Coco Steamboat along Old Klang Road is always packed with people – a sign that the food must be good. Or so I thought. You’re encouraged to make a reservation, or risk waiting for a table to free up. The place is huge and sits easily 1,000 pax at once; maybe more.
The place is known for its pork knuckle broth (RM20.90), both milky and relatively thicker than the clear soup base, and you can choose to order the steamboat items a la carte or in a set. We opted for the latter (RM89.90) for a superior beef set that is large enough for 3 pax and added on a platter of pork slices (RM12.90) and some deep fried fish skin (RM7.90) to snack on.
As the place is significantly larger than their first outlet in Old Klang Road, service was rather poor. It was difficult to order or get the staff’s attention, and our drinks took ages to arrive. My advice would be to order at one go, rather than add ons because you might end up feeling frustrated when your food doesn’t arrive.
The soup was delicious no doubt, and the ingredients added more flavour to the broth. Some people might find the soup too rich for their liking, but I like it this way. Until I got really thirsty towards the end of the meal. Obviously, they didn’t skimp on the MSG. :(
While the food was quite good, I didn’t like the after effect of drinking the soup. Food was reasonably priced considering the amount we ordered (our bill came up to RM158 for 3 pax inclusive of drinks), but I would think twice about going back as I find Coco Steamboat somewhat overrated.
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I found the steamboat pretty good, but they use quite a bit of MSG.
No. 1 Batu 4 3/4,
Jalan Kelang Lama,
58200, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 019-277 6596