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    Burger King: Burger King comes to Sri Lanka

    by jo104 Updated May 5, 2015

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    Fast food at its best and so much nicer then MacDonalds which has a few chains in Sri Lanka. I was treated to a meal here by vtér Threshi after telling her that I am mostly restricted to chicken in Kandy and the very occassional mutton briyani. I was bundled off in the car with Treshi and her son who was also excited to try out the new burger king chain.

    We supersized with a double whopper and cheese, large fries and large coke. It was simply delicious sloppy with mayo and absolutely filling. A little more pricey then I expected perhaps this is why it was not so well attended by locals.

    There is a childrens playground and nice toilets. The sound does travel a bit so possibly eating in the courtyard may be a better option.

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    Perera & Sons (P&S): Your friendly neighborhood baker!!!

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    The locals favourite place for fast food and cakes. The food is very cheap and they also cater to parties and functions on request. Have many branches around the country. Very good for a fast snack.

    Favorite Dish: Date Cake

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    Cricket Club Cafe: A great place to dine and watch cricket matches

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Cricket Club Cafe is another very good restaurant to dine in and watch a cricket match. The place is unique and dedicated to Cricket in the world and you can see the theme of the place is Cricket. Even their menu is dedicated to cricket by naming most items with names of popular cricketers in the world. The food and the service is excellent ..

    Favorite Dish: All items in the menu

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    The Coffee Bean: Coffee at its best..

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Coffeebean is one of the best coffee houses in Sri Lanka having their outlets mainly in Colombo. It offers lovely coffee and snacks together with a lovely atmosphere to chill out at their outlets..

    Favorite Dish: Coffee

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    Dinemore: Best for Submarines ..

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Dinemore is one of the best Sri Lankan fast food restaurant which is very famous for its submarine sandwiches. They also also have other food such as pizzas, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Italian and Indian varieties.

    Favorite Dish: Submarines..

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    Dilmah t-Lounge: Tea at it's best

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Dilmah, one of the leading tea companies in Sri Lanka came up with this novel concept of tea lounge where they have the main branch at Chatham Street and few other branches in main shopping malls in the country..they have flavoured tea together with tea from different part of the country and also lovely snacks..

    Favorite Dish: The flavoured tea

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    Dominos: Good Choice for Pizza

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    The second franchise chain of pizzas in the country. The pizzas are extremely good and they have a delivery service as well. Not so popular locally since they do not have many outlets...but the pizzas are really good ..

    Favorite Dish: All Pizzas

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    Pizza Hut: The most famous place for Pizza

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    The only dominating pizza restaurant in the country which provides a wide range of pizzas and pastas. They have an efficient delivery service to some places in the country and have expanded their outlets to more towns.

    Favorite Dish: Chillie Chicken Pizza

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    Crescat Food Court: A decent place for variety of food

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Crestcat food court is a great place to dine if you need variety of food. A huge food collection from local to western and chinese. You can sit and dine but the place can get very crowded at times...

    Favorite Dish: Loved the Indian food there

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    Upali's by Nawaloka: Amazing place for Sri Lankan Food

    by Treshi Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Amazing local food served in a friendly and a sophisticated restaurant. An early reservation maybe required for weekends as the place gets packed up.Highly recommend this place for any Sri Lankan delicacies..

    Favorite Dish: The Fish head and the Crab curry

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    The t Lounge on Chatham Street by Dilmah: Refreshing iced teas near Dutch Hospital

    by SWFC_Fan Written May 18, 2014

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    It was a hot afternoon in Colombo in March 2014. We had just wandered around the markets near Colombo Fort railway station and we were increasingly in need of some respite from the sun. We were looking for a comfortable air-conditioned cafe serving cool, refreshing drinks. That's exactly what we found when we stumbled across The t-Lounge on Chatham Street by Dilmah on the egde of the city's trendy Dutch Hospital district.

