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Bakes By Bella

26, Col. T G Jayawardena Mawatha, Colombo 03


Bakes by Bella has come a long way, from starting off as a little home baker to now having a full-blown delicatessen in Colpetty.



After taking a small break, Bakes by Bella is back! It's a new look, in an all-new location, with a whole bunch of new dishes, and delicious cakes that they're well known for. 

Food

At the moment, they've got an interesting breakfast menu (which we're planning to check out very soon), and a few pasta and rice-centric items for lunch. 

This Nasi goreng (Rs. 900) was simply heavenly. Served as a hefty portion of rice, along with prawn crackers, a bulls-eye egg, slices of zucchini, tomato, lemon and two chicken satays, it's one of the most complete takes on Nasi goreng we've seen in Colombo. 

The rice itself was cooked to be on the fluffy side without being sticky nor oily, and had a heap of seafood and sausages mixed in. There were chunks of chewy cuttlefish and plumpy prawns making every bite so rich and flavourful, while sliced up sausages adding a playful saltiness. Unless you're a big eater like many of us at YAMU, this portion can be easily shared among two people.
The Creamy Chicken Pasta (Rs. 950) was a serving of penne pasta cooked al dente and soaked in cheese galore. With enough pieces of juicy, smoky chicken to go around, it was generous with parmesan too, which helped to draw mounds of flavour; enriching every forkful. 

Out of the dessert options available, we went with the Chocolate Biscuit Pudding (Rs. 500) and a slice of Tres Leches (Rs. 500). 
With a dusting of chocolate powder on top, the Chocolate Biscuit Pudding was nicely layered with Marie biscuits and gooey slatherings of creamy chocolate. The sweetness was on point, and the crunchiness was in check, so it's a total win. 

The Tres Leches was top-notch. Featuring a light whipped cream frosting, the base of the cake was spongy, soft and moist, and the sweetness was spot on. It was further improved by the condensed milk soaking its bottom half, but it didn't make it overly sugary. 

Drinks

BBB serves both hot and cold coffee-based drinks. We opted for the Mocha Latte (Rs. 580) and Nutella Shake (Rs. 750). 

Out of the two, this Mocha Latte was out favourite. The chocolate-to-coffee ratio here was ideal, the milk was perfectly steamed, and the sweetness was well-balanced. 

This one could easily use a couple more shots of Nutella. It was mostly on the milky side but managed to give a refreshing feel on the palate. 

Ambience & Service

Despite the location change, the cosy, chilled-out vibe hasn't left the BBB. There was lots and lots of natural lights seeping through its gigantic glass windows, while the space is decorated with comfy cushy chairs and drawings on the wall. Ideal for a coffee date, some me-time with a book, or to catch up with your favourite people. 

The food and drinks landed on our table after around 15 minutes, but the cakes took their sweet time to arrive. Aside from that, the staff was all smiles, quite friendly and absolutely welcoming. 

Conclusion

We're glad that BBB is back. They're still adding the finishing touches to the menu, so there will be more stuff to indulge in the near future. We spotted a whole bunch of super interesting treats on their breakfast menu which we're quite stoked to try out in our next visit. 

*Photographs courtesy of: @raveen.re

TIP

Try their cake shakes, you're in for a (very filling) treat.

Address

26, Col. T G Jayawardena Mawatha, Colombo 03

Directions

It's a bit of a maze, but head on into Alfred House Avenue and they're on the left side of the main lane.

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1/5

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Jayfern

I had a strange experience . I walked into BBB and ordered a coffee . When i sat down and was waiting for my coffee. I overheard a lady half whispering to my server behind the counter , "don't give your name " . I looked up and saw the lady glancing at me . Just wondering if that was directed at me and why? Really rude and unnecessary. The coffee was good but this experience left me feeling awkward and uncomfortable.

