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James Brooke Bistro

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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 14-520 4007
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Singapore, Singapore
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant is located along the riverwalk and has a very nice ambiance. However, the fact that they don't accept credit cards is a bit of a surprise. The food is simply okay. There are other better options to eat some great local food (e.g. bla bla restaurant).

Thank RB_SG
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had some early evening drinks here on a sunny day, a lovely spot on the river, interesting architecture and a great corner plot with nice river views. Staff friendly and helpful, will definitely visit again during our time here

Thank UkTripster
Kuching, Malaysia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Let's begin with the good. 1) Perfect location 2) Beautiful interior What's not? 1) Music (playing Malay alternative metal, screeching throughout totally kills the atmosphere!!! Why can't they play something soothing that matches the interior such as tribal music ?) 2) Laksa, both versions. If you've eaten some of our famous Sarawak Laksa at local kopitiam, you know what I'm... More 

Thank ansoyap
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stopped here one late afternoon for an early dinner. Good food, cold drinks watching the golden light from the setting sun dance off the local buildings. Outdoor dining at its best. Beware that the blackboard specials may not be available when you order! Disappointing but not the end of the world as there are other tasty dishes on the menu.... More 

Thank Adriaan C
Perth wa
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice we dinner here. The food was great, as well as the service. Nice open surroundings near the waterfront.

Thank Danuta N
Kent, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great lunch here overlooking the river. Enjoyed the sarawak laksa and a tiger beer! An excellent spot in kuching and wished we had had the time to come back here for dinner - we did come here for some pre dinner drinks though! Would definiately recommend it. Our guide suggested - before we had visited it - that... More 

Thank sallybond
New York City
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128 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has everything going for it. Location - right along the waterfront with a front row seat to all the people-watching. Open to the outdoors, but covered in case of rain. It's not air-conditioned (open to the outdoors), but they have fans appropriately placed to keep things cool. Menu - a nice menu with food, spicy or less so,... More 

Thank ber357
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73 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled across this place due to its excellent location along the waterfront. The service was ok, although a little slow. We weren't particularly hungry but needed to eat so just ordered sandwiches each. Apart from the bread being completely stale, the filling overloaded with mayo, and the already-expensive 20MYR price (for what it was), the bill mysteriously hiked to 25MYR,... More 

Thank Travelmadboy
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice open air rest.bar.Food reasonably priced esp. the specials.Good omlete for breakfast as you look over the river.Mainly tourists.

Thank Peter C
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious laksas, friendly staff and reliable relaxed ambience right on the river front. Just great for chill out evenings.

Thank Annette Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching
  • Phone Number: +60 14-520 4007

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?