    Inside, we found a cosy and relaxed atmosphere, a modern tea house with comfortable chairs, friendly staff and a long menu of exotic sounding iced teas and "t-mocktails". Large bookshelves lined one of the walls, giving the place the feel of a peaceful bookshop cafe. As well as books, those shelves contained colourful tins of tea and other tea merchandise which I assume can be purchased from the cafe.

    As we studied the menu, a friendly waitress brought us complimentary shot glasses of tea and explained to us what it was. It was carrot and honey iced tea, complete with a stick of carrot in the glass, and it was very refreshing!

    The menu contained lots of different Sri Lankan teas (with in depth descriptions of each one), as well as cakes, crepes, sandwiches and other light meals. However, we focused predominantly on the cool iced teas and t-mocktails sections.

    It was difficult to choose – they all sounded so good; Chilled Cinnamon, Prince of Kandy Lemonade tea, Ginger Fizz, Natural Vanilla, Moroccan Mint, Sweet Rose, Minty Oolong, Cinnamon Orange...

    I eventually opted for:

    First Ceylon Blast - 330 Rs / £1.65

    Chosen from the t-mocktails section and described on the menu thus:

    "The fruit notes of apple juice combined with the tangy taste of grapefruit served with Dilmah t-series First Ceylon Oolong and a touch of grenadine, topped with two red cherries and a wedge of pineapple".

    It was served ice cold, was very sweet and really refreshing. It came with only one red cherry though, and a slice of orange rather than a wedge of pineapple.

    Emma opted for:

    Prince of Kandy Iced Tea - 270 Rs / £1.35

    Chosen from the Iced Teas section and described as:

    "A delicate iced tea with a golden infusion and light flavour of Prince of Kandy tea".

    It was served in an unusual shaped glass jar, topped with a large block of ice, a sliced lemon and two red cherries. It was as cool and refreshing as my tea was – just what we were looking for!

    The service was slow (we waited a long while between ordering our teas and receiving them and the cafe wasn't busy at all), but we weren't in a rush and it was worth the wait in the end.

    A huge selection of Sri Lankan teas, with a particularly impressive array of refreshing iced teas and mocktails. A fairly upmarket tea house on the edge of the trendy Dutch Hospital district. Cool and comfortable, peaceful and relaxing. Highly recommended!

    The t Lounge on Chatham Street by Dilmah, Colombo Inside The t Lounge on Chatham Street by Dilmah Carrot and Honey Iced Tea @ The t Lounge

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    Bubble Queen: Bubble Teas on Galle Road

    by SWFC_Fan Written May 18, 2014

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    We first discovered Bubble Tea during a visit to Ho Chi Minh City in May 2013. Since then, Emma has become particularly fond of it (and I quite like it!) and we have sought out Bubble Tea cafes on our subsequent trips.

    Prior to visiting Colombo in March 2014, we did a search for Bubble Tea cafes on Google Maps and were pleased to see that the first result, for Bubble Queen, was located just a few metres from the hotel that we were staying at – Casa Colombo on Galle Road in the Colombo 4 (Bambalapitiya) district of the city. We visited Bubble Queen a couple of times during our stay.

    Bubble Queen is a basic cafe with a few tables and chairs in a cool and airy dining room. It offers a long list of Bubble Teas, fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, soft drinks, ice creams, coffees and a few snacks (such as french fries, spicy wedges and fried chicken).

    Bubble Teas are available in small (from 120 Rs / £0.60) and regular (up to 260 Rs / £1.30) sizes. There are fruity teas and milky teas to choose from, hot and cold teas, and you can add flavoured jelly, taro balls or popping balls (thinner taro balls filled with mango, lychee, blueberry, green apple, passionfruit juice).

    On our first visit, I had a refreshing cold lychee tea filled with taro balls (210 Rs / £1.00) and Emma had a very sweet and milky strawberry tea also filled with taro balls (260 Rs / £1.30). We shared a plate of garlic crackers (120 Rs / £0.60); like prawn crackers but with a strong taste of garlic and sprinkled over with hot paprika and served with a dish of chilli sauce.

    On our second visit, I had a milky chocolate tea filled with chocolate flavoured taro balls (250 Rs / £1.25) and Emma had a lychee tea filled with mango popping balls (240 Rs / £1.20).

