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“Sarakraf Pavilion for the RWMF”
Review of Absolute Tribal

Absolute Tribal
Ranked #103 of 575 Restaurants in Kuching
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Set in a historic building built during the Brooke Era about 120 years ago, Sarakraf Pavilion brings to you an visiting experience that is rich in history and reflects the fascinating sentiment of the time and heritage of Sarawak in general.The Sarakraf Center preserves arts and crafts that could not be seen elsewhere. Guests are invited to join cooking lessons and shop for memorable souvenirs from Sarawak.Absolute Trival Restaurant is one of the unique feature of Sarakraf Pavilion. The restaurant presents a unique dining experience in the courtyard and serves Chinese, Authentic and fusion local dishes as well as a huge selection of Thai cuisine.The historical attachment of the establishment will make you feel as if you have travel back in time and take a refuge to a spiritually enchanting holiday.
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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“Sarakraf Pavilion for the RWMF”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Friendly and helpful staff with big smiles all day round! =) A big tick to cleanliness. Effective and responsive staff in addressing the water blockage in the showers.

Good tuak tasting as well! Didn't know they had other types of tuak besides the original rice wine.

Most importantly a quiet and peaceful sleep after a long days walkabout town is needed and you guys nailed it! :)

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank IanYun
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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thanks Ian,

It was such an enchanting experience for us to host you and your guests here during the RWMF too.

I really hope that our hospitality offered was welcoming enough to strive another visit in the near future.

Thanks again

Warm regards,

Gerald
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Helsinki
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“Paradise found!”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Generally I would be opposed to eating Thai food in Malaysia, but the food here in unbelievable. The only difference between Thai food here and in Thailand, is that the quality of ingredients and cleanliness of kitchen are far superior here. I was stunned how affordable the price was in contrast to the expectations set by the quality.
And of course I you're fixed on eating local, the tribal dishes are as local as you get.

Visited June 2013
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Thank HansKallinen
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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear Hans,

Thank you so much for your excellent review. We couldn't be feeling any better for being praised in terms of authenticity and quality. For a frequent traveler whom have seen half the world ( I presumed ) your comments and recommendations meant a world to us.

Please come again and share with us your experience to see how we could possibly go beyond the present setting and quality.

Thank you again.

Warm regards,

Gerald
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Brighton
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“Great place a bit of out town”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

This is a very nice place for diner, though a little bit out of town. By foot from the river front where our hotel is it took us about 30 minutes.
Food was great and portion are big, so don't get too carried away as we did and order too many dishes! For small/normal appettite, I would say 3 small dishes in between two people is enough. Another tip, there was a dish we could hardly eat as it was so spicy...and we are used to spices (or we thought :)).
Great place, great food, a bit "formal" dining so maybe not for backpackers :)

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank beagenin
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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Beageni,

Thank you for your review and description of the dishes you had, much appreciated.

Glad that you find our food much to your liking...accept the curry which was too spicy... for you. I remembered I asked about spiciness option and you told me you guys are ok with spice.... so I thought it will be ok for you guys. Thai curries are normally a level up in spiciness, however, you can request us to tone down the spiciness so it will turn out to be just nice for those who are not so used to consuming spice.

walking distance to our place is about 20 to 25 minutes from the river, but of course, it depends from people to people. taxi fare may also range from RM 12 to RM15 depending on the place you stay.

Although our place may look slightly high-end with the ambiance but we have different spaces to cater to different needs, so, backpackers are all welcome as well, in fact, our accommodation facilities are all fully booked this season with dormitory guests and they are also welcome in our restaurant we graciously designed to cater all.

warm Regards,

Gerald
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

An excellent place to dine with family,friends and workmates.The food are in varieties,delicious and affordable.The place is so pleasant and comfortable to relax and dine.

  • Visited June 2013
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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear Mhock Wee,

Thank you for taking your time to write reviews on Absolute Tribal Restaurant. We really appreciate this.

As our place is doing quite alright with events, private functions and dinners, we are also trying our best to lure in Lunch crowds with our Lunch packages priced from RM 6 onwards and we hope this will be a good news in a way for office crowds.

Thanks for bring two of your colleagues here and hope to see you more often in the near future.

Regards,

Gerald
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Food and Atmosophere”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Absolute tribal is a fantastic restaurant that provides an amazing beld of Chinese and Thai food in a fantasic setting. The portiions are incredable cooked freshly to order. The service from all of the staff is first class and the owner Gerald Goh takes time to speak to all the customers. If you are in Kuching, this restaurant is not to be missed.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Barbara N
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Gerald G, Owner at Absolute Tribal, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
DEAR BARBARA,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review of yours on our food and service. As I always said to my customers, hospitality is a two way traffic, the journey would only be complete when both are nice and hospitable in return. so please give yourself a pat too for being such a wonderful guest at the restaurant when you visited us last week. My crew enjoyed serving you as well and they still talk about you and referred you as " that nice English lady " :)

Thank you once again and hope to see you and your guests again soon.

Warm regards,

Gerald
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