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“happy vibes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ground Floor, Lot 32, | Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
+60 198935499
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Ranked #5 of 331 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $7
Cuisines: Mexican, American, International, Asian fusion
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: El Centro is located in the middle of Kota Kinabalu's central business district near hotels and shopping centers.El Centro serves a variety of healthy and delicious food options from tacos to wraps, salads, burgers and local Malaysian favourites.The open concept restaurant has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that hosts a number of specialty nights like--pub quiz, jazz night, salsa lessons, them parties and art openings/exhibits. Open form 5pm - 12am for food and drinks. From the bar you can order beer or one of Katie's Killer Cocktails.
Perth, Australia
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“happy vibes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Looks like a real expat and traveller favourite. Reasonable food and drinks and a very happy energy about the place. Focused on doing good for the local community with music and crafts also. Saturday has a band with open mic flavour. Go early (7/7.30) to get a seat. Music starts about 9.

Visited October 2013
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Cheap and cheerful”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

As the saying goes you get what you pay for. This is an economical eating venue but don't expect great food. We ate here one night and the food could be best described as ordinary. The main problem was the over cooking of the noodle that made the meal a slimy mess. But is only cost 10 ringit so I can't complain. Nice ambiance and staff were quick and friendly. That is it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Great stuff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

A lovely little ex pat view of KK. Great food good service and lots of fun night activities. A great break from sometimes challenging Malay restaurants.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very nice hangout - go there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A place where many westerners and expats hangout. Good cocktails and a lot of people. Nice! There was nothing to dislike!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Repeat customers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We found this place at just the right time in our Sabah travels. A wonderful expat restaurant with delicious food and a great atmosphere in central KK. We enjoyed our lunch so much we went back for dinner the same day. If you need a break from noodles and rice, this is a great place to find some western flavours. The italian fare and the fresh fruit drinks (papaya/pinepapple/lime) were outstanding.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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