Milk & Honey Cafe

12 Barnes Place Colombo 7

By Khema

Hidden behind a kindergarten on Barnes Place, Milk and Honey remains one of Colombo’s better kept secrets. Patronised largely by Colombo’s expat and yoga sets, the quiet cafe serves up some of the best vegetarian food in the city.

Unlike the city's other vegetarian offerings (largely south indian, largely ghee laden), Milk and Honey fills a niche in serving up health conscious offerings. But don't let that put you off.

While the menu consists of suspiciously healthful sounding concoctions, the food is mostly very good. The beetroot fallafel wrap (Rs 400, made using a home-made wholemeal tortilla) is excellent, and the flavours- beautifully balanced. Other offerings include the tomato and aubergine pasta, which was light and clearly made using well chosen produce, and the spicy roast pumpkin paneer wrap (Rs 400), which, while tasty, fell short of expectations (sadly under-seasoned).

Also worth perusing is the list of fresh juices and smoothies. I sampled the beetroot, carrot and apple juice (Rs 280), unexpectedly enjoyable, and savoured the mango, pineapple and ginger smoothie (twice). Made without added sugar, and using unsweetened yoghurt, these won't be to everyone's taste - but the combinations are carefully selected and even Colombo's sugar-addicted should find these refreshing.

Milk and Honey’s honeyed (literally) desserts, are surprisingly satisfying, and I believe there are even some vegan options (date and raisin bars?). The rhubarb and ginger cake was delightful, as was the jaggery cake. The jaggery sweetened brownie (Rs 280), though disappointingly un-chocolate-y, has potential, and was texturally far better than many of the crumbling brownies found in the city.

I’ve heard the décor described as kindergarten inspired, which would be fitting given that Milk and Honey Café is attached to Milk – a children’s book store which houses an excellent collection of children’s books. That being said, the décor – white washed wooden tables and comfortably cushioned garden seats, while simple, is not un-chic.

In a city lacking for vegetarian options, it’s surprising that Milk and Honey isn’t better known: light on your waist and on your wallet- it’s worth a try even for those of carnivorous appetite.


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  • Jayani

    I read this review and being a vegetarian myself, I was excited to try out Milk and honey. The verdict: Below average. I think the prices are steep. I had a pesto, tomato, "rocket leaves" and mozzarella wrap. Probably healthy, but didn't taste good. Instead of rocket leaves, it was packed with lettuce and the pesto was runny and tasted medicinal. However, the mushroom and cream cheese focaccia sandwich was alright, but wasn't worth 450 considering it was just 'normal' mushrooms and the cream cheese probably being ricotta.

    14 February 2013 08:38 PM
  • Anne

    Picked up a goody bag today and was pleasantly surprised !! Yummy stuff without the guilt ;) Very helpful staff. Ideal for busy mums.

    18 February 2013 09:20 AM
  • guest

    they have vegan cake. so delicious

    11 April 2013 12:45 AM
  • AES

    Agree . One of the best places in town and not only for Vegetarians. Love the fallafel wrap and the spicy roast pumpkin paneer . Some of the dessert items, cookies are great as well . Not a major fan of their juices.

    05 July 2013 04:20 AM
  • geeshanbgmailcom

    If i'm not mistaken, I believe I saw them at the Good Market as well.

    17 July 2013 02:08 AM
  • ML

    This is one of my favorite lunch places in colombo! I've had great salads, the pumpkin-feta wrap and my favourite the beetroot falafel wrap. I've always enjoyed the array of sweets and cakes too. It's a bit on the pricey side fir sure, but the feel-good factor definitely makes up for it!! Definitely makes for a happy happy tummy afterwards!!

    18 July 2013 07:29 AM
  • shanaz

    Sugar free drak chocolate cookie is amazing !!!!!

    04 January 2014 01:31 PM
  • Nelson

    Smoothies are super small, bit baked goods are reasonable

    05 January 2014 08:38 AM
  • Beth

    Went on 23/2 (Sunday lunch time) and they were closed. Bit annoying as it says on Facebook they are open on Sundays.

    23 February 2014 01:59 AM
  • weera

    so I went to the good market outlet at lakpahana, bought a vege quiche from milk and honey… it was cold but didn't bug me, I only saw the fungus on the bottom of the crust when I ate it…. SO NOT DONE! barf as a baker I know that baked goods dont go bad in one day (it was supposed to have been baked on that day). DISAPPOINTED!

    21 August 2014 08:52 PM