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4/5

Cafe Nuga

No. 69A, Green Path, Colombo 7.


A healthy organic spot with a wide range of delicious dishes.



A resto focused on healthy dishes and fusion food, Cafe Nuga opened up over a year ago and seems to be going strong still. Blending international technique with beloved local delicacies is something that they're quite passionate about, and as always, we quite enjoyed our experience this time as well. 

Drinks

*Pictured above - Sunshine Juice (left) and Cinnamon Inspired Jaggery Tea (right)

Nuga 's range of drinks includes coffee, smoothies, mocktails and iced tea, from which we went with the Cinnamon Inspired Jaggery Tea (Rs. 350) and Sunshine Juice (Rs. 450). 

We loved both of them, but if I had to pick a favourite I'd highly recommend the Sunshine Juice. A concoction of lemon, apple and mango, alongside some other elements that we were too busy drinking to remember, it was fruity, with a subtle swirl of sourness running through and had a very refreshing quality to it. 

With hints of cinnamon popping through, the Cinnamon Inspired Jaggery Tea didn't quite have the tea flavour that we were looking for. It was sweet, but not in an overpowering way and would have been even nicer if the promised jaggery flavour was a bit stronger. 

Food

A sizable pol roti generously stuffed with a spicy mixture of tuna, the Spicy Fish Pol Roti Sandwich (Rs. 650) is a must-try at Cafe Nuga. The roti itself was quite thin, not in any way doughy which helped the flavours of the filling to emerge through so effortlessly.

There were bits of onions and leeks adding for the extra flavour and crunch, while the heat is mainly drawn from the dash of pepper in the mix. If that's not spicy enough, you can always have a slathering of that dynamite lunu miris on the side. 

The Chicken & Mushroom Risotto (Rs. 980) was a bowl of fluffy, supple grains of rice smothered in cheese. Plentiful with chunks of chewy mushroom and chicken to go with every single spoonful, it was good, but we would have liked it even more if the cheese counterpart of the rice was a bit thicker in texture and richer in flavour. 

We also got this side of Steamed Veggies (Rs. 350). Perfectly boiled and nicely buttered, the cabbage, beans, potatoes and carrots were touched with a sprinkle of pepper. 

Our dessert was this piece of Vegan Chocolate Cake (Rs. 450). Heavenly chocolatey, a wee bit dense in texture and yet absolutely moist, it was flavoursome. However, if you're quite keen about having that eggy, sponginess in a cake, like my lunch partner did, I suggest you stay away from this one.  

Ambience & Service

The ambience at Cafe Nuga hasn't changed at all, and we don't think it should either. With plenty of lights seeping through the glass walls and spirals of greenery on the distance, it's quite pretty and gives out cosy vibes. The wewal (cane) chairs, and coasters, all add to its unique charm. 

The service was smooth as always. Our food arrived within around 20 minutes, and the staff was quite helpful with the order. 

Conclusion

Being a good cafe in Colombo is not easy, and we're glad that Cafe Nuga has managed to take up that challenge successfully. From what we gathered, their dishes are crafted with organic ingredients. They also have a super interesting, albeit pricey hopper menu too - which you can check out in the morning/evening. 


TIP

Try the smoothie bowl but if you're craving savory, go for the pasta.

Address

No. 69A, Green Path, Colombo 7.

Directions

It's right near the junction on Ananda Coomaraswarmy Mawatha, adjoining Flower Road.

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R de Silva

Had one of Café Nuga’s signature offerings last week – the so called Pulled Mutton Panini. (Rs 1,200/- + charges)
It was a major disappointment. For a start it was not "Pulled" mutton at all. It was small cubes of meat in a very salty sauce and it came on a soggy panini. The lettuce on it was soggy and
partly cooked as the hot sauce had been poured on it. Some of the chips that came with it were crisp and some were not. That can happen when leftover chips are mixed in.

The dish was not edible, and I left it uneaten. But no one in the restaurant bothered to offer a replacement, a discount or even to ask why the food wasn’t eaten. That shows how unconcerned café Nuga is about its customers.

The worst aspect of their attitude was demonstrated when they deleted the comment on the above experience from their Facebook page. No apology, no explanation. They have just deleted comment before anyone else saw it

R
1

1/5

1

R de Silva

Had one of Café Nuga’s signature offerings last week – the so called Pulled Mutton Panini. (Rs 1,200/- + charges)
It was a major disappointment. For a start it was not "Pulled" mutton at all. It was small cubes of meat in a very salty sauce and it came on a soggy panini. The lettuce on it was soggy and
partly cooked as the hot sauce had been poured on it. Some of the chips that came with it were crisp and some were not. That can happen when leftover chips are mixed in.

The dish was not edible, and I left it uneaten. But no one in the restaurant bothered to offer a replacement, a discount or even to ask why the food wasn’t eaten. That shows how unconcerned café Nuga is about its customers.

The worst aspect of their attitude was demonstrated when they deleted the comment on the above experience from their Facebook page. No apology, no explanation. They have just deleted comment before anyone else saw it

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