59, Ward Place, Colombo 07
Closed right now
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Calorie Counter has been in the health-food game for a considerable amount of time now. Our recent visit made a better impression than our last.
I remember when Calorie Counter used to make healthy food that was actually tasty. But now it feels like you’re a child again and your mother is forcing you to “eat your mallung”.