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Absolute Tribal

78 Jalan Tabuan | Jalan Tabuan, 93100, Kuching 93100, Malaysia
+60(82)237468
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Ranked #14 of 335 Restaurants in Kuching
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Set in a historic building built during the Brooke Era about 120 years ago, Sarakraf Pavilion brings to you an visiting experience that is rich in history and reflects the fascinating sentiment of the time and heritage of Sarawak in general.The Sarakraf Center preserves arts and crafts that could not be seen elsewhere. Guests are invited to join cooking lessons and shop for memorable souvenirs from Sarawak.Absolute Trival Restaurant is one of the unique feature of Sarakraf Pavilion. The restaurant presents a unique dining experience in the courtyard and serves Chinese, Authentic and fusion local dishes as well as a huge selection of Thai cuisine.The historical attachment of the establishment will make you feel as if you have travel back in time and take a refuge to a spiritually enchanting holiday.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Set in a historic building built during the Brooke Era about 120 years ago, Sarakraf Pavilion brings to you an visiting experience that is rich in history and reflects the fascinating sentiment of the time and heritage of Sarawak in general.The Sarakraf Center preserves arts and crafts that could not be seen elsewhere. Guests are invited to join cooking lessons and shop for memorable souvenirs from Sarawak.Absolute Trival Restaurant is one of the unique feature of Sarakraf Pavilion. The restaurant presents a unique dining experience in the courtyard and serves Chinese, Authentic and fusion local dishes as well as a huge selection of Thai cuisine.The historical attachment of the establishment will make you feel as if you have travel back in time and take a refuge to a spiritually enchanting holiday.
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English first
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I have never failed to visit Absolute tribal everytime an opportunity arises. The food is fantastic- the Midin Kerabu, and umai in particular. It's actually quite amazing how a restaurant with such an extensive menu manages to execute its dishes so well. The craft wall hangings, and paintings create an authentic dining experience. I look forward to continue exploring the... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This restaurant is an old mansion turned restaurant, boutique hotel and souvenir shop. With Gerald Goh at the helm, the food and service of ATR is exemplary in the catering business. Blending local Sarawak cuisine with a hint of Chinese and Thai influences, each item on the menu is tantalizing and a sheer delight. Gerald & his staff simply turns... More

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Kuching
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a fusion restaurant. They have two kitchen; the Chinese and the Thai. Chinese cuisine has practically long become part of the local cuisine, but to 'localise' Thai cuisine, I think there must be effort and creativity. Our family enjoy dining in this place. We bring visitors to this restaurant too. Food portion is more than sufficient, hence value... More

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We had dinner here and the food is fine, nothing too amazing. However when writing our review we were totally amazed when scrolling through previous reviews, that every single negative review is afterwards commented on by the owner in such an arrogant way... Every time the owner's comment shows he takes it personally, he must always have the last word... More

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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review

Dear Worldtraveller, Thank you for your feedbacks on what I write as response to those unreasonable reviews. My stand is, if I cant clarify on those false "accusation" then, there is no point for TRIPADVISOR to offer this platform as a respect to the business owners here. We are serious business operators here, I strongly feel that we deserve the... More

Kuching, Malaysia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The most famous dishes at Absolute tribal were spicy mango salad, cangkuk manis, deep fried kai lan and the pineapple fried rice :)

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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review

Dear Olivia, Thank you for your review, I also see that your friends had made the review all together. Thank you for your time and hope to see you again soon. Thanks Gerald More

Kuching, Malaysia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

One of my best gastronomy experience in town. Highly recommended for tourist who look for the best and most delicious food in Kuching. What I tasted so far were Midin, Mongolian Chicken, Butter Chicken, Tom Yam seafood and Fried Fishcake. I wish to come back soon.

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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review

Dear Beverly, Thank you for posting a wonderful review on this platform, I had just responded to Shafiq's review as well. Thanks for the effort and we look forward to seeing more of you and your friends in the days to come. Regards, Gerald More

Kuching, Malaysia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

one of the best restaurant that i know. :) almost all of the food is very delicious especially laksiam and butter chicken rice. niceeee. .plus the price is reasonable too. for me, the service is very excellent. all staff is very friendly and helpfull. i would like to recommend all of my family members and friends to have their lunch/dinner... More

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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review

Dear Shafig, Thank you so much for your review, I cant believe your whole gang did the review all together. hahahah Thank you for your comment on food and staff friendliness, I just got an review saying that I am rude in handling review.....gotten me some pain in my chest for a month before I get back to response to... More

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Non-fancy atmosphere, air-conditioners seem like not working at all. But quite a popular lunch spot with good value. Major disappointment with the unfriendly staffs and service. Not a single smile and staff who didn't bother to pay attention to us at all. However i don't expect over-the-top fake niceness from the servers. The food is good. Spicy tom yum soup... More

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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review

My dear CCallan, As I can only see your pair of naked legs in your TripAdvisor profile pic, so I wouldnt possibly recognize you in totality...and so that leaves me with no clue with regards to when exactly you were here at ATR and see how I can recall and see what went wrong......, you will probably agree with me... More

Kuching, Malaysia
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Been there for dinner with colleague after a conference. Had guest from the States and India together. Simple meals but very rich in taste. One of the best tomyam I've tasted in Kuching and yes it's spicy!! Not for the faint hearted. Those who loves spicy food, I would strongly recommend the superb spicy tomyam..

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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review

Thank you So Much for your review ! When we first started our restaurant at The Hills, Kuching. We envisage authenticity as our moto in driving us further into this trade. so we hired 3 Thai chefs from Thailand to ensure that ingredients and cooking styles are authentically Thai. Tom Yum was the deciding factor when we were in Hat... More

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Sadly we ended up leaving a lot of our food - the tofu sizzler was more soggy than sizzle and quite bland. And was pretty much the only thing to choose off the menu. Wasn't worth the taxi trip out to be honest.

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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review

Dear Tanya M, So sorry that you did not enjoy our food. Frankly Speaking, we are NOT a vegetarian Restaurant so we have yet to come out with a Vegetarian Menu. BUT BUT BUT, We will be more than willing to customize a series of Vegetarian dishes for any of our guests. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS ASK. Please.... More

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