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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

A Pleasant place to have a break and snack or meal with free wifi and reasonable menu , although not extensive. Public pay toilets next door beautifully clean but don’t use toilets at restaurant as someone from our group went and said they were worst...toilets they’d been in for sometime.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 7 July 2022

This restaurant is located riverside, is easy to access, and has a great feel to it. Food is reasonable and reasonably priced. If a reliable supply of quality beer is important to you then go elsewhere.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 7 July 2022 via mobile

We ate here a couple of times on our visit and the food was fantastic. We had the Wild Borneo Laksa and Sarawak Tom Yam Laksa - both very tasty with the Tom Yam being the spicier one. Next night had a very good fish...meal. Good service too.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 24 June 2022 via mobile

For me the rating is 3 stars. The choice between dishes is limited. Unfortunately there is not much tourism at the moment, so the dishes are not as fresh as you might hope. The personal is friendly but don’t look like they are really happy...you are there. The terras is very nice, bit the furniture is half broken and ready for a replacement. I understand we are just after the covid pandemic, and it shows that after the last 2 years this restaurant had a hard time to keep their restaurant open. Let’s say the potential is there.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 24 June 2022 via mobile

Very chill place with very nice terrace. As well western as Asian meals. Being a Dutch tourist myself, I would recommend this for tourists as a very nice spot to enjoy breakfast ( not open untill 9.00 hours ) , lunch and dinner. Eggs, toasts,...sandwiches , pasta, salads, etc. Really worth visiting.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 15 June 2022

Location is very nice, food is a little bit overpriced. Staff not particulary friendly. Payment by card is possible.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 14 June 2022

Very nice location at the Kuchin waterfront. Personell was not super experianced when we visited the place, but they did there best to deliver a good service. Food was tasty and prices reasonable.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 March 2022

The cafe is located near Sarawak Riverfront and the main road along the riverfront. The cafe is richly decorated with colonial-styled furniture and offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy some popular snacks and food from Sarawak. I ordered Sarawak Laska and some desserts.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 February 2022 via mobile

Pros: Lovely ambiance and decor, amazing staff, strategic & lovely place to chill & just enjoy d Kuching Waterfront. Less crowd so its pretty private for a conversaation. Cons: Western Food we tried was average, bt d local dishes were good. Conclusion: Perfect place to...relax, lepak (chill out) during a lovely evening in Kuching.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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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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Yes, this seems to be a problem at this restaurant. A long wait for service, but the food is great.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5