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“Delicious meat”
Review of The Junk

The Junk
Ranked #12 of 625 Restaurants in Kuching
Price range: $3 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Junk is an eclectic collection of five establishments carefully cultivated within the confines of the heritage buildings of Wayang Street, Kuching. With the proprietors' personal curation of actual antiquities and memorabilia over the years, The Junk houses remnants from days gone by, each with their own eccentric story to tell. Since 2002, the award-winning Junk Restaurant specialises in the fusion of Italian, Western and Asian cuisines. They also offer an impressive list of handmade pizzas, even adding their own twist to conventional toppings. Whether it is an intimate table for two or a party of 12, Junk Restaurant has several dining areas to cater to your needs. Red Room started as an after dinner lounge area. It now serves as a karaoke lounge. In 2006, Junk Bar started as something more akin to a speakeasy. It would be easy to miss this unassuming bar accessible through a hole in the wall from Red Room. Don't let the narrow walkway and rambunctious regulars intimidate you as it is perfect for quieter nights out. Since 2008, Backstage has been one of the most popular night spots in Kuching. On weekends, resident DJs spin through the night. When crowded, it looks like a party in an antique shop. Be prepared to stand as the crowd pours in throughout the night. Choose your poison and dance the night away. If you want something milder, head next door to the newly renovated Living Room. The perfect blend of a lounge and an al-fresco garden, choose to sit by the water fountain or in the actual living room on the first floor overlooking it.
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Best meat I have ever had in Asia after three months travelling. Expensive compared to other local restaurants (e.g. ribeye was 58 rm) but the quality is worth it. Front of the restaurant is misguiding, the restaurant is quite big with an interesting decoration. Service was ok.

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Thank juandemiguel
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Place to avoid. Food is average, overpriced and the service is terrible.

We went there yesterday. First, the price is easily two times higher than other comparable places in K. For that price we were expecting a good service and nice food.

Truth of the matter is we ordered chicken and a pizza. After 10 minutes my chicken comes but not the pizza of my wife. 15 min later the waitress said we would have to wait a lot for the pizza as there was a group who ordered many. Question: why with such high prices order does not come at once? My wife order the chicken and waitress said she is sorry. Meanwhile is chicken is getting cold. We saw many chicken dishes served in front of us (priority you know what it means?), ordered french fries to wait, insisting it was because of her mistake. Her chicken comes finaly, almost one hour after mine. It was very very average.

They made us pay for the french fries and gave us nothing for ruining our dinner ! Incredible ! Most expensive place we have been in borneo and yet the poorest service! Next time we will consider a food court. No glamour name or waitress but no lies in service quality.

Dont good there they are much better places in K.

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Thank Romain1136493
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

It is such a shame that the service is so bad at this place as it really stops us fully enjoying ourselves and often I feel loathe to go here. But...it is some of the best Western food you can get in Kuching, so you really have no choice when wanting to eat Western.

The bad:
1. When you enter the place there is noone to greet you or tell you where to go (it is a bit of a maze with many rooms). You have to beg to ask a passing staff where you are meant to sit and if they feel like stopping to help you they will, otherwise they just shrug and keep walking.

2. The staff can't handle the volume of people and orders. I ordered a red wine, 10 mins later they brought me a white wine so I asked for them to bring the correct wine and was told I would have to wait 15 minutes as they were busy!!

3. If they are busy, the staff treat you as though you are a nuisance and you feel bad asking for anything.

4. Once we sat with our dirty plates in front of us for 25 minutes. We wanted dessert, but noone would come to see us and check we were ok and when I tried to flag someone down I was ignored. I gave up BEGGING to give them my business and we went to Secret Recipe where the cakes are just as amazing, so its a good tip for anyone wanting dessert but are getting nowhere trying to order it at The Junk.

5. Sometimes it get overrun with children. It is popular with families. Try go after 9pm when they families leave as the kids running around the place (with is usual and fine for local places here but you wouldn't expect in a more upmarket place) ruin the vibe.

The good:
1. THE FOOD! Love the food, it is the only reason we come back here time and time again after being treated so badly by the staff. The chips are delicious, the pizzas have the nice thin crust and the meat is very nice. The portions are big, we recommend sharing

2. The decor. We are always so impressed with how "forward thinking" the decor is for Kuching. Red lanterns, soft lighting, curios everywhere.

This place could be a real gem if only the staff weren't such a let down. We eat here about once every 10 days and we would come more often if only the staff weren't so bad, as we don't enjoy our "experience" here, only the "food".

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Thank mistyh81
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Been a few times as I just love sitting at the back of the restaurant, which is the bar. The section of the bar is decorated with lots of red lanterns which gives the place a nice lighting. There are various local artefacts that mainly featured Borneo.

There is a pool table which is in the centre of the room; surrounded with tables and chairs.

We ordered our food and drinks with this lovely superfriendly waitress; and settled onto our seats. About 15 minutes later, a huge group came and sat at the table just a stone throw away from us.

Sometime later, we saw a waiter carrying a pizza that we had ordered, coming our way. We were so excited as we were hungry and thought it was ours. But, oh no wait! The pizza went to that group table. Hang on! We ordered first and they got it first. Its just plain not fair. We complained to the waiter; and the waiter was giving us a lame excuse saying that they ordered first. But we said that we ordered before they did. He just went blank and went away. No apologies. Nothing. Not very happy with such an attitude. It was just a huge contrast of service between this waiter and the waitress that took our orders.

Another 10minutes later, another pizza came along. We held our breath and thinking which table it was going to be served at. We got lucky - finally!

To sum it up - good bar, good food but service could have been better.

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Thank kakiayam
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Went there for a quiet dinner out with family to celebrate. In with high spirits, left on a low. Never got the menu until 10-15 minutes later, after many attempts to ask for one. Ordering was even worse- they never came to take the orders even after one of us asked for a waiter, one of whom was at a station writing something. All we got was a curt "Wait a minute", and needless to say, we waited ages before we ordered anything- worse still, that waiter never even came to serve us. With orders done, we thought that the dinner would proceed smoothly, but we ended up with a missing dish- only one of 2 identical fish dishes arrived, leaving one of us without dinner for nearly 45 minutes. Hungry and irritated, the night was basically ruined. On the upside, the steak was great, but the other meals were poorly done. Roasted chicken was too dry, albeit saved by the tasty sauce, and the lamb was a tad too salty. Still, I went there to enjoy the company, and the terrible service truly did no wonders to that cause.

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