Milk & Honey Cafe

44A, Horton Place, Colombo 7

0115234373

Milk & Honey Cafe is one of the few awesome health-food options in the city. They've got an impressive menu of healthy sandwiches, wraps  and smoothies - and some amazing home-made cakes and brownies. It was the cafe's lovely garden-side ambience that we enjoyed the most though.

The Food

Our seeni sambol with cream cheese sandwich (Rs. 550) was pretty good - I mean who can find fault with seeni sambol? - and the difference was that this was a dry sambol as opposed to the greasy oniony version we're used to, so it felt healthier. Also the bread is on the thick side so it made a filling meal. 


We also boldly went for the wrap filled with spinach fritters and cream cheese (Rs. 495). This was much more spinach than cream cheese, so if you're usually the carnivorous type this might be too much to handle as a starter, but otherwise it's a very fresh healthy snack. Ask for a side of sauce for flavour maybe. 


They've got a delightfully long list of flavours to choose from where juices and smoothies are concerned (in the Rs. 300 range). They come in combos - so we got a papaya-watermelon-mint-coconut smoothie, and an apple-cucumber-mint-lime juice. The beverages didn't really impress, there wasn't a huge difference between the smoothie and the juice, and just one flavour really stood out in both cases. Mint juice is a great way to wash down your meal though.  

Yes, these guys do great health food and maybe I should have stopped there, but the brownies stared me down and I couldn't resist. We mentioned in our last review that a lot of the desserts here are honeyed themselves, which makes them sweeter and relatively healthier. The brownies here are some of the best in the city - you get a big chunk for Rs. 308, and it's chocolatey and incredibly gooey. 

Ambience

The cafe itself is very cute, with a simple white theme, a few throw pillows and the menu chalked up on blackboard. Like at their old Barnes Place location, you get the Milk children's store right next to it. 

The garden space is lovely - we don't get a whole load of garden cafes in Colombo - and the interesting thing is all the plants in the garden are usable for Milk & Honey recipes (spinach, gauva etc). Check out the cushy seating here, made out of those cartons we use to hold soda bottles. 

Conclusion

Milk & Honey is a really charming hangout. They've got a cosy interior, good service and healthy options, which are welcome since greasy unhealthy food is a norm in Colombo. Their desserts especially are wonderful - if you're not up for brownies, we've heard they make a mean carrot cake. 

 

Tip

You've got to try the chocolate brownie.
Posted by on 15 January 2013
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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.
Posted by on 21 January 2013
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ඛෙමා විසිනි බාන්ස් පෙදෙසේ ළදරු පාසලක් පිටුපස සැඟවුණ කිරි හා පැණි හෙවත් Milk and Honeyකියන්නේ කොළඹ රස රහසක්. ලංකාවේ ජීවත්වන විදේශික ප්‍රජාව හා යෝග කරන්නන් රැස්වන මේ නිසංසල කැෆේඑක පුරවරයේ තිබෙන හොඳම නිර්මාංශ බොජුන්හලක්.

කොළොම්පුරයේ නිර්මාංශාහාර පිරිනමන තැන්වල වැඩියෙන්ම පිරිනමන්නේ එළඟිතෙලින් පිසින ලද දකුණු ඉන්දීය ආහාර වර්ග. ඒත්, මිල්ක් ඇන්ඩ් හනි විසින් පුරවනවා වඩා සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිත නිර්මාංශාහාරහලක හිස්තැන. නිර්මාංශාහාර නිසා එතැන රසවත්කම අඩුයයි සිතා පසුබාන්න එපා.

මෙනුපතේ සඳහන්ව තිබෙන ආහාරපානවල නම්වලින් සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිතබව පිළිබඳ සැකසංකා ඇතිවුණත්, වැඩිහරියක් ආහාර ඉතා හොඳයි. බීට්රූට් ෆැලෆල් රැප්එක ගෙදර හැදූ ධාන්‍ය කේක් වර්ගයකින් සාදන ලද විශිෂ්ට ආහාරයක්. (රු. 400යි) එහි රසයන් ලස්සනට සමබර කරලා. අනෙකුත් පිරිනැමුම් අතර තිබෙන තක්කාලි හා වම්බටු පැස්ටා තෝරාගත් හොඳම දේවලින් සාදන ලද සැහැල්ලු ආහාරයක්. කුළුබඩු යොදා රෝස් කරන ලද වට්ටක්කා පනීර් රැප් (රු. 400) රසවුණත් හොඳින් පදම් කර නැති නිසා බලාපොරොත්තුවුණ තරම් හොඳ නැහැ.

