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98-100 & 102 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman | Little India, Kuala Lumpur 50100, Malaysia
+60 3-2692 6270
10:00 - 22:00
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

Thank LilyanaAziz
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank C_B_Sydney_40
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friends told us about this place and when we eventually found it we could see what they meant. Quirky, no frills but good food. We both had the ribeye steaks which were very tender and good quality. Not much on the accompanying vegetables and the pepper and mushroom sauces were not the best. On the whole though a good meal,... More 

Thank SpannaYorkshire
Klang, Malaysia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

My most recent dining experience was not different from my last one, about 7 years ago, for which I give the Coliseum Cafe credit. Same furniture, linen, cutlery and interior decorations; newer air-conditioners is the only significant change I noticed. I usually order the sizzling steak, but had the Hainanese Chicken Chop this time, so I can't say if the... More 

Thank Ed W
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

As a child, my family frequented Coliseum Jalan TAR to savour the Hainanese Chicken Chop, sizzling steak and Sunday tiffin lunch. Coming here is like stepping back in time, with waiters in stiff white starched uniforms still making a strong impression along with original decor. While there had been changes in ownership, the colonial heritage has been maintained. In the... More 

Thank GoingSoloNepal
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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127 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The Rib Eye Steak is very tender & Juicy. Service is very friendly. The steak is really worth the price. Will be back again for another steak.

1 Thank Ragu88
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

My dad was ordered the ox tail soup, it taste so spicy and we do wonder whether the chef has mixed the soup with lots of Indian curry powder.. :-( , one more thing to highlight was the sizzling tenderloin steak found a piece of tissue paper into it, eventually we have informed the waitress on that. The staff was... More 

Thank Carine L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

I've purchased this special promotion from KL PASS website and it's really great savings. It comes with a package of 4-Course meal at Coliseum, savouring their famous Hainanese Chicken Chop, then move on to watch MUD, it's a musical and then went to Zouk Club to party all the way with free entrance with a drink in hand. Really thumbs... More 

Thank MeridianTA
Banbury, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

It took me 27 years of living abroad and reading lots of colonial stories of many English writers and rubber planters to finally made this visit. The bar area is like it was in 1938. The air conditioning unit installed on the wall is not. I ordered a coca cola and my companion had a shandy. We sat at the... More 

Thank Diella S
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241 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Revisited this cafe again after more than a year. Nothing much has changed. It is the oldest cafe and steak house in Kuala Lumpur operating since 1921! Almost a decade. The decor reflects the early 1900's. We ordered the crispy chicken burger and cheese chicken fillet. Both came with lettuce and french fries. They burger was well done and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Asian, Malaysian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
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
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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