Indian Summer is one of the few fine dining Indian restaurants in Colombo. It's been over three years since our last visit to this place, and back then our experience was pretty mediocre. Anyway, a place could change a lot in three years, which is why we decided to drop in again. Safe to say that they've made some pretty good improvements over the years, and our experience was much better than last time.
Indian Summer has a wide variety of Indian food on the menu - from a range of meat-centred specialties, rotis, biriyani and whatnot.
We started off with the Kalmi Kebab (Rs. 1000). With four chicken drumsticks, thoroughly marinated in an aromatic blend of spices, and brought to the table on a sizzling plate, this was packed with flavor. It was nicely grilled through, while the charred areas on the meat added a deliciously smokey, and succulent sensation.
As for our mains, we ordered a portion of Shrimp Dum Biriyani (Rs. 1650), a Mutton Roganjosh (Rs. 1250) and a couple of rotis - Kulcha (Rs. 200) and Garlic Cheese Naan (Rs. 350).
The long grain basmati was cooked well, spiced adequately and had a great flavor - although it could have used a bit more seasoning. It was more of a toned down version of a typical Indian biriyani, but still quite good. With plenty of boiled, well-marinated shrimps to go around, this portion of biriyani is easily enough to satisfy two hungry bellies.
Incorporating the strong flavors of cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and a hint of tanginess that comes from yogurt, the mutton Roganjosh was simply brilliant. It had around six chunks of boneless mutton, cooked so well - in a way that you can actually see its texture in layers. The gravy itself was creamy with a subtle sweetness running through, and a lot of curry taste.
The drinks menu at Indian Summer contains a range of juices, smoothies and milkshakes, and we tried two of them - Chocolate Milkshake (Rs. 550) and Watermelon Juice (Rs. 500).
The Chocolate Milkshake had a good blend of chocolate ice cream and milk, and an incredibly creamy texture - making for a real treat on this sunny Colombo weather. But does it really worth paying Rs. 550 for? Nah, I don't think so.
We can say the same thing about their watermelon juice. It was good, refreshing, with perfect consistency, but Rs. 500 for a tiny glass of juice? Come on!!!
We loved the seating space they have just outside the restaurant - comfy cushions in cane furniture, a floor of white rocks, and plants along the sides. The downside though is that you can't sit here in hot weather or if it's a bad traffic day on Horton Place.
The inside is still cosy, with a sort of fine dining vibe if you visit in the evenings. The place has an elaborate ceiling and some interesting corners, like the wall of embossed cut-out birds near the sink area.
Even after three years, nothing much has changed, which is alright because it provides some of the finest dining experiences you can have around this area. The place is massive, enough to hold around 80 people at a time, so it's quite popular for family lunch outs, friendly get togethers and whatnot.
The service was impeccable. The waitsaff was prompt, friendly and helpful.
Indian Summer has certainly gotten better over the years, and we really enjoyed our experience this time. The prices here aren't exactly cheap, but we think it's worth the price (except for the drinks), given that they're in fact a high-end Indian restaurant in Colombo 07.
Indian Summer has certainly gotten better over the years, and we really enjoyed our experience this time.
Indian Summer is a slightly expensive Indian restaurant, with a great ambience.
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