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3/5

Chatz

79, Horton Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo 7


Chatz is a convenient cafe/ resto in Horton Place which you can drop by to grab a meal while having a good chat with a friend.



Chatz is a newly opened little café in Horton place. They have a wide range of things to eat - from lamb chops and grilled prawns to mutton kotthu and buriyani (asian) to nachos and fajitas (Mexican). They also do some salads, soups, burgers and pizza; no shortage for choice really.

We went there and ran through most of their desserts. We got the chocolate biscuit pudding for Rs. 375, an avocado panna cotta for 275, a black diamond cake for 250 and the chatz special bread pudding for Rs. 175. Personally, a perfect biscuit pudding would have to be creamy and chocolaty thick, with crunchiness from the biscuit. Instead, it was half perfect - a soft chocolaty goo, lacking in any real crunch. It’s still really good, a 3.6/5.

We got the black diamond cake because it looked deliciously rich and chocolaty, but it turned out to be nothing more than mediocre, probably not worth the extra calories. The chocolate isn’t very rich and the cake a bit flaky, like something you would expect from a short eats bakery and not a semi posh café. The avocado panna cotta was recommended to us by the manager himself. This, unfortunately, was not a good recommendation.

The Chatz special bread pudding was very tasty - warm, rich golden bread speckled with nuts and raisins dipped in caramel. It was really good; perhaps the most skillfully prepared dessert there and it also happens to be one of the cheapest.

Unfortunately they didn’t have any cheesecake that night, which was quite disappointing because I was hoping to try their baked blueberry cheesecake. The service was really good though; as we walked in we were greeted very warmly by a gentleman wearing a shirt, who we assume is the owner. He was apologetic about the cheesecake not being there and was happy to talk us through the rest of the menu.

The choice of food is quite extensive and they’ve also got a large screen outside. When we walked in they were showing gladiator. The place is really chilled out and I like the dim red lighting they have outside – a nice ambience if ever you decide to sit and try something off their menu.

I should mention that it isn’t as elegant or comfortable as Commons, but Chatz is far less crowded and if the food is as impressive as their menu, you can expect them to stay open for a while (we will update on the food asap).

TIP

Try the bread pudding, you can bring your own booze.

Address

79, Horton Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo 7

Directions

If you pass coffee bean (on your right) and come down horton place, Chatz is on your left hand side.

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Open 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Cuisine

Asian

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Sweets Salad Burgers Pizza

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3
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User Reviews
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1/5

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Asela Liyanage

Terrible Management and customer service.

Recently visited this place with the colleagues having plans of enjoying a decent buffet with a pre-ordered menu. But at the place, they served a completely different menu by switching the items without prior notice at all. Also even though they promised it to be a buffet, they didn't refill at all, thus many of us hardly had something from the so-called buffet.

After all this, they have very bad customer service and terrible management. The manager doesn't even know how to treat and talk to the customers.

Not a good place and would not recommend any sort of event to be hosted here at all.
I would recommend avoiding this place for any sort of event unless you wanna get it ruined.

N
1

1/5

1

nilnuvan

Not a great place to chill out, not a friendly service because we have reserved the table for 10 peoples and they have arranged very small round table for us and, it’s in the corner of the shelter. We asked them to move it or rearrange the table, then the manager said nothing to do that and his response is not so good. We decided to go another place quickly.

G
9

2/5

3

GayanP

This is a place to be avoided. The staff don't know what they are doing. There seems to be just one cook or rather a multi tasking waiter trying to cook all the eastern and western items on the wide ranging menu.

The burger was horrible. The spaghetti was virtually uncooked and the sauce was just two spoons of tomato sauce without any flavour. Fajita seems to be their signature dish but even that was a total mess and amateurishly cooked up.

We couldn't eat the food and when it was pointed out to them there was no apology, no offer to serve something else, no offer to waive off the charges or even to give a discount. They billed us for all in full and even had the cheek to ask whether they can pack the uneaten food for us to take away.

