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“Great little watering hole in KK”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ranked #2 of 563 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$7
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Bar, International, Fusion
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, After-hours, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great little watering hole in KK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Stumbled upon this little gem by fluke. Actually, we were enticed by the chalkboard sign out front that read "carlsberg bucket RM25. Further encouraged by delicious Vietnamese spring rolls (homemade and vegetarian), we're now preparing to explore more of the menu and perhaps another bucket of carlsberg. Also wine available at RM13 per glass. Friendly kiwi running the bar, seems to be a bit of an Aussie/Kiwi meeting spot. Nice vibe.

  • Visited June 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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332 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Good food, good music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Told of this Resturant , and decided to try it.
Food was really good , service good. Cold beer and white wine.
Started with a selection of entrees - found that was enough
They had a live jazz band playing that was really good.
It appears to be the meeting / drinking place for lots of local / expats
It was a great experience
Highly recommended

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing food!!! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

Friendly and welcoming restaurant /bar. The food was amazing! Everyday the bar does different activities, we did the bead making workshop which was fun with the girls, and pub quiz on a Wednesday! It also offers free salsa lessons! I recommend you go here!!

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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in central KK!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

This place is fantastic! It's run by a friendly American woman and has a really great vibe. It's small, and hot, but if anything that just adds to the atmosphere. There's stuff on the menu to suit almost all tastes, including salads, burgers, Malaysian dishes and more. The drinks menu is equally varied and includes cocktails! We will definitely visit here a few more times before we leave KK.

Highly recommended!

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Thank Abbey C
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing food, great atmosphere in heart of town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

If your up for a quiz night, live band or a simple evening meal with friends, this is the place to go! We've been 4 time since being in KK and without a doubt would go back again. The meals are to die for (especially just coming out of the jungle) and the Sangria is even better. There are a few fantastic choices for vegetarians and the brownies are out of this world! Prices are what you'd expect to pay for european food in Malaysia, usually around 50RM each for a meal and a few sangria! Make sure you book a table, we have 3/4 times and its always full! Ambiance is great, worth checking out!

  • Visited May 2014
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