As you might already know, YAMU collaborated with the PickMe Food delivery system and it's fully up and running now. You can simply place your orders from the restaurants around you, and you can do it through the existing PickMe app. PickMe Food is currently available in Nugegoda, Kohuwala, Kirulapone and Colombo 05, delivering all through lunch and dinner time.
So, if you feel like ordering takeout tonight, here we have a compiled a list of places that you can grab dinner at- through PickMe Food.
Eat Right is a cool delivery website made for healthy living, serving up a range of salads, wraps, sandwiches, rice and curry - and even healthy kottus. Prices ranging from Rs. 550 - 2500, their food are healthy as it could get, and more importantly, they're delicious. We highly recommend their Chicken Wrap that comes in a soft thin roti totally loaded with fresh bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and thin slices of lightly cooked chicken. They do some well flavored, spicy rice and curry, where the veg to rice ratio is like 3:1. Keeping with ordinary kottu standards, Eat Right's chicken kottu has the minimal seasoning, and dominated by the vegetables like carrots, pathola, beans, so it's a healthier, less-guilt version of your regular kottu.
Pulling off healthy food in a delicious way is hella tricky, but somehow Calorie Counter manages to do it, and we are happy that they exist. We are huge fans of their Thai Spiced Grilled Chicken which comes with a sizeable chunk of chicken, accompanied with a carb of your choice and a salad/grilled veggies. Tucked in between the loaves of brown bread with a generous filling of lettuce, avocado, feta cheese, pan fried mushroom, balasmic caramelized onions, and a poached egg, their Poached Egg Sandwich is pretty good as well. This place is a really good option if you're looking for a filling, delicious meal, while trying to watch your figure.
Burger King is a well-run franchise that setted their roots in Colombo about 4 years ago. They've got a few cheaper options than McDonald's, and their Whoppers are pretty decent. With the purpose of adapting to Sri Lankan palates, they try to introduce new stuff to their menu as they move towards in the market - Spicy Chicken Rice and King Rice etc.
Situated a few metres away from the Kohuwala junction, Gihan's is a popular lunch spot with big portions of food and cheap booze. We like to recommend Gihan's Special Mixed Rice, which is a plateful of chicken, prawns, cuttlefish and eggs mixed in a massive amount of rice, that is easily sharable between three people. Their Lamprais doesn't disappoint either. Served with a large roast chicken, and curries that are all really tasty and thoroughly balanced in terms of flavors it's also a relatively big portion if you feel like sharing.
Well known for some good pastries and Italian favorites that are both authentic and affordable, Dolce Italia is one of our favorites. Their Shrimp Fettuccine is excellent, which oozes with a fragrant and herby tomato-based sauce. We really liked their recently introduced pizza range, which also includes a good kurakkan pizza, for anyone who loves pizza, but also keen on your figure shaped or if you're at risk for diabetes.
Anyone who lives in Nugegoda knows about My Burger. It's a popular streetside haunt known for their burgers, and some good cheese kottu. As you can probably see in this picture, their Crispy Chicken Burger is a mouthful, well stuffed with two giant crispy chicken fillets, and plenty of lettuce, onions and tomato. Aside from that, their Cheese Chicken Kottu is a must try, a massive plate of roti soaked in cheese and dripping with cheese. This one is a cheap alternative for franchaise burgers located in an easily accessible spot, and you get your money's worth.
Ahh Isso! We love Isso! Isso's whole game is with isso. Curried, pan fried, and grilled - you name it, they have it. Aside from that, now they've got a monster of a dish called Lobster biriyani, that comes with with five lobster tails (small ones), deep-fried boiled egg, and condiments like cucumber raita, mint chutney and malay pickle. They also do a mean glass of Milo Dinasaur that puts all the Milo based drinks in Colombo to shame. Except for their garlic roast paan, there's nothing here that could possibly disappoint you.
Peri Peri Kukula is an alternative for Nando's, and it's available on PickMe Food. All you have to do is choose the size of your chicken portion, (1/4, 1/2 or a full chicken) and the spiciness of the Peri Peri sauce. If that doesn't interest you, they also also have some starters as well as a Peri Peri Chicken Burger and a Peri Peri Pulled Jack Burger. Pretty simple, but well-executed dishes. We recommend!
