Artwork for Shiwu Chinese - top banner 1
Artwork for WW BYOB Top banner 2(A) - dummy
Artwork for Coffee post sidebar 1

4/5

Caramel Pumpkin

No 38, Ward Place, Colombo 07


The newest cafe in Cinnamon Gardens to enjoy some delicious pasta and huge slices of cheesecakes.



Caramel Pumpkin joined the saturated coffeehouse scene in Colombo 07 over a year ago and has been buzzing ever since. Owing to the fact that they've added a whole bunch of new stuff to the menu, we decided to pop in for a fresh review.
 
Our initial experience here wasn't the best. But based on our recent visit, it's safe to say that they've managed to up their food & drinks game to a whole new level. 

Food & Drinks

Caramel Pumpkin serves up a wide range of cafe food - from all-day brekkie, sandwiches and pasta to burgers, wraps and cakes, which you can pair with their collection of hot and cold drinks - iced teas, juices and coffee. 

"Make-Your-Own-Pasta" is one of the best features on Caramel Pumpkin's menu, because you get to build a bowl of pasta on your own with the ingredients of your choice. However, this time around, we went with the Prawn Star (Rs. 1150), a new pasta dish. 

Holy Mother of Dragons! We enjoyed every forkful of this one. Prawny as promised, this messy tangle of spaghetti was blushed with chilli flakes, white sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan, and also featured chunks of red chillies. Fiery-hot and cheesy, it's a pasta made for the true Lankan palate. 

We spotted around seven sizable, well-boiled prawns soaking up all the spicy, cheesy galore in the mix. 
The Beef Brap (Rs. 1050) is another new addition to the menu. A warm pocketful of tortilla stuffed with a giant beef patty, a heap of veggies and a drizzle of kochchi mayo arrived in this one.

The beef patty was well-grounded, and the other elements at play did not get in the way of its fresh beefy goodness. With a little tang lent from tomato, while lettuce adding a good crunch, this was enjoyable. The sauce counterpart was a bit much because it kept spilling all over our plate. 
The No-Bake Cheesecake (Rs. 580) isn't exactly new to Caramel Pumpkin, but is one of their biggest sellers. Incredibly smooth and fluffy in texture, it was topped off with blueberry coulis, while the biscuit base was buttery and adequately sweet. A bit of tartness in the cake could have made it even better. The all-new Mighty Mint (Rs. 450) is a hella refreshing drink, and super addictive too. Boasting rich notes of lime and mint, its flavour was quite intense. The lime flavoured, crushed ice floating on top made every sip better than the last. 

Let me introduce My Girlfriend's Girlfriend (Rs. 680); i.e. the Caramel Pumpkin's Hot Chocolate. During our initial review, it was a tad watery for our liking, but now, this place is one of our best picks for hot chocolate in town!

Absolutely velvety, with rich chocolaty notes seeping through, it was perfect. The whiff of Belgium chocolate it presents is enough to make you fall in love with it. 

Ambience & Service

Comprised of two floors, Caramel Pumpkin is spacious and caters to various encounters - coffee dates, friends catching up, and private parties. Our food and drinks took around 20 minutes to arrive, and the staff was happy to make recommendations. 

Conclusion

Caramel Pumpkin has come a long way, and we're glad. If you happen to drop by, make sure to grab a bite of that Prawn Star, and pair it with My Girlfriend's Girlfriend or Mighty Mint. It's the best combo you can hope for. 

*Photographs courtesy of: @raveen.re

 


TIP

Their pasta range is superb!

Address

No 38, Ward Place, Colombo 07

Directions

It's right at the end of Wijerama Mawatha, towards Ward Place.

Contacts

Website Instagram Facebook E-Mail

Report Inaccuracy
Similar Places

User Reviews
M
1

2/5

0

maniknvrthn

Visited with 2 of my friends a few days back and did not like the place. The service was terrible. The staff was very rude since the very beginning and seemed like annoyed by the customers. The food I ordered was too salty, however the food my friends ordered was OK. Not worth the money at all. 😕

S
1

3/5

0

Shalini M

Food is neither great nor bad. It's alright and less pricey compared to most other restaurants close by. But please do not take kids there. The staff do not corporate. I took my 2 kids who were 3 and 1.5 and c'mon they dont stay at one place like adults. I got a lot of looks from the staff. But good place to hang out with friends specially for lunch.

Avatar for Binu
1

4/5

0

Binu

Caramel Pumpkin is one of my favourite places to hang out with the best cheesecake in Colombo 7. They also do a mean lemon meringue :D
Staff is pretty friendly and the food is pretty consistent. Sadly the same cannot be said about their pricing. Some days they add 10% service charge and some days they don't. Funny thing though cuz I only realized during my last visit when they said they will bring the change to me later.
All in all it's one of the best places to hangout and just chill with your friends 4/5

M
1

2/5

0

maniknvrthn

Visited with 2 of my friends a few days back and did not like the place. The service was terrible. The staff was very rude since the very beginning and seemed like annoyed by the customers. The food I ordered was too salty, however the food my friends ordered was OK. Not worth the money at all. 😕

S
1

3/5

0

Shalini M

Food is neither great nor bad. It's alright and less pricey compared to most other restaurants close by. But please do not take kids there. The staff do not corporate. I took my 2 kids who were 3 and 1.5 and c'mon they dont stay at one place like adults. I got a lot of looks from the staff. But good place to hang out with friends specially for lunch.

Avatar for Binu
1

4/5

0

Binu

Caramel Pumpkin is one of my favourite places to hang out with the best cheesecake in Colombo 7. They also do a mean lemon meringue :D
Staff is pretty friendly and the food is pretty consistent. Sadly the same cannot be said about their pricing. Some days they add 10% service charge and some days they don't. Funny thing though cuz I only realized during my last visit when they said they will bring the change to me later.
All in all it's one of the best places to hangout and just chill with your friends 4/5

C
1

5/5

0

Charuka Egodapitiya

Great restaurant, nothing but good things to say!! From the staff from the environment. I recently started going to the place with may pal from overseas in our free time. Calm surrounding with great food and entertainment even in the busiest of hours.

K
2

3/5

0

K

The service has improved

S
1

4/5

0

Sahani73

Filling portions. Great spot for breakfast

N
2

1/5

0

navj

The interior was quite okay! But the food (the mains) was unbelievably disappointing. The ‘Thai green curry(chicken) with steamed rice’ was absolutely bland and lacked any kind of spice. There was no intense green curry flavor and nooo accompaniment such as a Thai style salad or even something simple and spicy like a chille paste. I wouldn’t recommend eating mains there.

P
3

1/5

0

Pudding

Terrible Service with Very average food & drinks. A good location wasted on a restaurant that doesn’t care about its customers. My Dinner took 50 minutes to reach the table from the time of order! I only ordered Fish & Chips which was very average in taste & presentation. For 40 minutes I politely sat there sipping my drink & spoke to a waiter who took my bill (with the time mentioned) & asked me to give him a minute but passed by in 5 without even looking in my direction & pretending not to hear me when I called out. Having made a fuss to another waiter I finally got in after 50 minutes. A good dish could have made up for that time, but it didn’t qualify. Waited for an apology, didn’t get one. Asked for the Manager who never turned up. We didn’t wanna sit at that place wasting any more time so left soon after & that’s why I’m writing this review. Utterly Disappointed.

Avatar for Peththappu + Landslider + Linesman
4

1/5

0

Peththappu + Landslider + Linesman

I know are they are new and everything but their service is super slow. While it was a busy night their coordination and attention was way off with waiters running up and down multiple clients looking for tables clueless. Hope they get their act together soon

See 14 Comments