Avatar for Binu
1

3/5

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Binu

BBB is a pretty nice place to hangout however in my opinion is a bit overrated.
Yesterday I went there with 3 of my friends and we were pretty lucky cuz the couch in the corner was free. I just love it there. You could hangout at BBB for hours and not get bored cuz of the book rack in the corner. A smart move considering that the customers wouldn't get that pissed when their orders arrive late cuz there's plenty of stuff to distract yourselves with.
We ordered just three cakeshakes (Nutella, Fudge Brownie, Red Velvet) and a Banana Smoothie but they took over half an hour to serve the order. The Red Velvet arrived even later and I actually thought for a moment they forgot all about us. Considering that it wasn't even a rush hour, I would give 1/5 for service.
Banana Smoothie was pretty basic and I wouldn't recommend it to any one.
Fudge brownie and the Nutella aren't great either but you could try them just for the experience. You don't find cakeshakes everywhere ;)
The taste of the Red Velvet #myfav though never disappoints me. This, I highly recommend.
All in all BBB is a chill spot to hangout. Definitely go there if you haven't been but mind you just don't go in with the highest of expectations. It IS kinda overrated.

M
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3/5

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Maheshika

The first time I went to Bakes by Bella, me and my boyfriend was surprisingly satisfied with the decor, atmosphere and the food and coffee. We shared a cappuccino and a apple based cake/bruder like cake with two scoops of vanilla ice cream that was displayed on the counter. We both loved it! The second time we went, it was crowded with the weekend folks and we ordered a "cinnammonbon" along with a cappuccino. They forgot to serve the cinnammonbon until I spoke to one of the staff. When it was served, the bun was overheated, burnt my tongue and became stiff and dry!
I understand that when you get busy, mishaps can happen but if you want to maintain the quality and wonderful buzz that's there, then this sort of thing cannot happen.

J
1

1/5

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Jayfern

I had a strange experience . I walked into BBB and ordered a coffee . When i sat down and was waiting for my coffee. I overheard a lady half whispering to my server behind the counter , "don't give your name " . I looked up and saw the lady glancing at me . Just wondering if that was directed at me and why? Really rude and unnecessary. The coffee was good but this experience left me feeling awkward and uncomfortable.

Avatar for Binu
1

3/5

0

Binu

BBB is a pretty nice place to hangout however in my opinion is a bit overrated.
Yesterday I went there with 3 of my friends and we were pretty lucky cuz the couch in the corner was free. I just love it there. You could hangout at BBB for hours and not get bored cuz of the book rack in the corner. A smart move considering that the customers wouldn't get that pissed when their orders arrive late cuz there's plenty of stuff to distract yourselves with.
We ordered just three cakeshakes (Nutella, Fudge Brownie, Red Velvet) and a Banana Smoothie but they took over half an hour to serve the order. The Red Velvet arrived even later and I actually thought for a moment they forgot all about us. Considering that it wasn't even a rush hour, I would give 1/5 for service.
Banana Smoothie was pretty basic and I wouldn't recommend it to any one.
Fudge brownie and the Nutella aren't great either but you could try them just for the experience. You don't find cakeshakes everywhere ;)
The taste of the Red Velvet #myfav though never disappoints me. This, I highly recommend.
All in all BBB is a chill spot to hangout. Definitely go there if you haven't been but mind you just don't go in with the highest of expectations. It IS kinda overrated.

M
2

3/5

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Maheshika

The first time I went to Bakes by Bella, me and my boyfriend was surprisingly satisfied with the decor, atmosphere and the food and coffee. We shared a cappuccino and a apple based cake/bruder like cake with two scoops of vanilla ice cream that was displayed on the counter. We both loved it! The second time we went, it was crowded with the weekend folks and we ordered a "cinnammonbon" along with a cappuccino. They forgot to serve the cinnammonbon until I spoke to one of the staff. When it was served, the bun was overheated, burnt my tongue and became stiff and dry!
I understand that when you get busy, mishaps can happen but if you want to maintain the quality and wonderful buzz that's there, then this sort of thing cannot happen.

H
1

5/5

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hannah1998

what time do they open?? cuz i honestly cant remember

M
1

5/5

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MDeen

Bakes by Bella - The Best in Town

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2/5

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imajeed

Foodwise, the "Chicken of the Sea" (Rs 750) that was described as smoked salmon, rocket leaves and cream cheese, also featured onions, tomatoes and cucumber. The unnecessary ingredients took away from the smoked salmon, despite the generous amount. I pulled them out and ate it, so. Shape.

Ambience unwise, the inspiration quote tiles were a bit noisy in all their peppy positivity, and the music was dece but totally out of place. I somehow imagined this would be the type of place that would play Ed Sheeran.

Service wise they seemed alright. The waiter asked how the food was after, I just wished he had mentioned the onions when I placed the order.

V
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2/5

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vikiD

not sure if it was just for us, but the waffles had no taste

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