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4/5

Burger King (Mount Lavinia)

212 Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

  • Closed right now


To quote the Notorious BIG, it looks like Softlogic is representing BK to the fullest. The Whopper tastes authentic, the service is competent and the location is well equipped and smart. The restaurant doesn't go beyond the usual Burger King flavor, but it's not supposed to. It's very new, but we'd say that this franchise hits the mark.



Burger King has opened three branches in Colombo - in Colpetty (near Renuka hotel), Rajagiriya (near the KFC) and Mount Lavinia (near Family Super).

The Mount Lavinia Burger King is open now. It's a good Burger King franchise and already popular. It's still fast food and not good to have that often, but we think the taste is better than McDonald's. Softlogic seems to have hired and is training some competent staff and the facilities and locations are of good quality. Looks like Burger King is here to staypa, so make a pilgrimage while it's still exciting and new.

The Food



The Whopper (meal for Rs. 590) The Whopper (meal for Rs. 590)


The Sri Lankan Burger King has the basic BK menu. No bacon, so we presume the place is halal, though that really is a bit of a loss. The only thing we can't place is the BBQ Turkey Strips Burger (No. 3, Rs. 570 for the meal), haven't seen that anywhere. We'll actually go ahead and list the main menu here, it's short. Prices are all for the meals, including fries and Pepsi.

  1. Whopper (Rs. 590)
  2. Whopper Jr. (Rs. 490)
  3. BBQ Turkey Strips Burger (Rs. 570)
  4. Grilled Chicken Burger (Rs. 590)
  5. Chicken Royale (Rs. 590)
  6. Veggie Burger (Rs. 520)
  7. Fish N Chips (Rs. 520)


They also have kids meals ranging from Rs. 330 (Hamburger) to Rs. 400 (Chicken Nuggets). Those include a Pepsi and ice cream but no fries, which we're thinking kids would want.

They also have onion rings (Rs. 180 to 420), chicken nuggets (Rs. 360 for six or 460 for nine) and desserts like a Hershey's Sundae Pie for Rs. 390. Basically you're looking at Rs. 500-600 per person.

French Fries At Mount Lavinia Burger King

But how does it taste? We tried the Whopper, Jr. Whopper and an apple pie (Rs. 200) for dessert. The Whopper - the hallmark of Burger King - was pretty good. The meat was flame grilled if not huge and the burger was full of condiments and veg, something McDonalds skimps on. This burger has good hunks of tomato, lettuce, generous pickle and dollops of ketchup and mayo. It's a satisfying bite.

The fries are pretty good too, big fat ones. McDonalds has pretty great fries but these are competitive and somehow feel more connected to their potato roots. Each meal comes with a drink, which is kinda small. Also, take extra napkins. All the condiments means that the meal gets messy.

As for the apple pie, it's fine but not really worth Rs. 200, IMHO.

The Whopper is a the benchmark for a Burger King and it passes. If you're trying to save money and get a junior, not that it's quite small, basically half the size.

Service



Making a burger Making a burger


It's training time as of this writing so there were like 40 staff in the store when we visited. They're training everyone from all three branches in Mount for now. Firstly, the fact that they're having training is great, and it looks structured. A manager (Namal) saw me taking photos outside and was nice enough to come and chat about the place. The people greeting are smart, the cashiers smile and the guys doing prep treat it like a F1 refueling. This is just the first week, but it's a good start.

I should note that they had software issues while I was there and the order was not super fast, but people are paying attention and they're actively fixing and improving stuff, which is what matter in the end. One guy actually turned over the ketchup packets on my tray so they were facing up, a detail, but fast food does come down to details.

So far this looks like a successful franchising venture, which is harder than you'd think.

Location



Window At Mount Lavinia Burger King

The Mount Burger King is in a good location just before the Hotel Road turn-off across from the Family Super. That said, Mount is far and it's good that they have other locations as well. The building itself is nice and has parking for about 8 cars, which may not actually be enough. There's a drive-thru round back where it looks like you could park more, though it's not currently operational. There's outdoor seating in front and back and plenty of seating inside.

They've done the location up well.

Conclusion



Placing Sign At Mount Lavinia Burger King

To quote the Notorious BIG, it looks like Softlogic is representing BK to the fullest. The Whopper tastes authentic, the service is competent and the location is well equipped and smart. The restaurant doesn't go beyond the usual Burger King flavor, but it's not supposed to. It's very new, but we'd say that this franchise hits the mark.

TIP

Get extra napkins.

Address

212 Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

Directions

Head down the Galle Road towards Mt. Lavinia. It's on the seaside past the Arpico and before Hotel Road.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

Closed right now

Cuisine

Western American Fast Food

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Burgers Submarines

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3
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User Reviews
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4/5

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Double whooper

I dont understand y are people complaining about how small the burgers are compared to Mc Donald's. I dono if u guys r out of ur minds or are simply MC Donald's fanboy ! I have always had the double whooper beef with cheese as well as the whooper beef with cheese and I can attest to the fact that these burgers taste just like the ones I have tasted abroad having lived my whole life in a middle Eastern country. Not only do they taste the same but size wise as big as the ones served abroad. Try comparing the double whooper to the biggest burger of MC Donald's and see for ur selves. These can't get even close to the size of the double whooper of burger king. Compared to the standards of kfc Sri Lanka which by the way serves chicken tikka, buriyani and hot and crispy chicken which according to KFC Sri lanka is the colonel's original secret receipe and people here buy that idea ! Ever heard of "colonel's original receipe chicken" ? And these same people r here taking shit about burger king standards compared to the ones abroad?

