Coco Veranda has a decent customer base and a lot of loyal patrons that refuse to accept any other coffee shop as an option. I think it's pretty cool to garner a following like that. Their desserts and drinks are usually held in very high regard, along with their sandwiches. Our recent lunchtime visit here didn't exactly prove why they're such a coveted cafe, though.
We were ravenous when we visited, so we ordered three dishes off their menu to try and cover as much as we could. Our mains consisted of the English Breakfast (Rs. 990), the Fish & Chips (Rs. 1190) and the Peri Peri Chicken Sandwich (Rs. 690).
I've honestly had enough of all these cafes serving half-arsed English breakfasts here. Like, look okay, it's not that hard. It's just a bunch of proteins on a plate. The English breakfast here looks pretty, but it comes with the most basic elements like Heinz baked beans, two terribly raw bull's-eyes (the filmy, mucus-y bit just dripped out onto the plate, sigh), an over-fried sausage, a slice of cheese wrapped in chicken bacon for some reason, fried tomatoes and two slices of toast along with butter.
The menu promises hash browns, but we didn't get any hash browns. We pretty much got scammed out of 990 rupees, so you're better off ordering something else.
The Peri Peri Chicken sandwich was okay. They asked us what type of bread we'd like, we opted for ciabatta (focaccia being the other choice) and they charged us Rs. 70 for the bread. I'm assuming the initial amount of Rs. 690 is charged for the measly amount of filling, lettuce leaves and fries. The filling was bland which is funny because Peri Peri sauce is the complete opposite of bland.
Finally a bit of positivity in this review. The Fish & Chips proved to be the saving grace of this entire meal. It even looks appetising. It comes served with a side of tartar sauce, fries and a slice of lemon.
The batter was light, crunchy and not in the least bit oily. The fish was cooked simply with just a little bit of salt and nothing else, which I quite enjoyed. The tartar sauce wasn't the best, but adequately complemented the fish.
After moping over the first two dishes for a bit, Vishvi and I settled on a White Chocolate Mocha Latte (Rs. 590) and a Psychedelic Sunset (Rs. 630).
The Latte was surprisingly not bad. In fact, it actually tasted like white chocolate. Perhaps a bit too much like white chocolate. Syrup, perhaps? I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter since it delivered as promised.
The Psychedelic Sunset is an orange+strawberry blended fruit drink with nothing psychedelic about it. It's a refreshing drink though, and I'm sure it has actual strawberries blended into it, because there were a lot of strawberry seeds in this drink. I recommend it if you want something a lil sweet n' fruity.
In the past their service gained a bit of flack from customers for having too much attitude, but this time the service was excellent. The staff are friendly, but keep to themselves so you'll be left alone here to do what you like. Ambience is the same old cramped interior with a smoker's lounge outside. Nice place to work at or have a meal, but not to have an English breakfast.
I don't know what to tell you, honestly. For one, I know that a ton of people are going to be pissed, but look friends, this is what it was like when we went in. Their old faithfuls love the place so I don't mean to ruffle any trousers, but alas. That's that, on that.
Coco Veranda is quite a popular cafe that's usually busy at any given time of the week.
Coco Veranda's a familiar sight down Ward Place, and has a loyal customer base who continues to clamour for their sugar-heavy drinks and decadent cakes and desserts
Coco Veranda on Ward Place is one of Colombo's most popular coffee shops. We loved them in the past, but this time around it was a let down.
Good food, good coffee and lower prices than say Coffee Bean but what makes the place really stand out from the coffee house pack is the service.
සිංහල කොකෝ වැරැන්ඩා කියන්නේ කූල් එකේ ඉන්න පුළුවන් අපූරු තැනක්.
සිංහල හොඳ කෑම, හොඳ කෝපි හා අඩු මිළටත් වඩා කොකෝ වැරැන්ඩා කැපී පෙනෙන හේතුව තමයි, එහි විශිෂ්ට සේවාව. කාර්යමණ්ඩලය මිත්රශීලීයි; සැලකිලිමත්.
Turn into Ward Place from the De Soysa Roundabout at the Town Hall Junction. Coming down Ward Place past the University Grants Commission, Coco Veranda is on the right, opposite the Kynsey Place turn off.