The Park Street Mews Restaurant has food that looks amazing and tastes great, all in a happening location. Probably the most modern of Colombo restaurants.
As the signature restaurant for the now vibrant Park Street Mews (a strip with shops, a bar, events, etc), the PSM Restaurant is already blessed with a great location. On our past visit the food didn't measure up, but on our most recent visit it really really did.
Park Street Mews Deep Fried Camembert
Park Street always had amazing plating, as you can see from the deep fried camembert (Rs. 650) above. Now the plating matches up with really interesting and happy tastes. The camembert pictured here is warm and oozy and matches up nicely with the sweet of the walnut, apples and applesauce. It looks beautiful and tastes good, which is basically perfect.
Chick Pea Salad
We tried another appetizer, the chick pea salad (Rs. 500) which was also excellent. Beautifully presented with curly onion rings on top and feta, tomato and microgreens spread throughout. The chunks of feta were big and flavorful and the whole thing was really well seasoned and tasty.
Slow cooked pork with anise
For a main we tried the slow cooked soy and anise pork (Rs. 1,400). Their mains aren't cheap, but we think this is because all the meat is imported. It's certainly good. The pork was meltingly soft and, again, beautifully presented with roasted beets, mashed potatoes, carrots and two dipping options, an anise sauce and applesauce. Reminded me of those dishes they call 'wonderfully' rustic on MasterChef. A real treat, and generous portions.
The Park Street location can't be beat. This small cobblestone path is one of the only walking/shopping/dining areas in the city. They've actually divided the original Park Street restaurant into this and the bar Curve and there are now shops and almost constant events down the strip. When we went they were hosting the Colombo Art Biennale just there.
The restaurant itself is decorated in a white-washed IKEA style and gets plenty of natural light. There's beanbag seating in the center and regular tables around.
The service was had was beyond excellent, but we think they recognized us from YAMU. The staff is well trained and the overall management is present at all of their various locations so the standards stay high. The staff we've interacted with are genuinely nice, but they also know the menu and can answer questions, which is actually the next level towards professional rather than merely pleasant service.
Overall we think the service is quite good, and if you have problems you can escalate it with some confidence of resolution.
Upon re-review, Park Street Mews has creative, tasty food with amazing plating in a happening spot. Cool scene.
Original Review: 21 September 2012
The new Park Street Mews Restaurant has an interesting but average food down perhaps the nicest little commercial strip in Colombo.
Park Street Mew Restaurants, a Harpo's joint, is a great place with OK food. It's recently been extensively renovated, making it smaller and whitewashed within an inch of its life. The whole Mews area is a great place for events and increasingly for shopping and Park Street Mews remains one of the most urbane spots in town.
The new Mews has a very interesting menu and some of the best plating we've seen in the city, but the food we tried just wasn't that tasty. It's all quite palatable, but not as great as you'd expect from the way the dishes look and sound. We tried a ravioli with chorizo (Rs. 600) which looked amazing but tasted a bit plasticky and store-bought. Not bad in any sense, but not that good.
Also tried a pineapple chicken and cheese and onion tart from the specials, both of which looked better than they tasted. The chicken was underseasoned and the tart seemed like it had just been assembled in layers, not actually baked together. Again, all palatable food, but not great.
The drinks are also OK. Tried a mint passion cooler (Rs. 250) and a vanilla frappe (Rs. 300). They were fine.
The Mews as a complex remains a great location. Cobblestones outsides, shops and often art outside, ample parking out back, it's one of the best spots in Colombo. The redesign of the signature restaurant has made room for another shop next door and you don't really find the space missing so much, there's still plenty of seating.
We're not entirely fans of the new interior decoration, though perhaps that's a matter of taste. Bamboo divides an already divided space further and it's all pretty aggressively whitewashed. Again, a matter of taste. It's comfortable enough, and in a good neighborhood.
The place was not busy at all and the service is generally quite good.
The new Park Street Restaurant doesn't necessarily improve on the old one, but it doesn't take much away. Still a workmanlike restaurant in one of Colombo's few good neighborhoods.