4/5

Frego Steakhouse

353 Galle Rd, Colombo 3


Frego serves some killer Australian steak, smoked and sauced to perfection, and very reasonably priced.



I've had food comas plenty of times, but rarely have they been this satisfying.

Frego Steakhouse and Cafe is located within a surprisingly large building in Colpetty, just after 5th lane, along Galle Rd, on the landside. There's decent parking outside it too.

The Food

I started by ordering a smoothie, the Banana Blueberry Bliss (Rs. 400) which was nice, thick and milky, even though the blueberry tasted a tad syrupy. 

Feeling guilty of being about just stuff my face with tons and tons of beef, I also ordered a salad, which didn't come in portions short of a full meal's worth, so I had to doggy bag the rest.  The Prawn and Avocado Salad (Rs. 850) comes with lots of kale, offset very nicely by the taste and texture of the creamy avocado. The prawns were big and fresh, and the lemon and lime seasoning was just right. 

Next came the highlight of the meal, the baby ribs (half-portion Rs 2750) which, I am not kidding, looks like it contained at least a kilo of meat. I'm probably overstating this, though it certainly felt like a kilo of meat.

*beware, beef-porn coming up*

The meat was tender and soft, and had an easy, stringy way of pulling apart that made me drool in anticipation of tasting it. It is smoked for about four hours before being grilled, the sauce is added next and then it is glazed with a blowtorch, producing that crispy exterior.

All this creates layers and layers of texture and taste that combines a crispy outer layer, stringy and soft inner layers and a trace of juicy fat which, along with the excellent BBQ sauce, or your choice of Worcester or HP, explodes with sensation on your tastebuds making you feel like Jordan Peele must have felt at The Continental Breakfast.

The meat came with mashed potato (you have a choice of accompaniments like herb roasted potatoes, lemon new potatoes, sauteed wild mushrooms or wild rice) and colselaw. The mashed potato was soft and complemented the meat really well, though the colseslaw was a little on the tangy side.

The restaurant offers pizza, pasta and rice dishes as well as a range of steaks, ribs and other meat products. You can find all the standards; T-bone (Rs. 2800), ribeye (Rs. 2500), lamb chops (Rs. 3200), tender gratin (Rs. 3400), lamb loin (Rs. 2350) and surfing beef loin (Rs. 3650) (trying and failing to think of a good joke about a surfing cow here). For the trade protectionists out there, they also have a Lanka Beef Tenderloin (Rs. 1750) which might be worth trying out. 

Doubling as it does, as a cafe, it also has a slew of desserts, coffees and other cafe oriented fare. After what I ate, my stomach simply refused to respond to my pleas to make room for anything else, so no dessert for this review. 

Service

Warm and friendly, at first a little too warm and friendly, as I was the only one there one weekday for lunch. 

Ambiance

The space is large and roomy, and well decorated, although the tropical modernism in the interior seems to approach the kitschier end of the spectrum, combining a little clunkily with a colonial aesthetic. The bathrooms and some of the finishing were also a little cheap looking. But I am probably nitpicking here.

Conclusion

Go here if you like great steak that doesn't break the bank, or require you to break into one. Everything else is nice too.


TIP

Ask for the Worcester sauce and other sauce options they have as well

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Address

353 Galle Rd, Colombo 3

Directions

After you pass 5th Lane and Walukarama as you go along Galle road, turn right.

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GayanP

They advertise themselves deceptively as a regular normal Steak House but they don't have any alcohol. Not even beer. They won't allow you to bring in your own alcohol either as it is a very strict Halal place. The ethical thing for such places to do is to clearly say in their advertisements that they are a strict Halal Muslim place. Then we won't waste our time going in and we wont have ruined evenings feeling tricked and deceived.

Its off Galle Road on the lane that runs by Amana Bank. The sign on the building says Lee Hedges & Co. The prices on the menu are honest and that's the price you finally pay. It includes taxes and Service charges and there are no surprises. But the prices are high. The basic salads and sandwiches are over 1,000/- and the steaks are around 2,500/- . Mind you this is no fine dining restaurant. The ambiance and service is miles away from any fine dining expectations. The decor, colours and furniture makes one wonder whether this is a kiddies play school during the day and a restaurant only at night.

