Location: 69, Hyde Park Corner, Colombo 2
Tel: .94 (0)11 7219169
Hours: 10 am to 10 pm  (Friday and Saturday up to 11 pm)
Cuisine: Fusion, Casual Dining, Halal 
Price: Inexpensive

Overall: 4  Food Quality: 4.5  Service: 3.5  Ambience: 4 

The Urban Kitchen brings a unique concept of dining to Sri Lanka. It is part restaurant and part food court. The owners refer to the concept as the ”food factory concept”. The facility is large and can seat 250, 180 of the seats indoors in air-conditioned comfort. The indoor area is very bright, very comfortable and tastefully decorated.

The Urban Kitchen is inexpensive. Considering what one gets, the value preposition is superb. The staff are very friendly, well trained and makes you feel at home as soon as you walk in. The waiting time after ordering the food is a bit too much. This is something the management is addressing at present.

All meats at the Urban Kitchen are Halal-based. They do not serve pork or liquor. The focus is very much on healthy food.  At lunch time in addition to the a-la-carte menu, diners have a choice of having either a Sri Lankan or Chinese meal, both laid out buffet-style. The menu is extensive and very inexpensive. It is divided into Asian, pasta, grilled items, sandwiches, salads, kids menu and desserts. The Asian section features Sri Lankan, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian cuisine. The choices are many, and there is bound to be something in the menu to satisfy everyone’s taste. Seafood Laksa, vegetarian Laksa, hot lamb baguette, steak sandwich, flame-grilled chicken salad, pan-seared modha  (white fish) and chicken Char Kway Teow are examples of some of the attractive dishes available.

The Urban Kitchen is located in the property of a mega-store and the whole locality is quite busy during the day. However at night time things quieten down considerably. Whatever time you get in, once you are in, the atmosphere is quite pleasant, peaceful and comfortable. There is plenty of parking available in the premises.

We highly recommend the Urban Kitchen as a great place where you get real value for the money you spend. It is ideal for a family outing.


 

Location: 50/1 Park Street, Colombo 2
Tel: .94 (0)11 2300133
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm  
Cuisine: Fusion, Semi Fine Dining 
Price: Moderate



Overall: 4  Food Quality: 5  Service: 4.5  Ambience: 4.5 

Opened at the beginning of 2009, the Park Street Mews is a super place to have a really great dining experience. The restaurant is located at a very central part of Colombo. The street it is located on is not that busy, and gets really quiet at night time. Parking is not a problem, especially at night time.

The Park Street Mews is very spacious and can seat between 80 to 100 persons. Although not air-conditioned, the very high ceiling makes it very airy and pleasant. It has one air-conditioned room which can easily seat about 10 people for private dining. At present the Park Street Mews does not serve liquor. It is unique, in that it also doubles up as a shop that sells high end furniture, lamp shades and wood carvings. The interior is very tastefully decorated and exudes a very cosy and calming atmosphere. The restaurant is a WIFI hot-spot for those who want to bring their laptops along.

The food is excellent and the service is superb. Staff-members are always around, very friendly and obviously well trained. It is a pleasure to dine at the Park Street Mews. The fusion food menu, whilst not extensive, offers enough variety to the discerning diner. The spaghetti with tomato and seafood I had was divine. They have some very interesting items such as roasted pork loin, seared yellow fin tuna steak, feta and lime marinated chicken breast, NZ rack of lamb, Australian fillet steak, Australian sirloin steak and potato Gnocchi on spinach with blue cheese sauce.

The Park Street Mews offers great food presented in a novel concept, at a location which has subdued lighting, plenty of open space and a cool ambience - ideal for a memorable dining experience.


 

Location: 34, Queens Road, Colombo 3
Tel: .94 (0)11 2501384
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm
Cuisine: Casual Dining, Pub, Fusion 
Price: Moderate


Overall: 4  Food Quality: 4  Service: 3.5  Ambience: 4 

The Cricket Club is one of the most popular pubs/restaurants in this cricket-crazy country. The theme of the entire place is the gentlemen’s game called “cricket”. Autographed cricketing memorabilia adorn the walls and there are TVs in all areas showing live and recorded cricket matches. For cricketing enthusiasts the memorabilia on display include Shane Warne’s hatrick ball, Arjuna Ranatunge’s sweater, Sir Donald Bradman’s blazer, bats used by Alan Border, Ian Botham and Graham Gooch, balls used by Dennis Lillee, Kapil Dev and Curtly Ambrose and famous umpire Dicky Bird’s hat, to name a few. Sri Lanka’s cricketers are often seen dining at the Cricket Club, and whenever there is a visiting team in the country, members of the tour party usually drop in at the Club whenever they are in Colombo. 

The restaurant, located very centrally in the city, is a converted house which is very spacious and can easily handle more than 100 dining guests. There are tables set out in the garden too. The pub, named Bradman’s Bar, can easily handle more than 75 people and is always busy. The service becomes a bit slow when the place is very busy. However, the staff-members are very friendly and attentive, and generally the service they provide is good. 

The choice of food is very extensive with separate menus for soups, salads, pastas, wraps (only available between 11 am and 5 pm), burgers, pies, vegetarian dishes, grills, seafood and chicken. They do not serve pork. Although the restaurant is not halal certified, the food they serve is halal-based. If your budget allows it do try the daily specials which appear on the blackboard - they are generally delicious. They also have a delightful collection of juices, smoothies, sundaes, ice creams and desserts. The choice for the thirsty is very wide with a good collection of beers, cocktails and other liquor-based drinks on offer. The wine collection is limited and a bottle of wine will cost upwards of USD 30. 

Most of items on the menu are named after famous cricketers. Nasser’s Napolitana, Pollock’s Parmagiana, Sobers Stir Fry, Jayasuriya’s Triple Century, Sachin’s Sausages and Mash, Donald’s Deluxe Burger, De Silva’s Colombo Burger, Boycott’s Beef Stroganoff, Marvan’s Magic Mousse and Mahela’s Matriciana are some of the delicious dishes available. 

The Cricket Club is a fun place and is well worth a visit.


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