Having first made a name for themselves at The Good Market, Life Food's expanded by opening up their own outlet tucked just under one of the numerous trees near the Beira Lake. It's a small, compact space with fresh and plastic horticultural decorations and delicious victuals. They've been up and running since early February, so we dropped in to check it out.
We were there for a couple of hours in the morning, and it was full most of the time: not an overcrowded sort of full, but mostly with women in gym clothes continually buzzing in and out for their health-food fix. I can see why this is popular, what with Life Food's range of healthy juices and delicious granola cups.
The staff behind the counter seem a bit new to their job, and service is slightly confusing: is it self-service, or not? Food and drinks were brought to the table a couple of times, and for the rest they just called out over the counter that my sandwich and drink was ready.
They've got some funky names on their menu like Lady Florentine, The Moroccan, Gobble-gobble-gobble and Smooth Operators making an appearance.
I picked The Life Cup (Rs. 550), which was a tall container of granola, yogurt and fresh fruit layered together.
This was superb, with the home-made granola being just sweet enough and very crunchy, so it went well with the yogurt and chopped mangoes and strawberries. It's also quite a massive portion, and well worth the price.
We had a Mango Booster (Rs. 340) to go with it, which was mixed in with passion fruit and ginger. The balance between the mango and passion fruit flavours were great, and I'd never have thought it would be so refreshing. On the other hand, I wasn't a huge fan of the Hydrator, a lime and mint drink.
While lime and mint is one of my favourite combos, both flavours were diluted by the thambili water. They substituted thambili water for water, and while it worked great with mango and passion, I'm not sure how well it blends with the rest.
There's a Roasties section under the menu, which is basically toast. We opted for a Saigon Special — toasted kurakkan roast paan with spiced chicken and an even mix of vegetables consisting of carrots, cucumbers, and bit of chilli. Other than the overt use of cucumbers (and that's personal preference), this was pretty worth its Rs. 460.
They've given french toast their own twist: it's slightly stuffed with homemade nutella and cream-cheese, and comes drowning in a bowl of kithul syrup. The toast itself was absolutely delicious; soft and fluffy, but nicely and evenly toasted, but it's unless you have an extremely sweet tooth, there's a bit of a saccharine overkill.
We like this place, especially the granola. They still seem to be smoothening things out, with service being slightly spotty (like the owner discussing internal matters with the waiters in the open area of the restaurant, and the waiters being a bit lax when you're ready to place your order).
This is just a first look though, and we're sure it'll be running smoothly give or take a few more weeks, especially as they've already got a loyal fan following.
Grab a seat next to the window upstairs and treat yourself with the scrumptious and innovative café-type of food and the view on Beira Lake.
A small, cozy place to get your morning juice fix.
සිංහල ලයිෆ් ෆුඩ් කියන්නෙ බේරේ වැව ගාව පෙරහැර පාරේ තියෙන හෙල්ති කැෆේ එකක්. හැබැයි හෙල්ති වුණාට රහේ අඩුවක් නෑ.
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