I finally managed to drop in to Colbar at Portsdown. Its fame has preceded it and I was looking to the visit.
First impression when I first arrived was good. There was the old style shop front much like those I seen in my army days in the rural areas. There was a big counter and a few small table.
Next to this place was a room with a few dining tables. Very nostalgic looking like an old school canteen or those sarabat stall
Amazingly, these place was relocated from its original location at Jalan Hang Jebat and the premises was moved piece by piece and restored to 100%. At least, that what these history boards said.
The place served mainly beers where I believe it got its fame as a place to chill out. It also serves food – the ubiquitous Western food cooked the local Hainanese style as well as local zhi-zhar food. By and large, the food served remind me of the Western food served at those Western food outlets at our hawker centre and Hans.
The serving are quite standard. But the prices are not. The zhi-zhar prices per dishes ranges from $7 to $9. The above sirloin steak cost $22.90 and the grilled chicken which the ladies claimed was more fried than grilled cost $11.00. For a place without aircon, it is pretty pricey. And how about taste? Let’s put it that way – I tasted much better similar food at hawker centre for half the price. And if I have to pay so much for these type of standard, I might as well go to Hans.
The only saving grace was the large selection of beer from all over the world.
We had 2.I supposed it is a pretty cool place to unwind after a hard day work and relaxed with the gentle breeze but definitely not the place to go if you hanker for a good dinner.
Tagged with: Colbar