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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
0145204007
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 133
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  • 60
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  • 28
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  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Glass of Wine and The River Before You

What a nice place to stop during your Esplanade amble and sip a good glass of wine and enjoy the passing of time and crowds. I highly recommend it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Palm Springs, California
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  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a nice place to stop during your Esplanade amble and sip a good glass of wine and enjoy the passing of time and crowds. I highly recommend it.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The menu was not overly ambitious. Prices are reasonable. Location is a big plus as it's right on the waterfront.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This is not a place I would usually go, because its soooo colonial-style nostalgia. But the bar is very conveniently located near the promenade and you can eat some very nice Banana Frittas and emjay a cheap G&T.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Great Laksa, good jugs of beer and friendly waiting staff. Incredibly good value for money as well. Nice views out onto the river and you can have a nice walk down by the river path before dinner as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Overlooking the river, this is a lovely venue to relax, eat or just chill. Not air conditioned, but fans and the off-water breezes are enough. We enjoyed a great lunch here and returned in the evening - food was good, but infortunately the evening beer was flat and the G&T undrinkable. Be warned too, the portions of cake are ENORMOUS!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We loved this place at first as they have AMAZING CAKES on display! However, after trying the cake- it was ok but not amazing! The place itself is lovely and in a fantastic location. We paid the bill and teh waitress split it for us. She said to my friend and I that she did not have enough change to... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I tried the Laksa here and it was superb- freshly cooked and with a good lever of spice. The location is excellent, close to the waterfront with a relaxed and friendly vibe. It is slightly more expensive than other local restaurants, although the quality of food and the location probably justify the expense.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This restaurant is my favorite place at the waterfront. Great location, beautifully decorated place.I just love this place. And I love their laksa Sarawak!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This place has the prime location on the waterfront in Kuching but blows it on average food and mixed service. Staff disappear out back and some certainly need to take a happy pill. My advice is to enjoy a beer at sundown and then move on.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We had a cake and a coffee here, and it was really a waste of money. The cake was dry, and I suspect it had been sitting in the display for a couple of days. (rookie mistake to take a piece that was on a plate of its own instead of the big cakes). Still it cost RM 10.

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Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
Phone Number: 0145204007
Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching

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  • Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching
  • Phone Number: 0145204007

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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