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“Good food at a good price.”
Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ranked #3 of 611 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $7
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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 May 27, 2013 via mobile

Ate here for a early dinner on the first day in K.k. Considerate wait staff, well priced drinks and simple but filling meal.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

El Centro became my "go to " restaurant in KK while traveling through Malaysia and Indonesia over 4 months time. Not only was the food consistently the best in KK (the Greek chicken salad and pesto pizza were favorites) --El Centro offered a special welcoming atmosphere that brought fun, music, local culture, and friendship into my travels. (Look for the live jazz nights--with Joe playing the sape-- quiz nights and art events!!) Katie, the owner, has put together something masterful here-she's also built a seemingly loyal staff. Manager, Ling graciously always remembered my favorite drink; Joshua was the sweetest and most efficient server no matter how full the restaurant.
Lucky for all, El Centro added day time hours in mid- May under the vivacious care of manager, Georgie....so I was able try such things as the mushroom quiche before leaving. I thought the lunch menu at LEAST as good as the dinner..ENJOY!
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1  Thank Ruth P
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

My wife and I dined here. It was clean with exciting well presented food. We had tacos and kebabs, both dishes were great, full of flavour and well presented. The atmosphere was good as were all the staff. The only let down was the toilet...not being able to put paper into it. We would certainly go back and I would recommend it.

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2  Thank MarkKXC
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

El Centro seemed to be the place you couldn't walk past without heading in for a few quiet drinks with friends. An extremely friendly vibe with most local expats, backpackers and locals alike. The ambience, feel, and quirky interior undeniably temps you to taste every item on the menu; an assortment of homemade-style cuisines - I highly recommend the hummus, burgers, tacos and pasta! Accompanied with welcoming and attentive staff (Josh & Katie are lovely!) definitely aids towards setting a scene that makes you feel not too far away from home...

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1  Thank Sonny R
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

El Centro was a great place to hang out at while in KK. Trivia night was fun over a few beers and a beef burger, the burger was fantastic. Prices were comparable to other places in KK, the ambience is great and the staff are super friendly especially Josh - Best barman in KK! Seems to be a popular place with local ex-pats and backpackers alike. I would highly recommend El Centro, if your looking for a bit more of a party be sure to head there on a Friday or Saturday night otherwise through the week is great for a feed and a quiet drink.

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Thank wildertraveller
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