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4/5

Blackbird Brekkie and Brunch

1st Floor, 282 Liberty Arcade, Colpetty.

  • This place has closed down


A plethora of breakfast and brunch options ranging from Sri Lankan, Arab, and British to Italian dishes.



Note: Blackbird is temporarily closed. They're looking for a new place to 'migrate' to, so stay tuned!

Blackbird Brekkie is an all-day breakfast and brunch spot tucked away on a side of the ever-expanding Which Way West at Liberty Arcade. It's the perfect spot for a group of people who all want to eat different things and also want to people-watch chaps on Duplication Road.

Dining & Drinks

 The menu is pretty vast, which can be a bit daunting. They appear to have everything from Continental Breakfasts to Italian pastas to Arabic sharing platters.  They also have a Lankan rice and curry for Rs. 690! We decided to opt for a full English Breakfast (Rs. 990) and a Carbonara (Rs. 960). Both dishes came out in a surprisingly short 10 minutes, nice and hot. 

The English Brekkie was a well-executed fry-up that came complete with baked beans, sauteed mushrooms, a solitary tomato, butter, toast, 2 chicken & garlic sausages, a sunny side up egg (you can choose your egg any way), a couple of rashers of bacon, and some toast. The variety of stuff for under a thousand rupees here is staggering, but we could have done with more bacon, better sausages, and slightly more exciting bread. We also felt that while the quantity was almost exactly the same as Dottie's for example, the presentation wasn't as compelling. 

The carbonara was a hefty portion that came with a chunk of garlic bread. We're glad they used real bacon (which is better than chicken bacon but worse than guanciale or pancetta), and that the sauce didn't show scrambled bits of egg. The pasta itself was slightly al dente, and tasted great. However, I didn't enjoy the olive slices on top, it just didn't suit the dish at all.

For dessert we opted to share a little chocolate mousse, which was enough to share between two at Rs. 340. The whipped cream wasn't too fresh, but the mousse itself was lovely and chocolatey, with a slight rum finish (which must have been essence because the waiter assured me there was no alcohol added). 

Our drinks were good too, albeit a bit pricey. We tried out a Cappuccino (Rs. 390 for a small cup)and an Apple & Beetroot Juice Blend (Rs. 550). The cappuccino (and the rest of their coffee) is all from the French brand Cafés Richard. Other coffee options start at Rs. 320 for an espresso and go up to Rs. 830 for a Caramel Frappé. Lightly frothy and with the usual leafy coffee art, it was fairly quality coffee presented well.

The juice blend was fine too, super healthy with no added sweeteners (they gave us a little sugar syrup on the side). It was a tad lumpy and grainy, which we didn't really enjoy, but the freshness of the ingredients was great.

Ambience & Service

The vibe of the place is surprisingly airy and nice, with lots of natural light coming in from the road-facing windows, chill lounge jazz, and cosy seating. The coffee bar panel is also an earthy mix of wood and (misleadingly un-updated) blackboards, which softens the place. We found a nice spot by the window overlooking the street so we could people-watch. 

There was just one friendly solo waiter, but one efficient staff member is all the place really needs. We were checked upon frequently, and he was able to give us recommendations which is always a huge plus.

Overall

Our general experience of Blackbird was good. It wasn't unique or exciting enough to warrant a 5*, but it's standard well-cooked food, a full and varied menu, and friendly service. We'd recommend it!


TIP

Try their English Breakfast. It's great value for money.

Address

1st Floor, 282 Liberty Arcade, Colpetty.

Directions

Shares the same floorspace as Which Way West. Entrance is to your left just before the pub.

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Cuisine

Western British Italian Sri Lankan

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
5
Ambience Rating
4

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ajlalwani

Went for the full English breakfast. Good portion for the price. Omelettes were good. Service was excellent. Would definitely go here again

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2/5

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Zango

We went for brekkie last Saturday and food was okay. Not great but okay… But the worst was the looooooooooooooong wait for the food!

And the place was smelling of egg as we walked in. Had flies sitting on the tables… Hygienic??

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4/5

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ajlalwani

Went for the full English breakfast. Good portion for the price. Omelettes were good. Service was excellent. Would definitely go here again

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2/5

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Zango

We went for brekkie last Saturday and food was okay. Not great but okay… But the worst was the looooooooooooooong wait for the food!

And the place was smelling of egg as we walked in. Had flies sitting on the tables… Hygienic??

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2/5

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pebbles001

Visited Blackbird this morning, a few of us. the "Arabic Brekkie" which was decent for its price as well as some great coffee and good setting. Service was pretty quick and courteous.

However, one of us ordered the "homemade granola with yogurt and fruit" priced at 810 LKR and ended up with cornflakes with a few pumpkin seeds, a cut of strawberry and a layer of Newdale strawberry yogurt.

Now we'd have been perfectly happy with cornflakes and yogurt had the description said that, however, a 'healthy ' brekkie option where the real deal is nothing of the description is a clear rip off !

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2/5

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FJ28

I’m not usually one to give unfavourable reviews about places I eat at, but I have to give this place 2 stars out of 5. 2 stars only for the food. We ordered the BBQ quesadillas which promised jalapeños in ‘em but instead came with ordinary green bell peppers. It was very filling though and quite tasty so thank God for that. The fish & chips was also pretty good because of the crispy batter. We got a banana smoothie that tasted a bit sharp which led us to believe they used unripe bananas. When I sipped into my hazelnut latte, at first, I was so pleased to find a good hint of hazelnut-ty flavour in the frothy bit on top. When i stirred the whole thing, it tasted just like cappuccino minus any flavor of hazelnut whatsoever (which made me really, really sad!)

We picked Blackbird because of the big hype about it and the positive reviews here on YAMU but were absolutely disappointed with the place and the setting. We found a huge lock of hair behind the sofa we were sitting on and the floor wasn’t vacuumed or swept. The chairs were stained with god-knows-what and half of the place looked really gloomy. It looked like somebody had a big party last night and nobody wanted to clean up after. Oh, and I should probably mention this and I guess you guys should too; this place is by all means, not kid-friendly.

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Eshana

We ordered the chilli fries with Parmesan and there wasn't an ounce of cheese on them and they charged us Rs. 400 for it. I was also pretty disappointed with the beef steak sandwich which was mediocre at best and the jalapeños were majorly MIA. The only thing that was decent was the blackbird smoothie.

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Ajit Prasanna

Was a bit tough to find the place but it was on the 1st flr of Liberty Arcade! Anyway food and ambience was great. Can't beat the coffee here :) Seafood bisque pasta was a 5/5 with the BB special smoothie so good looking too!

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4/5

Vishvi YAMU STAFF

Rated 4/5

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ArnilaKumaratunga

I loved it! Me and a few friends came across blackbird on instagram and they sure did deliver. The variety of food and drinks were awesome! Arabic brekkie and their Italian toast made from brioche is a must try.
The caramel macchiato is the best!

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walkingdead

I walk past this place 2 x a day and have never seen it open despite it being on yamu - what's the deal yamu?

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George

This fabulous restaurant provided us with some of the best and nearest home cooking we have had for a long time.
The staff extremely obliging,it is always worth waiting for a quality produced meal.

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