This branch of Fork is now closed. They have branches in Ja-Ela and Ekala
Fork is an interesting cafe concept on Marine Drive which serves up good sandwiches, pizza, and middling pasta. A few fixable things, however, keep it from awesome status. Cleanliness is a bit lax and the seating is a tad uncomfortable for long periods. Overall, however, it's worth a visit on the increasingly booming Marine Drive.
Fork was originally a place in Ekala which stood out, at least for people passing by, for it's excellent logo. They've now opened up a spot on Marine Drive at the end of Retreat Road, between Majestic City and the Bambalaptiya Flats (broadly). If you're coming from the Galle Road heading north, it's just past Holy Family Convent.
Anyways, how's the place? The design is good and location great. Marine Drive overlooks the sea and increasingly become a commercial spot, with restaurants like Copper Chimney
, Don's Deli
and Arabian Knights
. And the Rio's Ice Cream Truck
. The basic cafe concept of Fork is a welcome addition.
They have a tiny walkway with about four seats outside and bench style seating inside. Everything is nice, but it's a bit hard to sit on a no-backed chair for such a long time. One thing we noticed was that two out of four forks weren't cleaned, a bit of attention to detail we're assuming they'll fix soon. The bathroom was also pretty messy.
Fork's main dishes seem to be sandwiches, pizza and pasta. We tried one of each and based on that sample we can recommend the sandwiches and pizza but not necessarily the pasta. The shitaki mushroom sandwich (Rs. 375) was excellent, the Fork Special Pizza (Rs. 700) was good, especially the cooked egg in the center, but the Da Vinci Pasta was so-so. Sri Lankans struggle with pasta and we honestly haven't had great pasta many places at all, and we wouldn't recommend it at the Fork either. Perhaps we just tried the wrong one. Portions are generous throughout.
One downside to the place is that they seem to serve only chicken and fish, no beef or pork. For people trying to keep halal or avoid cow this is a bonus, but if they're trying to feature Italian food, it's kinda limiting.
Our bill for
three people, including drinks, came to Rs. 2,600
- Mango Juice - Rs. 220
- Lemon Iced Tea - Rs. 150
- Shitaki Mushroom Sandwiches - Rs. 375
- Da Vinci Pasta - Rs. 695
- Fork Special Pizza - Rs. 700
- Lime Juice - Rs. 150
- Bottled Water - Rs. 75
- Service Charge - Rs. 237
- TOTAL - RS. 2,601
Fork is about average for middle class Colombo eateries.
We give Fork a cautious recommendation for the food and location, but they really need to address basic cleanliness and comfort. It's a good addition to a road (Marine Drive) that we hope to see blossom soon.
Try the Fork Special Pizza, or the mushroom sandwich. Both good.