E-Cafe's been there for a while. With its bright yellow signboard, Military style writing and quirky as hell name, it's practically impossible to miss.
Nonetheless, we've been there before, a while back and we really liked it. So, as per usual, we decided to drop in for another look, three years later.
In terms of the Ambience, literally, nothing had changed. Everything from the stuffed, incredibly comfortable chairs to the bookshelves, everything had escaped the passage of time and we're pretty content with it.
We were happy to see that they still continued the theme of the '90s/ early 2000's theme because, where else would you be greeted by stairway to heaven playing in the background when you enter. Kudos to that!
E-Cafe, like almost every cafe in Colombo, runs the same basic genre of food. hotdogs, pasta, cake, milkshakes - that sort of thing. They don't have a very extensive menu but like everything else here, it did have a few quirky options like potato pizza.
Not wanting to be too adventurous with things, we went with some of the classics on the menu - the Fish and Chips (Rs. 990) and a Spicy Prawn Spaghetti (Rs. 890) with a poached egg (Rs. 100).
The Fish and Chips turned out to be a serving of thin cut, salty as hell fries and some pretty oily fish. Oil tended to ooze out when you cut into the fish and the batter, although crunchy in some bits, its edges were a tad soggy. Which, obviously didn't go too well.
However, we really liked the dip. Scattered with bits of pickle and onion, it was fantastic.
Making things a little less sad, the Spaghetti was pretty good. Cooked al dente and practically smothered in creamy, spicy sauce, we absolutely loved it. With around 6 well-cooked prawns and lots of mushrooms to go around, we found nothing we didn't like. The poached egg had a lovely yolky middle and it went really well with the pasta.
Special thanks to the bun on the side. Impossibly milky, beautifully eggy and fresh, it blew us away.
Again, like most cafes in town, E-Cafe also had a bunch of options that mostly circle around tea, coffee and other milk-based concoctions. We decided to go with the Mango Smoothie (Rs. 590) and an Ice Blended Mocha (Rs. 590).
The Mango Smoothie tasted very much like a yoghurt drink - not necessarily in a bad way. It wasn't overpoweringly mango-ed but was creamy and filling as hell. Maybe get something light to go with it if you do get this.
Ayy, the Ice Blended. A tall glass of what tasted like milked out cocoa powder with a tinge of coffee. While it did fit the bill perfectly for being chocolatey, it didn't really give any sort of caffeine kick. Don't get us wrong, it wasn't necessarily bad -in any way. Just, it tasted a lot like cocoa powder which we weren't a fan of.
In comparison to our previous review, this experience fell short of impressing us. Still, it's a great place to hang out with your friends, and get some work done - if working from office/home bores you.
A 90's themed cafe in front of Police Park that does a pretty solid Spaghetti.
Good place to grab a book, some coffee, or settle down with your laptop. Somewhat pricey, but ok if you're gonna spend your day there.
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