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3/5

Calorie Counter (Ward Place)

59, Ward Place, Colombo 07

  • Open until 10:00 PM


The new Calorie Counter in Ward Place has better parking facilities than its compatriot in Thimbirigasyaya. It's also situated in a much quieter location. Their juices are alright, and the food's not half bad either.



Calorie Counter set up shop a few years ago, but they're still going strong. In fact, they recently opened this outlet at Ward Place. Our First Look didn't quite make an impression, so we went back to see how things have improved since then. 

The Food 

I used to love Calorie Counter. On days when I felt down, or needed a nice lunch I'd order in a portion of their Thai Spiced Chicken. At Rs. 600 it wasn't very reasonable price-wise, but the quality was great. Now though, most of their prices are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too high, so I recommend you save the big bucks for a fancy dinner elsewhere. 

This is the Tuna Steak. For Rs. 1250 you're getting a portion of grilled tuna served with sundried tomatoes, orange compote and fennel resting on a bed of aioli cream and pomegranate garnish. 

What can I say, it was delicious. The rather arbitrary combo of tuna and fruit actually works. The orange compote boosts the fish by adding an explosive, citrus-y kick and the pomegranate seeds burst in your mouth, leaving your tastebuds awash with flavour. Bonus points if you can make the combo with a bit of char from the tuna steak.

The sundried tomatoes are exquisite. They add a deeper, richer note to the overall flavour and the aioli cream keeps things fresh and zesty. 
Next up is the Turkey Sandwich priced at Rs. 750. It's composed of sundried tomato, avocado, green apple and almonds. The description indicates that the meat is marinated in herbs overnight, but that wasn't so. 

For starters, there wasn't any sundried tomato in this sandwich which is probably why it was so bland. Let me elaborate. When you mix unmarinated, flavourless turkey with avocado; you're creating a very uneventful product here. The green apple adds a fruity taste to it sure, but it left me a bit uncertain on how to process it. For one, I could feel the turkey, but all I could taste was green apple. 

Overall, this isn't exactly a party on a plate. It's great if you absolutely despise flavour. The portion size is quite huge, and the bread is fresh. A bit tough and grainy, but that's brown bread for ya.

Maybe skip this one and go for a different type of sandwich instead... 

Drinks & Dessert 

Calorie Counter is well known for their health juices and  smoothies. They use a colourful range of fresh fruit when it comes to their drinks and rest assured you can indulge in these guilt-free. 

The Passionade (Rs. 490) was the more delicious outof the two drinks we got. It's got a heavy hit of passion fruit, a slight coconut-y note and works extremely well if you're trying to beat the heat.
The Berry Blaze (Rs. 660) is a bright tomato red and boasts strong notes of apple and some synthetic, super-saccharine undernote of what I'm assuming is raspberry syrup. It might be possible that they mixed our order up with the Hydrate Me juice instead (comes with watermelon, red apple, raspberry and cucumber). 
We couldn't get through this one, it was just too sweet and the after-taste was super blechhh. 
For dessert we got a jar of their Heavenly Dark Chocolate Melt (Rs. 400), which looked, felt, and tasted like chocolate pudding, so I'll just call it that from now on. 

This had a smooth texture to it, a rich chocolate taste and ended up being enough for the two of us to share. 

Service & Ambience 

I've completely forgotten to go and take a fresh photo of their inside, so here's a photo from our last review. It's the exact same as it was last time. White furniture is placed inside if you feel like dining in the air conditioned atmosphere, but if you feel like sitting outside instead- you can. 

Now, the service was great and I cannot complain. However, I'm pretty sure they knew we were on a review because they kept fumbling, and more than one person kept attending to our table. Which is fine, but it's always nice to be left alone. 

I also saw a fellow in the kitchen put his gloved finger in his mouth to lick something off while preparing a dish. We made eye contact and it was really awkward. 

Conclusion 

I never quite understood what the big fuss was about Calorie Counter. If anything it's a big hit amongst the #FIT crowd in Colombo, so definitely not for me. The Tuna Steak was great, though. 

Address

59, Ward Place, Colombo 07

Directions

Located just past Wijerama Mawatha. As you approach from Town Hall, take the second left. It is just about opposite the Cargills food city.

Contacts

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Open until 10:00 PM

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Salad Sandwiches Wraps Smoothies Healthy

Cuisine

Fusion

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3
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User Reviews
R
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1/5

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Ravi

What a disgusting bunch of businessmen! They had been earning money by giving people to eat s***. Disgusting is putting it very mildly.

R
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1/5

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RoshanD

A recent raid highlighted by social media confirms what many customers were afraid of and had voiced in these same comments before . The food served here is neither fresh nor healthy. Do not patronise!

J
1

1/5

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Jude Mervyn

Worst food ever, rotten food and ministry of health inspection showed they had meat as old as an year in there. Tomatoes rotten as well. There are rats running around the shop as well.

R
5

1/5

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Ravi

What a disgusting bunch of businessmen! They had been earning money by giving people to eat s***. Disgusting is putting it very mildly.

R
2

1/5

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RoshanD

A recent raid highlighted by social media confirms what many customers were afraid of and had voiced in these same comments before . The food served here is neither fresh nor healthy. Do not patronise!

J
1

1/5

1

Jude Mervyn

Worst food ever, rotten food and ministry of health inspection showed they had meat as old as an year in there. Tomatoes rotten as well. There are rats running around the shop as well.

N
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1/5

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northstrider

There are several problems with the food here:

1. When they don't have an ingredient, they fail to tell you and then try to serve the food without it. When Quinoa is a key ingredient, you expect them to ask you if you want to change the order.

2. Healthy does not need to be low-sodium. They could easily elevate the taste by increasing salt levels by a little.

3. The washroom is really not good.

4. The service is average, especially since there are so many people behind the counter.

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2/5

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Pudding

Guys, your washroom is one of the worst I’ve been to at a restaurant. If you want your customers to share the washroom with your staff, please teach them how to use it. It’s right next to the kitchen & stinks of Urine. When I waked in, the place was stinking, the toiled bowl was not flushed & full of Urine, seat was up & wet. There was no soap or hand wash. The only good thing was that there was toilet paper. There’s no point having a restaurant at a fancy place with a nice looking interior of this is the state of your washroom. I’ve been to calorie counter several times because I’m a fan of the concept, but the washroom got me utterly disappointed. I wonder what the state of your kitchen is…

Avatar for Roshane Dave
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5/5

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Roshane Dave

Amazing! The food is a blast, and the range is amazing. Extremely suitable for people who health conscious. They got a cracking range of smoothies and desserts as well. Very chilled location and atmosphere and the staff is very friendly

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