    A large selection of refreshing Bubble Teas on Galle Road!

    Bubble Queen, Galle Road, Colombo Bubble Queen, Galle Road, Colombo Lychee and Strawberry Bubble Teas @ Bubble Queen Chocolate Bubble Tea @ Bubble Queen, Colombo Garlic Crackers @ Bubble Queen, Colombo

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    T-Republic: Refreshing ice teas @ Casa Colombo

    by SWFC_Fan Written May 17, 2014

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    T-Republic is one of the three eating and drinking establishments located within the grounds of Casa Colombo hotel; the others being HVN Restaurant and Zaza Bar. All three establishments are open to non-guests of the hotel.

    T-Republic enjoys a lovely outdoor setting, in a quiet corner facing the facade of the impressive historic mansion in which Casa Colombo hotel is housed. It is just metres from the bustling Galle Road, but feels like the proverbial oasis of calm in a hectic city.

    It features comfortable, cushioned seats, many of which are shaded from the intense sun by a canopy of overhead trees. If you choose a table by the edge of the terrace, you will find yourself sitting next to an ornamental pond with water lilies and koi carp. All very tranquil!

    There is an impressive selection of drinks available, hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with a particularly good selection of teas.

    I would particularly recommend the ice teas (250 Rs / £1.25 each) – served in tall glasses with plenty of ice – very refreshing on a hot Colombo afternoon. We sampled the Cinnamon and Ginger varieties during our stay. Other flavours include Vanilla, Moroccan Mint, Jasmine and Chamomile.

    T-Republic is also a great place to enjoy breakfast. You can choose from platters of exotic fruit, croissants, pastries, eggs, sausages, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and traditional Sri Lankan breakfast items such as hoppers, string hoppers and kiribath – all served with hot curries and spicy coconut sambal. Our excellent breakfast was included in our room rate, but it can also be purchased by non-guests.

    Refreshing ice teas and delicious breakfasts in the idyllic surroundings of Casa Colombo!

    T-Republic @ Casa Colombo Comfortable, shaded seating at T-Republic The idyllic setting of T-Republic @ Casa Colombo The idyllic setting of T-Republic @ Casa Colombo Cinnamon Ice Tea from T-Republic @ Casa Colombo

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    HVN Restaurant @ Casa Colombo: Delicious food in chic surroundings!

    by SWFC_Fan Written May 17, 2014

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    HVN Restaurant is located within Casa Colombo hotel, but is also open to non-guests. It is located just off Galle Road in the Colombo 4 (Bambalapitiya) district.

    We ate there twice during our short stay at Casa Colombo; first we had lunch from the tapas menu and then we had a 3 course evening meal from the main menu.

    The prices are undoubtedly high by Sri Lankan standards, but are still very reasonable compared to those in the UK. This might explain why the restaurant was never very busy during our stay; we had the whole dining room to ourselves at lunch and there was only one other couple (also hotel guests) eating there in the evening.

    We had hoped to eat al fresco (in the comfy seating area of the hotel's T-Republic cafe), but at lunch time the overhead sun would have been overbearing and in the evening it had started to rain. So we ate both meals in the cool, air-conditioned dining room. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the decor is a mix of traditional (ornately carved ceilings in what was once the Grand Hall of the mansion) and modern chic (with designer chairs). One wall is dominated by a large painting of what I took to be "Heaven" and which the hotel's website describes as "Rishis meditating in the clouds". There is also a huge ceiling fan which spans almost the whole width of the dining room.

    Lunch

    At the time of our visit, HVN was offering a special lunch time deal of any beef tapas dish (there were several to choose from) and a glass of red wine for 900 Rs (£4.50) plus taxes and service charge. It would have been good value given the usual price of wine in the restaurant, but we decided instead to choose a selection of dishes from the standard tapas menu.

