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3/5

Cafe Chill

Wellawaya Road, Ella


This is truly a chill spot with beanbags, good food and decent WiFi.



Cafe Chill, as the name implies, is pretty chill. It's situated in cool, beautiful and increasingly hip Ella, right on the main strip. The food is quite good but it's the vibe of the place and the staff that makes the difference. 

The Ambience

From the main road Chill Cafe actually doesn't look like much, but walk in and there's a big dining area surrounded by green. If you go up the stairs there's an even more deeply chilled area with bean bags, overlooking the street. There were people relaxing there and we didn't want to take photos. It's a nice comfortable and quirky place to dine, or have a drink.

The Food

Chill Cafe is famous for their lamprais and rice and curry, which we recommend. On this trip, however, we tried western fare. I had the beef burger, which was well cooked and generous with the toppings.

We also tried the chicken schnitzel which was also pretty good. Food in Ella in general is nice and Chill Cafe is no exception. Apologies for not have the prices this time. Our bill for two people with beer was about 2,500. Speaking of, this is also a nice place to grab a drink.

Note that the pizza here is quite popular, if you're in the mood.

The Service

More than anything it's the service that sets this place apart. I haven't been to Ella in years but our waiter (Vidal) remembered me and knew some people in common. He was just a really cool guy and as a waiter quite professional. When he noticed that the beer he brought was a bit flat he just replaced it outright, and he was able to guide us through the menu quite competently.

Ella has become part of the Hikkaduwa/Unawatuna/Arugam Bay circuit and you get a quite experienced calibre of service professional sort of rotating through, depending on season. 

Conclusion

Ella is a magical place and the town has evolved some excellent dining and hanging out options. Chill Cafe is one of them, the food and drink are good and the service is excellent. Highly recommended.


TIP

This place gets super crowded at night. Go early.

Address

Wellawaya Road, Ella

Directions

It's on the main road in Ella, past the rail tracks and just before Dream Cafe.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

Open until 11:00 PM

Cuisine

Western

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Lamprais Rice And Curry Burgers Pizza Alcoholic

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
5

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Orwa K

I went with my mother, I called the waiter (Salindar) twice until he came, he didn't even look at us while he took the order and his breath smells alcohol. A dog came next to my mom and she is scared of dogs, we called him to help us let the dog go away, he didn't assist us at all, we had to talk to another waiter, and on the spot he assisted us. When the food arrived, we asked for an extra plate, he told us he’ll bring one, after 8 minutes of waiting, we told another waiter, he brought it in 5 seconds. He never came to our table to check as he went to all the other tables around us, which was very rude. We tried to speak with the manager, but apparently they work like a gang and none of them want us to speak to the manager, they even brought one waiter and tried to fake it by saying he’s the manager and when we asked for evidence he ran away. It was just pathetic how they dealt with us. Maybe because my mother wore a hijab or something, I’m not sure, but he was very nice to everyone except for us. Very disappointed!!!

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3/5

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Siddharth

I could have given 4 but the reason for giving 2 is because if Samar the guy in the red sweatshirt he will spoil your mood for sure.Really bad service from him , I have travelled all over the world and never ever given a bad review .This guy trust me has a major attitude problem and should be in some other industry not the hospitality industry.
I need to add the positives as well the the beer was chilled and the other guy serving us was very helpful and polite his name was ranjith kumar.The pizza was very good but the Greek fish was average.
Hope someone in the management tells Samar to treat guests with respect and not lie to them.
Overall I would give this place 4

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5/5

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Suhana Lye

Great vibe, great staff, great drinks! Must visit!

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1/5

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Orwa K

I went with my mother, I called the waiter (Salindar) twice until he came, he didn't even look at us while he took the order and his breath smells alcohol. A dog came next to my mom and she is scared of dogs, we called him to help us let the dog go away, he didn't assist us at all, we had to talk to another waiter, and on the spot he assisted us. When the food arrived, we asked for an extra plate, he told us he’ll bring one, after 8 minutes of waiting, we told another waiter, he brought it in 5 seconds. He never came to our table to check as he went to all the other tables around us, which was very rude. We tried to speak with the manager, but apparently they work like a gang and none of them want us to speak to the manager, they even brought one waiter and tried to fake it by saying he’s the manager and when we asked for evidence he ran away. It was just pathetic how they dealt with us. Maybe because my mother wore a hijab or something, I’m not sure, but he was very nice to everyone except for us. Very disappointed!!!

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1

3/5

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Siddharth

I could have given 4 but the reason for giving 2 is because if Samar the guy in the red sweatshirt he will spoil your mood for sure.Really bad service from him , I have travelled all over the world and never ever given a bad review .This guy trust me has a major attitude problem and should be in some other industry not the hospitality industry.
I need to add the positives as well the the beer was chilled and the other guy serving us was very helpful and polite his name was ranjith kumar.The pizza was very good but the Greek fish was average.
Hope someone in the management tells Samar to treat guests with respect and not lie to them.
Overall I would give this place 4

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5/5

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Suhana Lye

Great vibe, great staff, great drinks! Must visit!

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5/5

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imajeed

They've upgraded as of January 1, 2017 and it looks amazing! The structure is turpentine and palmyrah on the top floor with a high ceiling. Ambience upgrade, say whaaa! The drinks are fab and the food is on point as expected

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