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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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Bray-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wouldn't have gone in from the street but a friend living here recommended it. Really friendly & the sizzling steak certainly something to try.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Suffolk
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

During our trips to KL we tend to find a place to call home for a few beers and a bite. The Coliseum fits the bill perfectly. The food is good, old fashioned and the sizzling steaks as good as ever. The staff are very welcoming and attentive. Make sure you have more than a passing beer at the bar... More 

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singapore
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54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went there last Sun, 20th Nov. the ambiance & setting is really nostalgic. its a really good place for picture taking & Instagrammers. we had prawn cocktail, egg sandwich,spicy sambal fried rice, hainanese fried noodle, virgin colada & virgin mary. all that for 99RM. the food's not too bad & quite cheap. given the ambiance, it was a perfect... More 

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Waiouru, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I have been going to the Coliseum for 33 years and it is always perfect! Great atmosphere and history in the place. I always get the sizzling steak and it never disappoints. The bread used to be made by prisoners from pudu I believe but I am unsure where it is from now but is always nice and fresh. The... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The 95-year-old Coliseum café is one of the last relics of old Kuala Lumpur. It's definitely worth a visit. Its dark wood panelled walls and bar reek of history and have not changed much over the years. To get a flavour of what this restaurant has seen over nearly a century should have a look at the photos and curios... More 

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Panjim, India
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

On my various visits to the Coliseum it has always struck me that the atmosphere is more that of a gentleman's club than a public restaurant. Personally, I always go for a drink first in the adjacent bar and that may be what sets the tone in my mind. Loaded with framed pictures on the walls - some claiming connections... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

While there is a history to the place, it is the same as the food itself, however, it might not be the best anymore. had the onion soup and it was very watery and the hainanese chicken chop which has a lot of tomato sauce then anything else....

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

In over 30 years of visiting KL the City centre has changed out of all recognition so it was refreshing to find the Coliseum much as it was the last time we visited ... and the time before. And long may this great institution stay as it is. Service was quick and friendly. The food was simple and reliable. Nothing... More 

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We really liked the place for its collonial sharm, even if we didn't eat there and had just some drinks. The furnishing is authentic and staff nice and friendly. It can be recommended for quick getting around to have some refreshment after the tiring KL's sightseeing.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Asian, Malaysian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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