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

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  • 25
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
great place to watch the sun go down

a nice spot down by the river to watch the sun go down with a cold beer and some tasty food we ate here and were very happy with the food - taste and price its just across the road from the Hilton so good place to come and relax in an evening you can also pick up the free... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
adrian b
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Pinang George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Right by the waterfront this breezy cafe serves lovely local and international food. Cold beer and good wine. We were there every day as the hotel bar was freezing cold. The Sarawak laksa you must try- such flavours!

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Singapore
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited three times during our stay in Kuching for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. We enjoyed good food at very reasonable prices, speedy service, friendly staff and a great location by the riverside.

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sydney
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Great food, lovely views, friendly service, and ice cold beer! Been here 4 times in three days and has passed the stress test of consistency! Perfect for lunch, dinner, or a refreshing drink. Enjoy ...

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

a nice spot down by the river to watch the sun go down with a cold beer and some tasty food we ate here and were very happy with the food - taste and price its just across the road from the Hilton so good place to come and relax in an evening you can also pick up the free... More 

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Hat-Yai
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Food, drinks, service, reasonable prices, ambience and location all combined to make this place one that I'd highly recommend.

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Aloha, Oregon
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26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

It's right outside the Hilton and so a good choice for a quick meal. Open air with great views of the river and sunset. Service was ok, they were busy but a couple of gaps when we needed some attention. Loved the food. I had the butter chicken, it was fried with a light sauce under it. Very crispy batter... More 

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Lampang Province, Thailand
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A well established venue, it never disappoints. While the service is relaxed, there's no desire to hurry. The local dishes such as laksa are perfectly done. The view of the river is superb. And there are some friendly cats.

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Singapore, Singapore
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I ate at the James Brooke bistro ones, and also dropped in for a drink on another 2 occasions. The food was quite decent as were the prices, but I agree with a lot of the oter comments about the poor service. There were some occasions when not a single member of staff could be found, they were all out... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Views of the river in a great garden setting. Great sunset views. Excellent food at a reasonable price.

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4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We dropped by here for a drink most evenings, pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by. Didn't notice any other licensed places by the river front.

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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: Romantic

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