This neighbourhood of Colombo is located just south of Bambalapitiya and flanked from the ocean from the west. The name Wallawatte more or less translates to the sandy garden which is accurate given the long coastline.
If you find yourself hungry and looking for a place to grab a meal, here we list a few (in no particular order) that should help you out with that.
Rio Ice Cream doesn’t require an introduction. But for those of you who are not familiar with this, Rio is an ice cream franchise from Jaffna that gives you a good brain freeze with a range of flavours for a pocket-friendly price. Wallawatte beach is just a walk away from this place if you need a view to enjoy your ice cream with.
In case you need to grab a flavoursome thin-crust pizza cooked from a brick oven, this is the place. The ambience, the atmosphere coupled with the quick and helpful staff, all add up to a cool dine-in experience here.
Located in arguably one of the nicest roads in Colombo, this cafe focuses on desserts that you can indeed, happily indulge in. We enjoyed their Strawberry Cheesecake as well as their comfortable cafe vibes.
Specialised in Middle Eastern fare, they serve up some delicious wraps. While the ambience gave us weird vibes, the staff and the food was superb. Their Hummus with Chicken was brilliant too.
More or less carrying the dessert theme of the previous resident (Schakasz), Oh My Cake serves up superb desserts. The interior hasn't changed much and still stays true to being a “cute cafe” with friendly service. If you want to grab a good slice of cake, or a boozed up tart, this is the spot.
Hailing from a well-known restaurant franchise in India, Street Foods by Punjab Grill has been here for a while. If you are a fan of Indian food you can find them on the first floor of the GSH Colombo. While what they serve aren’t exactly “street food” you can enjoy a good meal here. Their biriyani isn't the best there is, but the tandoori dishes live up to the name.
If you need authentic Indian food this is the place to hit. This bungalow flipped to a resto has a calm atmosphere with music to fit the mood. They are quite spacious and the food is delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed their Butter Kultcha with the Paneer Butter Masala, and also the Chicken Tikka Biriyani.
This is a little eatery that serves up 100% vegan food. Their prices are quite fair and the food tastes surprisingly good. Their main focus is burgers and sandwiches, and they serve a few lunch items too. Make sure you try their Mock-fish burger.
The Cauldron has been around for a while now, and even though they don’t have anything cauldron-like in the ambience, it's a place to sit back and relax while enjoying a good meal. A solid coffee shop that has racked up a loyal fan base, this one is well-known for their carrot cake, and putting a Lankan twist on Western things - such as their Kalu Pol Chicken Roast Paan Sandwich.
Unknown to many, Hotel Sapphire houses a really good Chinese Restaurant in their 3rd floor called Golden Palace. They have an extensive menu, well-maintained interior and excellent service to match. We found they have good value for money too. Their Sweet and Sour Crispy Pork was brilliant as we recall.
Fully focused on coffee, which is reflected in their excellent brews, Kopi Kade is also known for their small plates of modernised Sri Lankan food as well. Attention to detail and sophistication is the theme in this place, so the prices, as expected, are not the cheapest. We always have the best experience here at every single time we’ve been here so, drop by and get your coffee on or their Salted Kithul Ice Cream which is simply excellent.
Chana's does a good rendition of North Indian fare. Since the place is not that big and you won't get the greatest of a dining experience, so you are better off with takeaway or getting it delivered. They are reliable when it comes to their food and we particularly enjoyed their Tandoori Chicken Biriyani.
Yaal has been one of the favourites of YAMUites for their stellar food, even though their ambience leaves a bit to be desired. But don't let that hold you back, because this place is always bustling with people satisfying their Jaffna-food cravings. Try their Prawn String-Hopper Biriyani - it is fantastic!
Shanmugas is one of the oldest and top Indian vegetarian restaurants in town. If you are craving the classics they got you covered with their varied and extensive menu. We thoroughly enjoyed the Ghee Masala Dosai.
If you are in this neighbourhood, check these places out. Do let us know in the comments how your experience was and if there are places that you think we should include in this list.
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