Another weekend is here, if you want to try out a few more places with some of the best food in Colombo.
If you live around Nugegoda area, and too lazy to cook this weekend, Jaadi Samanga Game Kaema is a good spot to grab some delicious rice and curry for an affordable price. They’ve got a wide array of curries, different types of rice, meats and as the name implies, jaadi (salted fish curry) which is a beloved delicacy of the Sri Lankan southerners.
Their rice and curry spread is offered in buffet-style, so you get to pick the type of rice, protein and four other curries of your choice. Their pork curry is especially good, with the significant sourness that emerges through the tamarind and goraka, hitting the taste buds all in the right places. A bit of heat that comes from the chilis, and a hint of garlic binds it perfectly to the tender curry pork. We highly recommend this.
The ambience gives you the vibe of a authentic Sinhalese buth kadey. They've got a thatched canopy that covers the buffet section, katu mati walls (walls made with wattle and daub), and classic Sinhala music that plays in the background which add up to the ambience.
Box-O-Noodles is a new resto adjoining the popular den of Big Bad Wolf. They do all-day noodles in many interesting ways, plus they have dine-in, take-away and delivery.
We highly recommend their Black Belt (Rs. 500), which is the only veg dish on their menu, but quite delicious. It comes with a generous amount of golden deep fried tofu and shiitake mushrooms, cooked in sweet soy sauce. While the tofu had a very crispy outer layer, the mushrooms were fresh and chewy. You can also try the Tuk Tuk (Rs. 600) which is essentially a pad thai, oozing with chicken stock and sweet chili sauce. It comes with plenty of boiled, well-marinated chicken and shrimp to go with every bite. So good!
From the neatly arranged tables and chairs under the shade, to the quaint and scenic ample greenery, this place has a nice al fresco vibe going on. Their service is helpful, prompt and efficient.
Spinner serves up some healthy food and a great cup of coffee. Their signature range of roti sandwiches are really good, as they come with some interesting fillings like chicken, tuna, sprats and of course veggies with extra toppings. All of the rotis are freshly made, with crispy edges and soft middle. We really liked their Egg & Extra Vegetables Sandwich (Rs. 410), which had a generous stuffing of purple cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, salad leaves and a fried egg. They also do a mean Cafe Mocha (Rs. 450) which has an amazing blend of chocolate and coffee, in a frothy, creamy texture.
The place itself is very cozy, and cute with a cyclist theme going on. They also have an outside seating area which is ideal for a cool summer evening.
Moksha is a great place to get your kulfi cravings satisfied. Aside from that, they also serve a wide range of Indian food, such as North Indian snacks and Delhi Chaat, breads, rice dishes and even quirky things like a Paneer Burger.
The Matka Kesar kulfi was our favorite - it had an abundence of almond pistachio and cardamom. On the spicy side of things, their Thali (Rs. 1250) is great value for money. It comes with aloo paratha, mushroom mutter, paneer masala and dhal makani, as well as a generous helping of vegetable biryani. Their parata is excellent and contains a generous dose of spicy potatoes on the inside. The curries aren't too spicy, but complement each other so well.
Moksha has a very quirky ambience, with chairs and tables are of varying different styles and shapes, like it was all put together from an auction or garage sale. The staff here is surprisingly shy, but very efficient.
Belmio Pizza is a pizzeria way out in Thalawatugoda that serves what is easily the best thin crust pizza in that area. What really sets apart Belmio from the rest is just how much freedom you're given when it comes to customizing your pizza. You can start with a Margherita base, and build up from there with the toppings of your preference.
Aside from that, they have a range of pizza of their own customization, and out of that lot, Quattro Formagi with black olives and bacon was the star! The prices for additional toppings are very affordable here, which is another plus point. Believe it or not, they also do a very chocolatey delight of Nutella pizza, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
It's a very tiny place, spacious enough to fit around 8 people at a time. Their service is pretty good though. They're prompt, polite and helpful.
Graze Kitchen is Hilton's multi-cuisine all day dining restaurant. Their spread is pretty vast with Japanese, Italian, Grill, Thai, Chinese, and Sri Lankan cuisines, which is truly impressive.
The Japanese selection is especially good, well-executed and inventive, with funky maki selections and lots of fresh sashimi. Their Indian section featured a delicious selection of hot naan, prawn biriyani, and kind of lacklustre tandoori chicken. We highly recommend their Western and grilled selections with delicious roast chicken and lamb paired with lovely sauces, pepper and red wine reductions that act as perfect complements.
JoJo's Place has been buzzing with customers for years now. Their food may not be the best in the area, but it still a good place to go with a bunch of friends for a weekend tipple, have some Sri Lankanised Chinese food, while enjoying the blissful views of the Mount Lavinia beach and the glorious sunsets.
To any sensible Sri Lankan, discovering a good HBC causes great happiness, which is exactly what I felt after having a taste of JoJo's HBC (Rs. 850). It was sharp, piping hot, with the perfect crisp of the batter, and had an incredible flavor. The pieces were just the right size, and they weren’t dripping with oil, which is another good thing.
This place hasn't been renovated in a very, very long time. It’s a lonesome, potentially dodgy two story building facing to the beach, with indoor and outdoor seating spaces. The service is quite good though - friendly, helpful and quick on their feet.
So there you have it - 7 places to keep you busy this weekend! Have a great one!
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