We're back again with a new list of places for you to try out this weekend.
The place is 100% vegan but trust me, all you meat lovers should try this place too! Their burgers are incredibly good with hefty vegan patties which substitute for fish and chicken. We recommend you try The Dinklage burger (Rs. 599) which is a substitute for a chicken burger. The patty is nicely grilled and comes coated in a delicious barbecue sauce, and the usual onions, tomatoes and lettuce. It's simply amazing. They have good iced tea as opposed to horrific, syrupy synthetic concoctions that you get in most places. This is actual, strong tea with real lemon slices infused into it. The staff is friendly and very engaging. The place is quite small, accommodating about 10 people but the place doesn't get very crowded.
Weekends are the ideal time to enjoy a massive lamprais and take a 3-hour nap. Well, you can get one of the best Chicken Lamprais (Rs. 500) we have had, at Regent Cafe. The rice alone is enough to make your mouth water, but combined with a huge piece of chicken, boiled egg, vambatu moju (brinjal pahe), ash plantain, a cutlet, seeni sambol and chili paste, you're in for a treat! They do not deliver so you will have to go there but the place is actually quite nice and comfy. The service is excellent too, so there's really no downside. They also have a very chocolatey Regent Mocha (Rs. 450) you can try while you're there.
In the mood for some cheese kottu? Then you have to try the Cheese Chicken Kottu (Rs. 450) here. My god! It is absolute heaven with a massive plate of kottu soaked in milk and dripping with cheese. The roast chicken is slathered with a sweet chili sauce which adds the perfect balance of sweetness to the kottu. The chicken is well roasted and tender in the middle. The ambiance is not the best so it's always better to get takeout and enjoy it in the comfort of your home. They also have Iced Milo (Rs. 150) to wash it down.
Karapincha is a great place to have a family lunch on the weekend. It's got lots of space to hold large crowds and the food is authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. We loved the Cashew Curry (Rs. 429) which was incredibly creamy and delicious. They also have Jaffna Crab Curry with Karapincha Rice or Yellow Rice for Rs. 1430 nett, which is a pretty good deal. Their rice is really good because they're infused with aromatic spices like cinnamon, cloves and of course, karapincha. The service is consistently good.
The Promenade at ODEL is always buzzing with hungry shoppers, especially on the weekends. Sugar Bistro fits right in as they offer everything from cocktails, wine, to comfort food like burgers and pastries. We recommend the Smokey BBQ Bacon Burger (Rs. 1000) which consists of a juicy medium-cooked beef (you can even opt for chicken instead), a tiny fried egg, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, strips of bacon, and oodles of BBQ sauce. It also includes a side of chunky fries, sauces (ketchup and mayo if you ask), and pickled vegetables. As for the cocktails, you can try either Passion Mojito (Rs. 650) or a Mango Daiquiri (Rs. 600). Both are superb both in terms of quality and quantity, using fresh ingredients and a generous amount of alchohol. The service is excellent here, as well as the ambiance, especially the bar area with its al fresco seating.
A perfect weekend is a good cup of coffee, some delicious comfort food, and a cozy environment. Well, C&C has got it all. Their Cappuccino (Rs. 380) is super bubbly and so light it's like sipping air. It's really good and the coffee itself was mild and not bitter at all. You can also enjoy it with a Chicken Pie (Rs. 150) which is flaky and packed with big chunks of chicken. Their service is efficient and the staff is friendly. The ambiance is very posh with everything made up of leather, wood, and cane with warm varieties of brown color, beige and yellow and some notes of black and grey. The jazzy music in the background continues to add the elegance.
Roots have really upped their gelato game and we love it. Gelato is always a better option than soft serve ice cream so if you're looking for some strong flavors, try them out. Especially the Chocolate Biscuit Pudding gelato (Rs. 350) because they have teamed up with Bellissima, need I say more? It's superb! They also have Limone Biscotti (Rs. 350) which is basically a Lemon Puff ice cream. It's sweet and tangy with a rich, creamy texture. The ambiance is the same old Crescat Food Court with lots of noise. Their service is pretty efficient. Really worth checking them out if you haven't already.
That is all for this week. Enjoy your weekend!
Shawarma.lk is a new shawarma joint in Thimbirigasyaya. They serve up some good shawarma and have breakfast platter options, too!
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