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3/5

Gloria Jean's Coffees

No. 31, Horton Place, Colombo 7 Colombo


(Reopened) Gloria Jean's has made a comeback despite the scandals surrounding their local franchises. They're at Horton Place now where the old Barista used to be, a few steps across the road from Coffee Bean right next to the W Lounge.



So Gloria Jean's has made a comeback despite the scandals surrounding their local franchises. They're at Horton Place now where the old Barista used to be. We popped in to check the place out, and found that they're getting along just fine. They serve basic coffeeshop treats like muffins, brownies and the like but they've also got a range of sandwiches, salads etc.

 

Coffee



First off, we started with the Macchiato (Rs. 420) and this was obviously a small shot of extremely strong coffee. Or so we thought. A macchiato is an espresso shot usually served with a small amount of foamed milk. The little cup the coffee was served in was about half foam and half burnt coffee. I wasn't exactly pleased to find myself taking in two or three sips of plain foam but when I did get to the coffee I wasn't really impressed. Rough start, but oh well.



Our next refreshment was the Creme Brulee Chiller (Rs. 660) and while it WAS quite refreshing it didn't have the slightest hint of 'Creme Brulee' to it. It was just well-made, chilled coffee with a few drizzles of caramel syrup and although I found it delicious, Rs. 660 was a bit steep.



The champion cuppa was the Irish Nut Creme (Rs. 680) and let me tell you, this was a wonderful drink. It's not exactly the taste per se that makes it so enjoyable as it is the aroma. This drink delivers an entire olfactory experience and it made me think of Christmas and a hug from Grandma. It had a slight hazelnutty undertone to it and was flavoured well with Bailey's Liquer. Not the real stuff mind you, just flavour. The fact that it's served hot only adds to the sensation of wanting to read a book by the window during a light drizzle.

 

Food & Dessert

We had the Tandoori Chicken Sandwich (Rs. 690) and all the different elements that made this sandwich up worked well on their own but weren't exactly balanced out when put together. For one, the bread (Ciabatta) was tasty but it was far too thick compared to the teeny amount of Chicken Tandoori filling. I also wish they put in a few more veggies because all they had was one sad leaf of iceberg lettuce. That being said, the chicken itself was delicious, moist and adequately flavoured. As per the norm, the sandwich was served with a side of fresh vegetables and a dish of tomato ketchup. Would I willingly spend Rs. 690 on this? Probably not.



For our choice of dessert, we first ordered the Double Chocolate Cheesecake (Rs. 650) and this was one extremely dense slice. Being a cheesecake freak myself, I know that cheesecakes are meant to be light and fluffy, sort of easy to scoop up with a spoon shall we say. I had to repeatedly stab my fork through it  so I could get a proper bite out of it because that's how thick and dense it was. It tasted great, it was rich and chocolatey so if you're a chocoholic then this is right up your alley.




We also got the Lemon Meringue Pie (Rs. 550). I've had a lot of lemon meringue pies throughout my time here on Earth and frankly this was good. It was tart and it looked good to boot. The only drawback was that there wasn't enough sweetness to balance out the tartness and after a few mouthfuls you start to get a little overwhelmed. Despite this, I enjoyed it and I'd say the large slice is a pretty good deal at 550LKR.


Interior & Ambience

Okay so the area is beautiful and it's probably one of the better nooks in CMB for a coffeeshop, but for some reason the interior was a little disconsolate. Coffee shops are meant to make you feel warm and welcome and while I'm assuming they were going for that, they sort of overdid it a bit and the result was stark, contrasting colours and a strange yellow-wood for furniture.  

The entire place was absolutely bathed in far-too-warm yellow lighting, and this didn't compliment the furniture, nor the large orange, abstract artwork on the walls. This shouldn't matter too much if you're in the presence of good company as there's enough seating for a large group of people.

The service was up to par, the baristas knew their stuff and our food/drinks didn't take long at all.