There is no pork, no alcohol and they don't allow you to bring in any either. The desserts look old, and appear to have been lying in the glass display case for days .

The interior is garishly decorated narrow space and it is cramped with furniture. There is outdoor seating too but it is by the busy main road and as such very dusty and noisy.

The prices are very high although the food cannot be eaten. The staff are untrained and confused. We had to go down the road to Taco Bell and for only Rs 800/- per head we had an eatable lunch.

Avatar for Asela Liyanage
1

1/5

0

Asela Liyanage

Terrible Management and customer service.

Recently visited this place with the colleagues having plans of enjoying a decent buffet with a pre-ordered menu. But at the place, they served a completely different menu by switching the items without prior notice at all. Also even though they promised it to be a buffet, they didn't refill at all, thus many of us hardly had something from the so-called buffet.

After all this, they have very bad customer service and terrible management. The manager doesn't even know how to treat and talk to the customers.

Not a good place and would not recommend any sort of event to be hosted here at all.
I would recommend avoiding this place for any sort of event unless you wanna get it ruined.

N
1

1/5

1

nilnuvan

Not a great place to chill out, not a friendly service because we have reserved the table for 10 peoples and they have arranged very small round table for us and, it’s in the corner of the shelter. We asked them to move it or rearrange the table, then the manager said nothing to do that and his response is not so good. We decided to go another place quickly.

G
9

2/5

3

GayanP

This is a place to be avoided. The staff don't know what they are doing. There seems to be just one cook or rather a multi tasking waiter trying to cook all the eastern and western items on the wide ranging menu.

The burger was horrible. The spaghetti was virtually uncooked and the sauce was just two spoons of tomato sauce without any flavour. Fajita seems to be their signature dish but even that was a total mess and amateurishly cooked up.

We couldn't eat the food and when it was pointed out to them there was no apology, no offer to serve something else, no offer to waive off the charges or even to give a discount. They billed us for all in full and even had the cheek to ask whether they can pack the uneaten food for us to take away.

There is no pork, no alcohol and they don't allow you to bring in any either. The desserts look old, and appear to have been lying in the glass display case for days .

The interior is garishly decorated narrow space and it is cramped with furniture. There is outdoor seating too but it is by the busy main road and as such very dusty and noisy.

The prices are very high although the food cannot be eaten. The staff are untrained and confused. We had to go down the road to Taco Bell and for only Rs 800/- per head we had an eatable lunch.

B
6

3/5

-1

BaileyDar

This place is alright. We got a dessert on the house too. Food is average.

J
2

2/5

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Jay_Nicholas

Probably not my first choice of restaurant (especially when you consider what else is in the area). I had their Mexican Fajita, which was pretty good, but forgettable.
if you are in the area and looking for lunch, i would recommend Tea Avenue at Barnes Place or ZEN Japanese down Rosmead Place.

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3/5

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Nalindabee

"If I was younger I'd hang out here", that's what I told my kids when we walked in. They of course were quite amused that dad (not the hippest person on earth) wanted to "hang out". The ambience at Chatz is excellent. This is the key to getting a repeat customer and I'd go back there just to sit and sip a cold drink and relax.

The burgers were quite decent although I do agree rather small in size, and the special offers do not have the sides of fries and slaw that the standard menu options do. The Sea Food Burger my son and I tried was quite nice, the chicken burgers that my daughters had did not get and raves from them so I guess it needs working on by the chef :).

The fries were a disaster, bulk fries bought cheap and fried in reused oil, my advice - if you can't do decent fries take them off the menu.

The desserts were quite good and the cheese cake and the royal looked inviting, as I do not eat much sweets (well not in front of the kids at least) my kids selected the biscuit pudding and the truffle. The biscuit pudding was voted - "best ever" but the truffle had too much "coconut" real or dessicated I do not know.

The manager and staff were quite friendly but I think should be a little less audible in greeting the guests upon arrival and departing.

Chatz is a nice place with a great feel to it. If handled properly it may very well turn out to be one of the best places to go to in Colombo.

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