Park Street Mews Restaurant

50/1 Park Street, Colombo 2

0112300133
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.

The Food

Park Street Mews Deep Fried Camembert 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 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 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.

Location

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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.

Service

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.

Conclusion

Upon re-review, Park Street Mews has creative, tasty food with amazing plating in a happening spot. Cool scene.
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 Food

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 Location

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 Service

The place was not busy at all and the service is generally quite good.

Conclusion

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.
Contact Info
Directions: From Vihara Maha Devi (along Dharmapala Mawatha) turn down Park Street. If you go all the way to the roundabout and turn left there's parking.
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Additional
Tip: Explore the shops and cobblestone street nearby. Don't get your hopes up from the menu, the food is basically average.
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 11 PM everyday
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  • The Diva

    Spent Sunday evening at PSM and the ambience and food was excellent. The fried calamari was mouth wateringly delicious. The service was excellent and the venue sublime. Nice place to chill on a Sunday evening!

    19 December 2012 11:07 AM
  • Sachcha

    website is beautiful, but hard to find anything about food..couldn't find a menu at least..

    19 February 2013 04:32 AM
  • tidalbobo

    Menu : http://parkstreetmews.com/?page_id=451

    19 February 2013 10:21 AM
  • tidalbobo

    Ok My mistake. THAT menu does not include the prices. A menu without the prices is indeed stupid, yes.

    19 February 2013 10:24 AM
  • HG

    Went there an year ago, had a live snail in the parley decorating the food on my plate. The management whisked away the plate and returned it immediately sans parsley, no apology offered. No offer to serve something different. Sorry, but Harpo isn't doing his best.

    23 July 2013 04:37 AM
  • eater

    pricey and crap food overrated crap

    07 August 2013 12:11 AM
  • eater

    with us -those who pay to eat at your restaurants -travelling and eating form diverse restaurants -do u take us to be morons - who get convinced that music and supposed "hip" decor deceive us?

    07 August 2013 12:14 AM
  • tina

    the only reason i vud go to a harpos resturant is for the ambience...the food is average in all the resturants...including bayleaf.!!I wonder who is incharge of this..!!!

    12 August 2013 07:19 AM
  • Thediva

    I actually question the ability of the so called food critics on Yamu, the English is terrible and the article is littered with mistakes. How are we able to respect you as a critic when you can not even string a sentence together! I have tried several of their items and the food is good, they don't profess to be restaurants with michelin stars but for what you pay you get a good service, decent food and a lovely ambiance. I have actually been following several of Yamu's reviews and testing the places out for myself and can honestly say that some of your reviews could not be further from the truth. So, if you want to be a food critic who is taken seriously then you need to up your game, until you do this then I'm afraid you guys sound unprofessional and show that your palate is uneducated!

    21 August 2013 10:41 AM
  • tidalbobo

    Dear Thediva, though you might be able to "string a sentence together", I am having serious doubts on your ability READ strung sentences. The basic unanimous opinion is that the food is not worth the price. As you say they do offer "decent food". Decent food must be decently priced also. The fad today seem to be having bloated prices so that customers "think" the place is good and high in quality. This is where PSM fails. In one strung phrase "good food = good/expensive prices, decent food = decent prices".

    31 August 2013 12:47 AM
  • George

    @Thediva, I think you need to find out who are the Yamu team and their background before you post your comment. If you ask your friends, who are the top 3 food critics in town...surely Yamu is on the list.

    04 November 2013 11:01 AM
  • foodie

    There has indeed been a vast improvement in the food (along with the decor) and this second review is well deserved. On our last visits we had the camembert, the crab cakes, the seared tuna starters and they were all delicious and fully worth the price. The smoked salmon special is also highly recommended, with generous helpings of the salmon.

    25 June 2014 12:30 AM
  • Likefood

    Had a lovely dinner at PSM last night. Service Was very good ! Food was better than expected from past experience... Was pleasantly surprised ...

    26 October 2014 07:56 AM