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James Brooke Bistro

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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
0145204007
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Good for:
Romance

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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
Garden setting, friendly waiters

Just popped in here for a bite to eat and a beer at lunchtime on my first day in town, and it was a good intro. Wonderfully located overlooking the river and in the center of hotel row near China Town, it has a colonial verandah garden setting. The staff were friendly and attentive and I didn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
John E
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Just popped in here for a bite to eat and a beer at lunchtime on my first day in town, and it was a good intro. Wonderfully located overlooking the river and in the center of hotel row near China Town, it has a colonial verandah garden setting. The staff were friendly and attentive and I didn't have to wait... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

a great choice of food as well as 3 different laksa's to choose from. Interesting furniture although a little dated in places. Overall a nice stop on the esplanade an laksa was great

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Thankfully we stumbled upon this riverside restaurant early on in our stay. The location is just lovely next to the river and there was always a nice breeze flowing through making it a nice cool stop on a hot Kuching day. We ate here a number times because our food was just so good each time. I will say our... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

It used to be one of my favourite to-do things in Kuching but sadly not any more. The most disappointing thing was its food quality which has dropped a great deal. And it is a pity because it is a great location. The service has always been a disappointment but I tend to let it slide over food quality -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Great position near the river. Near the Chinese museum. Good service and good food. Beer is expensive. Switch to tea.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Superb location on the river front, and quaint decor. But only average food and lacklustre service. Still worth a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We dined here on four of the five evenings that we stayed in Kuching. The food was delicious and really good value for money. It is a well presented, cosy bistro located by the river and close to the shopping centres. Definitely recommend.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I must say the restaurant set up and the design is very unique and traditional! I love it! It's located in front (few steps) of the Sarawak River/Kuching Waterfront. After the Waterfront stroll, you could just stab at this restaurant. Good location. The food is tasty, but doesn't taste original anymore, especially the local cuisine. I recommend it's better to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I admit my choice of food wasn't too original, a beef bourguignon isn't really a measure of good food in Asia but I enjoyed the setting. Victorian and summery.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Had the butter chicken and the beef stroganoff (the latter written up in lonely planet). Although neither were like their titles, they were both tasty. The sauce on the beef was very nice, although the beef itself was a very cheap (cured?) cut

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance

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