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Mabul Cafe

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Ocean Drive, Semporna, Malaysia
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Durban, South Africa
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172 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Ate here two nights and enjoyed the lemon prawns set (before 6 pm) and the nasi ayam dish (only RM 5). Did not enjoy the fish and chips (bland frozen fish fillets that were not fresh). Alcohol is a little expensive but the overall vibe of the restaurant is nice. Service was friendly if a little slow.

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1 Thank TravelindsRH
Milan, Italy
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2014

If you go there you should try mango ice blended,which is a fabulous sort of an ice cream with real fruit, it was great! Also juices were good. If you'll have a dinner try the crabs, they're very good. People who work There are very kind and friendly but sometimes you have to wait a little bit..

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1 Thank Cristina N
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2014

They serve fresh seafood and wine! Seafood is fresh and we had lobster, shrimp, clam and vegi for our brunch. Taste good. Open area is so windy, its too comfortable that we spent the whole afternoon enjoying the seafood and wine there. They also have free wifi and the Manager- Jason is very friendly,kind and helpful. He is well verse... More 

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Moscow
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155 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is the 2nd best cafe at Semporna i would recommend. The food is delicious, the cafe could help in money changing (not always for sure), the variety of seafood is great. Manager speaks good English. The beer is a bit oervpriced but anyway you are spending great time there. If u come a bit earlier u could take table... More 

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Thank Nushkin
Lahad Datu, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 30, 2013

They serve a variety of food, which is great when you are hanging out with a bunch of friends. Then you can order more different dishes and share. The manager, Jason is kind and helpful if you have any question.

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1 Thank Jerning
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

Just ate the fillet fish curry, it came with rice, soup, veg and fruit all for 10RM (£2) lots of options on menu and had free wifi quickest so far in KK.

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Thank Natalie M
Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2013

I am a big fan of their mango shakes and fresh home made lemon tea. Food otherwise was about average. But do order their "sabah veg" as its their local dish and is a must try.

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Thank dinnosaur
Hong Kong
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28 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We've tried their Mabul Special and Sipidan Special. Both very yummy and price was reasonable. The owner / manager was very friendly and cheerful. Wifi was very good, and if you are not getting a good connection elsewhere in Semporna, I'd definitely suggest you to visit Mabul Cafe.

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Thank JasmineDB
Sarawak
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2013

While the food is okay, time waiting is not. You could wait for ages before your food is served. Not unless you're in hurry, find elsewhere to dine. However, its curry fish head and juices are to die for. Location is fine too. Price wise, affordable i can say..

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Thank Pearl_FeFaRa
Bern, Switzerland
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

I'll repeat what a previous reviewer wrote.. This place seems to serve shark fin soup, it's still on the menu! It's a disgrace to serve that, don't support it!

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Thank Dario N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Asian, Malaysian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ocean Drive, Semporna, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sabah  >  Semporna District  >  Semporna

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?