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All major hotels serve continental cuisine, usually in their coffee houses. Diners have a choice of a la carte or all-you can- eat buffets. Look out for food promotions advertised in the local press. Some coffee shops and food centres have stalls selling Western food. Continental or American Breakfast is normally served in hotel restaurants, but most Chinese coffee shops will serve eggs with toast and jam or honey if you ask for them.
Balkanico Pizza, 106 Jln Abell (Big Bottle Bar), Tel: 0168612855. One of the city`s best pizza makers, and definitely the best value. Late afternoon to mid evening, call confirm.
Beccari`s Ristorante, Merdeka Palace Hotel. Authentic (pork-free) dishes from all over Italy, 12 noon – 11 pm daily.
Bla Bla Bla, Tabuan Road. Tel: 233944. Balinese décor and an exotic mix of Chinese and fusion dishes. 6 pm – 11.30pm. Closed on Tuesday.
The Carvery at Abell Hotel offers a ‘churrascaria-style’ meat barbecue buffet for lunch and dinner (RM 55), plus a la carte dishes. Tel: 239449, www.carvery.com.my
Commons, Old Court House, Tel: 417601. Coffee, cakes, western grills and fusion dishes. 9 am-midnight.
Feast & Furious, 224 Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tel: 0162620916. Popular & affordable western diner with a motorsports theme. 7:30am-10.30 pm.
The Granary, 23 Jln Wayang St, www.thegranary.my. Grills, pasta and pizza with a local touch, cocktail bar, live music most evenings. 5 pm-midnight. Tuesday-Sunday.
The Junk, 80 Wayang St, Tel: 259450. A Kuching landmark, the Junk features rustic Chinese ambience and Italian influenced cooking. 6 pm- 12.30 am.
Magenta, Square Tower, Kuching Waterfront, Tel: 237878. Modern western & fusion cuisine in heritage surroundings. 5 pm- midnight. Booking advised.
MK Classico Caffe, 31 Jln Tabuan, Tel: 414797. Essentially a coffee bar, but has a good selection of affordable grills and pasta dishes. 5pm-2 am.
Mr Jiu Jiu, Old Court House, Tel: Old Court House, Tel: 417601. Western & fusion fine dining in one of Kuching`s oldest buildings. 5 pm-midnight. Booking advised.
Raintree Restaurant, Borneo Conference & Convention Centre. Tel: 392988. Highly rated French & Japanese inspired cuisine. 11 am- 10 pm daily.
Razzmatazz, Block 11 Jln Canna, Tel: 361244, razzmatazz.kuching.cc. Worth the taxi ride for excellent Swiss cooking and stunning fine dining restaurant. Consistent quality and reliability and a great wine list. 6 pm- 10.20 pm.
Steakhouse, Kuching Hilton, Tel: 223888. Kuching`s longest-running fine dining restaurant. Consistent quality and reliability and a great wine list. 6 pm-10:30pm.
Tom’s, 82 Padungan Road. Famous for excellent steaks and cakes. 11:30am-10 pm. Monday- Saturday. Booking advisable, Tel: 247672.
Zinc, 38 Jln Tabuan, Tel: 01657