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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
0145204007
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Cozy cool place with tasty food

Had lunch after an outing; the view and location are great, the interior charming - kind of homely empire pub style. The surprise was that they had great Asian as well as European food. Very nice overall experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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  • Romantic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We'd arrived at our hotel on a Sunday at about 2.30pm and they pointed us in the direction of JB Bistro as one of the few places that would be open and serving at that time. Food was pleasant (no shortage of heat in the Laksa I had) and the environment was OK but it lacked a certain something that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I've eaten here twice now - the second time from pure laziness because I knew they had scrambled eggs and you can't mess that up easily. The eggs were tasty, but the advertised butter is margarine, and the lightly cooked tomato was dripping in an unidentifiable oil that was greasy and stale. The first meal was the Sarawak laksa, which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Had lunch after an outing; the view and location are great, the interior charming - kind of homely empire pub style. The surprise was that they had great Asian as well as European food. Very nice overall experience.

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We had a lovely meal here one evening in Kuching. It has a really lovely setting on the river front and has a good food selection.  The food was good and well presented. A good place to stop after a sunset walk!

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The prawn cracker was limp and listless, just like the service. (The poor woman at the next table finally had to stand up, after waving at the disinterested waitresses for some time, just to get her bill.) My Mee Mamak was bland to the point of boring, I finally smothered it in chilli sauce in an attempt to make it... More 

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sue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The position of the restaurant on the river is great. The food is very good and offers variety of Asian and Western food in a pavilion style of restaurant.

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aarschot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I can recommend dining at this place near the river, very good food and choice of pastry. Also one of the few places to get a good coffee. You can sit in or outside and enjoy the riverscene and the historic part of Kuching.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Fresh ingredients, local specialities and nicely cooked. Prices very reasonable too. But best of all was the location sitting outside over looking the river and the fairly lights of the riverside walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

great location right at the River Promenade, Veranda style semi-out door seating with fans to manage the heat; good place to have a coffee, some local noodles or a salad; value for money is very good; had a chicken sandwich, which was good, but nothing special. would i go again: yes, just to sit down, have a coffee, read a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Good food, nice surroundings, cheap beer, good view. Just the thing after a hard morning's shopping!

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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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