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James Brooke Bistro

Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
0145204007
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Ranked #14 of 335 Restaurants in Kuching
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Newcastke upon tyne
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Relaxed atmosphere and pretty colonial type feeling in attractive setting. Good range of good and especially good prices on Asian food. Had 5 nights in Kuching so tried different places but we reslly enjoyed and I would recommend as good evening meal, probably also good in the day too!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I like the decoration in and around this cafe, very artistic and creative. Every table is well decorated with different crafts and flowers. It's so peaceful and relaxing to stop here and have a cup of coffee or a beer. It is indeed a wonderful place to spare some time appreciate beautiful things they have to offer here. I love... More

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Derry, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

The first time we stopped by this place was closed due to Hari Raya celebrations. We called again 5 days later and despite there being people eating and a few empty tables we were told by staff that they were understaffed and unable to serve us food! However we persisted and called in again 3 days later and managed to... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We chanced upon this restaurant whilst walking along the waterfront. Had nice ambience and deco which attracted us to stopover for a drink and food. The menu has a a variety of laksa. We tried the Sarawak laksa and the Kuching curry laksa - and both were awesome. Would definitely recommend the Kuching curry laksa - was really smooth and... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Friendly helpful staff. Food very good, good service and really relaxed atmosphere with plenty of candles and nice light creating calm environment. Spent time here soaking it all up with a nice meal and Beer. Will definitely eat here again and recommend it to others.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife and I visited this bistro twice during our stay in Kuching. The first visit was just a pit stop to cool off with a drink, that went on for longer due to a rain downpour. After a couple of drinks we had some of their snacks, and impressed with those decided to return a couple of nights later... More

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Xiamen, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Good food and not too expensive. Lovely spot by the river. Not currently open for breakfast, but a great place for dinner after the sun goes down.

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very nice location (in the central park of the city, near the river), and a charming setting with good people watching. Our food was very well prepared and delicious. Service was a bit on the slow side, however. We had lunch here on our first day in Kuching and dinner on our last, and it appeared that the lunch and... More

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Sadly we did not have such a great meal as previous reviewer. .. food very average and certainly did NOT come out at same time ... 30 minutes between first and last person served. .. and they had the same fried rice so that was bizarre ... I had been there on a previous visit for afternoon coffee and cake... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Easily the best restaurant in Kuching and probably Malaysia- has both Malaysian and western options but all are delicious, well-presented and decent portion sizes. Prices are very reasonable especially for western food and the location on the waterfront is fantastic especially in the evening. Service is quick and everyone is served together (which doesn't often happen in Malaysia). I'm also... More

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