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

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
great location an oasis from the heat

James Brooke bistro is a good place for lunch after walking the streets of Kuching. The décor is lovely, the staff are competent, but what makes it is the food and the location. The Sarawak laksa is the go, tasty and delicious. The rest of the menu falls into the same vein, clean and tasty. I have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

James Brooke bistro is a good place for lunch after walking the streets of Kuching. The décor is lovely, the staff are competent, but what makes it is the food and the location. The Sarawak laksa is the go, tasty and delicious. The rest of the menu falls into the same vein, clean and tasty. I have recommended this bistro... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is ideally situated on the waterfront and when you're walking along from say, from the bazaar, it is at just the distance where you want to have a cooling drink. It is a breezy, open sided bistro - beautifully decorated. The food was good and attractively presented, though obviously more expensive than back street cafes... but here you have... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We came here for lunch to have the famous laksa. We weren't disappointed, the food was on spot. We all ordered different meals off the menu and they all looked amazing and tasted even better. Service was great and we liked the location being close to the river.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Initially slightly thrown by total absence of any staff. But when they showed up very helpful. Excellent Sarawak food; I had the laksa and enjoyed it. Plus cakes for Westerners hankering after sugar rush including kek lapis. Very laid back and pleasant, nice waterfront location. Recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Unlike others we had no complaints on the service here, we arrived around 9pm on a Sunday night, our waiter was friendly and smiled, our orders were taken promptly and the meals appeared all together (sometimes a challenge in Malaysia!) quite quickly. Unfortunately the food wasn't great for us - not inedible, but the curries and laksa were all quite... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A nice restaurant for western or local food within a colonial style building and looking out on the river. The service is laid back and friendly. The food tasty.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Very close from Singgahasana lodge, located along the river. Looks nice, but they were too slow. First, no body came to ask me for order. Finally I ordered, and somehow waiters kept asking me" did you order yet?" I waited at least 30 min for my food. Other people were same, they were waiting so long. Food is OK. I... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The cafe is located right in front of riverfront, corner lot. The price is on the high side. Food is so so only for me. Serve variety of Sarawak laksa. Should try see whether you like it or not. My friend loves it so much. The typical Sarawakian laksa, thick gravy made of spice, onion with fresh prawn. Service is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Kids love the mushroom soup and Fish & Chip. Fish batter flurry and cripsy. Interesting seasoning of the chip coating. Adult comments : Borneo laksa is rather sweet. I like the Sarawak Laksa. Price reasonable for a Bistro. Deco-Surrounded by Sarawak handicrafts. Wish for more fans as it's rather hot and humid. A lovely place to chill after the River... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

If your after a curry don't bother eating here! Ordered a butter chicken and got fried chicken in a sweet coconut sauce. My friend ordered a chicken curry and again it was served in an identical sauce to mine!

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Restaurant Details

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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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