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James Brooke Bistro

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

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  • 81
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  • 33
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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
Good food

Had dinner there once. Food was good, so were the portions. Price level was normal. They have some signature dishes, but I didn't try one. Location is good, facing the river promenade. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
ztig65
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Tromso, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tasty local fare. Moderate price value for money. Sweet&Sour chicken, Sarawak laksa and fried rice. Entertaining pleasant waiter.

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Tromso, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner there once. Food was good, so were the portions. Price level was normal. They have some signature dishes, but I didn't try one. Location is good, facing the river promenade. Worth a visit.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Try for example their version of butter chicken, their Sarawak/Kuching Laksa or get a glass of rice wine for a small 5 RM. Hopefully you'll be there in the weekend where some local kids are playing outside.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The James Brooke Bistro from afar looks like a really great place to have dinner by the river, but it is certainly a dissapointment when you arrive there to have a nice good dinner you were expecting. When we went there, there was NO ELECTRICITY and we were told that it is a common problem at night after 6pm (which... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bummer. The view and the atmosphere are great but the food is pretty bland and lifeless. Ordered the 'signature' laksa - soup curry was confusingly sweet and otherwise flavorless. It had some cold, dry chicken in it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is hard to pick the worst feature of this " Bistro ". Service 0/10 - Menu 0/10 - Food 0/10. On a positive note the beer was cold but only two brands - no wine - no spirits. Half way through my entrée / soup my main was delivered. The staff are completely and comprehensively hopeless. Well appointed and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Place was poorly maintained. Waiters were not helpful in advising on choice of food especially spicy / peppery food for children. I don't think I will go again.

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1 Thank Navina T
Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charming little bistro with wonderful views of the river to while away any time of day, the homemade brownies and coffee are delicious as is the signature Sarawak Laksa and the Dory steak is melt in the mouth - go there!

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1 Thank gemandmatt
Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a delicious meal for a very affordable price. Had the wild Borneo laksa and it was hands down one of the most flavoursome meals I have had in Asia. Well done

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant has a prime location and while the menu is small the quality of our meals was outstanding! I had the steamed fish while my husband had sweet & sour fish - both were to die for! Shame you can't order wine there but our G7T /Vodka lime did the trick!

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children

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