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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.



We discovered Cafē Blanca a couple of months ago as a place to hang out and chill, while indulging in some really good food for a very affordable price. Located down Malalasekara Mawatha, our initial experience at this cosy nook of a cafe was quite lovely - which is why we didn't need any encouragement to check them out again for our full review. 

Food

Cafē Blanca's menu has a bunch of snacks - from salads and wraps to sandwiches and even rice. They've got some interesting names for them too - Kyler's JP, Gangu's Sliders and Lucy's Lettuce Wraps, to name a few. According to their Facebook page, each dish is named after their friends and family who had supported them in building this venture. How sweet! 

Same as our previous visit, Daan's Chicken Soup (Rs. 500) is what we chose to start our meal with. Heavily loaded with chicken and corn, this one also featured an egg drop. Absolutely chickeny in flavour, while bits of corn giving a playful burst, the splash of pepper added a nice zing to it. This giant bowlful of thin soup was served warm - just what we needed to warm ourselves on a gloomy weekend. 

Dilly's Fish 'n' Chips (Rs. 800) was a hefty portion of crumb fried fish, presented with the sides of French fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and tomato ketchup. There were two hunks of white fish beautifully coated with a thin layer of batter, which helped to enhance the overall flavour without shielding it. Biting into it gives off a satisfactory crisp, and the fish inside was well cooked, deliciously soft and paired really nicely with the tangy hints of the tartar sauce. 

Drinks

*Pictured above - Cafe Latte and Nutella Hot Chocolate

We weren't the biggest fans of their Caffe Latte (Rs. 450), probably because it was made from an automated coffee machine. We could taste the notes of Soul Coffee seeping through, but we think that the milk itself should be creamier than this. 

The nutty hints of Nutella certainly made things very interesting in the Nutella Hot Chocolate (Rs. 500), but the creamy factor of the milk got in the way of us enjoying it. 

Service & Ambience

It's a three-storied building, carefully curated to cater to different turns of events. The ground floor has a couple of comfy chairs, which suits if you're in a hurry and looking for the quick grab and go.

For those of you who'd like to take your sweet time as you sip your coffee/eat, the 1st floor would be ideal. They've got a rack full of books for you to read, if you don't carry your own. 

If you're looking for a place to relax with your buddies, the shaded rooftop area is where you should go for. None of these floors is airconditioned, but they've got fans to cool things down. 

We spotted a number of pictures hanging on the walls, which you can actually purchase. All of them are done by local artists. 

The staff here is very helpful and friendly. You can place your order from the counter on the ground floor, and they'll bring your food to the table, no later than 15 - 20 minutes. They're more than willing to give you recommendations on what to order and welcome any feedback you may have. 

Conclusion

We were quite full after our meal, which is why we didn't order any desserts. But make sure that you do - we highly recommend their Chocolate Mug Cake.

Everything from food, ambience to service, added up to a wonderful experience, yet again. They make sure that you get your money's worth, so drop by whenever you're around, or jump in a tuk and make a trip to Cafē Blanca.

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