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98-100 & 102 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman | Little India, Kuala Lumpur 50100, Malaysia
+60 3-2692 6270
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Kuala Lumpur
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49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the very few old-style cafes remaining in KL. You should try out their sizzling steak or Hainanese chicken chop. They had waiters who've worked there for 50+ years! Most of them have since retired.

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Thank Daesi
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was here way back then and finally we were back again. We had mix grill, chicken sizzling and watermelon laicy juice. Service was good. What I can say that the ambience and deco was nice, simple and classic. The food was not that nice compare to the price you paid. It was too way pricey (pictures explained well). Cost for... More 

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Thank Pamzinzi
Oxon Hill, Maryland
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240 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good steak place, but I think the real draw is the history.  (There're a few outposts around the city, and a visit to them might be a true test of taste vs. history.)  The bar is well-worn and very pretty, inundating you with thoughts of all the people who've come through before.  The main dining room has... More 

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Thank JohnsonIV
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since I was young Coliseum Cafe was the place to go to for good food. This might be so for the outlet in Jalan TAR but definitely not for their outlet in Mid Valley. The service is horrendous because the waiters and waitress ignores you when one tries to get their attention. The food….I have never eaten Roasted Chicken which... More 

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Thank annebr28
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

There are few outlets for this cafe in KL but we chose the one at Jalan TAR because it retained the original layout and interior design of the shop back in 1920. So if you want to experience dining in the 20s like the rich or the British back in those days , then this is a place worth visiting.... More 

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Thank Eaglestravel
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Ordered a chicken Maryland which didn't disappoint. It's always a nice place to go and enjoy dishes from bygone years

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Thank Mark S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I really love the service here . Food is marvellous . Great opportunity to dine in here . Lovely chicken chop , new hailam , a lot to say . From service to kitchen they did excellent job . Hats off . We enjoyed the dinner with friends. Even though we came in so late but they still accomodate all... More 

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Thank Ganesh C
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Do check out this place, reminiscence of a good place with good steak. Service is good, ambience is perfect for families, good to reserve esp on the weekends. Adjoining pub if one is to some aperitifs before a meal. Highly recommended.

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Thank Mercy M
Penang Island, Malaysia
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I love this place. They kept the interior as it's always been during colonial days. The old bar, newspaper clippings, the very old school drinks, white table clothes. The this should be on top of your priority list while you're discovering KL. There's always an excuse to drop by, cold beer, lunch, steak for dinner. The atmosphere is very non... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I wanted to revisit as I came here 30 years ago or more with my parents & haven't had a steak in months. I had a steak, with chips and vegetables. The meal was just great. Steak done just right, and very good value MYR 60 or so. The ambience is 1920s large shophouse, Hainanese type western food, so it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Asian, Malaysian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 98-100 & 102 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman | Little India, Kuala Lumpur 50100, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Wilayah Persekutuan  >  Kuala Lumpur
  • Phone Number: +60 3-2692 6270
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.

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