Forget Willy Wonka's factory, forget places like Yum Yum and Candy Planet who pay tribute to it - Bombay Sweet House is the original candy shop. Before every other sweet kade in Colombo began to call themselves 'Bombay Sweet', there were these guys, all the way back in 1948. The shop still remains the best place in town to pick up your classic Indian favourites like jalebi and muscat and to down a glass of Faluda.
We got a whole assortment of sweets - boondhi, jalebi, soan papdi, gulab jamun, muscat, just spending about Rs. 600 in total. You can get 100g of whatever for about 100 bucks, though they usually sell in bulk. Everything is very sugary and very satisfying.
The little yellow beads of boondhi are softer here than at most places, the golden coils of jalebi are just perfect and oozing with sugar, and the flakey soan papdi just instantly crumbles in your mouth. The gulab jamun are smaller and more compact, more old-school. It's good stuff, if the place's hordes of loyal customers are anything to go by. They also unexpectedly had some chicken rolls on display - not spicy, but stuffed to the brim and tasty.
This is the place for muscat, by the way. These fat, gelatinous cubes of goo are delectable, topped with a thin mild sugar crust at the top.
BAM. Dat Faluda. Didn't see this Faluda coming when I asked for a Faluda. For about Rs. 100 you get a giant glass where you can see the different layers - the rose syrup, the milk, the kasa-kasa and a fun dollop of vanilla ice cream. Stir it up and it's pretty grand - milky, fragrant and extremely sweet really, you may be pushing it if you're going to have a bunch of sweets and this.
This is one of those rare little shops that seems to be really functional but still looks the same as it probably did fifty years ago. It's a small space, with a long candy display case, and a bit of seating if you want to sit down for a drink. There are these really old school beige cupboards all along the walls and a lot of mirrors much like little sweet shops in North India.
The first Bombay Sweet House was set up in 1948 in Pettah, by Dawood Bhoy - this was the second, in 1962, and later they opened one in Wellawatte. Dawood Bhoy's son Johar now runs the shop and he told us that his son plans to take over after. This Bora family may be royalty in Colombo's candy world, but the shop remains charmingly small and understated.
Service was very efficient during our visit. The waiter jokingly warned us that eating as many sweets as we did can make us really giddy and to be careful. Maybe he wasn't joking now that I think about it.
Bombay Sweet House has survived the test of time and remains a quality place for Indian sweets and Faluda. If you're looking for a mind numbingly sugary packet of boondhi or gulab jamun, this place is your fix.
Bombay Sweet House is the original Sri Lankan candy shop, the city's oldest candy makers, and still remains the best place for Indian sweets and a fresh glass of Faluda.
The oldest of Colombo’s Bombay sweet houses remains the best place in the city to grab some Indian Sweets.
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