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“Excellent mojito's and nice food”
Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ranked #3 of 610 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.
Reviewed 29 July 2014

If you are tired of the usual Asian food court dishes, try El Centro. It is a fusion-style restaurant in the center of Kota Kinabalu and offers good food, very affordable cocktails and nice music (better than the regular soft pop in most other places). It is a small restaurant and the place is usually crowded. If you have no reservation, you may need to wait a little while. But staff is friendly and the mojito's and other cocktails you can drink at the bar, while waiting for your table, are perfect.
The other fusion-style restaurant which is also in Tripadvisor's Top Ten of Kota Kinabalu, Chilli Vanilla, is only a few doors away. Foodwise both are excellent choices We found El Centro to be slightly cheaper, with a younger audience and more atmosphere.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Finding El centro was a breath of fresh air. The service was fast and the staff are all so friendly, and keen to give you a great experience.
Visited El Centro a few times and they always had great lunchtime specials! If you fancy some really well priced good food theres no where better to go! I really enjoyed the humus and filo pastry!
Went for cocktails with some friends and had a great time, definitely no skimping on the pour!
If your lucky enough to be there when they have a Jazz night your in for a treat!!!
I will definitely be stopping by next time i'm in KK!!

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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

This is not realy a restaurant.
Its a hot-box with a lot of hype.
Service is fast and friendly..but that's as far as it goes.
The beer could have been colder.
The food is no where like the photos on their web page. Its best described as bland.
This venue attracts young travellers on a shoe string budget.
The Pizza's are good value and worth a try
But don't expect gourmet food...!

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Well, this place must of been good in times past but I found it over rated but reasonably priced. I'll be honest, I didn't enjoy my experience here - went there after reading Tripadvisor reviews and was disappointed. Yes, it is still popular but people, try other restaurants Kota Kinabalu has to offer - the local ones are great if you are adventurous.
The place is hot, over crowded and sells warm beer. Menu is tired and unimaginative - same for years I'm led to believe. The toilet is quite discussing for this type of restaurant.

I've followed Tripadvisor reviews over many places but can't rate this place. I can - yuk!

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

I ate here most days whilst staying in KK. Here's why... The vegetarian options are endless, the food is clean, the customer service is great, but most of all... the food is delicious! I don't have a single complaint about this restaurant! Highly recommended.

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