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James Brooke Bistro

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

It's really nice place. It's romantic and beautiful with the view of the river. The price is really worth it. We took Laksa Serawak and chicken noodle soup, it was really good. The service is really nice, they are fast and friendly. It's recommended for me.

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Bali, Indonesia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful bistro just in front of the River quiet and nice design! Not expensive and good food ! Have to try ...

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Portsmouth
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After reading lots of reviews, I expected a lovely meal experience. We had a 15 minute to be asked out drinks order. We ordered food and two soft drinks. When our drinks eventually arrived we were told that they had run out of glasses and we'd have to drink out of the bottles. Not acceptable for a mid-priced restaurant in... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok it's right facing the river, which is favored by foreigners. The food was horrible and the prices 4 times what you pay at a local joint. Just go there for a drink and the views. The service was also lousy

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Paris, France
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The environment is really nice, and the value is good. The local dishes are cheap and really good (try the Sarawak Laska!). The only drawback is the service, we have the feeling that there's not enough staff, you often wait a long time, they seems a little overworked.

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very different, nice atmosphere under the fans and on the the waterfront. The roof is a mixture of Malyasian/western food. Nice drinks friendly staff

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Thank laddie-11
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here a few times on our holiday in Kuching - friendly staff and the food is great! Can recommend the butter chicken and some of the local dishes. Great views across the river and you can sit out side in the evenings on their terrace.

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Thank Sarah J
New York City, New York
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was OK. Not bad, not too fancy. The service was slow and inefficient (one poor waitress who ran around the entire place). We sat on the porch (as did everyone else) and were stung by several mosquitoes. Not a place we'll return to.

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Thank Maya M
Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This atmospheric restaurant was a wonderful stop for a cold coke, a hot coffee, and an even hotter bowl of Wild Borneo laska. Lovely views of the river with some cool breeze. The only down side is that it is clearly a stop for the European traveler and is not populated by locals.

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Thank aweiss2016
Mildura, Australia
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was pretty good, although they got the order wrong on 2 different occasions it wasn't a huge deal.... The beer was really cold and the location is superb!!! Definitely worth a stop by.

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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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, 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?