Dilmah t-Lounge

62/2 Block B, Chatham Street, Colombo 



Posted by · Last updated on 5 July 2013


Dilmah has opened a charming tea lounge in the shadow of Dutch Hospital. They're not fully operational yet (no liquor license for the tea cocktails) but serve a range of hot and cold teas and bites.

Despite being a tea-addicted country, Sri Lanka has very few tea bars. Tea is for the home or office, while coffee still dominates for going out. There is the Heladiv Tea Club in the Dutch Hospital itself, but we still welcome Dilmah's venture in the new Fertiliser Building out back. For one thing, they have interesting tea cocktails (liquor license pending). They also have a range of bites and drinks and no competition from coffee houses in the Dutch Hospital area (excluding the World Trade Center). Plus Dilmah has generally intelligent design and thoughtful blends of tea.

The Food

We tried one hot and one cold tea - the Silver Tips White Tea (Rs. 390) and the Prince Of Kandy Lemonade Tea (Rs. 270). Of course, we were most excited about the tea cocktails but liquor license is still pending. We also didn't try the food (crepes, sandwiches, etc), so consider this a preview.

The teas are all good. White tea is a new experience for me at least and it's quite nice, as tea goes. Everything is served elegantly, cubes of sugar, etc. Still, they do need to up the oomph to compete with coffee, and it looks like they have an ambitious menu which is trying. On that note, they also have the best menu we've seen in Sri Lanka, besides perhaps the Manhattan Fish Market. Really thick stock (board really) and bound and laid out like a book.

Location

The location is the thing. The Fertiliser Building is really cool, a welcome addition to the breath of fresh air that was Dutch Hospital. It's beautifully refurbished white colonial architecture. The t-Lounge hasn't messed with the basic structure too much, it's just high shelving and a bar with arching tea boxes filed above. The seating is comfortable coffee house style for about 30 inside.

The highlight is their outdoor seating, which has a stunning view of the World Trade Center and the Dutch Hospital below. And a lonely but handsome tree.

Service

It's still soft opening days and the service is excellent. Waiters are mostly girls and they seem well trained and helpful.

Overall

Whether tea bars can compete with coffee shops is an open question, but we do like the new t-Lounge very much. There's a range of teas to explore, a thoughtful menu and the location is fantastic. Well worth a look.


Tips

Check out the outdoor section, view is amazing.



Comments

  • sajithsw

    Visited the place. I was shock to see the wonders that tea could do. All these days we knew only the bed tea and the evening tea. But here you get mad the varieties you have hot and cold tea. The menu is a book it's not a card and its very educative on giving the history of tea. The Service was excellent I must say the BEST. more over the location fantastic. A place no one should miss and I am quite sure if you visit this place you will never go for Coffee again.

    5 July 2013
  • Sujeewa

    We visited about a week ago and had a great experience tasting teas and having some interesting t-shakes. Will certainly visit again and a great place to introduce visitors to the teas of Sri Lanka!

    7 July 2013
  • Kam

    Just a suggestion: Might not be a bad idea to invest in a wide angle lens for your photos. Since you are reviewing things and places, you need to get a lot of things in one shot.

    8 July 2013
  • cardriver

    can you park there?

    17 July 2013
  • indi YAMU Staff

    Word. We try panoramas for wider shots. There is parking

    17 July 2013
  • Dilanjan

    A referral to Yamu on an article by Aussie/Sri Lankan Chef Peter Kuruvita : ) http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/the-insiders-colombo-sri-lanka/story-e6frg8rf-1226698005841

    21 August 2013
  • malakamp

    must go place. amazing ambience, food and of course tea! can park either on chatham street or behind dutch hospital

    25 August 2013
  • Dilly

    Absolutely Love this place…Great concept… Nice styling…Best Tea and Good Food…Hats off to Dilmah

    29 August 2013
  • Jith

    A nice place, awe struck by the works they do with tea. Service is really good. Girls really know what they do. Food is good

    27 September 2013
  • Angel

    I was delighted with the complimentary tisanes we were given, and the vanilla tea-shake was just awesome!

    29 September 2013
  • T

    The ambiance is lovely. Food (crepes) are very good though a bit too expensive Rs.500-700.

    9 October 2013
  • Indika

    Hi all.
    Thanks for all the lovely comments. Waruna and I designed the place.
    My number is 0777766356 and Waruna's is +94 (77) 744 6391.
    He is also a fantastic architectural photographer with the best of cameras and should have some great shots if you like.

    9 November 2013
  • MathishaDeSilva

    Loved the tea!! Loved the place… Loved the atmosphere… most of all- loved their pancakes!!
    tip- Try the plain milk tea :)

    15 November 2013
  • vindya

    a definite must-go. absolutely love the place <3

    25 November 2013
  • Namz

    Great place with a lovely view of WTC from the court yard. However its not suitable for a large group but ideal place for a long chat with small group of friends.

    15 January 2014
  • Lulu

    Dropped by this place yesterday with my friends and it was absolutely lovely. The ambiance was stellar. My friends & I could relax & have a chat over a good cup of ice tea. We had the Prince of Kandy ice tea, peppermint ice tea & the lychee & rose tea. The tea was absolutely splendid. It was subtle & not overpowering to the taste buds. Absolutely loved the mute fruity tones. The welcome drink was a surprise & was quite delicious as well.

    On top of that we ordered their minty strawberry crepes, which was to die for. It was like a food party in your mouth.

    I would definitely recommend this place. They have a wide range of teas which pleases my inner tea lover. Next time I would totally try they blueberry & pomegranate tea…

    16 January 2014
  • fdfdfd

    dfjdklfjdlkfjkdlfdgfg

    20 February 2014
  • Pubudu

    I love this place. I didn't know there is a place like this for Tea in Colombo. Great environment and… experience with different types of tea is amazing. Everyone might not like because this is specifically for tea lovers.

    24 February 2014
  • CdS

    After an unplanned cultural morning in Colombo (to the under appreciated and sadly empty of patrons Sapumal Foundation and then to the beautifully restored Central Point building), we eagerly stopped for tea at the highly recommended Dilmah Tea Lounge. At first, our party of four enthusiastically made our beverage choices and enthused about the contemporary setting. After a 30 minute wait, the tin kiri tea arrived. It took a further 10 minutes before the iced tea arrived without any apology. The location, the feel and the tea were all good but not good enough to endure the extreme delay in serving Sri Lanka's most common beverage.

    16 March 2014
  • Blissfulspirit

    Love this place:)

    11 September 2014

Rating


None

1

2

3

4

5

Tip: Login with Facebook to get your comment approved instantly

Login with Facebook




Foursquare Tips

  • Ovi: The prices are very economical. Loved the ham & cheese crepe & the ginger iced tea. Ambience is great too!
  • Sachini: Very impressed by the attention to detail, a rarity in Sri Lanka. Extensive tea menu and the friendly staff will help you navigate your way through it.
  • Dilhan: Minted strawberry filled crepes with Dilmah Caramel Tea ... Yum! Now serving at the t-Lounge on Chatham Street.
  • Travis: Sandwiches are quite tasty with adequate portions
  • Gaj: This modern take on the tin-kiri tea of my childhood did not disappoint. Comes with a wonderfully moist piece of almond cake. Also try the Watte series, especially the Made Watte
  • Jamie: The Grilled Zucchini, Bell Pepper and Caramelized Onion Crepe is fantastic.
  • Suranthe: Crepes and tea... love coming here to get some reading or work done


Places Nearby