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3/5

Bars Cafe

24, Deal Place, Colombo 3


Bars Cafe has gotten a facelift, along with a revamped menu. They've definitely got room for improvement, but we were happy to see that they had addressed some of their old issues.



Bars Cafe has gotten a facelift, along with a new menu and management (same owners). They've definitely got room for improvement, but we were happy to see that they had addressed some of their old issues.

The Food

This incarnation of Bars is more or less a new restaurant. The prices haven't changed all that much with mains priced between Rs. 600 to Rs. 1300. We'd say that Bars 2.0 falls in that semi-fine dining range with prices not being cheap, but also not exorbitantly high.


For starters we got three spoons (Rs. 150 each), and they were all pretty good.

  1. Four-cheese spicy ball: this spoon had a texture similar to that of a fried wonton, with a slightly spicy, creamy cheese filling.
  2. Roast lamb with dark cherry and rosemary: this is slices of roast lamb topped with rosemary in an acidic dark cherry sauce. We enjoyed this, but the strong flavour of the dark cherry may not appeal to some.
  3. Roast duck parcel: This was our favorite, this was like a velvety duck dim sum with a sweet and sour plum sauce base.


For the main we went with the tenderloin beef with crushed pepper sauce (Rs. 900), which was a bit of mixed bag. The positives were that the overall seasoning was on point and the mash was smooth and creamy. On the flip-side our beef was unevenly cooked, with most of it being well done and certain areas on the rare end of the spectrum (when we asked for it to be cooked medium). We've come across this problem at quite a few restaurants lately, which is disappointing.


Going through the menu, we noticed that there weren't any dessert options. So when we asked the waiter, he pointed at the wall and told us that we'd have to pick the dessert from the "dessert wall", which is literally a wall of desserts.  It's definitely a nice touch in terms of aesthetics but we wished they had marked the prices on the confections to make the process a bit easier. On the plus side you get to see what you're having, as oppose to just reading a description.


After much inspection, we decided to go with the chocolate biscuit pudding (Rs. 450). When it came to the table it was quite cold, which means it would probably have been sitting in the fridge for a bit. That being said it tasted quite nice with plenty of chocolate and around six layers of biscuits. Unfortunately, when we got to the center, it was still frozen, so we ended up leaving behind a sizeable chunk. This was a real shame since the taste itself was fine, just clumsy service prep.

Ambience & Service


Bars Cafe 2.0 has made some much needed cosmetic changes to the restaurant, which includes a completely redone interior which is both chic and contemporary. With Delifrance taking half of the floor area, Bars is down to a capacity of 40, which we feel will suffice. As mentioned earlier the dessert wall also adds to the ambience, while making the ordering process less mundane.


Service was one area that the old management really dropped the ball, with constant complaints by diners. This time around they seem to have addressed that issue, with relatively fast service and attentive waiters. The manager also spoke with us while we were having dessert (without knowing we were from YAMU), to get our feedback. I showed him the frozen pudding, for which he apologized and immediately offered us a new dessert which was polite of him. This is more or less a new restaurant, so we aren't going to be overly critical here, but they need to work out these kinks in a short time.

Conclusion

We think the new Bars Cafe brings some welcomed changes and interesting new additions. They're still rough around the edges, but if they can correct the issues we ran into, they can make a lasting impression.


TIP

The only bar that Bars lacks is, well, a bar. No booze.

Address

24, Deal Place, Colombo 3

Directions

Although the address says Deal Pl, Bars Cafe is practically on Duplication Rd, just past The Manhattan Fish Market.

Contacts

E-Mail Website

Report Inaccuracy

This place has closed down

Cuisine

Western

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Meats

Ratings Breakdown

Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
User Reviews
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Sage

Horrible service and on top of that foul smelling & foul tasting rotten lettuce in Cearsar Salad! Carefully check your food before you eat. Then the manager wants us to pay for the rest of the food after serving rotten food. Customer service = -100

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Thiyagu

Terrible service and no intention of making the patrons happy… and they waiters don't even follow basic food hygienic policies. Would never go to Bars Cafe again.

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Sage

Horrible service and on top of that foul smelling & foul tasting rotten lettuce in Cearsar Salad! Carefully check your food before you eat. Then the manager wants us to pay for the rest of the food after serving rotten food. Customer service = -100

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1/5

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Thiyagu

Terrible service and no intention of making the patrons happy… and they waiters don't even follow basic food hygienic policies. Would never go to Bars Cafe again.

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