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5/5

Calorie Counter

61, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 05


Calorie Counter with its emphasis on healthy eating was one of the best new additions to Colombo's restaurant scene in 2015. Now they've gone a step further and introduced a pretty comprehensive breakfast menu, most of it actually tastes pretty great.



Calorie Counter with its emphasis on healthy eating was one of the best new additions to Colombo's restaurant scene in 2015. Recently, they also introduced a comprehensive breakfast menu, most of which actually tastes great.

They've also got a new app for both iOS and Android with their menu, special offers and discounts. For more information, click here.

The Food

Healthy eating has picked up a bit over the past few years thanks to the likes of Healthy Living and Life Food. Calorie Counter joined the fray at the beginning of 2015 and impressed us quite a bit on our previous visit. Now, they also serve breakfast starting at 8 AM, with an entirely new menu that has a good variety of veg- and fruit-based dishes as well as options heavy in granola, muesli and oats. Unfortunately, healthy eating doesn't really come cheap so expect to pay anywhere between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1,000 depending on what you choose.

If, like me, you're a fan of berry juices, the energy protein booster (Rs. 480) will likely make you very happy. It's a blend of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with red rice milk. Don't expect this to be like a normal shake though, since there isn't any added sugar. There is, however, a decent amount of sweetness, all of which comes from the berries.

The blueberry granola parfait (Rs. 450) is one of the new breakfast additions and it's quite tasty. Unlike the conventional dessert parfait which has cream, this one features curd layered with overnight soaked oats and blueberries. The yoghurt itself is not sweet, but the blueberries help in that aspect and the granola adds a nice bit of crunch.  This may seem like a small portion for Rs. 450 but that jar actually holds quite a bit. This is very filling by itself. 

The eggs Benedict (Rs. 650) was the main we chose and it ticked all the right boxes. We also like how they've modified the famous American breakfast dish to make it very healthy. They've pretty much replaced all the components, with smoked salmon being used instead of ham, bagels swapped for healthier multi-seed bread and a creamy avocado dressing replacing the hollondaise, all of it topped with a perfectly poached egg. You could argue that this is barely an eggs Benedict, but we found it be pretty close in terms of flavour. 

Despite the fact that I was pretty stuffed at this point, I also got their nutri breakfast (Rs. 650) to go. We've received a few complaints about their delivery and takeaway not being up to scratch, but we ran into no such issues. This is basically a fruity breakfast with oats. The oats were pretty standard but the fruits were the real winner here. 

Ambience & Service

Counter is like a small health food cafe. It has room for around 15 diners, but their location at Thimbirigasyaya Junction is very accessible. They've taken some cues from fast food joints and displayed their menu items on the walls with the relevant calorie count for each dish. All in all, it's quite simple but works quite nicely with their theme.

Service at Calorie Counter is also top-notch and very personal. On our first visit, the chef came around to our table to ask how our meal was, so we were glad to see him still doing the same nearly six months later.

Conclusion

We're really glad to see that Calorie Counter has upheld the high standards they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. They're also one of the only places to offer a breakfast menu with a focus on health food, so we really hope this kicks off.


TIP

The food in general is great, but make sure you try out their drinks.

Address

61, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 05

Directions

Calorie Counter is on Thimbirigasyaya, just up from Havelock Road. It's before the Fab on Siripa Rd, right opposite the Glory Swim Shop.

Contacts

Facebook Website

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Cuisine

Western

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Meats Seafood Salad Smoothies Healthy

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
5
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
5
Ambience Rating
4
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J YAMU STAFF

Ordered a Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie today. Filled in ‘Grilled Corn and Mushrooms’ but all I got was a sad combination of boiled beans, spinach and carrots underneath some horribly bland mash.

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Bechamel

I used to be a regular at the Calorie Counter but have recently stopped going there. I have only been to the one in Col 5 and thus cannot comment on their outlets in the Outer Hebrides.The food used to be fantastic - thought it used to be a hit or miss whether you got the corn or not when you order grilled veggies. Opening the container and finding the corn was a bit like finding that extra present under the Christmas tree.

The last few visits to Calories Counter have been a disappointment to say the least. The potions sizes have been ludicrously inconsistent. A rather piss poor show, if you ask me, for a restaurant that brands itself as eatery where an overweight chap (or "chapette") can control his/her calorie intake. The grilled chicken was dry and tasteless and that lovely pumpkin mash reduced to a watery mush like Top Gear without Clarkson, May and Hammond.

It is indeed sad. Sad, sad sad (or bow wow wow as Snoop Dogg would say). I was a big fan of the Calorie Counter. I do hope the owners will take this review seriously as they had a fantastic product. Start by putting a proper supervisor and quality controller in. Have strict controls on quality and quantity. It will be a shame to see the Calorie Counter take the path of most restaurants in Colombo; start with a bang and fizzle away to obscurity like Pacman or the Spice Girls.

What about the Delivery Service they use, I hear you ask? Not so "Quick" old chap, might be faster to send Jeeves to pick it up. Want to place a delivery order for an early lunch? Tough luck me ol matey, the "Quicksters" only take orders after noon so pour yourself a stiff one and while away until the clock strikes twelve.

Avatar for J
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1/5

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J YAMU STAFF

Ordered a Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie today. Filled in ‘Grilled Corn and Mushrooms’ but all I got was a sad combination of boiled beans, spinach and carrots underneath some horribly bland mash.

B
1

1/5

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Bechamel

I used to be a regular at the Calorie Counter but have recently stopped going there. I have only been to the one in Col 5 and thus cannot comment on their outlets in the Outer Hebrides.The food used to be fantastic - thought it used to be a hit or miss whether you got the corn or not when you order grilled veggies. Opening the container and finding the corn was a bit like finding that extra present under the Christmas tree.

The last few visits to Calories Counter have been a disappointment to say the least. The potions sizes have been ludicrously inconsistent. A rather piss poor show, if you ask me, for a restaurant that brands itself as eatery where an overweight chap (or "chapette") can control his/her calorie intake. The grilled chicken was dry and tasteless and that lovely pumpkin mash reduced to a watery mush like Top Gear without Clarkson, May and Hammond.

It is indeed sad. Sad, sad sad (or bow wow wow as Snoop Dogg would say). I was a big fan of the Calorie Counter. I do hope the owners will take this review seriously as they had a fantastic product. Start by putting a proper supervisor and quality controller in. Have strict controls on quality and quantity. It will be a shame to see the Calorie Counter take the path of most restaurants in Colombo; start with a bang and fizzle away to obscurity like Pacman or the Spice Girls.

What about the Delivery Service they use, I hear you ask? Not so "Quick" old chap, might be faster to send Jeeves to pick it up. Want to place a delivery order for an early lunch? Tough luck me ol matey, the "Quicksters" only take orders after noon so pour yourself a stiff one and while away until the clock strikes twelve.

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