Chocoholics is dedicated to making everything a whole lot more chocolatey. They put chocolate on everything, so if you're a chocoholic this is just the place for you. We quite enjoyed their Mixed Fruit Pancake which comes with fluffy and golden brown pancakes stacked together, and warm melted chocolate drizzled all over it. Even the fruits are topped with melted chocolate. You should also try the Chocoholics Classic, which is essentially a strawberry filled waffle with a generous topping of chocolate sauce. The waffle was crispy, mouthwateringly pleasing and the sourness of the strawberries certainly helps balance out the flavors.
Off The Hook is a place for fresh seafood. We are the biggest fan of their Jaffna crab curry, which'll make you promptly fling your arms in the air and wave them in a crazed fashion once you have a taste of this. The default pairing they serve up is pol sambol and roast paan, which goes superbly well with the curry. The roast paan is somehow simultaneously crispy and soft (witchcraft!), and is infused with a light smattering of karapincha leaves.
If you're too lazy to cook dinner tonight, order a buth packet from Himasara Foods with their excellent pork curry - you can thank me later.
The English Cake Company, better known as The Cakery has been an all-time favorite amongst the staff at YAMU. Whenever there's an office party, Bhagya ensures to make a stop here, just to grab their delicious Passion Fruit cake. Their Chocolate cake is pretty good as well - moist, albeit rather crumbly, while the icing is more of a thick ganache that hits the spot if you're looking for something heavily chocolatey.
Yet another spot in Colombo that delivers pretty good rice and curry to your home for an affordable price tag.
Royal Burger is a very reliable stop on Havelock Road for cheese dripping, affordable burgers and subs. Everything here is kind of oily, but in a very satisfying junk food kind of way. Their Double Beef Burger is superb - soft bread, a simple combo of cheese, mayo and tomato, and the punch is in the patty. Even their Crispy Chicken Burger is pretty decent, with a hefty piece of fried chicken tucked in between a soft bun with a slight sweetness to it. Almost all of their stuff cost less than Rs. 500, which makes it a place for an affordable, yet delicious meal.
Managed by the Buddhist Cultural Centre, Ranbath is an all veg restaurant in Colombo that dishes out some authentic Sri Lankan fare - from Dunthel Rice, Kurakkan roti, to normal rice and curry. We especially liked their suwandel rice.
Mexican House, previously known as Let's Taco a place to satisfy your tex-mex cravings. Now they're under a new management, but still their food seem to be getting executed well - nachos, tacos and burritos.
KFC has expanded to every corner in Colombo like your average Perera and Sons. Whilst their biriyani and burgers are pretty mediocre, the fried chicken is still pretty good, which is why they're listed in PickMe Food.
As a food, McDonald's is pretty processed and nothing special, but as an experience it still has a real place in the global psyche. Sometimes you just want McDonald's. As franchises go, McDonald's is pretty reliable - hence, PickMe Food!
Big Bite Biriyani is one of the few places in Colombo that you can grab a really good biriyani for a price under Rs. 500. Cooked with super long grain basmati, it's spicier than most, but it's still damn good. They use a good amount of dried chili flakes in this, which adds the heat, but it's easily handleable by a true Lankan palate. Aside from biriyani, they also dish out a range of other Indian cuisines, such as chana masala, and even a few fried rice varieties.
As the name suggests, the Original Shawarmaz is the newest joint in town if you want to try some authentic, well-executed shawarmaz for a decent fare.
So there you have it - 21 places that deliver dinner to your doorstep through PickMe Food. There's no minimum order, so even if you want just one buth packet, PickMe Food caters to it. Try it out, and let us know how it goes in the comments.
An alfresco dining experience with healthy, delicious meals.
A small resto near Baira Lake, next to MonkeyBean cafe, serving up a wide range of rice & curry dishes on lotus leaves.
The Lion Pub has the best entrance of any bar in Colombo and really cheap beer and good food in large portions
A Korean restaurant in Malabe that does some really good Korean food for an affordable price.
Countries that let you in without a fuss with your Lankan passport