Sunday, December 27, 2009

Coliseum Cafe & Hotel REVISITED

Stone has been quite a regular Sunday lunch partner.

Today we selected (or was it my idea?) to have nasi beryani at Restaurant INSAF on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

After lunch we decided to go for a drink at the colonial restaurant. It was established circa 1920.

Time hasn’t moved much.

(Extracted from The Malaysian Life)

AT 86, Ho Seng Fong (picture) is as sharp as ever.

The restaurant captain, born when Coliseum Cafe & Hotel opened for business, does not ask regulars their orders.

Neither do they bother to remind him about what they fancy from the bar or restaurant.

Ho works from memory, easily remembering their orders and favourite tables.

He has been doing so for 40 years since beginning work at the restaurant.

His favourites include Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Ho’s first pay packet in 1967 was RM180 a month, a princely sum at that time.

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