Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Colonial Cafe @ The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

They don't make 'em like this anymore: Furnishing a contemporary hotel with colonial history, this Majestic establishment is suffused with a sumptuous sense of nostalgia, evoking an era that's steadily inching out of living memory.

Colonial Cafe's dining chamber, with its warm timber notes, leather chairs & white tablecloths, has stateliness to spare, but eagle-eyed customers will note there's also something of an atrium out back, blessed with sunlight streaming from a skylight.

True to the setting, the menu revisits classics like old-fashioned faggots (RM75++), a hearty, savory British winter warmer, made with minced beef, lamb & potentially some offal, paired with wild mushroom mash & mace-infused sauce.

Hometown fare: Malacca's chicken rice balls, a highlight of the Hainanese-dominated menu here.

Flagrantly fragrant rice, prepared painstakingly in small batches daily, with poached chicken that's smooth & succulent, plus soup & impeccable house-made condiments of chili & garlic. There's a 'but' nonetheless: this costs RM55++.

Mulligatawny (RM45++), reputedly once comfort food for employees of the East India Company. Colonial Cafe's curried lentil broth bears the telltale hallmarks of dahl.

Desserts range from Spotted Dick to English trifles, Swiss rolls to marble cakes, bread & butter pudding to bubur cha cha, goreng pisang to sundaes. Each of those costs RM45++ per portion, even the bubur cha cha.

There lies the problem: even though we realize the prices we pay encompass the entire experience of eating here, the final bill might seem unconscionable.

Colonial Cafe includes a lovely bar where cocktails from bygone times are also revived.

Beautiful illustrated menu, with each RM48++ cocktail endowed with its own background.

Code 55 & 2 Bulat (shandy, gin, whiskey), a mixture that hearkens back to what happened here at The Majestic's location decades ago, when a mix-up over a Colt 55 & two bullets helped to prevent potential bloodshed (it's a long story).

East India Cocktail (cognac, maraschino liquor, cointreau, raspberry syrup, angostura bitters).

Scarily, the cheapest wine here is sold at RM50++ by the glass, RM180++ per bottle. All in all: Like the place, loathe the prices.
Earlier entry on The Majestic's Tea Lounge & Contango buffet outlet: December 2.

Colonial Cafe,
The Majestic Hotel, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur.
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    1. 女飞侠: yeah, the words and illustrations are nice =)

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  2. Love the old-school feel! Though, the prices are quite hm.. :/ I remember my dad having a AUD10 (~RM33-ish) bubur cha cha here in Melb and it tasted horrible. He terribly regretted his decision and felt so bad! HAHA :P

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    1. Vien: oh ya, the vibe here is very nice. wish they could lower the prices though. i didn't dare to order the bubur cha cha here cos i don't think it could have lived up to its RM45++ price tag, heh. i sympathize with your dad! :D

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  3. Nice!!! Brings to mind the Coliseum? Is it still going strong? Been there lately?

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    1. Suituapui: ooh, and this hotel is only about a 10-minute drive from coliseum. it's been years since i was at the coliseum, but i still drive by it sometimes :D

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    1. The Yum List: undeniably elegant, yeah =)

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  5. Wow there is indeed a price to pay for reviving the colonial age in the contemporary times. The prices are even more expensive than what we would pay here in Sydney (after conversion)! But I guess half of the price is for the ambience and environment.. :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: true, these do seem to be more of prices for wealthier tourists who'd stay at the majestic. i don't think i'd be able to return to this cafe anytime soon for a meal, due to the steep prices, which is a shame cos i do like it =)

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  6. The interior looks beutiful... very classy =)

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    1. Smitten: yeah, i'm too young to have visited the majestic back in its glory days, but it's very nice now =)

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  7. RM55++ for chicken rice and RM45++ for bubur cha cha? I think I need to save some money first before I can visit there, LOL.

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    1. CK: there's one more item here that i wanted to try (baked crab meat, shrimp, snapper & salmon in crab shell), but the RM55++ price tag made it seem a bit too much =)

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  8. Very nice place... Price also equally nice @_@

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    1. Melissa: yeah, the price definitely includes having to pay for the chance to eat here. a simple three-course meal here will definitely exceed RM150 =)

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  9. Thanks to this post, Sean, I now know an alternate meaning to the word faggot. I was like 'whoa, did I read that right?' and turned to Google. LOL!

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    1. Drops Of Contentment: heh, i wonder whether one of the reasons we can't find this recipe available in most places anymore is because of its name. and ya, that's a way to mention this word without being accused of being offensive =)

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  10. Thanks for the post Sean! RM55++ for chicken rice?? Wowzers! Price also so Majestic.

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    1. Renaura: no prob! but yeah, that amount could purchase many plates of chicken rice in most regular situations, rite :D

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  11. ooh my... this hotel is really beautiful. I don't mind staying a night here just for the experience provided it doesn't cost me a bomb.

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    1. Eiling: ooh ya, i haven't looked at the hotel room rates yet, but a night's stay at the cheapest room here should definitely be at least RM500 =)

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  12. this place is not for the rakyat, for sure!

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    1. Footfringe: alas, that's true! =)

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  13. Haha ! Melaka Chicken Rice Ball, that's really cool to find in a restaurant like this, I like it though ! Rakyat food for the "Guai Low" and the "Rich Rakyat" !!

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    1. Wong: heheh, i like chicken rice balls, and i wish it was easier to find them in KL. nice! :D

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  14. There surely can't be many places in the world where goreng pisang and English trifle appear on the same menu! But wowza, RM45 for deep fried bananas is a tad optimistic...

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heheh, i guess it's a nice marriage of colonial heritage and malaysian-bred recipes. true though, i can't imagine ordering the deep-fried bananas here ... they can't be THAT good that they justify the high expense! =)

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  15. Definitely very stately... and pricey, hehe! You didn't try the RM45++ Bubur Cha Cha?! :P That chicken drumstick looked a tad undercooked.

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    1. Pureglutton: heh, i would have loved some bubur cha cha, but i don't think we wanted to pay more than RM15++ for it. ooh, the chicken was good for me though, i like my chicken for chicken rice a teeny-weeny-bit bloody, heh :D

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  16. I love the whole setting of this place... very classy!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i'm actually curious whether it's been quiet like a chapel during mealtimes in the past few weekdays or whether it's been busy like a market (it was fairly busy last weekend) :D

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  17. Is Chicken rice ball hainanese ar? :D

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    1. Ciki: oooh, i think so! since the recipe is essentially an interpretation of hainanese chicken rice, heh :D

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  18. love the settings...will be nice to come all dressed up to the old colonial days and makan in that old setting:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: a costume dinner party! what a great idea! hopefully the folks at the majestic will organize that someday, it'd be seriously fun =)

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  19. I like the ambience of the cafe,so classy^^!

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    1. 比比: ya, it's a good setting for a nice dinner :D

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  20. My goodness.. Is the chicken rice out of this world? Like hainanese chicken rice in chatterbox mandarin oriental in Singapore.... Even they don't charge this high (no conversion).

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    1. Kelly: yeah, the chicken rice is abnormally expensive! it's definitely well-prepared, but i think RM40 should be the most they should charge for it =)

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