honey Dijon dressing salad was ah-ok. I wanted it to be exciting. It fell short of glory but to be honest I won’t complain as long as the salad is fresh and cold (which it was).
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Fish N’ Chips

Looked and tasted decent. Only thing is, it’s predictably dory, like every battered fish that gets served in KK. (Except for the one at Sailor’s Cafe)
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Spaghetti Gamberi


This was garlickly, flavorful, and tasted at the very least authentic enough to be labeled Italian. But I would have liked the prawns to be more exciting either in terms of size, bounce, and flavor.
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I’d love for them to cook an expensive version of this using big prawns mmm.

Roasted Chicken Leg

The roasted chicken was pretty nice. I think it boils down to the flavorful Frenchy sauce reduction and vegetables that come with it. Portion size is kind of small though. (read: Frenchy)
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Love the roasted vegetables!
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Chinese Fried Rice


It’s a decent plate of fried rice. tbl1_chinesefriedrice

Mee Goreng Mamak


It’s a decent plate of Mee Mamak.
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Taste Verdict

Let me explain what “decent” means. “Decent” means that the quality, when compared to other restaurants locally, is a little higher than normal in terms of presentation, freshness, and taste. It’s good enough where you would eat and happily pay your tab without complaining.

They serve hotel-standard food, meaning, there’s some kind of standard value there that would please picky people. Would I go back there again? Sure. Probably often. But there will be no culinary awards given for menu innovation and novel taste experiences.

Table No. 1 serves a mix of Western and Asian favorites that are reasonably priced for the pleasant experience. The real reason why I really like this place is because of how incredibly clean and light the air is inside the restaurant.

For the ambiance and price point, I’d heartily recommend Table No. 1 to folks as long as they aren’t out there expecting to be served epicurean dishes. The food is “decent” by common standards (so, not bad) but I don’t recommend that you go bragging about how great their food is to foodies. You’d be better off saying, it’s a nice place for a catch up and the food’s “decent.”

Critic Ratings

Food: 6.8
Ambiance: 8.8
Service: 7.5

So go check it out. I hear they have nice drinks on offer, but I’m kind of on a sugar-restrictive diet and can’t review those for you.

ENJOY!!!

How To Get There



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Address: No.1 Jalan Mat Salleh | Tanjung Aru Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Table-No1/281022022018597
Phone Bookings: 0128353000 or tableno1kk@yahoo.com
Twitter: @TableNo1KK

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