Sunday, 24 November 2013

Food Review #1: Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room @ Plaza 33, Section 13, Petaling Jaya

Sunday, 24 November 2013, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

This day, Dad, Mum and I decided to visit the very unique and "ancient" Western and Hainanese restaurant (Cafe & Grill to be specific) at Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya, near Jaya 33 and Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC / Dream Centre).

just a short Introduction of Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room...

Official Website:
In Malaysia, there are two branches, one at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur (K.L.) and another one which is the one I visited at Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya (P.J.)

Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room was established in 1921.  It was awarded several titles, namely
The Longest Serving Western Restaurant in the Malaysia Book of Records &
Best Brand in Food & Beverage (The BrandLaureate SME Award).

In this review, I would like to touch on a few aspects.

1. Ambience  

The environment was very friendly, cosy, simply welcoming.  The waiters' manners were also proper upon customers' visit.  They will open the door and welcome you with a smile.  Sometimes, you cannot find such well-mannered restaurant staff in some restaurants in Malaysia.  The tables are Square in shape and there is adequate space for each person to comfortably dine-in.

2. What food they serve?

We found out that the owner of this restaurant at Plaza 33 is a Hainanese, hence explains the mouth-watering dishes from the Hainanese culture.  This restaurant is famous for its Sizzling dishes and Steaks.  But let me just give you a list of what this restaurant serves:

  • Cocktails / Appetizers (Prawn cocktail, Garden Salad, Chef Salad and others)
  • Seafood (Grilled Salmon steak, Fish n Chips, Fish Concalaise and others)
  • Soups (Fresh onion soup, Oxtail soup, Cream of chicken/mushoom soup)
  • Tidbits / Finger Bites (Fried chicken wings, French Fries, Potato wedges and others)
  • Sizzling dishes (Steaks, Chicken and others)
  • Desserts (Fried  ice-cream, Banana Fritters, Crepe A'La Mode and others)

3. What I can Comment on / Recommend?

Personally, I have tried a few dishes, including one main dish and two desserts.  

- Sizzling Chicken with 1 tomato, Cauliflower, Brocolli and Potato wedges. (not actual name of dish)

This main dish is considered really good.  One of the most generous dish in terms of the amount of black pepper sauce it was served with.  In comparison with some other restaurants, you even have to ask for more gravy because the amount served with the dish itself is very stingy / little.  Because of the sizzling hot nature of this dish when it is served to customers, the waiter will put a napkin over the neck of the customer so that the sauce won't dirty the clothes..  The tomato was also delicious, tasted extremely fresh and juicy... Did you notice there are 4 vegetables here, the tomato, cauliflower, potatoes and broccoli?  Hardly dishes serve so many veggies.  Maybe at The Ship yes.  Have I mention the potatoes were amazing as well?  They are not too oily. Overall, this is a Recommended 10/10 chicken dish. 

- Banana and Chocolate Spring Roll with Vanilla Ice-cream

This one is amazing.  The fried banana is definitely not like the ones called "goreng pisang" you get from street stalls.  The spring rolls, laced with chocolate sauce were crunchy, at the same time not too oily.  Those on a diet need not worry about gaining weight by trying out this one.  To complement the wonderful fried bananas, there is one scoop of vanilla ice-cream in the middle, surrounded by the 4 fried bananas.  In terms of the presentation of this dessert, I rate it a 10/10. I finished this dessert within 5 minutes, why not you try this out? 

- Banana Fritters with Ice-cream

This dessert, consists of TWO banana fritters, and vanilla ice-cream (again), topped with Maple syrup, I believed. The banana fritters were more delicious than the one in the spring roll (mentioned above), however as overall, I'll give it an 7/10. Although it was really appetizing, but I would say there's nothing much special about this dessert other than its fritters??

Well, I have yet to try out the other food at Coliseum.   But this is one restaurant I will certainly pay a visit to in the near future. Pricing is considered reasonable for a Western restaurant (Rm 15++ to RM 30++).

That's all for my review!  Details on the restaurant Coliseum is as shown below:

Find this branch (Plaza 33) at:
PG-02 Plaza 33
No 1 Jalan Semangat, 
Section 13,
46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

during these hours 
10 am to 10 pm Daily. 

Contact this branch at: 
Tel: +603 7932 3228


Find the Main Branch (K.L.) at:
98 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman,
50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

during these hours
10 am to 10 pm Daily.

Contact this branch at:
Tel: +603 2692 6270

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