Due to my passion in dining out, I would like to share my experiences dining at various places. I hope these jottings of mine regarding the restaurants and their food will at least help those first-timers out there intending to dine at these places.
For my first dining entry, let me share with you my experience at Coliseum Cafe, Kuala Lumpur. This restaurant has been in business since the colonial days. It is situated at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur – right next to the old cinema. I recall in the biography of the late Dato’ Sir Onn Jaafar, when he was MP and whenever he is in KL, Coliseum was one of his favourite dining place.
Once you enter the restaurant, you can feel the environment almost similar to the Malayan Colonial days. In those days, only Europeans and well-to-do locals are the regular customers of such restaurants. I sat and told the waiter what are my orders. Mushroom Soup for starter, Sizzling Rib-Eye Steak and Ginger Beer.
First food to arive was my Mushroom Soup. Honestly speaking, the presentation is horrible! Not so creamy and looks just like one of those instant soups you buy at supermarkets. The taste, out of 5, I give a 3 to the mushroom soup.
As usual, when you order steaks, they will first serve you salad. When the salad dish arrived, they brought me a bowl of salad and some thousand island sauce. Just like the mushroom soup, the presentation is bad. But, the taste was great. Hence, I rate the salad at 3.5 out of 5.
Finally, the main dish arrived. The presentation was not up to my expectation. On the sizzling plate, there’s only the meat and baked tomato. The vegies and potatoes are served in a separate plate. Anyway, although the looks of it is abit awkward, but the taste is superb! I rate the steak at 4 out of 5.
All in all, in my opinion, the presentation of food in general is not up to general standards. But the taste was good. With the colonial-era environment, it’s something worth trying. My overall rating for the restaurant is 3.5 out of 5.