Thursday, 23 January 2014

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

heritage cuisine
Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

A Nostalgic Dinner
Colonial Café
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur


Words by Kirsten Durward
Photos by the Yum List
  
Our white-jacketed host leads us with aplomb to our crisp yet comfortable table in the atrium of the Colonial Café. Ambient lighting warms grandiose pillars, enhancing the creamy golds and toning browns of the inviting décor and soft tones of live jazz float through from the band in the bar - just enough to create atmosphere but not intrude on conversation. I’m transported in time to the glamorous 1930’s, when elegant colonials graced the corridors of the Majestic. The recent refurbishment remains true to the hotel’s origins and is richly deserving of national heritage status.

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Colonial Cafe
Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Atrium Dining Room
A choice of house made Brioche or Rye Bread is offered with the menu, certainly be careful how much you nibble of these generous portions and keep good appetite for the main event. The Café’s menu is classic British sprinkled with some Hainanese specialties and an inkling of French influence. The Hainanese chefed for the British colonial Malaysia and this, I learn, is the root of the dish chicken chop – well I always wondered!

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Brioche (for a table of two) and Rye Bread (for larger tables)
We’re all feeling hungry and Caning already has his eye on the manly Oxtail Soup (RM35++). This is a sinuously thick bowl of meatiness, the deeper you delve, the more you find, chunks of meat tangling with slivers of potato and vegetables. I love the slight coriander overtone, and Caning’s delighted with his choice, mopping up the bowl with the remains of the bread and butter.

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Oxtail Soup 
Baked Seafood Crab Shell (RM55++) is sensational with a jumble of crabmeat, shrimp, snapper and salmon vying for attention drenched in mushroom sauce and seasoned cheesy breadcrumbs. It’s gooey, slippery and sensual. A light salad of sundried tomatoes and balsamic reduction is a clean complement to the dish.

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Baked Seafood Crab Shell 
Classic Prawn Cocktail (RM35++) was a trendy favourite in the UK from the 1960’s to the 1980’s and it’s receiving a revival in current day KL. We enjoy plenty of plump prawns frolicking in lettuce slivers with hints of chopped egg and cucumber in a classic, simple presentation.

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Classic Prawn Cocktail  
A gasp of approval greets our Sole Meuniere with Brown Butter and Forest Mushrooms (RM130++). Brown buttery juices from luscious mushrooms trickle over soft white fish and blend prettily with the meuniere sauce. Where the eyes feast, the tongue follows and this dish is ambrosial in textures and tastes. 

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Sole Meuniere with Brown Butter and Forest Mushrooms
A trio of Lamb Cutlets (RM120++) arrives on a mound of slinky mash. These are moist, tender bites of meat, and we’re so glad there are three of them. The mashed potato is beautifully enhanced by viscously rich fresh gravy, which has Caning and I vying for the last drops. This dish is an instant Yum!

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Lamb Cutlets
The Chateaubriand (RM300++) is traditionally a dish for two (although we think it could feed four), and recommended for a romantic dinner. Our sexy sharing of sizzling steak is carved at the table. Slicing through the deep brown pan seared outer reveals a juicy pink centre, just begging for a dribble of thick béarnaise and a pouring of meaty gravy. Silence reigns as we all savour the melding flavours of this delicious chunk of beef. 

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
The Chateaubriand 
In Scotland we use the term ‘pudding’ for the sweet part of the meal, and a Scot would always prefer a hearty pud to a delicate dessert. What follows is definitively deserving of the pudding nomenclature, and be sure to not fill up too early in the meal, keeping at least a corner for sharing one of these. Each splendid serving is each crowned with its personal cacophony of forest fruits and fresh clotted cream.

Monica’s choice is Sticky Date Pudding (RM45++), a densely date tinged dark sponge in a swathe of rich caramel sauce. It’s moistly moreish and we all rave over the taste, vying for the last spoonful. Of course a gentleman would allow his date to have it…

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Sticky Date Pudding 

I detect a hint of almond in the soft buttery Apple Crumble (RM45++). Creamy custard has only a light hint of cinnamon, a very filling end to my meal.

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Apple Crumble 
Bread and Butter Pudding (RM45++) is lightly flavoured, crème anglaise is poured on to soak into the airy white bread base. Caning closes his eyes and murmurs, ‘it reminds me of my mother…’ 

Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
Bread and Butter Pudding 
Reasons to visit: nostalgic colonial ambience; classic quality dishes in an elegant setting.

Colonial Cafe
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+603 2785 8000 
+603 2785 8080
tmklresv@ytlhotels.com.my


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2 comments:

  1. Oh yes! i am a big fan of all the dishes and will definitely be trying these!!!

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  2. Haven't been this place yet, but the food looks yummy!

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