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James Brooke Bistro

Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
0145204007
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Ranked #11 of 326 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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Ukiah, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Pleasant bar in a nice location. Reasonably priced. Try to get a table out front for the best views.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This place is on the riverfront with lots of fans for its open dining experience. I enjoyed a few coffees and their range of cakes. Very good cake. It was very busy in the early evening even when the rest of the city was quiet. Good food, service and location. Who could want more.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We went here for dinner and although it was not busy we were not shown to a table. A waiter did bring over a menu, but we chose pretty quickly and he walked past several times without coming to see is when our menus were clearly closed. Finally I went up to the counter and ordered, but the staff were... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A great place to have lunch or dinner with an old colonial feel. Very good value laksa and great vodka and fresh lime. Service was slow but the staff were lovely.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a nice restaurant, the food is good, staff friendly and helpful and you can relax with a nice view over the river. Recommend the spring rolls.

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Sydney, Australia
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33 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a lovely place to sit and rest and be able to have a cool drink and cake whilst watching the wonderful life of the Kuching water front pass you by. Kuching is such a great city to visit.

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Banstead, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This restaurant is lovely in a gorgeous setting just off the river. Feels very comfortable and welcoming to foreign visitors. we went twice, first time for a drink which was lovely. Service was a bit lacking to be honest on that day. But we loved the place and decided to try dinner. Food was excellent, staff recognised us and were... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Excellent Laksa, good price and nice location on the waterfront. Also, great selection of cakes for those with a sweet tooth!

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