Bambalapitiya is a neighbourhood that captures a full “snapshot” of what Colombo is. Flanked by a beachside that’s aligned with a railroad, the Galle Road that roars with the noise by day and almost deadly quiet at night, quite suburban on the inside yet bustling with people, and extravagant buildings, it’s a well-known, and one of the main towns in Colombo district. So, if If you find yourself hungry in this town, we have a list of what we think is worth your consideration.
With a carefully curated menu, well-executed dishes and excellent service - Villa Raha, delivers a brunch to remember. Their Brioche French Toast is easily one of the best breakfast dishes in town.
Offering up a good variety of healthy harvest bowls with BYOB - Build Your Own Bowl, they do a super job in whipping up some of the healthiest food we've seen. This is a place for anyone who wants to enjoy a guilt-free meal.
While the space here isn’t the biggest there is, they serve some good home-baked goodies and coffee. Their Blueberry Cheesecake is top notch.
Tucked away on an inside road of Bambalapitiya with an unsophisticated look from outside, they carry an extensive list of Indian dishes. This is a good option if you are on the lookout for veg-friendly dining.
This is the place if you are in the mood for some good, refined take on Sri Lankan food. Their Tasting Basket captures the essence of what they offer.
Everyone is on the lookout for good pizza and if you are in Bambalapitiya looking for the same, look no further than Fire & Ice Pizzeria. They whip up some of the best thin-crust pizzas we’ve seen and have BYOB.
Geek or Nerd or just a normal person, good food is something we all agree on. So, it’s a pleasure to see how Geek HQ coming forward with a geeky spin on food. Almost all the names on their food are inspired by some sort of TV, movie, comic or some geek literature. Get their Clobberin' Time burger and clobber away while enjoying some geeky ambience.
With an inviting ambience, Ranbath offers a spread of fully vegetarian food on nelum kola (lotus leaves) no less. The curries are made from organic veggies, and they seem to make the place eco-friendly as possible. Trust us you won't miss your meats here, even if you are not a vegetarian.
They are always jam-packed for a reason. This place is a classic example of a humble family-run food place that is focused on offering good rice and curry.
This small joint is quite easy to miss if you are not actually looking for it, but trust us on this, it is worth looking out for. A spot dedicated just for dumplings, and they do really good ones at that. You can have your momos steamed, shallow fried or wok fried and then filled with either veggies, chicken, beef or prawns.
All day breakfast is an excellent idea and One Up delivers it - albeit at a price. They also offer you some of the best coffees in Colombo.
Flamingo Restaurant inside the Ceylon City Hotel carries a massive list of offerings from a mix of cuisines like Western, Italian, Arabic, Chinese and Sri Lankan. We liked their Singaporean Crab.
What used to be a food truck is now has extended themselves to a restaurant. Sporting up some flavour explosions, it’s just the spot for some of the best gourmet burgers in town.
Redone with spacious interior with pleasing Indian vibes, Mathura - while requiring no introduction - serves some good veg-friendly Indian food. They do a solid veg biryani if that’s what your heart craves for.
If you are in the mood for some authentic Sri Lankan, export quality lagoon crab made into delicious dishes, this is the spot. Overlooking the sea with good spacious ambience, you can make a mess with crab here and BYOB too.
Moksha's speciality is the kulfi, but they do a bunch of other Indian snacks too - chaat, biriyani whatnot.
Putting a Sri Lankan spin on Chinese food, they serve up some good food that is worth your time and money. Their Crispy Fillet of Fish was especially good.
We can't also forget about VOC Cafe (Dutch Burgher Union) for whipping up some good lamprais, Sarasvati Lodge & Sri Vihar for their their dosa that is quite notable, Dwaraka for pouring up good masala chai, and Grill By Paan Paan for offering some good sandwiches and salad with a focus on meats.
These are just some of the places that we've had the pleasure of knowing. Hope it will be of help whenever you need to grab a bite while you are in the neighbourhood.
Colombo's only drive-through bakery. They've got good ice cream and amazing chocolate fudge cake.
A list of 16 places for your next day outing.
The Station shows you how to make the classic Sri Lankan Hot Butter Cuttlefish.
A quick and easy, shape eke well balanced Breakfast...
Aunty Raliya made us some incredibly spicy and flavoursome minced beef curry. It goes wonderfully well with roast-paan! (and any other carb, really).