Park Street Mews Restaurant

50/1 Park Street, Colombo 2

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Park Street Mews Restaurant is one of those select few that have managed to remain relevant and maintain high standards throughout the past few years. They haven't changed much at all, but we're fine with that since the food is excellent, the service is fast and the unorthodox setting is still quite chic.

The Food

Many things need to come into play for a restaurant to be a continued success, but the most important of all is consistency, and few have been as consistent as the Park Street Mews Restaurant. What we love is the fact that they haven't had to make a ton of changes stay in the game.

That being said they have introduced some popular value meals like their three-course executive lunch for Rs. 1200. This seems to be what everyone goes for during lunch and while the portions aren't quite as large, it's still a killer offer. For their regular stuff the prices are on the higher side, though the portions are still very generous, so expect to pay around Rs. 2000 per head.

From their starters we picked the baked crab gratinated with parmesan (Rs. 825), which is honestly filling enough to be considered a main, but hey, it was delicious so it's definitely not a complaint. It's accompanied by a fresh mixed salad which is welcomed contrast from the creamy richness of the baked crab. We've found that restaurants tend to cut corners when it comes to dishes with crab meat but that was definitely not the case here. The layer of gratinated parmesan also added nice differentiation from the smooth texture of that crab meat.

For our main we went with the slow cooked pork in soy and aniseed (Rs. 1650), served with mashed potatoes on bed of sauteed okra. This one was also on point in terms of flavours and nearly perfect in terms of texture as well. The pork which was prepared as a roulade was cooked beautifully for the most part but we did find the center to be just slightly chewy, but this is me being very picky. Another thing we appreciated was the fact that we could actually taste that soy as oppose to it just being a line in the description.

To wrap up we tried the white chocolate and yoghurt soup with strawberry sorbet (Rs. 525). Don't be too confused about the yoghurt soup part, since it's pretty much just melted yoghurt. That being said, it does marry very well with the fresh strawberry sorbet and strawberry slices. The only real complain with this one was the fact that the white chocolate flavour didn't really register on our palate.

Ambience & Service

The ambience at PSM has remained all but unchanged, but it's still one of the better looking and unique restaurants in the area. They manage to strike a balance between rustic and modern in terms of interior decor, with lighter colour palates of grey, green and off-white. At the back they've also got a some comfy looking couches for those looking to grab a drink and chill.

Last week when we dropped in at Curve, which is next door and run by the same management, we weren't very happy with the service. This time around, however, they were back on track with well paced service and attentive waiters, who were always on the floor.

Conclusion

Park Street Mews restaurant is one of the few that we can keep recommending because we know that they consistently serve excellent food. With budget friendly additions like the executive lunch deal, we think they're moving in the right direction.

 

Tip

Explore the shops and cobblestone street nearby. Oh and they actually have a decent WiFi connection.
Posted by on 05 February 2014
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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.
Posted by on 21 September 2012
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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.
Posted by on 05 October 2012
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පාක් ස්ට්‍රීට් මිවුස් කියන්නේ කොළඹ ජනප්‍රිය රැල්ලේ සුන්දර තැනක්. සාද, සම්මේලන පවත්වන තැන් බවට පත් කළ පැරණි ගබඩා සංකීර්ණයක් වූ එහි අවන්හලක්ද තිබෙනවා. මෙහි පවත්වන ඕනෑම ප්‍රසිද්ධ උත්සවයක් ජනප්‍රියයි (විශේෂයෙන්ම ජෑස් සන්ධ්‍යාවන්). ඒවා සෙනගින් පිරෙනවා. හේතුව පැහැදිලියි. මෙවැනි තැන් කොළඹ තවත් නැහැ.

විදුලි බුබුළු වැල් එල්ලූ පාම් තුරු පෙළින් ගැවසි, ගල් ඇතිරූ මේ වීදියේ පවත්වන උත්සව හරිම සජීවීයි. ඒවාට ඇදී එන්නේත් හොඳ ගනුදෙනුකරුවෝ.

