If you’re on this side of Malaysia, it is a must to find traditional food in Sabah. Hinava is a key part of Sabah cuisine and is one of the most popular Sabah local food around!
Whenever the dish hinava is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is delectable, homely comfort food native to the beautiful land of Sabah. A traditional dish made famous by the Kadazan-Dusun people, it is created using fish and various ingredients like shallots, chili, grated ginger and lime. In short, it is a raw fish salad that tantalises both the stomach and the eyes! Think of it as a Sabahan twist on the Peruvian ceviche. But of course, we believe that hinava is the undisputed winner between the two!
One of the mainstays of Kadazan-Dusun soul food, hinava provides familiar flavours to those seeking a taste or the comforts of home. And this is where our highly talented and award-winning chefs come in!
At Tavern Kitchen & Bar, we have reinvented the wheel and put our own spin on the traditional hinava dish, creating a fusion that cannot be found elsewhere. As one of the best Western restaurants in Kota Kinabalu, we pride ourselves on our specially created Hinava Squid Ink Pasta!
Fusing and blending the souls of Italian and Kadazan cuisine together, this unique fusion dish sees the hinava fish salad complementing the black ink pasta to give you a culinary experience that is sure to invigorate your taste buds. The lime of the hinava balances out the richness of the pasta with its acidity, while the fish in the hinava accents the dish with flavours of the sea.
We firmly believe we are the best restaurant in KK, and this unique dish cannot be found anywhere else in Kota Kinabalu. It is just one of our many attempts at revolutionising western food in KK. After all, there is no progress without change!
Come on over to Tavern Kitchen & Bar to try our delicious and hearty Hinava Squid Ink Pasta. Conveniently located at Imago Shopping Mall, you won’t have any trouble locating us. We promise it’ll be worth it!Look for Our Hivana Inspired Menu!