Palm Strip (At The Airport).

This has long been among the most exciting restaurants in the city. Not because of its cutting edge cuisine but because, for years, this was the only place to eat at Katunayake (BIA) airport. So a meal at the Palm Strip meant you were going places.

As a wide eyed and expectant six year-old before a trip to Bangkok (yey big crocodiles!), at the end of summer when it’s time to go back to Uni in London, Melbourne, Chicago etc. or before your honeymoon in the Maldives you tend to find yourself sitting at the back of this large space at the end of the terminal, staring out through the floor to ceiling glass onto the the runway and swaying coconut trees beyond. It really must be a candidate for best restaurant view.

Almost by default you’re in a good place – you’ve cleared check-in, dealt with immigration formalities and have just enough time to kill before boarding that you can grab a coffee and a sandwich. But beyond the moment, filling those empty seconds before a flight, they actually serve some pretty tolerable food. Even during BIA’s really dark days- men with guns everywhere and a deeply underused runway, I recall some fairly substantial and tasty plates of fried rice and noodles. Really you get some pretty horrific and dreadfully overpriced airport food (Heathrow, JFK!) and by these low standards the Palm Strip can hold its head up high.

Most importantly despite benefiting from an utterly captive market (you can’t leave the terminal and there’s still few places to get a meal) they haven’t gone in for acute overpricing- a common airport catering trick. Recently though the cost of a meal has crept up- suddenly rice and noodle dishes are going for $7-13 which is fine by international airport standards but a bit ludicrous given how much you’d pay for the same outside. Still look at the menu board by the entrance and you should find a couple of better value items. I go for the Club Sandwich (about $3.50) which is well worth it. That’s basically what you’d pay in the city and for the price you get a well-executed club. A good layer of cheese, crisp, fresh lettuce and tomato, a fried egg, sadly no bacon, but a tasty layer of chicken, butter and mayonnaise

Not gourmet but a decent snack and enough to keep the hunger pangs at bay for few hours. This is particularly important in this age of budget airlines facing a 3 or 4 hour short hop on Tiger or AirAsia with no free meals – a bite from the Palm Strip should stop you reaching for their over-priced menus.

To make things that much better I enjoy elevating my Palm Strip Meals with a can of Schweppes Bitter Lemon. Since Elephant House stopped the local version a few years ago, this is one place in Colombo you can still enjoy that blue-green nectar. So sit down, order a sandwich and start sipping a bitter lemon – you can already taste the abroad.

Honestly it’s still a classic – and better value I think than the airport’s Coffee Bean.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

The Delightful Indian Cuisine at Navaratna by Taj Samudra

Navaratna is an Indian Restaurant located in Taj Samudra Colombo. Taj Samudra is a 5-star

Kamu

10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

An ideal dinner date spot in Colombo – Ward 7

By Shamrina Carim Are you struggling to decide where you could have a decent fancy

Kamu

Reaching new heights at Virticle by Jetwing’s rooftop bar & restaurant

We were so excited to go to the highest rooftop bar & restaurant in Colombo

Highlights Kamu

Satisfy your Kottu cravings at KottuLabs

Located in Nawala down a little lane, Kottulabs is home to the widest and most

Highlights Kamu

A flavorful journey to the North East by Paadum Meen

An ecstatically beautiful place located down Frankfort place, Bambalapitiya has caught a significant eye for

Highlights Kamu

Trending.

Savor The Salt Of The Sea At Hilton Colombo

Fresh from the seafood markets to your table Colombo, Sri Lanka – 20th June 2022 – Partake

Trending

10 Types of Sri Lankans in Petrol Queues

By Janani Vithanage These days, spending time in the petrol queue is almost every Sri

Highlights Trending

Celebrating life with Perera & Sons

by Shamrina Carim Perera & Sons holds a privileged history of catering to the most

Highlights Trending

Before You Watch… Jurassic World Dominion

By Shamrina Carim The movie On a critic of honest opinions, Jurassic World Dominion is

Trending

Treats fit for a King at Ramada Colombo this Father’s Day!

Enjoy Father's Day special Grill, Lunch, Dinner, Deliveries, and Stays… This June 19th, we all

Trending

Celebrate Father’s Day with your Super Dad at Hilton Colombo!

Looking to express your gratitude for the superhero of your household this Father’s Day? Hilton

Trending

Yamu Guide.

10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

The ideal skin care routine with Bio Oil

By Shanali Fernando Feeling overwhelmed, confused, and/or frustrated by the multitude of competing messages about

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 common causes of Dry Skin

The general cause of itchy, dry skin might seem like a no-brainer: It's a lack

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Watch the SL Vs. AUS ODI Matches

By Janani Vithanage Sri Lankan cricket may ot have been on its best footing over

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Cooking Tips from Knorr

By Janani Vithanage Being a mother in today’s world is no easy task. From waking

Highlights Yamu Guide

How Bio Oil reduces scars

By Shanali Fernando Still curious about this little pink bottle of magic and what it

Highlights Yamu Guide