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: 32, Walukarama Road, Colombo 3
Tel: 94  (0)716 888777
Hours: Noon to 3 pm and 7 pm to midnight
Cuisine: Casual Dining, Halal
Price: Inexpensive  

Overall: 3  Food Quality: 4  Service: 3.5  Ambience: 2.5 

The Sizzle gives diners a unique experience. Almost all items on their menu are served on sizzling hot plates, even the desserts!! The Sizzle is conveniently located in a quiet street in Central Colombo housed in an old converted house. It has many nooks and crannies and some rooms which affords diners all the privacy they need.

The restaurant serves Halal food and does not serve pork-based dishes or liquor. Their drinks menu features a good selection of mocktails and some milkshakes.

All the main meals come on sizzling platters and feature a wide choice including steak, mutton, lamb, chicken, seafood, fish and vegetarian. These platters are served with your choice of starch (french-fries, mashed potato, baked potato, potato wedges), carbs (rice, noodles, pasta) and sauces (pepper, garlic, tomato, hot chilli, asparagus, sweet and sour, ginger, oyster).

There is a separate menu for kids, several lunch time specials and even sizzling biriyanis. The main meal comes in a choice of small and regular. The regular portion is quite filling. If you are planning on having a starter and dessert, we recommend you selecting the small main meal. Most of the starters are also sizzler platters. In addition there are a few soups and seafood and other cocktails. The sizzling desserts are a real treat – there are cheesecakes, lemon meringue, brownies and a date crème brulee, just to name a few, all served with ice cream.

The Sizzle can seat 85 persons. The interior, whilst very comfortable and roomy has very drab decor. The service is quite good. All in all, a great place to go out with friends and family.   


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