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Boat Haus Cafe (Haus Chandra)

37 Beach Road, Mount Lavinia


A whole grilled fish, a pile of garlic drenched prawns, some ice cold bottles of lion larger, the roar of the sea all to yourself on a weekday evening. This is what Haus Chandra/the Boat Haus Cafe offers.



Colombo’s greatest asset is the fact that it is absolutely a city by the sea. Wherever you go the sea is just minutes away and for kilometres the city sprawls along the coast.

What this means in practice is endless opportunities for beach side dinner, drinks and dancing. Sadly, however, the city hasn’t yet learned to take advantage of its ample beach real estate.  Mt Lavinia, Wellawatte, Dehiwala, Wattala, and the much underrated Crow’s Island beach haven’t become the strips of beach side activity and entertainment they could be.

For now to find even a hint of beach life or nightlife in Colombo you need to head to Mt Lavinia, but even the long stretch of gold coast there can be pretty deserted. That’s not always a bad thing.

Haus Chandra Hotel / Boat Haus Cafe

A whole grilled fish, a pile of garlic drenched prawns, some ice cold bottles of lion larger, the roar of the sea all to yourself on a weekday evening. This is what Haus Chandra/the Boat Haus Cafe offers.  It’s one of just a handful of restaurants that really makes use of Colombo’s Seaside setting, but rather than leveraging on its location alone it also offers good food and reasonable prices to go with the sea and sand.

A fridge displays the catch of the day and in true beach side fashion you point to the creatures you’d most like to eat have them weighed and chose how you’d like them prepared.  For me its usually a grilled mullet (Rs 1700) with garlic sauce, crabs with chili sauce and fried jumbo prawns (Rs 300 per 100 grams) with garlic and chilli sauce. Add a side order of the excellent kan kun and some fried rice and you have a meal fit for… anybody, which will serve a good six people and costs, with beer, no more than 1800 rupees a head.

I am not going to claim it’s cheap but for a beachside celebration or the beginning of a big night out I can’t think of many better venues in the city.

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Boat House Cafe is a great choice if you're looking to grab some fresh seafood by the beach. The service can be trying at times, but we still think it's good spot.

A whole grilled fish, a pile of garlic drenched prawns, some ice cold bottles of lion larger, the roar of the sea all to yourself on a weekday evening. This is what Haus Chandra/the Boat Haus Cafe offers.

සිංහල අනේ මංදා! ඔන්න ඔහෙ මේ තැනත් හොඳ ලැයිස්තුවටම දාගන්නකො. මොකද අපිත් අන්තිමට එහෙම්ම කලා… ඒ විතරක් නෙවෙයි වෙරළෙත් රවුමක් ගහල.. තරු දිහා බලාගෙන ඉඳලා...

සිංහල කූරියා පිටින් ග්‍රිල් කරන හෙවත් පලහන ලද මාළුවකු, සුදුළූනු සමග පිසින ලද ඉස්සන් ගොඩක්, අයිස් මෙන් සීත ලයන් ලාගර් බීර බෝතල් හා මුහුදේ රළ බි‍ෙඳෙන හඬ සතියේ දිනවල හැන්දෑවේ මෙහිදී ඔබටමය. මේ හවුස් චන්ද්‍රා හෝටලය / බෝට් හවුස් කැෆේ ඔබට පිරිනමන දේය.

தமிழ் ஒரு ரம்மியமான மாலைப்பொழுதில் கடலின் பேரிரைச்சலை ரசித்தவாறு கிறில் செய்யப்பட ஒரு முழுமீன், வெள்ளைப்பூண்டு நிறைந்த இறால், பியர் என ருசிப்பதற்கான இடம் போட் ஹவ்ஸ் கபே.

Address

37 Beach Road, Mount Lavinia

Directions

Boat Haus Cafe is at the very end of Beach Road (turn off from Galle Rd.) just past the railway tracks.

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Open until 11:00 PM

Dish Types

Seafood

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3
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