The steaks on offer are basic. No filet mignons or Steak Dianes etc. They also don't serve pork. Their signature dishes are their long ribs and short ribs. They are smoked, and smoked until they smell and taste of nothing but smoke and smoke only. There is absolutely no beef taste left in them and the meat was over cooked until they had disintegrated into fibers. They just couldn't be eaten. The sauce didn't help either. We felt that the meat had been just pre-boiled, stored, blow torched before serving and not grilled at all. The mash that came with it was absolutely tasteless. It was just mash with no cream, butter or seasoning. The teaspoon of Cole slaw that came with each had no dressing except for a dash of citrus juice. The ribs were a terrible disappointment and a absolute waste of money.

The servings of pasta were large, but the texture was hard and totally flavourless except for the very ordinary sauce poured on it. The dishes were served as an when they were ready and not together. That too went to spoil what could have been an enjoyable evening had we gone elsewhere.

If you want good quality proper steaks stay away from this wanna-be Steak house and go to the Bavarian further down the street or to a coffee shop in a five star hotel - you will get high quality meat, service and ambiance for the same price.

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2

1/5

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Chandana YAMU STAFF

We ordered a medium-rare New York Stripe Streak. But what we got was well-done. They took it back when we complained about it, but the second steak also turned out to be well-done. Then they brought a third one; this time it was more like barely rare, if not uncooked at all in the center. (even bit cold in the center).
We didn’t eat it because 1) the meat was really chewy and it was difficult to eat 2) we didn't want to get stomach bugs.
Anyways, the staff was very humble; they apologized for the trouble and didn’t charge for the steak.

G
9

1/5

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GayanP

They advertise themselves deceptively as a regular normal Steak House but they don't have any alcohol. Not even beer. They won't allow you to bring in your own alcohol either as it is a very strict Halal place. The ethical thing for such places to do is to clearly say in their advertisements that they are a strict Halal Muslim place. Then we won't waste our time going in and we wont have ruined evenings feeling tricked and deceived.

Its off Galle Road on the lane that runs by Amana Bank. The sign on the building says Lee Hedges & Co. The prices on the menu are honest and that's the price you finally pay. It includes taxes and Service charges and there are no surprises. But the prices are high. The basic salads and sandwiches are over 1,000/- and the steaks are around 2,500/- . Mind you this is no fine dining restaurant. The ambiance and service is miles away from any fine dining expectations. The decor, colours and furniture makes one wonder whether this is a kiddies play school during the day and a restaurant only at night.

The steaks on offer are basic. No filet mignons or Steak Dianes etc. They also don't serve pork. Their signature dishes are their long ribs and short ribs. They are smoked, and smoked until they smell and taste of nothing but smoke and smoke only. There is absolutely no beef taste left in them and the meat was over cooked until they had disintegrated into fibers. They just couldn't be eaten. The sauce didn't help either. We felt that the meat had been just pre-boiled, stored, blow torched before serving and not grilled at all. The mash that came with it was absolutely tasteless. It was just mash with no cream, butter or seasoning. The teaspoon of Cole slaw that came with each had no dressing except for a dash of citrus juice. The ribs were a terrible disappointment and a absolute waste of money.

The servings of pasta were large, but the texture was hard and totally flavourless except for the very ordinary sauce poured on it. The dishes were served as an when they were ready and not together. That too went to spoil what could have been an enjoyable evening had we gone elsewhere.

If you want good quality proper steaks stay away from this wanna-be Steak house and go to the Bavarian further down the street or to a coffee shop in a five star hotel - you will get high quality meat, service and ambiance for the same price.

Avatar for Chandana
2

1/5

2

Chandana YAMU STAFF

We ordered a medium-rare New York Stripe Streak. But what we got was well-done. They took it back when we complained about it, but the second steak also turned out to be well-done. Then they brought a third one; this time it was more like barely rare, if not uncooked at all in the center. (even bit cold in the center).
We didn’t eat it because 1) the meat was really chewy and it was difficult to eat 2) we didn't want to get stomach bugs.
Anyways, the staff was very humble; they apologized for the trouble and didn’t charge for the steak.

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1/5

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Hayaf

We had to wait there for twenty minutes before they even asked us what we want. And then when the food was served I wanted to cry cos it was not worth the money at all. This was da FIRST time a yamu review let me down. It has bever happen before. But this place isn't worth it. Thw quantity was less etc. Sad state.

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dopamine

Only eaten there once but the food and ambiance were great. Very reasonable pricing as well!

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5/5

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Yazeer

The Food was worth the price ! Had a unique taste … The place was fab ! Good service as well

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