නැවුම් පලතුරු යුෂ හා ස්මූතී වර්ගත් රස බලන්න කදිමයි. අපි රස බැලුවා බීට්රූට්, කැරට් හා ඇපල් ජූස් (රු. 280යි). එය බලාපොරොත්තු නොවුණ තරම් රසයි. අඹ, අන්නාසි හා ඉඟුරු ස්මූතිය අපි දෙවරක් රස බැලුවා. අමතර සීනි එකතු නොකර, පැණිරස නොකරන ලද යෝගට් භාවිතා කර සාදන මේවාට හැම කෙනෙක්ම කැමති නොවෙන්න පුළුවන්. ඒත්, මේ සංයෝග ඉතා පරිස්සමෙන් තෝරාගත් ඒවා. සීනිවලට ඇබ්බැහි වූ කොළඹ ජනයා පවා එයට කැමති වේවි.

මිල්ක් ඇන්ඩ් හනීගේ පැණි එකතු කරන ලද අතුරුපස විස්මය දනවන ලෙස තෘප්තිමත් . රටඉඳි හා වියළි මිදි වැනි විකල්පත් තිබෙනවා එකතු කරගන්න. රුබාබ් හා ඉඟුරු කේක් ආනන්දජනකයි. හකුරු කේකුත් ඒ වගේ. හකුරුවලින් රසගන්වන ලද බ්‍රව්නී (රු. 280) චොකලට් නැතිවුණත්, එහි පෙනුමෙන් බොහෝ බ්‍රව්නීවලට වඩා සුන්දරයි. රසත් හොඳයි.

මම අසා තිබෙනවා මෙහි අලංකරණයට ආභාසය ලැබුණේ ළදරු පාසලෙන්බව. මිල්ක් ඇන්ඩ් හනී කැෆේඑක මිල්ක් නම්වන විශිෂ්ට ළමා පොත්හලකට යාබදව පිහිටි නිසා ඒ නම යෝග්‍යයි. එහි සුදු පැහැ ගාන ලද දැව මේසත්, සුවපහසු කුෂන් උද්‍යාන පුටුත් තිබෙනවා. සරළ වුණත් මේවා සුවපහසුයි.

නිර්මාංශාහාර සඳහා ස්ථාන හිඟ මේ පුරවරයේ මිල්ක් ඇන්ඩ් හනී එතරම් ප්‍රසිද්ධ නොවීම පුදුමයට කරුණක්. එතැන ඔබේ උදරයට වගේම පසුම්බියටත් සැහැල්ලුයි. මාංශභක්ෂකයන්ට වුණත් වරක් ගොස් බලන්න හොඳ තැනක්.
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It's right next to the Indian Summer restaurant, opposite the Saskia Fernando Gallery. You'll see a children's store that says 'Milk' - the cafe is right inside at the end.

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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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • guest

    they have vegan cake. so delicious

    11 April 2013 12:45 AM Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • geeshanbgmailcom

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

    17 July 2013 02:08 AM Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • shanaz

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

    04 January 2014 01:31 PM Reply
  • Nelson

    Smoothies are super small, bit baked goods are reasonable

    05 January 2014 08:38 AM Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
    • Good Market

      Hi Weera, the Good Market team remembers the incident well, and we're sorry we didn't see this comment on the Milk & Honey page earlier. Everyone felt terrible about it. We worked with Milk & Honey to figure out what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again. There was a mix up with the supply and a new batch got mixed with old stock. The Good Market shop gets fresh daily deliveries from Milk & Honey and there haven't been any further problems. Milk & Honey was one of the first healthy vegetarian cafes in Colombo and they do great work. We highly recommend checking out their new space on Horton Place

      19 January 2015 11:45 AM Reply