Coliseum Cafe & Captain Ho enters Malaysia
Book of Records
Kuala Lumpur, June 26, 2013 – The Coliseum Café Kuala Lumpur has clinched the Malaysia Book of Records award for the ‘Longest Operating Western Colonial-Themed Restaurant’, having been in business since 1921.
Coliseum Café has been operating in the same premises at 98-100, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman for the past 92 years. During the British Colonial rule of then Malaya, the restaurant and its 10-room hotel were popular amongst the British Government servants, army personnel, tin-miners, planters and their families, besides travellers passing through Kuala Lumpur.
Post-Malaya era and in today’s 21st century setting, the restaurant continues to be a popular destination amongst locals and travellers. Nothing much has changed within its old-fashion, colonial setting; tables are set with side plates, napkins and cutlery on white tablecloths with attentive waiters on standby, ready to serve diners various mouth-watering signature dishes representative of its Western Colonial Hainanese Cuisine
Assistant Manager Chris Wang Meng Yang, who has been with the Coliseum for some 38 years, informed “the ambiance of both the restaurant and bar has hardly changed although improvements have been carried out in the kitchen and backroom areas so as to continue to deliver guests’ dining comfort and satisfaction.
“People enjoy the unique dishes, particularly the sizzling steaks and the chicken chops, concocted by the old Hainanese chefs who learnt the traditional English dishes from the Colonial masters and ‘memsahibs’.
“Over the years, the chefs added their personal touches, herbs and spices. Today, the menu has a good selection of 90 different food choices which is synonymous of our 1 Malaysia heritage,” added Mr Wang.
Datuk Danny Ooi, the founder & Managing Director of the Malaysia Book of Records presented the certificate to the staff at the restaurant at a simple ceremony, recently. Datuk Ooi congratulated the staff at Coliseum Café for this new award, which certifies the restaurant as a national record holder.
“We would like to welcome Coliseum Café to our ‘MBR family’. Being the Longest Operating Western Colonial-Themed Restaurant with a track record of over nine decades in the food and beverage industry, this recognition on your achievement deserves to be feted amongst the “Best of the Nation”.
“We hope Coliseum Cafe will continue its excellent service and will become one of the heritage restaurants in the country so as to attract more tourists due to its unique concept,” added Datuk Danny.
Sometime last year, the Malaysia Book of Records also recognised Captain Ho Seng Fong, formerly a captain with the restaurant, as being the longest serving employee in Malaysia. Captain Ho had worked some 50 years with the historic icon before retiring at the age of 91-years-old due to age and health reasons.
“The Coliseum brand is destined to grow beyond this humble restaurant and all of us are most excited with all these recent improvements and opportunities. Soon to open would be the Petaling Jaya restaurant located at Plaza@Jaya 33, early next month.
“We look forward to great times ahead and for sure, this historic icon can withstand the competition of various international brands and some local ones too, and possibly become a strong Malaysian brand in international circles,” concluded Mr Wang.
Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room established in 1921 has been operating from its present premise since its inception.
After 92 years, Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room opened its first branch located at Plaza 33, No.1 Jalan Semangat, Sec 13, 46100 Petaling Jaya Selangor and subsequently expanded to Mid Valley & Sunway Pyramid.
Branching Out !
The BrandLaureate SMEs Best Brand Award
Kuala Lumpur 2012 - The Coliseum Cafe & Grill Room was awarded The BrandLaureate SMEs Best Brands Awards for Best Brands in Food & Beverage - Western Cuisine
The BrandLaureate is the sobriquetfor the APBF Brand Excellence Awards. As the definition of "Laureate" is ones one that is worthy of the greatest honor or distinction, being conferred The BrandLaureate Award is a defining moment as it is a testimony of the brand’s success and an endorsement of being with the best and an acknowledgement of the brand’s value, strength and character.The BrandLaureate Awards is the ONLY Brand Award endorsed by His Royal Highness Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang di-Pertuan Agong
KL Signature Dish 2015 Finalist
This competition organised by the KL BIG KITCHEN Festival by Tourism Malaysia & City Hall-DBKL to search for a significant and branded dish created for the gastronomic city of Kuala Lumpur which Coliseum was chosen out of 100s entries.
The International Judges criteria:
Using local herbs, spices & ingredients
Provide health benefits
Highlight unit selling point & what makes it so special
Simplicity and easy to cook
Judged by selected panels of international chefs
Coliseum Cafe & Hotel (KL) Sdn Bhd receives the Outstanding Rising Star Award
The MRCA Crown Awards were created to cultivate excellent business practices, enabling participating retailers to challenge and enhance their competitiveness to be on par with global retail players in an industry that is changing at a rapid pace.
At the same time, the objectives of the awards are to promote and recognise the achievements and contributions of participating retailers in the retail industry.