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Review of Coliseum Cafe

Coliseum Cafe
Ranked #280 of 4,132 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
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.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Just had to try 28 years after my father brought me there. Did no disappoint as the sizzling rib eye, hainanese chicken chop and prawn salad was very nice or it was just that we were very hungry. Whichever it is we enjoyed our meal very much. Enjoyed the ambience, nothing classy but it just made you feel relaxed.

Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Derby, England
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414 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
“Looks are not everything”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

When you first look in you may feel the urge to walk back out, the decor is ancient and possibly non existent. However it had a certain charm as well. The food is cheap well cooked and excellent, the service is very friendly too. Order the sizzling steaks and let your friends have a laugh as you get the obligatory bib tied around your neck, funny but does the trick.

Thank Whadders
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The steak will wanna make you want to go back for more!”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Awesome steak served my senior waiters who have probably been here forever!

The ambience is resembles the 1960s or 70s!

They serve good beer and wine to complement the excellent food.

Visited May 2012
3 Thank RajanBaliah
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“So old yet still that good”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

hidden away from the busy streets, dont be taken aback from the old building, its food is mouth watering to the last bite. never try never know, once try every day also want... ^.^

2 Thank Aaron O
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323 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“...stale bread,cold coffeee and ants in sugar and coffee”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

...i regretted dragging hubby to this joint about 2 years back,seemingly after a reporter wrote about the ambience and old "feel" of this place...so i insisted we shud go for it and try the evening toast and kaya with coffee...

..it was horrid a middle aged chinese waiter attended to us,we were the only patrons,table cloth was stained...coffee was cold and had ants in it...white sugar had ants in it and the toast was nothing great,of course for the rest of the evening had to listen to hubby raving about the place altogether,hope things are different now.

2 Thank gita73
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