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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice little Bistro in the center of Kuching

Great place to sit;have a coffee and what the boats on the river. Plus they have a great cake selection recommend the red velvet cake

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Stephen M
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  • Romance
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stayed 4 days in Kuching and went 3 times at different times of the day to this bistro. It is in a super location beside the river. The food and service were great especially the curry laksa and red velvet cake. When we go back to Kuching which we will because it is a lovely city, we'll definitely go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It was my first time to Kuching. I did not have any idea on where to go for dining in a group. Then recommended by some friends to come to this restaurant. The restaurant is 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.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Great place to sit;have a coffee and what the boats on the river. Plus they have a great cake selection recommend the red velvet cake

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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

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

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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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: Romance

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