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3/5

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Preveen

Burgers are small again. There are still reasons to drop in, the cheesy fries are good, the ice milo is good value, The ice cream is good and the Hershey Pies are super, the breakfast menu range is pretty good, specially the scrambled egg and chicken bacon burger, but for a place calling itself BURGER King, the headline item is very disappointing. KFCs Zinger burgers are better, and thats not even their thing.

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4/5

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Double whooper

I dont understand y are people complaining about how small the burgers are compared to Mc Donald's. I dono if u guys r out of ur minds or are simply MC Donald's fanboy ! I have always had the double whooper beef with cheese as well as the whooper beef with cheese and I can attest to the fact that these burgers taste just like the ones I have tasted abroad having lived my whole life in a middle Eastern country. Not only do they taste the same but size wise as big as the ones served abroad. Try comparing the double whooper to the biggest burger of MC Donald's and see for ur selves. These can't get even close to the size of the double whooper of burger king. Compared to the standards of kfc Sri Lanka which by the way serves chicken tikka, buriyani and hot and crispy chicken which according to KFC Sri lanka is the colonel's original secret receipe and people here buy that idea ! Ever heard of "colonel's original receipe chicken" ? And these same people r here taking shit about burger king standards compared to the ones abroad?

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3/5

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Preveen

Burgers are small again. There are still reasons to drop in, the cheesy fries are good, the ice milo is good value, The ice cream is good and the Hershey Pies are super, the breakfast menu range is pretty good, specially the scrambled egg and chicken bacon burger, but for a place calling itself BURGER King, the headline item is very disappointing. KFCs Zinger burgers are better, and thats not even their thing.

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1/5

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asier

Compare to small burger joints like burgers hut and famous slave island place. The burgers are small and cost much as twice…went there once never going again waste of money…

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3/5

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Haja

Burger King in any country is known for it's large burgers (larger than usual, kfc, McD etc) and here in SriLanka its comparatively smaller. That said, the variety is fewer and the burger is nothing special in terms of taste, atleast not as much as we expected. Not a good choice for those who have tried Burger King in many other countries. Cant avoid comparing. Decent for the price I must say as for Lanka. OK!

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4/5

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RuwanFernando

I was at the Mt Lavinia restaurant on the 24th of December. They got me my order but billed me more and then had to refund as there was a manager who was very attentive. Fantastic food and friendly staff. They were very apologetic for the mistake!

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2/5

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Nalindabee

Visited the Rajagiriya outlet on the 2nd.

1.) It was 10 a.m. and they were still cleaning the place. Security guard nearly sent me away before calling me back. : )
2.) The counter was empty. No one in sight for a few minutes.
3.) The burger was very small. I actually thought they had given me the junior burger.
4.) Burger patty tasted like the usual bland stereotyped thing they heat and serve everywhere. Small amount of veg as well.
5.) The fries were the star of the meal. Really nice, big and nicely crisped.
6.) Drink size was Ok. Too much fizz with so much carbs is not too good anyway : )
7.) Staff needs to be much more friendly and customer oriented.

Agree with Arshadj, it was overall an average experience.

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3/5

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Arshadj

A few things to consider!
1. size of the burger very small compared to McDonalds
2. Loved the french fries!
3. BBQ Turkey strips burger contained a beef patty which needs to be communicated as many dont consume beef
4. price is on the higher side compared to McDonalds as a big mac costing the same will make one a happy tummy!

Overall an average experience!!

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2/5

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suwin.a

ah agreed ^ BK 's burger is very small and for the last year or so most of the attempts trying to establish international franchises have failed. Ie - MFM, TGI FRIDAYS, and now Burger King :/ Are the Sri Lankans expecting more than what the brands can axtually offer! I understand that a burger is over $5 in USA or Canda however so is their per capita and external costs… So I don't see no reason why franchises can't establish themselves… so I agree with raj better to a eat a masala kottu few meter away from BK and others too :)

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2/5

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Raj_Israel

It's nice to have a BK here but the whole concept is really different. Where I used to live overseas the idea was that it was quick service, cheap and sustaining food (great for hangovers). But don't we already have restaurants/cafes that deliver these things for better quality using local ingredients? Much rather go to Commons, pay a little extra and leave the place with a full stomach than donate to Softlogic on how they think BK should be run in this country.

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2/5

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Gavin

Burgers are very small…… Tiny to be very precise. Softlogic's feeble attempts to take the BK franchise…. Failed!!! In Sri Lanka… Size does matters you know…

F
1

3/5

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ForTheBetterment

Food and service is really good, but the floor should have been tiled or whatnot. Cz it looks a little dusty. Might wanna consider that in the other outlets?

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4/5

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ExiledCaste

Went today to Mount branch. Does not keep up to international Burger King standards , yet. Burgers are too small. I was expecting Quads and more variations but had only double Whoppers and a very small selection. Branch manager said they'll be bringing down more options within another month or two, Anyway the fries exceed expectations. That's a plus point - huge and very fresh ; way better than KFC or McDonald's. Anyway so far it seems pretty good :)

A
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4/5

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ALCH3MIST

Care to treat us to a food showdown? Burger King vs Burger's King? :D

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4/5

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anuthinan

Once I visited this place. Price also reasonable.

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4/5

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KishoJeganathan

I quite liked the food, but they kind of skimped on the ketchup but hey they do that at maccas too. The fries were great as you said big fat ones. the burger erm not so much so maccas takes that one. The customer service was great! I walked and they guys there almost hugged me with joy like i was their first customer of the day, and this was at 8 PM. All in all a great start :)

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