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4/5

Barracuda

41/2 Wasala Road, Dehiwala


We had a great time here. It's a friendly spot on the beach, very near Colombo, with good Chinese food. Doesn't get much better.



Barracuda has grown into one of the best beach side hangouts in Colombo. They do a good take on Sri Lankan Chinese, and their hot butter cuttlefish is one of the best around.

The Food

Barracuda, like it's neighbor The Station, is known mostly for their Sri Lankanized Chinese, with an emphasis on the HBC. Both the menu and prices are very similar to The Station, with both Chinese and Thai dishes to choose from. Portions aren't huge, but we'd say a small portion at around Rs. 600 will suffice for three. Large portions are priced around Rs. 1000.

While the menu at Barracuda is pretty extensive, they need to offer a full liquor menu in order to compete with The Station. One thing that all the diners seemed to agree was that the HBC is a must try and we can say that our verdict from the Top 5 HBC still stays true.


The spicy fried rice with seafood (Rs. 898 for L) was pretty good, and it stayed true to it's "spicy" moniker with the added peppers and chillies adding the heat. There was decent amount of seafood mixed in as well, although we would have preferred regular prawns over the tiny ones.


We already kind of knew the hot butter cuttlefish (Rs. 980 for L) was going to be excellent, and it was. This one is as good as it gets with a light, flavoursome and crunchy batter on top of perfectly cooked cuttlefish . We sat there for a good 10 minutes trying to chose between this dish and the one from The Station, but we decided we'd wait for the next HBC taste-off. However, if you like your HBC a bit spicy, The Station might be a better option for you.


For a change from the Chinese, we decided to go with the chicken green curry (Rs. 600 for S), and it turned out to be pretty tasty. It was creamy and flavoursome, while maintaining a good spiciness with the green chillies and pepper pods. The chicken thigh itself was cooked well, with the creamy gravy binding well to further enhance the flavour.


The double fried pork belly (Rs. 600 for S) was decent, but pretty much all fat. We get that fat is to be expected when you order pork belly but some of the better places like Min Han, have a good ratio of meat to fat in the slices. This dish, while seasoned well, lacked the texture and the taste of the meat.

Ambience and Service


Colombo doesn't actually have many options when it comes to great places to chill by the beach, so Barracuda is a welcome spot. You're seated just a few meters from the ocean but it's still cool because most of the tables are shaded under beautiful mangroves. It also looks great at night under the lights. You can also sit out on the beach, but we recommend that after sunset.


In terms of service, Barracuda beats out The Station. The waiters are attentive, helpful and fast. The food was also ready in less than 15 minutes, at a time with a good amount of diners.

Conclusion


Barracuda is one of the best beach side restaurants Colombo has to offer. The location is outstanding, the food is good and the service is fast.


TIP

They only serve beer and wine, but you can BYOB. No corkage, yay! Note that they host EDM dance parties somedays, so perhaps call ahead on weekends.

Address

41/2 Wasala Road, Dehiwala

Directions

On Marine Drive, keep heading south until you pass the Dehiwala Canal and basically can't go anymore. It's on your right. From Galle Road, turn down at the William Grinding Mills junction.

Contacts

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Open until 11:00 PM

Cuisine

Chinese Thai Sri Lankan Chinese

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Cuttlefish

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
5
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User Reviews
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1/5

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Chamira

I have patronised Barakuda many times before and the service has been just above average. However, after organising an event at the premises booking an entire area, the service we received was absurd and absolutely frustrating. They closed the buffet at 10:30 sharp with no announcement and refused to serve any food after. When we spoke to the manager Neil, he was arrogant above any of the staff and was brushing us away to close the buffet. Pathetic service and throughly disappointed with the staff and especially Neil V who should not be a manager. Will never recommend it patronise Barakuda ever.

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5/5

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Manoj K

Food is amazing and at the right price. Value for money

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1/5

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Vishma Desilva

Beware they now charge a corkage of 1500 for hard liquor or the food & beverage should exceed 1500 per head. So there were 4 of us and the good bill should exceed 6000 rs.
The quality of service dropped significantly the level of service of one of pettahs dodgy bars is much better.
Recommend to avoid barracuda at all cost!

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1/5

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Chamira

I have patronised Barakuda many times before and the service has been just above average. However, after organising an event at the premises booking an entire area, the service we received was absurd and absolutely frustrating. They closed the buffet at 10:30 sharp with no announcement and refused to serve any food after. When we spoke to the manager Neil, he was arrogant above any of the staff and was brushing us away to close the buffet. Pathetic service and throughly disappointed with the staff and especially Neil V who should not be a manager. Will never recommend it patronise Barakuda ever.

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5/5

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Manoj K

Food is amazing and at the right price. Value for money

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1/5

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Vishma Desilva

Beware they now charge a corkage of 1500 for hard liquor or the food & beverage should exceed 1500 per head. So there were 4 of us and the good bill should exceed 6000 rs.
The quality of service dropped significantly the level of service of one of pettahs dodgy bars is much better.
Recommend to avoid barracuda at all cost!

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Asitha.rajapakse

Well….where do I start !!! We had a reservation for 7 people on the beach,unfortunately the weather gods were not on our side last Saturday (25th of Feb) we were asked to move into a glass cubicle as all the other tables were reserved ????as informed by the staff even though we noticed plenty of empty tables in covered areas of the restaurant.
Got the feeling that we were on display inside the cubicle…and feeling claustrophobic.
After the rain had ceased, we ventured to the beach, to our "reserved table", but we were informed that they will not wipe the plastic tables/chairs as it's getting late(9.30 PM) and will not serve anything as well.
However, after much pleading/begging we were given a table in the garden under a tree. Wow….much to our relief.
We ordered dinner….and we made the mistake of ordering Crispy Beef slices with chilli among many other things.
The Beef was so chewy, it reminded me of an old worn out, discarded leather shoe. None of us could eat it and when this was pointed out to the waiter, he replied, Quote " That's the way this particular dish is prepared"Unquote.
We were left speechless, and we also realized that it's futile to pursue this issue with him any further and the best option is to pay and leave & "NEVER TO COME BACK". Also make the public aware of the standard of service and food through a review.
The rest of the food was edible……
The only positive remark I can make about our horrendous experience was that we were allowed to take in our alcohol without a corkage charge.
06 of us were from the hospitality industry and we had never come across such incompetent service standards and appalling food.

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1/5

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Ashi92

WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!!!!

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Tshetrim

Nice atmosphere and food. However when I called to make a reservation for a repeat visit, they were not very helpful and said they do not take reservations. for a party of 12 people I wasn't going to risk going there for dinner and finding out they don't have space. So instead, made a reservation at the next door restaurant where we had a great time.

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1/5

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AmrRiz

Very expensive. Go if you are rich and if you want to waste money.

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