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“Still the same charm”
Review of Coliseum Cafe

Coliseum Cafe
Ranked #290 of 4,391 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Established in 1921, Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room is one of the oldest in the country and is a walk down memory lane for KL in the early 1920s. Nearly a century old and it's one of the best examples of the city's colonial heritage. To tourists discovering Malaysia and its cultural diversity, we welcome you to the country that many call 'Truly Asia'. Over the past 500 years, sea-faring missions sailed past this peninsula onwards to their destinations, east or west-bound; many broke journey to rest, replenish stocks, whilst some chose to stay on, being tired of the perilous adventures besides wanting to seek both fame and fortune in this new land. Then, there were those which came and colonised the land, wherein Portugal conquered Malacca in 1511 followed by the Dutch in 1641. The last were the English from 1824 right up to Malaysia's independence in 1957.Malaysia is a wonderful living example of how many races and their colourful traditions-cum-cultures have assimilated to present a wonderful, unique ethnicity and a quaint palate of cuisines. The Coliseum Cafe and Grill Room is a fine example of how West and East have assimilated tastefully to present a unique Western Hainanese cuisine. 'Selamat Datang' as we welcome you to enjoy a tasty selection that has evolved over the years through the influence of the British Colonial Era and the assimilation of Asian taste buds. The Coliseum Cafe and Grillroom started in 1921 and some nine decades later, still continues to operate in the same premises at one of the city's oldest streets, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The restaurant's ambiance is atypical of a colonial grillroom, retaining many of its original wood interior and trimmings. Customers, diners and guests alike, locals and tourists, have forged a special connection to the place, the people and its varied menu spread. In the early days, the restaurant served the British who worked and lived in then Malaya. It was patronised by government officers, tin miners, planters, traders and military personnel together with their families who swung by for tea, cocktails and dinner. Over time, the Western Colonial cuisine evolved into its own unique style as the Hainanese chefs, immigrants from China, concocted their own interpretation of many a western dish. One would detect delicate influences of ingredients synonymous of the Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine in certain dishes as the chefs gamely mixed local spices and style. With time, what is now served at the Coliseum Cafe and Grillroom is famously known as Western Hainanese Cuisine. Its signature dishes, then and now, include the ever popular Oxtail Soup, Baked Crab, sizzling steaks served with a choice of 4 different sauces, Hainanese chicken chop, chicken Maryland, Hainanese Meehoon, Mamak Mee, Fried rice and also fried sambal rice. Desserts include banana fritters, fried ice cream, creme caramel and Hainanese coffee.
Reviewed August 14, 2012

I like the smoke filled room and the rusty smell and atmosphere. Drinking at the bar while waiting for your food to arrive at your dining table. The waiters looked like they came from a different era. Famous for their sizzling steaks.. thats why the room is filled with smoke.

2  Thank Ed S
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

I've been a regular at Coliseum Cafe for the past 4 to 5 years now since it's a good place to hang out with my buddies (which I've met in & around Coliseum) for a few chill chill Tiger Draught beers. Ever since the new management took over Coliseum Cafe (since 1st December 2011), they have not done any justice to the place, customers & staffs (the staffs at the Bar are very friendly = cashiers & bartenders). Recently about 2 weeks back, the new management has cut-off Tiger Draught completely, eventhough they(the new management) know that almost 80% of the beer drinkers prefer Tiger Draught. Now the only choice for us is Carlsberg Draught & Asahi Draught (coming soon).
I URGE THE NEW MANAGEMENT TO WAKE UP & BRING BACK TIGER DRAUGHT!!!!!

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2  Thank JackSingh
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

This place is nearly 100 years old and supposed to be the oldest in Kuala lumpur. The place has staff that must be as old as the building, but they add to the experience. Very British colonial feel. It's a eating place and not a five star hotel feel. It is a must visit place, great feel and amazing steaks. If you have a sizzling steak be prepared to be fitted with a bib, you will need it. Do not be put off by the look of the place, it's a real experience of the best type.

3  Thank Cliveparkc
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

built 1920 and still going.this colonial cafe and bar is about the only place in this area you can go for a beer. if you p lan having more than just one drink they will open a tab and you need only pay when finished.
the cafe menu is limited and the best option is a steak.the paintwork has not changed since 1920 but if you have a sense of history this a great place.

1  Thank kenpatSydney
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

The fish & chips taste badly.... the place are very dirty . When you cancel something that you order ...the dish comes to you after 20 mins.....never step in this restaurant again yah

3  Thank natathida
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