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James Brooke Bistro

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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
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137 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This bistro serves a variety of traditional Sarawak dishes and my local friend says they were authentic. The restaurant has a lot of old memorabilia which are interesting to speculate over.

Thank jinnes
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Probably the best location in Kuching sitting on the waterfront. Atmosphere is relaxed and decor pleasant. I've probably eaten here half a dozen times during two visits to Kuching. Prices are reasonable, food is tasty - particularly the local curries. The Green Curry is my favourite.

Thank Ian T
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Service was poor and slow, food was mediocre, meat was over-cooked. The waiter hardly spoke English and it was difficult to get him to Cme to your table although the place was really empty. I can't nudes rand why it's so high up in the trip advisor list. Do not bother going here. James Brooke probably left Borneo because he... More 

Thank faridology
Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice Resto with Malaysian food close to the Hilton, Tune hotels. It attracts mostly tourists, probably because it looks clean, is well located and well priced. You can get cheaper food elsewhere but this place is totally adequate. Not amazing but nice, and the locale is almost romantic!

Thank ndggirl
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walk along the serene esplanade, pause for a brief spell of crocodile spotting on your way (the locals may be trying to feed them), and imagine life through a Rajah's eyes - a long hot day with patches of heavy rain, hard at work discovering the delights of Kuching, and an appetite to be sated. Where best to do so... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice restaurant, conveniently located on the waterfront. Good value food. Tasty Laksa, enjoyed with Tiger beer.

Thank Ruth H
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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70 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for delicious Halal Sarawak Laksa, come here. It has the right amount of richness, the yumm-umami balance, and the portion is good. The photo is on my iPhone though, and I am on my laptop right now. They also serve refreshing drinks. The staff are well trained and friendly.

Thank Ana R
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant on our first night in Kuching. It is located on the waterfront just across the road from the Hilton. We opted for curry dishes (rather than western dishes) and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Good value for money, nice atmosphere and a great location looking out across the river

Thank Katie B
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here for lunch and dinner, it's in a nice spot if you don't mind the proximity of the road and it has a lovely view across the park and river to the golden temple. The food was very good and the prices low. Occasional problems with the staff as very hardly any spoke English but you get by... More 

Thank gw59
Sydney, Australia
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four teachers and their 19 teenage girl students sitting down to dinner at a long table on the verandah proved to be a doddle for the staff at this bistro. The waitresses were quick and efficient in taking our orders and serving the drinks. I had to try the Kuching Curry Laksa and it was very, very good. I also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Asian, Malaysian
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching
  • Phone Number: 0145204007

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