Dilmah t-Lounge

62/2 Block B, Chatham Street, Colombo


The Dilmah t-Lounge has been around for a couple of years, and has been pretty consistent in terms of food and service throughout. We've reviewed their Chatham Street outlet once before, but given the passage of time since Indi last reviewed it, we revisited the place to see what's changed.

Food and Service

It's exciting to have places dedicated to tea, especially when coffee shops are blooming in every part of Colombo. The t-Lounge offers you a variety of tea shakes, tea mocktails, iced teas, and your regular cuppa tea. We went for the stuff you wouldn't get in your average thé-kadey or at home (unless you prepared it elaborately), and ordered a Cinnamon Ice Cream T-Shake (Rs. 390), a Prince of Kandy Lemonade Tea (Rs. 390), a Minty Oolong (Rs. 550) and a dessert – the Caramel Chocolate (Rs. 100).

(Left to right - the Cinnamon Ice Cream T-Shake, Prince of Kandy Lemonade Tea, Minty Oolong)

The Cinnamon Ice Cream T-Shake was heavenly. Garnished with a stick of cinnamon, this vanilla ice cream shake combined with Dilmah's Cinnamon Spice tea was the bomb. It was milky, creamy, and had a strong hit of cinnamon. It was served quite cold as well, making it the perfect drink for a hot day.

Next on the list was the Prince of Kandy Lemonade Tea. The kahata was strong in this one. I personally thought it would be better if it was a bit less astringent, but then again, that's just me. Sadly, though, the lemon flavour didn't really come through, so that was a bit of a disappointment. To put the taste in perspective, this tasted like a really strong plain tea you'd brew at home.

The Minty Oolong was a happy drink. It was light and bubbly from the grenadine mixed in, with a discernible minty flavour. 

Despite its measly size, the Chocolate Caramel Square was a delightful little dessert. It was crunchy and salty, and tasted quite, quite nice. Our only complaint was the size for the price. This small chunk that was about the size of a milk-toffee cost a hundred bucks.

The service at t-Lounge is on point. The staff are friendly, helpful, and prompt. Combined with good food and ambience, it is a sure formula to success.


This is a pretty chilled-out place. There are a lot of low-slung couches and tables, and a couple of comfy settees towards the end of the room. It's a spacious and cozy space with a quirky interior. There's a wall made of shelves filled with knick-knacks, and another wall/shelf with rectangular slots filled with caddies of tea. It's a great spot to have a quiet read, an evening out with a close group of friends, or simply to get some work done.


If you want a change from the coffee shops and would like to try some awesome varieties of tea, this is the place for you. They've also got a range of snacks, including crepes, waffles, sandwiches, and desserts like brownies, if you want something more substantial.



Check out the outdoor section, the view is amazing.
Posted by on 05 July 2013
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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.


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.


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


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.
Posted by on 10 July 2013
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ඩච් හොස්පිටල් ආසන්නයේ කදිම ඩිල්මා තේ හලක් විවෘත කර ඇත. එය තවමත් ටී කොක්ටේල් සඳහා සැරබීම බලපත්‍ර නොමැති නිසා විවිධ වර්ගයේ උණු හා ශීත කළ තේ, බයිට් වර්ග සමග අළෙවි කරයි.

ශ්රී ලංකාව තේ වලට ඇබ්බැහි වූ රටක් නමුදු මෙහි තේ හල් ඇත්තේ ඉතා කුඩා සංඛ්යාවකි. බොහෝ දෙනා සාමාන්යයෙන් නිවසේදී සහ කර්යාලයේදී තේ පානය කරන අතර නිවසින් පිට කෑමකට ගිය විටදී කෝපි පානය කිරීමට රුචියක් දක්වති. ඩච් හොස්පිටල් තුළම හෙලදිව් තේ හලක් තිබුනත් ඊට ආසන්නයෙන් ඇති අළුත් පොහොර ගොඩනැගිල්ලේ ඇති ඩිල්මා තේ හල කදිම තැනකි. එයට එක් හේතුවක් වන්නේ ඔවුන් ළඟ ඇති ටී කොක්ටේල් වර්ග රාශියයි. එහෙත් තවමත් ඔවුන් සැරබීම බලපත්ර බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් සිටිති. ඊට අමත්රව ඔවුන් ළඟ බයිට් වර්ග හා විවිධ බීම වර්ග රාශියක් ඇත. ලෝක වෙළඳ මධ්යස්ථානයෙන් හැරුනකොට ඩච් හොස්පිටල් හි ඩිල්මාට තරගයක් දිය හැකි කෝපි හලක් තවත් නැති තරම්ය. මීට අමතරව ඩිල්මා සතුව ඉතා රසවත් තේ මුසුවන් ඇත.

