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“take your glasses to see through and not fill”
Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ranked #3 of 616 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $7
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: El Centro is located in the middle of Kota Kinabalu's central business district near hotels and shopping centers.El Centro serves a variety of healthy and delicious food options from tacos to wraps, salads, burgers and local Malaysian favourites.The open concept restaurant has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that hosts a number of specialty nights like--pub quiz, jazz night, salsa lessons, them parties and art openings/exhibits. Open form 5pm - 12am for food and drinks. From the bar you can order beer or one of Katie's Killer Cocktails.
Reviewed March 26, 2013

good atmosphere and food, but subdued lighting and poorly designed menu, black writing on red made it hard to read what was available.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Had the pleasure of visiting El Centro on several occasions during my trip to Borneo back in January. The food was outstanding, fresh and very reasonably priced with a ton of options. Favorites were the pizzas, veggie burger, salads, and spring rolls, just to name a few! The cocktails were fantastic and generously poured. Overall a really great vibe. One weekend evening turned into a dance party with two great DJs - one from the US and one from UK. The owner, Katie, was friendly and personable - and the service was no doubt the best we had anywhere in KK. Don't miss the chance to experience this great spot if you make it to KK!! It'll be first on my list next time I make it back.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

If you want “Western” food, come to this place. Right in the centre of Kota Kinabalu, so very easy to get to from our hotel. It is overpriced for the area. The cocktails were watery, the food was fine, nothing spectacular. Service was good. I think you can find better for a cheaper price in the same area.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

If you are looking for an excellent deal on great food, this is a must visit. We have been 3 times in 2 days! We will probably end up trying everything on the menu by the end of our 7 day trip!

Thank Josh R
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Brilliant ex pat bar and restaurant! Katie, the manager, is awesome. Ace front of house and delicious affordable local and world foods on offer. Drink selection is also excellent. Most importantly the atmosphere is cool and welcoming, if you find yourself on your own in El Centro you'd have no problem chatting to loads of interesting people who live in and around KK. Which of course means you get the benefit of their local knowledge, advice on places to go or avoid. In summation, its a fantastic place to go, it was my go to place for 4 months living in KK and there was always a massive welcome. I miss it! Highly recommended! Thanks to all the staff there, you're awesome!

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