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“Fun times at El Centro ”
Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ranked #2 of 578 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$7
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, 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.
Semporna, Malaysia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Fun times at El Centro ”
Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I ended up at el Centro on our first night in KK to meet up with a friend, we were lucky and as it was Wednesday they were hosting a pub quiz. Mel the quiz master did a fantastic job of running the evening and we got lucky again by winning the first round of the quiz and along with it a round of cocktails for the table! We loved El Centro so much we ended up coming back the next 2 nights while in KK, the drink prices are possibly the best in KK, the cocktails are made with care and there was something different going on each night. Thanks heaps for the good times!!

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London
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Definitely a place to call home!”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Had read about El Centro as Lonely Planet's top pick and after walking past to investigate I was so glad that I called by and can see why they get the recommendation!

The bar staff (Georgie and Josh) were most attentive and welcoming, not only offering a great bar service but giving good advice on what else to do whilst in KK and the region. Beyond that though, El Centro quickly became a place to call home during my brief stay in KK.

There is always a friendly conversation to be had no matter how busy the bar and I am most grateful for the hospitality they showed me!

Definitely go visit!!

  • Visited November 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
Reviewed 19 November 2013 via mobile

Went there tonite and left with quite a disappointment. The atmoshere was relaxing with good music and cosy seating that include stools. Staff was attentive and courteous.

But I didnt like the food. The hummus lacked flavour and not creamy enough. The pita bread that come with it was a little tough. Whoever made this certainly didnt know how to make it. Pizza was also not that good. Thought of ordering coffee but was afraid that it could also turn out to be bad.

Price was ok I guess. Spent rm50 for two persons.

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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Cozy place with great food”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Was immediately attracted to El Centro because it looked like a cozy, backpackers cafe. That is pretty much what it was. It was a welcome change after weeks in Borneo to order a pizza and falafel that tasted great. Had a great evening eating and drinking beers into the wee hours. We always felt welcome and it was like visiting friends. Service and food was awesome.

  • Visited October 2013
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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“good western restaurant”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

I hitched a lift with the italian chef who is currently working here & he told me he was making his own cheese for the pizzas, so my friend and I decided we needed to visit! the beer was cheap, and the food was really good. we got the hummus which was homemade and tasty & we ordered a pizza. it was really gooooood! def recommend if you need a break from rice and noodles.

  • Visited October 2013
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healey32, Owner at El Centro, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review and for taking time out of your vacation to visit our cafe. We have been very lucky to have a volunteer Italian friend to show us how to make cheese and pizza--all of us at El Centro have benefited incredibly--and now I can honestly say that our local Chefs make amazing Italian food! Please come and visit us anytime you are back in KK!
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