    There were 14 dishes on the tapas menu; a mixture of seafood (grilled octopus, calamari, tuna, sea bass, anchovies and shrimps), meat (beef kebabs, mutton cigars, chicken lollipops and chicken liver pate) and vegetarian (mushroom and artichoke empanadas with pesto, mini cheddar choux buns) dishes.

    We opted for:

    Firecracker Shrimp in Chilli Dressing - 600 Rs / £3.00

    A delicious dish with around half a dozen shrimps in a spicy chilli dressing served on a bed of salad leaves and topped with tomato and cress. Similar to a prawn cocktail – but with added spice! Presentation is clearly important at HVN; the plate on which my dish stood was liberally dotted with fruit coulis and the dish itself was stood on a thin layer of mashed potatoes (a fact that I wouldn't even have noticed had Emma not pointed it out to me!).

    Roast Beef Kebabs in Ginger Coriander Marinade - 350 Rs / £1.75

    Two skewers each containing three succulent cubes of beef, onions and red and green peppers. The accompanying bowl of ginger and coriander "marinade" was nice enough, but not as nice as the sweeter, stickier ginger and coriander "salsa" that accompanied the chicken lollipops.

    Chicken Lollipops served with Ginger & Coriander Salsa - 450 Rs / £2.25

    Five chicken drumsticks in breadcrumbs served with red, green and yellow peppers and a small dish of delicious ginger and coriander salsa.

    Mini Cheddar Choux Buns - 450 Rs / £2.25

    Five small cheese-filled pastries, drizzled in pesto and topped with cress.

    All of the food was well presented, tasty and good value for money. The tapas menu proved to be ideal for the light lunch that we were looking for.

    We steered clear of alcohol at lunch time and opted for something more refreshing.

    I had:

    Ginger Ice Tea - 250 Rs / £1.25

    Served in a tall glass with plenty of ice. It was cool, refreshing and had a strong taste of ginger to it.

    Emma had:

    Orange & Ginger Fizz - 350 Rs / £1.75

    A cool, refreshing orange juice with pieces of ginger in it.

    After government taxes and a 10% service charge, our total bill was 3,044 Rs (around £15) for 4 tapas dishes and 2 drinks – good value for money in our book!

    Evening Meal

    We returned the same evening for a more substantial meal. We booked (via our Casa Domo, or butler, Gayan) a table for 9pm. We needn't have made a reservation as there was only one other couple dining there that evening.

    The menu was very extensive and contained lots of creative dishes. Soups included roast tomato, Sri Lankan curry prawn bisque, and coconut, lemongrass and chicken, while the selection of entrees included grilled calamari rings, shredded buffalo mozzarella, seared tuna sashimi, and vegetarian options featuring pasta, aubergine, mushrooms and artichokes.

    The choice of main meals included seafood (tuna steak, confit of salmon, Arrack-flamed jumbo prawns, lobster...), meat dishes (beef fillet steak, chicken leg and breast, New Zealand rack of lamb...) and Sri Lankan specialities such as Kottu Roti and, of course, curry and rice.

    As we perused the menu, we ordered our drinks (a 750ml bottle of Lion lager (470 Rs / £2.35) for me and a Cinnamon Ice Tea (250 Rs / £1.25) for Emma). We were also presented with a complimentary basket of toasted bread fingers and two dips; one was tomato with chilli, which was supposedly medium spiced, but was spicy even for me, and the other was a much cooler coconut and mint dip which was an excellent contrast to the chilli. We soon polished off the bread fingers and they were immediately replenished by the very attentive waiters.

    The waiters continued to be very attentive throughout our meal. They regularly topped up our glasses of mineral water when they could see that they were getting low and they frequently (but not annoyingly so) enquired as to how we were enjoying our meal. They also got Emma a replacement Cinnamon Ice Tea (and then a complimentary Ginger Ice Tea) as they thought the first one contained too much ice.

    Emma took advantage of a wine tasting offer that was advertised inside the menu. You could sample shots of wine (minimum 3 shots) for just 100 Rs (£0.50) each. Emma chose 3 from the Nederburg Wine Master's selection; a 2011 Chardonnay, a 2012 Riesling and a 2011 Special Late Harvest.

