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James Brooke Bistro

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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 14-520 4007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great scenery and very friendly staff. Nice romantic location and the menu is great if you want to sample some local delicacies. Try the Sarawak or wild Borneo laksa!

Thank 368jurriaanm
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ate dinner here one evening after a nice walk along the waterfront. Lovely selection of dishes on the menu, service was ok, but I did have to go and ask for the dessert menu... as no one came to take desert order we decided just to get the bill and go somewhere else for dessert.

Thank tamaraoconnor
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I rang before going here with my wife to make sure we could get some famous laksa at 10pm. I was told they close at 11pm. We arrived to find them closing at 10:15 and were told that the kitchen was closed. Disappointing.

Thank Matt T
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to sit, sip a beer, have a light bite and study the waterfront world, especially at night. Much frequented by tourists and therefore a little overpriced, the music and vibe are deliberately retro, as are the rather tasty pastries.

Thank Phlashmair
Georgenympton Devon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for refreshment to meet friends after watching the regatta. Lovely decor cakes, pastries ,and a friendly waiters. Opposite a Chinese temple so great place to take a few photos.

Thank Dana S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nicely located in the park by Sarawak river. Mainly tourists go there because the price level is perhaps too high for the locals. Excellent laksa!

Thank Hannu K
Kuching, Malaysia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been few times here having dinner with client. If u a kind of rushing on something else, think twice before having meals here. Service is fine but too slow and steady. Food portion not that big except for the plate and spoon. Price wise as a local were slighlty high..can't blame the price because u need to pay the view... More 

Thank Jimmy S
Perth, Western Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to this restaurant a few times during our visit to Kuching, the service is good, staff are friendly and most importantly food is good, recommend!

Thank robyn010
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a good place to relax along the esplanade. Had the Sarawak Laksa but I don't think it was the real thing. It's primarily oriented to tourists so its a comfortable place you can spend some time.

Thank Bruce_Tripwarriors
Groningen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited with a large group of 22 people. Very nice setting, outside seating into a garden area on the Waterfront. Service was good and the laksa is recommended. Cafe-style menu, average food . Friendly staff and they handled everything well. One of the institutions you have to visit whilst in Kuching.

Thank Luv2travel397

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Asian, Malaysian, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching
  • Phone Number: +60 14-520 4007

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?