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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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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Could not understand why there was not more customers great food great place to sit and watch the world go by alcohol available and as Brits sometimes nothing beats a cold beer look out for the daily specials great value

Thank lozbarnad
Kuching, Malaysia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been a frequent customer for 3 years and noticed how downgraded this cafe became . Their service has to improve as it got slower or sometimes , no one attends ! They have the same menu over the years but their beers are nevertheless cheap ( it comes only in a glass or a jar ). They used to... More 

2 Thank Kenyalangs
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Menu wasn't the best. Had a nice bowl of curried laska. Service was terrible. Customers had to asked to be cleared. Two guys just hid behind the counter. People asking for the rest of their food. Not the best

Thank Lorraine R
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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164 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

history buffs know that James Brooke was the White Rajah but a few may be surprised to find a James Brooke Bistro smack in the middle of Kuching. Staying in Hilton, we spied from above this quaint detached house which we found out was a restaurant. so we decided to check it out by walking along the waterfront. with half... More 

Thank idrus2015
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118 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice wee spot to drop into during the rainy season got caught, went for a quick drink perfectly fine service was very quick and easy and the food was fine.

Thank David H
Perth, Australia
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104 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came here after reading about the laksa in the Lonely Planet Guide and was not disappointed. The sour Sarawak laksa was delicious! Crunchy little morsels of dried fish, prawns, chicken and noodles in a flavoursome soup. Yum! And at only 12RM it was a bargain! The restaurant is right on the river front, amongst beautiful lush green gardens. I... More 

Thank MissAS80
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's ok Not worth going out if your way Nothing to shout about really China house in the old court rooms is way better

Thank Philomena H
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256 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Nice bar but just a bit too far from promenade. Unfriendly and uninteressed staff did not pay attention to a single customer

Thank Jannim1966
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

great choice and excellent quality rate ratio with good views very busy place but with outstanding quality

Thank lemaitefreiburg
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

It has lots of historical things in that restaurant. We don't try the food because we just want to have a couple of drinks there. The service was great and staff was friendly as well.

1 Thank Shasha_Rainer

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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
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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?