කොහොමද අවන්හල? පෙනුමෙන් සුන්දර එහි තේමාව මිව්ස්හි පැස්ටල් පාට. නොගැලපෙන ගෘහභාණ්ඩ, බෝංචිමලු ආසන, ලස්සන ලාම්පු එල්ලූ උස් සීලිම ආදිය එතැන අහරක් රසවිඳින්න, කෝපි කෝප්පයක් බොන්න සැහැල්ලු වටපිටාවක් නිර්මානය කරනවා. හැමතිස්සේම එහි ජෑස් සංගීත නාදය ඇසෙනවා. කෑමත් නරක නැහැ. මිළ ගණන් මෙවැනි තැන්වල සාමාන්‍ය මිළ වගෙයි. මිරිස් ඉස්‍සන් පැස්ටාවක් රු. 850යි. චිකන්  කේසඩීයාවක් රු. 550යි. ඌරුමස්  චොප්ස් රු. 1200යි. ඔය වගේ මිළ.

ශාඛමය ආහාරනම් අඩුයි. ‍ඒවා පමණක් කන අයට ප්‍රශ්නයක්. හොඳ පෑන්කේක් වර්ග, වොෆ්ල් සහ අතුරුපස තිබෙනවා. එහිම හැදූ ජින්ජර් බීර කදිමයි.

සමස්තයක් ලෙස මෙහි කෑම හොඳයි. විශේෂයෙන් හොයි කියන්න බැරිවුණාට. තැන තමයි හොඳම. ඔබේ උත්සවවලට, සාදවලට, ප්‍රදර්ශනවලට  වෙන්කරගන්න මෙතැන හොඳම හොඳ තැනක්.

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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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  • 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 Reply
  • Sachcha

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

    19 February 2013 04:32 AM Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • eater

    pricey and crap food overrated crap

    07 August 2013 12:11 AM Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
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    09 April 2015 12:10 PM Reply
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    05 May 2015 03:19 PM Reply
  • Glob trotter

    We Hosted a corporate event at the warehouse. event started at 7 PM. by 8pm it started to rain heavily, and the hall started to flood super fast. the DJ had to remove his equipment and we had to officially end the party by 9am. we had booked the hall till 12midnight. while this was happening the PSM staff looked on like this was the 1st time this happened. but later on as we spoke to people they told us that this was common. but the PSM staff insisted this next did happen before. but if you look at the ground just outside of the warehouse you can see for the slightest rain, the hall is sure to flood.
    a week later I went by to spa Ceylon which is in the PSM premises as well. it rained (not as heavily as it did on the day of our event) and out of curiosity i went and checked the hall (the warehouse door was open) and guess what? Flooded!
    so if you are planning on having a event there,its good to keep this in mind.

    06 May 2015 11:10 AM Reply
  • crorkzz catz

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    11 June 2015 10:11 AM Reply
  • ML

    Just had a lovely weekend lunch at Park Street Mews. We hadn't been there in years, and were not sure what to expect. However, it was OUTSTANDING! My husband and I shared the appetizer platter for two, which was frankly plenty for more, and include generous portions of smoked salmon, fried calamari, roasted veg, caprese salad and mushrooms. It was really everything an appetizer plate should -- the second best platter we have ever had, and certainly the best we've had in Sri Lanka! We followed this with the seared tuna salad (for myself), and a barrumundi dish of the day for my husband. Both were excellent, with fish cooked to perfection!! Really excellent all around. I also had the selection of homemade ice-creams for dessert :burnt caramel, cream cheese and real chocolate -- each served separately, and excellent and bursting with flavour!! Loved every little bit of it. Overall, great value for money!

    29 June 2015 08:32 AM Reply
  • Saf

    They deserve this nice critic! Food, location, ambiance AND service (!!!!) seriously their staff is the best in town and each other waiter could learn from their attentiveness and speed (2pax rock the whole place).
    Reading the remarks before; do not compare any other harpo-oulet eith psm; nor bayleaf or commons produce what the chefs at psm are capable of!

    28 July 2015 07:14 PM Reply