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4/5

Carnival Ice Cream Parlour

263 Galle Road, Colombo 03

  • Closed right now


Carnival is a Sri Lankan institution, serving not great but cheap ice cream in an accessible and interesting location.



Disclaimer: The new and refurbished Carnival looks nothing like the old Carnival. 

Service and Ambience

From the outside, it's a lot like Sri Lanka with Yahapalanaya - a lot hasn't been changed.

But from inside, Carnival has gone through a complete face-lift. It's bigger and better, but not as cheap as before.

No more canvas paintings of parrots and mohawks. No more rickety furniture. No more squeezing your way through to get your cone of ice cream. In terms of ambience, it's not the same old Carnival.

There are 3 large seating areas -  one with red and white chairs, another with black and white chairs, and finally a brightly lit seating area with pastel coloured benches and a plethora of ice cream related frames. 

The most sacred section - the one with the colouring overdose - is now more organized and less stuffy. You can now breathe as you wait for your stacked sundaes.

And service, in true Carnival style, was quick. 

The Ice Creams and Shake

Their menu has also had a facelift. It's no longer a long, yellow laminated sheet. Carnival has progressed. You are now presented a booklet with visuals of sundaes and shakes.

We opted for a Waffle Dream (Rs 430), Double Berry (Rs 550) and an Oreo Chill (Rs 550).

The Vanilla and Coffee ice cream tasted rich and bound well with the maple syrup. The waffle, weighing slightly on the rubbery side, was satisfying. When combined, it made for a great dessert. Definitely worth the 430 rupees!

A tall glass filled with strawberry compote, strawberry ice cream, canned peaches, topped with a generous whirl of whipped cream, sprinkles and a wafer was Double Berry. A very berry sugar attack. If you want to relive your childood filled with strawberry ice cream and sprinkles, but in a sophisticated style, Double Berry is what you are looking for.

Avoid if you don't want a sugar rush. Or instant diabetes.

You can't go wrong with an Oreo milkshake, right? Wrong.

With no distinct Oreo taste coming through, this milkshake wasn't as thick as a milkshake should be and was rather disappointing overall.

Conclusion

For decades Carnival has been the go-to spot for affordable ice cream and with the recent renovations, they have really upped their game to stand as a well furnished and spacious ice cream parlour. However, their milkshakes can perform better.


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Address

263 Galle Road, Colombo 03

Directions

From the south, head up the Galle Road past the Hotel Juliana. Carnival is on the landside, just before Colpetty junction.

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Price Range

Less than 200

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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walkingdead

Wonderful ice cream at good price. Got a double scoop in waffle cone for 370 LKR compared to the tiny 1 scoop for 350 LKR at il gelato at liberty plaza - biggest rip off ever. I'm sticking with carnival as much better value and staff more pleasant. Great location and atmosphere as well,

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walkingdead

Wonderful ice cream at good price. Got a double scoop in waffle cone for 370 LKR compared to the tiny 1 scoop for 350 LKR at il gelato at liberty plaza - biggest rip off ever. I'm sticking with carnival as much better value and staff more pleasant. Great location and atmosphere as well,

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