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James Brooke Bistro

) #8 of 521 Restaurants in Kuching $$ - $$$ , Malaysian, Asian
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 14-520 4007
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good47%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sarawak laksa” (72 reviews)
“green curry” (9 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Malaysian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Local food with reasonable price and good service. Its on the waterfront facing the river. The place is cozy. Recommended.

Thank DTgeorgetown
Reviewed 6 days ago

Going by some reviews James Brooke has left some people wanting. My wife and I have visited JB and I by myself on a separate trip, on each occasion service was prompt. Perhaps they are listening. The food is very good quality. On the last...More

Thank Trevor L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really charming setting with equally charming and idiosyncratic staff! Nasi goreng great value at 12rm and lovely selection of beverages. Close to Hilton and Pullman and really worth a visit.

Thank JimDKL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time I've been to this place by the river. It's a great location with a lovely set-up. A very nice place to spend an hour or so people watching. However, The beer was flat. We ordered a jug of Tiger. The waiter said it...More

Thank OriginalNutbag
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was slow and uninspiring. Omelette had shell in which staff didn't seem bothered about. Nice setting and lovely outlook but I won't be back.

Thank 88kittykat88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They took a good 20 minutes to just serve a piece of cake...which was just there.... food is good tho

Thank Yamuna R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were walking past this place and decided to check it out. The location couldn't be better, overlooking the river and in a secluded garden. The menu didn't have much vegetarian choice but when we asked the staff they were happy to do most things...More

1  Thank Neena2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the sir Charles laksa, it was amazing! Had several Laksa through my 12 weeks in Borneo and this is by far the best I've had. Had to refrain from licking the plate clean. Reasonably priced too!

Thank Darren O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small eatery. Food choices are very limited - mostly snacks. The view is great - overlooking the lazy Sarawak River with the iconic DUN building in site. But if you are there for the food itself, there are better places to go...More

Thank VincentHoKuching
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thought this place was going to be overpriced and disappointing, but we were pleasantly surprised. A range of laksa's on the menu for RM12 along with a small range of western and eastern dishes for RM25-35 (approx). I had the wild Borneo laksa and...More

Thank Jules_durst
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23 January 2015|
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Response from Sooria_Pragash | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you are right there was a long wait for service in what ever you ask. Since I was not rushing, had all the time in the world, with my family and in a nice environment enjoying the view( outdoor table ) it did not... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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