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“OK food with friendly service”
Review of toscani

toscani
Ranked #40 of 578 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Fusion
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
415 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“OK food with friendly service”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The staff make this place. They're friendly and welcoming. The food is better than average Italian, but far from outstanding. A good choice for a change of fare, and much recommended by the locals. As with all the waterfront restaurants here, it's worth getting a table at the front of the deck - provided it's not raining!

  • Visited November 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Mediocre food, friendly service”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

The restaurant has indoor seating and a sea facing veranda seating. Rustic deco with old photos on the walls. We seated outside to enjoy the view and the outdoor breeze.. but all we smelled was the stinky sewage. We ordered a trio bruschetta (RM25+), a seafood paella, a Hawaiian pizza and a seafood platter (RM99+). The bruschetta was good, seafood paella was too wet, pizza was totally hopeless, no burnt edges. The seafood platter had smoked salmon, clams, fish fillet, cheese baked oysters, calamari, muscles, scalded prawn, something like a sweet & sour / chili (small) crab and a slipper lobster. Prawn and the fish fillet weren't very fresh, I did enjoy the oyster and the slipper lobster.

We celebrated my birthday there, my friend bought some cakes and the staff were accommodating enough to send us plates & dessert forks. Staff were not very intuitive we had to ask them for water refill. The bill came up to RM360+ consider pricey for the food quality we received.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Aby112
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Karratha, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good location, friendly service.”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The other recent reviews are on the money I think. I'm no foodie, but I had Tiger Prawns that the chef recommended and they tasted good to me, but a lady from Melbourne had the same thing and didn't like them, so depends on your taste. The staff were pleasant, the service was good, and it is in a great spot, on the waterfront with several other restaurants. I thought it was a bit expensive, but if you want to eat cheap then you should go to the markets.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank VintageWood
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Pencoed, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“very helpfull and good value”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

had food here several times during our trip.
some times just called in for a desert or a drink when on the sea front
ask for Chef liong who is a great host
( I told him I will send people to ask for spicy crab and tiramisu) which he made for us when we asked.
good range of food available on the standard menu

Visited July 2013
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Thank Stephen T
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cheltenham
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great location, decent food, no complaints”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This place is in a row of about 10 other waterfront restaurants in KK centre - all geared towards Western tourists, so you can hardly complain if they are a bit more pricey than local Asian eateries. You're paying for imported goods, the great view over the bay and nice ambiance. We are a family of 6 (4 teenagers) and ate at 3 of these places: Toscani's, Gusto and the Tzar Bar (or something like that) all next to each other. They're all pretty similar really - though Gusto one man Italian band is seriously slow service. Prices are the same - about 30-40RM for a main course. Toscani was more full than most, mainly because the maitre d' is a real salesman and pulls people in more effectively than the others in the row. But that means more atmosphere. We liked it. Not special food but very nice and a lovely spot to eat if you need a bit of a change (as we did) from eating local everywhere else on our travels in Sabah.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank revieg
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