Location: 11, Galle Face Court 2, Colombo 3
Tel: .94 (0)11 2307056
Hours: 12 noon to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm (6 pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)
Cuisine: German, Pub 
Price: Moderate

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

The Bavarian, situated close to many of the leading hotels in Colombo, serves German food. It is the oldest and best German restaurant on the Island. The Bavarian has been in operation for a long time, and has undergone several ownership changes together with name changes over this period. It is located close to a high security area, and therefore a bit difficult to get to. There is parking available. After a recent refurbishment, the restaurant has a very pleasant and cosy interior. The Bavarian has a very small bar area and can seat about 85 persons for dining.

The menu is very extensive and the portions are very generous. There are plenty of meat, seafood and vegetarian main dishes, in addition to an extensive selection of appetizers, soups, snacks and desserts. The steaks (rump, pepper and fillet) are real hits. Some of the customer favourites are; Weiner Schnitzel (crumb fried escalope of pork), Schweineschinitzel (Cordon Bleu with Pork), roasted pork knuckles, grilled seer fish, crumb fried medallion of seer fish, Bratwurst sausages with Sauer Kraut and their mixed grill A ’la Bavarian.

A bites menu is available for those who want something to munch on whilst having a drink. This menu features chicken skewers, shredded spicy pepper beef, spicy potato wedges, barbequed chicken wings, frankfurters, beef sausages and much more. The pub has a good selection of beers, and their bar is well stocked.

The service is prompt and good, and everyone at the Bavarian is very friendly. The Bavarian is a great place to go with friends and family, or even on your own.


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.


    Casual Dining
    Moderately Priced
    Overall Rating 3
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