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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Asian, Malaysian
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 13 July 2020

Well, it's been a week in Kuching and I tried Sarawak Laksa at they offer their own version as well. I tried the 'OG' Sarawak Laksa, Wild Borneo Laksa and Sir Charles Laksa. Yes, the Sarawak Laksa is quite similar to the others. Not too...spicy. If you want something sweet, choose the wild borneo laksa, and if you want something with thick broth, order Sir Charles Laksa. p/s : They have a great ambience and offer tuak too!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 23 March 2020 via mobile

We love the Laksa and Curry, there are about 7 or 8 different types on the menu and all 12MYR which is about £2 now so great value. Before the restaurants closed for the regional lockdown we went 5 times and went through all the...local food, Mee Mak was so tasty and we shared that every time. The lady serving isnt too happy but the food makes up for it and the kittens running around were great entertainment. You can see the water fountain light show at night and is a very pleasant place to sit. We liked it so much we didnt go to many other places but we cant wait to go back and wish they delivered. The specials were quite expensive so we didnt try them and just stayed with local dishes which were so tasty.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 16 March 2020 via mobile

Nice place to chill out and get away from the humidity. Cheesecake was nice and not heavy. One piece will do two people

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 16 March 2020

This cafe / restaurant / bar is ideally located on the river front & makes for a lovely place to take in kuching with a beer in hand. We actually ended up eating here 3 nights with a diferent meal each time & the quality...& price was very good but the young girl waitress service was hit & miss. I think we managed to get one smile out of her in the 3 nights & she seemed to dislike her job with passion - such a shame. The young lad was the total opposite, hence the hit & miss title.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 13 March 2020 via mobile

The bistro combine cafe situated at strategic points of Kuching southern city. This restaurant serve with local eastern and western cuisines as well. Sir James Brooke, the first white Rajah of Sarawak - name used by the restaurant owner is a good idea.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 7 March 2020 via mobile

Lots of much better options on the river front. Service was ok, but food was average and expensive compared to the other local options. Toilet out of order. So had to pay to use public ones. Not a great experience

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

This is the first experience to eat dinner here after a stroll along the waterfront. When we walk in there have already one table of customers enjoying their food. Quiet environment. The decoration at the counter is unique and there is a cat to tease...with. The dishes are nice and reasonable price.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 20 February 2020

Returned yet again to an old favourite. It is a really nice setting at James Brooke Bistro. The service we recieved was very good and drinks and meals arrived in good time. Sarawak Laksa, Malaysian style fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) were a favorite along with...vegatable curryt. Only thing I wish they could sort out are the Toilet and washing facillities. Apart from that all was good.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 13 February 2020

Nice place to just chill out with a beer on a hot day. Prices are reasonable. Good Ambiance and nice view of the river.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 February 2020 via mobile

Firstly we had to wake up the waitress. So that didn’t start us off well. She was so rude towards us almost like we shouldn’t be there. The food however was lovely but we won’t be going back.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes we are halal.
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22 January 2015|
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Yes, this seems to be a problem at this restaurant. A long wait for service, but the food is great.
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James Brooke Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5