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4/5

Cafē Blanca

401, 14E, Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo 05


A cosy nook of a cafe down Malalasekara Mawatha, offering up some really good for a very affordable price.



The newly opened Cafē Blanca lies in a cosy nook down Malalsekara Mawatha. They've been around only for a few weeks now, so we decided to drop in for a quick First Look. 

Food & Drinks

First up, we tried the Tuna Salad (Rs. 490). Loaded with pieces of well-grilled tuna, creamy avocado, crunchy tomato, lettuce and onions, while the in-house dressing lent a bit of tang, it was a winner. 

We also ordered a bowl of Daan's Chicken Soup (Rs. 450), which started disappearing as soon as it landed on the table, and that's why we don't have a good picture of it. Anyway, let me paint a word picture. 

A thin soup, laden with chicken and sweet corn bits to go with every spoonful, it also featured egg whites. The sprinkle of pepper helped to spike up the flavours. You get a giant bowl here, so better to share with someone. They do a delicious Chicken Wrap (Rs. 720). Not only did it have a good flavour, but it was also absolutely filling. Served with the sides of crispy French Fries and well-seasoned coleslaw, I was full after eating half of it.

Generously spruced with chicken dices, crunchy veggies, croutons, and chopped eggs, it was neatly wrapped with a slightly thick pita bread, which did a good job holding all the elements together. Our dessert was a Mug Cake (Rs. 400). Dusted with icing sugar, a good drizzle of chocolate sauce on top and garnished with a handful of colour sprinkles, it wins full points for presentation. 

This mug-full of chocolatey goodness arrived quite warm. Absolutely moist and fudgy from the layers that touch the mug, it was delicious, but we found it rather crumbly and dry as we worked our way towards the middle. But hey, we are not complaining. It's one big mug cake you get here. So make sure your friend gets a few bites too. 

Frothy, and carrying a good caffeine punch, the Cappuccino (Rs. 450) was alright. We'd prefer if the milk was a bit creamier than this. They use a coffee brand called Toscana, but they hope to switch to Whight & Co., soon. 

Service & Ambience

Spread throughout three floors, Cafē Blanca gives out chilled vibes. The ground floor is made for a quick grab and go, the first floor is where you can take the time to enjoy a good meal, or dive into a book while sipping a cup of coffee, and the rooftop could become your usual hangout spot with friends. 

They've also got board games, card packs and a few books - so there's plenty of things here to keep you entertained. 

The cheerful ladies behind the counter and the chef himself were quite excited to see us, helpful and delivered the food within like 15 - 20 minutes. They also didn't forget to check with us and asked for feedback on food, drinks and how they can improve. 

Conclusion

Our first impressions at Cafē Blanca were quite lovely. They have updated the menu with more options and new prices, which you can find here. We're hoping to pop in here again for the full review in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

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