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James Brooke Bistro

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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
0145204007
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I thought i saw reviews that this place was closed. If it was it has reopened. Really peaceful atmosphere - with river views. Only had coffee and it was pretty good.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Other reviews complain of slow and bad service at this eatery.. All I can say is they must have taken note and improved. My husband and I ate here last night and the service was brilliant.. Attentive and food came quickly. The butter chicken was gorgeous.. Well recommended.. My husband had the beef stroganoff and enjoyed it although it was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here a few times, and after reading reviews about their laksa from some tourists being decent I decided to give it a try. I have to say as a laksa connoisseur, the laksa here was disappointing. An interesting take on one of my favourite dishes however just doesn't work for me, tourists might still enjoy it though but it... More 

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Thank Sam T
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only thing good of this place is the location. The food was very average, and i agree with many comments that the service is bad. The staff seemed very bored and didnt care. We ordered black coffee but was given coffee mixed with milk. When i ordered mint tea with ice, the waiter told me that they didnt have... More 

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Thank JessDnomad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the river front, great views and the ere happy to cater for our gluten free diet. would recommend this place

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Thank Gerremys
Newcastle England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

lovely building, popular with tourists , very nice meal. we ate there on a rainy night and imagine my shock when I saw 3 rats clamber over the wine bottles, staff didn't blink so it must be a regular thing, not suprising being so close to the river.

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Thank epkss
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

there is nothing like sipping cold beer, while eating in a veranda overlooking people strolling by the river in Kuching. The James Brooke bistro is a pleasant place for lunch. I had a delicious bowl of Borneo Laksa, while my husband opted for a butter chicken Sarawak style. Everything was very good. The staff is friendly and helpful. I definitely... More 

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Balnarring, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had Nasi goreng. It was good at a reasonable price. The service was slow and people walked out. The setting was beautiful with a cool breeze in the evening.

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Thank RoseandShane
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant, in an historic pavilion on the Sarawak River waterfront promenade, serves excellent food at a very reasonable price. For atmosphere and value for money, it is hard to beat. Service was friendly and capable. Try the Sarawak Laksa!

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Thank Kowloonie
London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a tasty meal here (butter chicken was delicious) but the service was ridiculously slow - there appeared to be only one waiter! Check out how many staff they have on duty and then decide whether to stay!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Bar, Asian, Malaysian, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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?