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“Fun place, excellent value”
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: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, 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.
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fun place, excellent value”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Excellent little restaurant right in the heart of KK with a fun atmosphere serving very good food at great prices. Mainly non-Malaysian dishes (wraps, pizzas, burgers, tacos) with a couple of local dishes (beef kway teow, satay). We ate here for 3 people including drinks for UK £13! We were lucky getting a table as I suspect this place is always busy. Best fresh lime juice we had on our trip!

  • Visited August 2014
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Sabah
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Dessert is here!”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

I had tried on their brownies with vanilla ice cream, served warm while eat together with chilled ice cream, the taste was fantastic! Highly recommended for brownies lovers. If you are not that into sweet chocolate desserts, i would have a second choice for you, the chai cheesecake with ginger gram crust. The aroma of chai was fully occupied my mouth in the first place, and then you will feel the taste of ginger in the crust. Environment here was just nice for chilling with friends.

  • Visited August 2014
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London
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Ok place ”
Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

We came here after reading all the great reviews about this place. Unfortunately we did not find the place as great as everyone has written. The location is great very central and the restaurant decor is nice and simple.
We didn't find a big selection of Malaysian food I think there was only one dish, and also we didn't find the people that worked there very welcoming. No one greeted us once we entered the place, we had to stand in front of 2 girls for few minutes before they even considered us. Once seated we had to call them to take our order, to get more drinks etc.. They were busy sorting out the air con, but if you can't manage to serve your guests the way that a restaurant/bar should then close the place and sort out the air con, because your guests should come first.
The food we ordered was very tasty and portions were huge, but we felt a little bit let down by the poor service of the staff! Hope it was a one off situation

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Ipoh, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Plain excellent!!”
Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

This lovely restaurant serves some local Malaysian and Western delights. I love the creative decor and the atmosphere here. The quality of food is superb and the feeling of coming here is relaxing and calm. Good music and also the amazing Pub Quiz on Wednesdays 8:30 PM. And also the service is good. The staff are very kind. Krystal and Georgie greet us every time we come. Just plain EXCELLENT! I love the roasted vegetables' Tacos and the pineapple, lemon and mint ice-blended.

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Thank Ian C
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Geneva, Switzerland
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cosy place for a quick drink/tapas”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

We stopped here on a rainy KK day and would have stayed longer if only the place had wifi... Nice cosy place, with good cocktails and some nice local and Spanish type food. Recommended.

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