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James Brooke Bistro

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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 14-520 4007
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My party of 7 adults really enjoyed the food and atmosphere at this restaurant so much that we went twice during our trip to Kuching. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. There is a good menu to choose from. I thoroughly enjoyed the green curry.

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Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stumbled on this restaurant while on a walk along the waterfront & decided to give it a try. The service was indifferent at best. Food, when it finally came, was ok but there are better places to go for local food. Prices were not outrageous given the waterfront location but, again, there are better places to go. The final... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner here last night. I had the Spring rolls followed by the sarawak Laksa and it was delicious and very reasonably priced. My partner went for chicken wings and the sweet and sour fish. His food selection was much more pricey and in his opinion wasn't anything amazing and not great value. Our conclusion is maybe its better... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great setting on the river with alfresco and indoors with beautiful decor, service is pretty minimal but Sarawak Laksa was served quickly and the beer was cold. Would come again -

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1,638 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 650 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this bistro is located next to the chinese museum and facing the river front. a really good locality and they have an extensive menu. it has outdoor sitting and it is nice to have a drink or a meal and watch the river front. a bit pricy but you pay for the view.

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Hong Kong, China
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357 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed dining in this restaurant very much with my partner. The choice of local food is quite good and reasonably priced. We were both very happy with the taste of the food we ordered. However, they were a bit under-staffed with just 2 waiters. Other than that, it's a really fine choice at an excellent location to explore the... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant twice, which should tell you all you need to know. Good food and good service in a nice location close to the river.

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Leeds
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful setting near the Sarawak river and staff lovely normally visit for evening drinks but decided in lunch after a morning of shopping fish and chips not really local but as I don't eat meat a little difficult to find great local food the fish was in a crispy heavy batter and the chips coated too so very heavy and... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

... with Western service, style and price tag. High chair available for babies. Nice spot on waterfront.

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Kajang, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No visit to Kuching is complete without visiting the James Brooke Bistro. Its name epitomizes the history of the region and its ambiance is lovely as is the waterfront view. With a varied and tasty menu it's well worth a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching
  • Phone Number: +60 14-520 4007

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?