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It was the first day of 2009, and we have to leave KL for home in Penang after a week there. But before we started our journey back, we decided to try out this place, Coliseum Cafe which was established in 1921. The cafe serves Hainanese cuisines minus the Pork, that is why many of our Muslim friends like to patronize this place too.
Colesium Cafe was established since 1921

Colesium Cafe was established since 1921

The moment we enter into the reception area, we were like entering into another time in space. The furniture and fittings seem to be as old as my beloved parents, well aged! The place don’t only look and feel antique, it also smell old. Not only the furniture looked like collectibles, even some of the ‘kaptens’ (waiters) seem to be antiques themselves. 😀

Reception or lounge area.

Reception or lounge area.

An aged bar counter top.

An aged bar counter top.

Dining area with realy old tables and chairs, even some of the waiters are walking antiques.

Dining area with realy old tables and chairs, even some of the waiters are walking antiques.

As we were quite starved, we ordered quite a line of dishes to sample. The first thing that was served was the Ox Tail soup which had quite a lot of meat in it, but no tail! In the menu it was labelled as freshly brewed. The taste was very rich and heavy, and quite salty too for me and Gill.

The Ox Tail Soup was too thick and salty.

The Ox Tail Soup was too thick and salty.

Then came their butter and cheese toast. The toast was crisp but not dry, just nice. The butter and cheese spread was  sufficient to entice our taste buds. It was actually nicer than the toast we had at Edelwise for our 2nd Penang Food Blogger gathering.

In House Special Toast with Cheese and Garlic.

In House Special Toast with Butter & Cheese.

The next order to come was the Hainanese Chicken chop. It looks and taste like the type that my parents used to served at their cafeteria and at home. It brought back many memories of them. The deboned whole leg of chicken was tenderised and lightly seasoned. The batter used was not too thick or heavy, just coated to the right thickness  and deep fried to crispy golden brown. The sauce was not the usual Hainanese potato and mix vege sauce that we found at Yut Kee, it was in fact made of tomato sauce with peas, onion and mushroom. The tomato sauce was not too sour nor sweet, it went well with the chicken.

The Chicken Chop reminds me how my mom used to make them. It brings back  memories!

The Chicken Chop reminds me how my mom used to make them. It brings back memories!

The sauce is different from the usual Hainanese clear sauce found at Yuk Kee

The sauce is different from the usual Hainanese clear sauce found at Yut Kee in KL.

The rib-eye steak I ordered was medium-well, and came just as what I wanted although it was served on sizzling hot plate. The steak was plated and served like they used to during the 70’s to 80’s, simple and old school. The steak surface was caramelised and yet maintained the tender texture inside. But the browns sauce was a bit overwhelming. If I am not wrong the sauce was something straight from the can or a instant premix. Anyway, this steak was at least better that the one I had days ealier in Memphis Bistro at Subang Jaya.

The plating and method was something that I experience many many yeras ago during my hildhood and Teenage years at The Ship and Eden.

The plating and cooking method was something that I experience many many years ago during my childhood and Teenage years at The Ship and Eden.

Then came the Inchi Kabin or deep fried chicken Nyonya style. Initially we thought, OMG it is overcooked. But one bite into the piece I took, it was crispy at the outer layer and amazingly still juicy and tender. It may not look appertising but the texture and taste was enough to change our minds.

The Inchi Kabin looks can be deceiving.

The Inchi Kabin looks can be deceiving.

After all that food we still have some space to spare, thus we made two extra orders as my sis wanted to try them. We asked for their Hokkien Char and Cream Caramel. The Hokkien Char had lots of ingredients as will see in the photo below. The prawns were fresh and fragrant, but the noodles did not have that distinct taste of seafood or prawns. Usually Hokkien Char is fried and then stewed in a special broth made from prwans shells and bones, and that is why it has that distinct prawny sweetness in each every strand of noodle.

The prawns were firm and fresh, but the noodles did not have the rich prawn aroma.

The prawns were firm and fresh, but the noodles did not have the prawn aroma.

Lastly, we had our dessrt which is cream caramel, which is also one of my moms specialty which my sister’s all time favourite. It looks good enough, but the custard was too stiff and firm. And the carmel sauce did not have that rich and smokey taste to it, just plain old sweet. It was bit of dissappointment there.

The Cream Caremel was a bit too firm and it did not have the smokey taste of caremel.

The Cream Caremel was a bit too firm and it did not have the smokey taste of caremel.

The business hours are from 10am to 10pm dailly except for Weekends and Public Holidays, where it open from 9am.

The address: 98-100, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Phone No. : 03 2692 6270.

GPS Cordinates: N03*09’208″ E101*41’795″

On average, I would give this place:

  • 3/5 for value (slightly expensive to Gill’s point of view)
  • 3.8/5 for taste & texture (not all dishes hit the note)
  • 3/5 for service (because of one specky guy I reduced the rating due to his unresponsiveness, the rest was polite and freindly)
  • 2.5/5 for cleanliness (Gill complain about the table cloth which was also a piece antique – pretty dusty)
  • 3.5/5 for atmosphere (brought back some old memories)

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12 Responses to “Coliseum Cafe Serving Old School Hainanese Dishes, Local and Western Cuisine”

  1. email2me says:

    This place is super old school! Use to be a hotel.

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  2. SimpleGirl says:

    My dad brought me to this place before. I’ve tried their steak and baked crab before….taste superb! Worth a visit!

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  3. cariso says:

    Got E&O feel loh. Yellow light somemore!

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  4. Looks really familiar…nice review!

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  5. gill gill says:

    email2me: oh, they still cater for budget accomodation.

    SimpleGirl: yea, it reminds us how was the typical 70’s restaurant like! 🙂

    Cariso: yea, deem yellow light. Not only the environment, but the Kapten is also an antique. lol

    pigpigcorner: thanks! your blog is nice too!

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  6. buzzingbee says:

    I went once few years ago…it is indeed like a different era when I’m in there.
    The captains are all workers there since the very beginning. Interestingly, everytime when they serve a grilled dish, the sizzling sound (they pour the sauce into the dish beside your table just before serving it to you) will make heads turn to that direction. Hehe

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    gill gill Reply:

    yea, your whole body become sizzling as well….taste like the food….lol

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  7. allenooi says:

    i went to your old site and think why you never update the new post. then only i realize you changed to new domain. hahaha. and here i come. 🙂

    i like the cream caramel. i think we can make it our own. 🙂

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  8. Jason Wong says:

    Allen,

    Definitely! I made it once for my church, but not the carmel sauce. That one a bit tricky.

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  9. pai seh.. u ppl showing where to eat in KL! Must go for the chic chop.. nowadys things gets so fusion-ed and modernised but me thinks the gd old still rules!

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  10. Michael Steinmetz says:

    What a place ! I came in first during the late eighties and its the best reason for me to come back to K.L. Its always great to pick up the atmosphere, look around, have a few wets and enjoying the great food. Will come back in a couple of weeks.

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    Jason Wong Reply:

    Michael,
    We hope to keep the old heritage in food and dining alive, so that the younger generation gets to experience them as we had. If ever you are in either KL or Penang. Do give us a call.

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