Panino (Cotton Collection).

Panino is probably the only place in Colombo that specializes in sandwich-cuisine. They’re local favorites and they’ve finally grown into a space of their own.

Location

Paninos started in the Good Market (still there btw), moved in with the Cakery on Jawatta Road and now they have a place of their own, in the Cotton Collection premises on Dharmapala Mawatha.

The new location is in a mini-complex between two cafes (one of which is Jagro) so you have a variety of food to pick from for lunch or coffee. There’s also an Il Gelato on the other side if you’re in the mood for a palate cleanser. It’s easy to find – just look out for the Cotton Collection premises opposite Vihara Mahadevi Park and walk in.

Food

Chicken Pomodori Melt

The menu offers a variety of ‘hand crafted’ gourmet sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, and bagels (bagels only on weekends).

The star of Panino is obviously the gourmet sandwich – whether it’s the Ham & Cheese, the Cuban, the Chicken Pomodori or the Vegetarian, the stuffing is artfully prepared and very satisfying. We ordered the Chicken Pomodari Melt, Pol Sambol & Fried Egg Melt, the Breakfast Burrito and two thambilis (presented in Rs. 150 bottles that poshly declared ‘King Coconut Water’). Home-made orange juice, ginger beer and iced coffee are also available. For dessert, we went next-door to Jagro’s and got a yummy bowl of fresh strawberries (Rs. 250).

Pol Sambol & Fried Egg Melt

The Pol Sambol & Fried Egg Melt (Rs. 450) was delicious – I need to try it at home – and although it was basically egg and pol sambol, the spiciness of the sambol and the just-perfect texture of the toasted bread made it a memorable snack.

Breakfast Burrito

The Breakfast Burrito (Rs. 550) was filled with egg and potatoes and was good, it might not have been if the sandwich bread wasn’t grilled just right. The unequalled winner, however, was the Chicken Pomodori Melt – Panino is amazing when it comes to chicken – the chicken was tender and seasoned well, and complimented with melting cheese and a layer of basil.

Also, thambili is a great way to wash down a fine meal – people need to start putting this on menus everywhere.

Service & Ambience

Panino’s staff, as usual, were very friendly and chatty. The seating arrangement is limited because there are three cafes and only about four table-sets, so you have to get there early if you’re going for lunch. The place is comfortable and the dark wood, paved floor of the premises and the trees make a soothing setting – it’s not that great in the heat, though, and it wouldn’t hurt if they invested in a couple of small fans. Occasionally a crow might come yell at your food but there’s this cleaning lady there who seemed to be an ever-vigilant combatant of trespassing birds.

Conclusion

Panino is a great place for a hearty lunch – the service is great and the food is more than gratifying. Also, no taxes, so yay!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

Full’R Burgers is Flipping into Maharagama

by Vimasha Vishvadari If you're on the lookout for the ideal burger spot in the

Kamu

Yi Jing Unveiled: Sri Lanka’s Top Chinese Dining at ITC Ratnadipa Blends Tradition with Modern Flair

By Poornima Bandara Yi Jing Unveiled: Sri Lanka’s Premier Chinese Dining Experience at ITC Ratnadipa

Highlights Kamu

Seafood Watti Rice: A Flavorful Feast from Fathi’s Spice Attic

Watti Rice is a delightful Sri Lankan dish that combines various meats, such as seafood

Highlights Kamu

Shahi Mughal Dastarkhwan — An aromatic journey to the Mughal Era 

By Shamrina Carim From the Royal Kitchens of the Mughal Empire Chef Asif Qureshi, a

Highlights Kamu

Full’R Burgers Crowns Champion in Epic Gojira vs. Kong Burger Challenge

https://www.tiktok.com/@yamusrilanka/video/7371362033113107728 One of Sri Lanka's favorite burger joint, Full'R Burgers, recently concluded its highly anticipated

Kamu

Indulge in the North Indian themed ‘Delhi Bound’ at Harbour Court, The Kingsbury.

Ambience This restaurant offers a sophisticated yet warm ambience, with soft lighting. The bright colored

Highlights Kamu

Trending.

Yaki Maki & Bento at Tenku, Colombo’s Premier Japanese Restaurant

Embark on a celebration of Japanese culinary tradition at Tenku, renowned for its meticulous craftsmanship

Trending

DINIDU: Revolutionising Luxury Jewellery with a New Digital Experience 

DINIDU stands at the forefront of the luxury jewellery space, captivating audiences worldwide through dynamic

Highlights Trending

Stand-Up Music: A Fresh Entertainment Experience Coming to The Traveling Bruncher

In a city renowned for its vibrant arts and culture scene, a new show is

Trending

MAC Cosmetics Debuts Flagship Store In Sri Lanka With Exclusive Lines

MAC lovers rejoice as Exclusive Lines proudly announces the arrival of the world's leading professional

Trending

Mount Lavinia Hotel Celebrates Wellness and Wellbeing with Sunset Yoga Event

In the spirit of wellness and wellbeing, Mount Lavinia Hotel is thrilled to announce a

Trending

Yamu Guide.

10 Places To Celebrate Father’s Day 2024

By Fathima Rukaiya, Father’s Day is a special occasion dedicated to honoring fathers and celebrating

Highlights Yamu Guide

Top 10 Places to Work or Study in Colombo in 2024

By Fathima Rukaiya Hey there! Feeling the walls closing in at home while you work

Highlights Yamu Guide

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Shirohana

by Fathima Rukaiya, Mother's Day, a special occasion to honor mothers and motherhood, is celebrated

Highlights Yamu Guide

Steak Bar: A Grand Sunday Brunch at Kingsbury, Colombo

Written by Shamrina C Welcome to the ultimate brunch experience! Nestled in the heart of

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

9 Special Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

By Fathima Rukaiya Are you trying to find the perfect way to show your special

Highlights Yamu Guide

9 Special Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her

Written by Fathima Rukaiya The season of love is upon us once more, and opinions

Highlights Yamu Guide