The Verandah (Galle Face Hotel).

The Galle Face Hotel is one of Colombo’s oldest, best known hotels, established in 1864. Over the years it’s provided food and shelter to many a revered name: Yuri Gagarin, John D. Rockefeller, Prince Phillip and Richard Nixon, to name just a few. And Arthur C. Clarke even wrote the final chapters of ‘3001 – The Final Odyssey’ here. So with the GFH’s legacy on our minds we ventured to it’s bar, The Verandah, for some food and drink.

The Food

The Verandah is designed for drinks and snacking, so the menu isn’t extensive. You get the usual selection of devilled chicken, beef, etc., club sandwiches and burgers. These all cost roughly between Rs. 400 and Rs. 900. We had the mezze platter for Rs. 425 and it was excellent. You get a few slices of pita, hummus, a raita-like dip, chicken and beef skewers, chargrilled veg soaked in olive oil and a veg samosa – which tasted weirdly like maggi noodles (but in a good way). This isn’t authentic mezze, but it’s surprisingly tasty and pretty decent value for money at a four star hotel. We really, really liked it.

The Drinks

The selection of drinks and their prices are pretty much what you’d expect from an upmarket hotel. We had a bottle of Lion lager which cost Rs. 412 (for more on the prices of Lion beer across Colombo’s bars check out YAMU’s Lion Index). They also had an interesting looking cocktail called the Old World Charm, containing Pimms, Gin, Lemonade, Cinnamon and Mint (Rs. 600). Most cocktails cost about Rs. 600, and pitchers (1.2 Litres – enough for six people) are Rs. 3000. Fairly standard.

The Location

The Galle Face Hotel is beautiful, and located right along the ocean – the number of weddings held there each day is a testament to how great a venue this is. And the Verandah has a good view of the sea without being too close to it – if you sit on the checkerboard or anywhere in the garden be prepared to get a full spray of sea on your face. Which can be nice, but ladies watch your hair. The Verandah however is sheltered and tucked closer to the hotel. It’s rarely empty; there’s always people walking about and always someone sitting down for a quick beer and sandwich. It’s a nice place, and the old black and white tiled floor and wooden chandeliers are beautiful. Nice old school charm.

The Price

The mezze platter and a large bottle of Lion came to Rs. 880 – including service and tax. This really isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s pretty good. The food was filling and tasty and could be shared between two people. The burgers are between Rs. 700 and Rs. 850 and the sandwiches Rs. 400 and Rs. 600. We didn’t try these, but I peered over at a neighbours plate, and the portions looked quite generous and filling.

The Conclusion

The Galle Face Hotel is a beautiful place with a beautiful view and a beautiful history. And the Verandah Bar, while not cheap, isn’t too expensive either. Go there and watch the sunset while you sip on some local Lion – it’s possible to do this without breaking the bank. We recommend.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Full’R Burgers is Flipping into Maharagama

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


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 One of Sri Lanka's favorite burger joint, Full'R Burgers, recently concluded its highly anticipated


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


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


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


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


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


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