අප උණු හා ශීත කළ තේ දෙකක් බීවෙමු. සිල්වර් ටිප්ස් වයිට් ටී එකේ මිළ රුපියල් 390කි. ප්‍රින්ස් ඔෆ් කැන්ඩි ලෙමනේඩ් ටී එක රුපියල් 270කි. ටී කොක්ටේල්වලට අපි කොතරම් කැමති වුවත් සැරබීම බලපත්‍රය  තවමත් ඩිල්මාහට නොමැති නිසා ඒ බලාපොරොත්තුව සුන් කර ගැනීමට සිදුවිය. අපි මෙහිදී කෑම කිසිවක් නොකෑ නිසා ඒ ගැන යමක් කිව නොහැක.

ඩිල්මාගේ තේ නම් ඉතාම රසවත්ය. මා මුල්ම වරට රස බැලූ සුදු තේ එක නම් අනර්ඝය. එහෙත් ඩිල්මාට කෝපිහල් සමග තරග කිරීමටනම් තවත් මහන්සි විය යුතුය.

ඩච් හොස්පිටල් එක අසල ඩිල්මා තේ හල පිහිටා තිබෙන නව පොහොර ගොඩනැගිල්ල ඉතා කදිම තැනකි. එය ඉතා දැකුම්කළු ලෙස සුදු අධිරාජ්යවාදීන්ගේ වාස්තු ශිල්පයෙන් හැඩ වැඩ වී අළුත් වැඩියා කොට ඇත. තේ හල, ගොඩනැගිල්ලේ අලංකාරත්වයට හානියක් නොවන සේ ඉදි කර ඇත. තේ හලේ එක විට 30 දෙනෙකුට පමණ සුව පහසුව අසුන් ගත හැක. මෙහි වඩාත්ම ආකර්ෂණීය තැන නම් එළිමහන් ආසන ඇති ප්රදේශයයි. මෙහි සිට ලෝක වෙළඳ මධ්යස්ථානයත්, පහළින් ඩච් හොස්පිටල් එකත් කදිම ලෙස දර්ශනය වේ. මෙහි ඇති තනිවූ එහෙත් අලංකාර ගසක් සුන්දරත්වය වඩාත් වැඩි කරයි.

අළුත් තැනක් නිසාදෝ මෙහි සේවාව අනර්ඝය. බොහෝ ගැහැණු ළමයින් වේටර්වරියන් ලෙස යොදවා ඇති අතර ඉතා සුහදශීලී ඔවුන්  හොඳින් පුහුණු කර ඇති බව පෙනේ.

තේ හල් වලට කෝපි හල් සමග තරග කිරීමට හැකිද යන්න විවෘත ප්‍රශ්නයකි. එහෙත් අපි මේ අළුත් ඩිල්මා තේ හලට ඉතාම කැමැත්තෙමු. මෙහිදී ඔබට රසවත් තේ වර්ග ගණනාවක් රස බැලිය හැකි අතර, කල්පනාකාරීව සැකසූ ආහාර ලයිස්තු වලින් ඔබට අවශ්‍ය දේ ලබා ගත හැකිය. ඒ සියල්ලටම වඩා මෙය පිහිටා ඇත්තේ අලංකාර තැනකය.

මෙම අවන්හලේ එළිමහන් ප්‍රදේශයට ගොඩ වැදී බලන්න. ඉතා මනරම් දර්ශනයක් ඔබට දිස්වේ.

Contact Info
You can walk through Dutch Hospital, out past Taphouse and down the street. From the road, go down York Street past the World Trade Center turn. It's the second road on the left.

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Opening Hours
11 AM–8 PM. Open till 9 PM on Friday and Saturday.
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  • 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.

    05 July 2013 03:39 AM Reply
  • 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!

    07 July 2013 08:12 AM Reply
  • 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.

    08 July 2013 11:39 AM Reply
  • cardriver

    can you park there?

    17 July 2013 05:19 AM Reply
  • indi YAMU STAFF

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

    17 July 2013 05:32 AM Reply
  • 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 12:40 AM Reply
  • malakamp

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

    25 August 2013 05:31 AM Reply
  • Dilly

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

    29 August 2013 12:33 AM Reply
  • 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 04:51 AM Reply
  • Angel

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

    29 September 2013 02:19 AM Reply
  • T

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

    09 October 2013 06:33 AM Reply
  • 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.

    09 November 2013 01:41 AM Reply
  • 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 11:50 AM Reply
  • vindya

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

    24 November 2013 11:31 PM Reply
  • 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 07:44 AM Reply
  • 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 10:36 AM Reply
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  • 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.

    23 February 2014 11:51 PM Reply
  • 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 05:24 AM Reply
  • Blissfulspirit

    Love this place:)

    10 September 2014 09:51 PM Reply
  • Visitor

    Are they open on Sundays?

    30 September 2014 12:43 PM Reply