However, enough of charm, let's move on to the food! We were served by this crusty old waiter who was almost as old as the cafe. He recommended the sizzling rib-eye for J while I opted for the Chinese-style Chicken Chop with toast and butter as a side order. That seemed a popular choice with most tables as waiters scurried to and fro carrying stacks of thick-cut Hainanese bread.
Chicken Chop Chinese Style
It came with french fries and a thick Hainanese Western-style tomatoey sauce with peas. The big chop was a bit soggy though and the sauce a little cloying for my liking. I find the one done by Yut Kee much better.
The sizzling ribeye came in a rather Zen-like presentation! That red blob is an uncooked tomato. It was smothered with a spicy black pepper sauce which was pretty good. The medium-done steak was tender, cooked to the right doneness. I stole a piece and it was very nice and juicy.
It came with a side of fried potatoes and vegetables cooked in a cream sauce.
Coliseum has gotten a little steep over the years. A meal for two like the above would set you back at least RM50-RM60. The food's still pretty good, although there are probably a lot more competitors out there now. Portions are big and I guess if you would like to capture some old-world charm of those colonial days when it was still the famous watering-hole of KL, it's still worth a visit.
Eatinout did a review as well, go check it out!
Interesting fact: We found out that it is a hotel as well with cheap double air-conditioned rooms for only RM45 in the heart of KL!