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3/5

Kouchi

262, New Kandy Road, Koswatta, Battaramulla,


I’m confident that Kouchi is the best Japanese restaurant in Battaramula. While it’s not worth the journey if you live in Colombo – if you’re based in the area, it’s not a bad mid-range option.



UPDATE: Kouchi is now closed.

A smart move by the owners of Sakura- Kouchi was set up to cater to Battaramula’s ever increasing expat community, and their appetite for perennially fashionable Japanese cuisine. Refined and sophisticated it may not be, and like its sister Sakura (until its refurbishment) it’s looking tired and in need of a refit – but it has its own charm, as attested by its loyal following. Patronised not just by the expats of the area, Kouchi has succeeded in popularising Japanese food (and beverages) among suburban Sri Lankans. The service here is typically a little slow. Quiet serving girls lead you demurely to your seat (a choice of tables, or tatami style seating, smoking or no smoking), and then retire elusively for the rest of the evening, appearing occasionally to take orders etc. The range of Japanese food is broad (it shares a menu with Sakura), and includes sushi, sashimi, various don buri dishes, tempura, suki yaki (in short, a good range of Japanese favourites, as well as a few more obscure dishes). In fact, the menu has remained largely unchanged over the years, aside from the pricing. Kouchi’s popularity over the years has owed in no small part to its reasonable cost – but these days the prices are increasing, and the quality of the food is not. The Katsu Don (a deep fried pork cutlet served with egg and leeks on a bowl of steamed Japanese rice), was tasty- but not exceptional. The Crab Maki, always a good choice of sushi for those who don’t have a taste for raw fish, came in generously sized pieces, but were somewhat lacking in crab filling. And the Tekka Maki (rolled tuna sushi, wrapped with seaweed) was underwhelming. The Braised Shiitake Mushroom dish was an abject disappointment. This is a favourite dish – and usually well executed at Sakura, but was on this occasion almost inedibly over soy-sauced. Still, though it tends to be hit or miss, I’m confident that Kouchi is the best Japanese restaurant in Battaramula. While it’s not worth the journey if you live in Colombo – if you’re based in the area, it’s not a bad mid-range option. It’s occasionally patronised by Japanese (always a good sign), and is capable of producing tasty dishes. That being said standards are slipping, while prices, sadly, are not- our meal came to around Rs 1000 per head.


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Cooked dishes here tend to be a better bet than the sushi

Address

262, New Kandy Road, Koswatta, Battaramulla,

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Cuisine

Japanese

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3

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