 

Conclusion

Overall, there's definitely room for improvement and while the interior leaves much to be desired I'd recommend heading down to try their coffee. Also the cakes are big enough to share and that's always a good thing. Head down to GJC if you've got time and a few extra rupees to spare. 


TIP

Try the Irish Nut Creme. Also cakes are good for sharing.

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Address

No. 31, Horton Place, Colombo 7 Colombo

Directions

It's at Horton Place across the road from Coffee Bean, next to the W Lounge where the old Barista used to be.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

Closed right now

Cuisine

Western

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Burgers Coffee Iced Coffee

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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hesh22

had the worst caramel late and worst cup of tea ever tasted

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2/5

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Vishva

Walked in there on our from Urban kitchen cause I wanted Iced tea and my friends wanted Coffee, the place looks all good and very "trendy coffee place". good seats and very open space. but the coffee man, not very good at all. The Iced tea was a disaster. and so was the cappuccino and the iced latte. like the suggestions say, if they cut back with foam, milk and sugar and let us taste the coffee for once. it will be good. didn't try the food. but won't be going back there for a while.

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1/5

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nzboy

Everything was going fine, enjoying a nice espresso… until i was approached by a beggar INSIDE the coffee shop… showing me medical reports and asking to help… seriously…. definitely not what i expected from a coffee shop of this nature… staff did nothing to stop him from coming in… Gloria Jeans better do something about this… this was my first time visiting a Gloria Jeans and Im not coming here again…

H
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1/5

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hesh22

had the worst caramel late and worst cup of tea ever tasted

V
1

2/5

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Vishva

Walked in there on our from Urban kitchen cause I wanted Iced tea and my friends wanted Coffee, the place looks all good and very "trendy coffee place". good seats and very open space. but the coffee man, not very good at all. The Iced tea was a disaster. and so was the cappuccino and the iced latte. like the suggestions say, if they cut back with foam, milk and sugar and let us taste the coffee for once. it will be good. didn't try the food. but won't be going back there for a while.

N
1

1/5

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nzboy

Everything was going fine, enjoying a nice espresso… until i was approached by a beggar INSIDE the coffee shop… showing me medical reports and asking to help… seriously…. definitely not what i expected from a coffee shop of this nature… staff did nothing to stop him from coming in… Gloria Jeans better do something about this… this was my first time visiting a Gloria Jeans and Im not coming here again…

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1/5

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shani93

Gloria Jean’s Coffees colombo branch caught for using expired stuff. Here is video evidence
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=656612404420385

It's a shame they don't apologise from customers via their fb page after getting caught red handed. Instead they're claiming innocent and deleting and blocking comments of customers who inquire about this incident

G
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5/5

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GJCSL

Dear Beanlover, The beans which are in display were manufactured on 2012 and has a shelf life till 30th April 2014. We serve all our products as per our international standards and we would never sell expired products at our store. We run a quality assurance check by our operations team very often to make sure everything is right at our store.

Please drop in at our store again and contact our staff for any other further information about our product range without any hesitation as we would be glad to help you anytime.

Thank you. GJCSL Team.

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5/5

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Brad

I come on to Yamu to find places to eat/drink or whatever… but for reviews… this place has gone downhill so badly it's ridiculous.

My take on the venue is that the coffees are of great quality and the sizes are quite decently priced for money and value. The food is actually tasteful, you can ask them not to make something "sri lankan style" or "lankan style" for something a bit spicy! Yes, they do that!

The confectionery and patisserie items are well made and are not a waste as most other outlets have become.

The service is GREAT and the folks who work there are still being trained, but there are seniors on duty who are their to guide them, it's called a buddy-system. Of course, the author should know that if they have an iota of knowledge about hospitality.

Dear GJCSL ignore the Yamu "review" you guys are doing good, just keep it up.

My rating is for the venue and not this lame review.

Yamu, get your act together…

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4/5

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MetalMohan

Thought I will check the coffee, as was given a hint about the place by a hardcore drinker. Definitely serves one of the better blends compared to the other Coffee houses/ Cafes. Had an Americano [with milk] and enjoyed it thoroughly !

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