    I started with:

    Coconut Crusted Tiger Prawns with Sweet Chilli Sauce - 650 Rs / £3.25

    Four large prawns in a very tasty coconut and breadcrumb coating, served with cherry tomatoes (doused in balsamic vinegar) and cress and a bowl of chilli sauce. Very nice! The presentation was again key. This time, there were three strands of uncooked spaghetti balancing atop the prawns. Emma suggested that it was just for show, but I nibbled away at them regardless.

    Emma started with:

    Shredded Roast Beef & Gotukola Mango Salad with Tamarind Dressing - 650 Rs / £3.25

    A plate of salad leaves, shreds of tender roast beef and mango. Having now Googled "Gotu Kola" it seems to be the green plant that I have incorrectly been referring to as "cress" throughout this review! Sorry about that! Feel free to go back and replace my cress references with Gotu Kola if it bothers you.

    For my main, I ordered:

    The Casa Kottu Roti with Grilled Garlic Prawns - 800 Rs / £4.00

    A freshly prepared and chopped up roti mixed with vegetables, egg, curry sauce and topped with half a dozen large prawns with their tails still attached. There was an accompanying dish of garlic sauce. The prawns were delicious and, while the Kottu Roti itself was very tasty, it was also a bit stodgy and heavygoing, and I slightly regretted ordering it – but I was determined to sample this Sri Lankan speciality while in Colombo!

    Emma ordered:

    Ginger & Lemongrass Chicken Fillet with Coconut Risotto and Mango Salsa - 900 Rs / £4.50

    Emma really enjoyed this dish. It was very well presented, with a succulent chicken breast sat on top of a heap of milky coconut rice with accompanying salad leaves, pineapple and mango salsa.

    We could just about manage desserts...and the selection looked pretty mouthwatering! Choices included rhubarb crumble, hot chocolate cake, roti rolls filled with chilli salted caramel, cashew nuts and vanilla ice cream, and deconstructed tiramisu.

    I opted for:

    Arrack-Flamed Pineapple with Creme Brulee Topping - 450 Rs / £2.25

    Lots of small chunks of pineapple cooked in the strong Sri Lankan spirit, Arrack (produced from coconut sap), topped with creme brulee, crystallised sugar, a fruity sauce and half a strawberry. Nice!

    Emma had:

    Belgian Chocolate Empanadas with Strawberry Coulis and Orange Crisps - 400 Rs / £2.00

    Two pastries (like small Cornish pasties) filled with a warm chocolate sauce, topped with icing sugar and drizzled with droplets of strawberry coulis. The "orange crisps" proved to be a solitary grilled slice of orange. Emma enjoyed it!

    Our final bill, after taxes and a 10% service charge, was 6,259 Rs – roughly £30 – or £15 each – for 3 delicious courses and drinks. Perhaps expensive by Sri Lankan standards, but very good value for money compared to prices back home.

    Delicious, creative food in chic surroundings. Plenty of choice, including Sri Lankan specialities, and good portion sizes. Friendly, attentive staff. Highly recommended!

    HVN Restaurant, Casa Colombo Firecracker Shrimp at HVN Restaurant Chicken Lollipops at HVN Restaurant Coconut Crusted Tiger Prawns at HVN Restaurant The Casa Kottu Roti at HVN Restaurant

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    Cricket Club: Burgers Salads wraps and more

    by jo104 Updated Feb 15, 2014

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    The pub is filled with cricket memorabilia it has an inside and outside eating area as well as a designated smoking room. They offer a range of different lagers on tap and bottled.

    On my last visit I met up with Britta & Nath who are living in Colombo and involved in the fashion and artitectural industry. We sat outside and enjoyed a excellent lunch and chat. Britta had a large greek salad and even though she said she was not hungry it was all gobbled up I was hoping for some feta cheese, Oh well never mind. Nath had the lamb wrap and I enjoyed a burger although it is a little smaller then the last time I was here.

    Its open daily 11am to 11pm and has tv screens for cricket matches.

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