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“Hot, smokey place with average food quality”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ranked #2 of 561 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: Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
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“Hot, smokey place with average food quality”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Was a hot small and pokey place with people smoking in it. Food was average, we had the Thai salad, burgers and chicken kebabs. We could not stand the smokey loud atmosphere so we left without having the chocolate brownie dessert. The lady at the counter gave us our bill and then walked off to clear our table. While we had to wait for her to come back and collect the payment. seem to lack common coutesy

Visited July 2014
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Quanti
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent! Highly Recommend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Although I try to eat local food as much as possible when traveling, I'm glad I tried El Centro. Service was warm, food was fantastic, and ambience/decor is lovely. I had the shish kebabs and most amazing mashed potatoes I've eaten in years for one meal. I came back and tried the chicken tacos which were also delicious with homemade tortillas and salsa.

The kicker for me was when the lovely Crystal made me a special brew of lemon, ginger, honey tea after I asked for a recommendation for my upset stomach (altitude sickness from Kinabalu climb, watch out!). The tea was so perfect; like a much needed hugh from my mommy. While in Kinabalu, definitely try this place at least once.

Visited June 2014
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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“Simple Unfancy Western Run Restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Nicely located at the center of the city thus its name, It's small (half a shop size) & perhaps it's the first restaurant run by westerners in KK. It serves western foods & is the favorite hand around place for many western travelers.

  • Visited August 2013
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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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“Bar with amazing chocolate brownie”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Small place that looks like a pub…and it is…but they serve good food. They offer different kinds of western food and it's pretty good, but portions are not very big. They leave you space for their big wonderful chocolate brownie with ice cream. It's actually more like mud cake. Prices are not very high. While you're there for dinner, you can enjoy couple more beers that are not expensive when you buy three.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Funky little bar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Recently dined at el centro after a busy day in kk. Found both the food and staff lovely. Ended up staying for more than a few drinks. Food was fresh and tasty. Funky decor and friendly helpful staff with an extensive drinks menu. Would definitely recommend a stop in here for a nice dinner and a cocktail or four.

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