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5/5

Life Food

31 Perahara Mawatha, Colombo 03


A cosy café that dishes out healthy and yummy food and drinks: kurakkan roast paan sandwiches, salads, granola, juices and the likes.



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.

First Impressions

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.

Conclusion

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.


TIP

You may want to bring a jumper with you, the A/C is usually running full blast.

Address

31 Perahara Mawatha, Colombo 03

Directions

This is just at the turn-off to Alwis Place, opposite the Beira Lake.

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GayanP

It's on the corner of Perehara Mawatha and Alvis place and is three incredibly small spaces on three floors. The decor is quaint, pretty and calming with an air of a casual western cafe. The ground floor is too noisy, hot and smelly due to cooking. The 2 upper floors have a relaxing view of the Beira lake. There is free Wifi and air conditioning.

The food is presented as healthy and it is fusion food. Grilled sandwiches on Kurakkan bread at around Rs 800/- is the staple and the most substantial item on the menu. There are also some grilled seafood and bowls of assorted veggies and stuff at around Rs. 1,500/- as mains. It's good for vegetarians but nothing very exciting about the food. There is no meat at all on the menu. Rice and pasta (even organic red rice and rice pasta) seem to have been labelled as unhealthy and kept off the menu. They don't serve alcohol and they don't allow you to bring in even a bottle of wine.

However, there are some very refreshing juice blends freshly blended, combining unexpected ingredients at around Rs. 400/- for a jam jar mug. they come with a very eco friendly paper straw. Unsealed bottles of water with labels that say "Kangen Water" with a ph value of 7 are served without a charge.

The Prices are absolutely honest. The price on the menu is what you actually pay. They don't pad up the bill with 30% small print taxes and service charges as some dishonest restaurants in Colombo do.

The desserts are bought from Bellissima in Attidiya and are limited to the five Biscuit puddings sold by them. They come in a very small single serve bottle at Rs 500/- each and some of the 5 flavours are out of stock. How this very indulgent dessert fits in with the so called Healthy menu of Life Food is a puzzle.

The staff appear to be over stretched and some are outright grumpy and the service is grudging and poor. Probably they are the cooks who are expected to multi task as waiters and cashiers as well. They ask you to come over to the counter to place your order without coming to your table. The juices and the food takes quite awhile to come and is cold when served. No cloth napkins and even the paper tissues are dispensed very stingily, only one or two at a time. Basically you are expected to use the much handled single tissue that has been wrapped around your set of cutlery.

They are open 11 am to 11pm. It's OK for a snack when killing some time in that area but its far too tightly packed for catching up with friends, discussions or family dining.

Avatar for Malinthe
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2/5

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Malinthe YAMU STAFF

Tried the Suu Kyi. Wasn't impressed. A very one dimensional broth and lackluster accompaniments. I expected more, especially due to the price you're paying. My friend's dish wasn't any better. It actually looked very unappetizing and contained not so fresh ingredients. Don't think I'd return.

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5/5

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Damith Kumara Dunuwela

Wonderful place to have healthy snack…

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9

3/5

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GayanP

It's on the corner of Perehara Mawatha and Alvis place and is three incredibly small spaces on three floors. The decor is quaint, pretty and calming with an air of a casual western cafe. The ground floor is too noisy, hot and smelly due to cooking. The 2 upper floors have a relaxing view of the Beira lake. There is free Wifi and air conditioning.

The food is presented as healthy and it is fusion food. Grilled sandwiches on Kurakkan bread at around Rs 800/- is the staple and the most substantial item on the menu. There are also some grilled seafood and bowls of assorted veggies and stuff at around Rs. 1,500/- as mains. It's good for vegetarians but nothing very exciting about the food. There is no meat at all on the menu. Rice and pasta (even organic red rice and rice pasta) seem to have been labelled as unhealthy and kept off the menu. They don't serve alcohol and they don't allow you to bring in even a bottle of wine.

However, there are some very refreshing juice blends freshly blended, combining unexpected ingredients at around Rs. 400/- for a jam jar mug. they come with a very eco friendly paper straw. Unsealed bottles of water with labels that say "Kangen Water" with a ph value of 7 are served without a charge.

The Prices are absolutely honest. The price on the menu is what you actually pay. They don't pad up the bill with 30% small print taxes and service charges as some dishonest restaurants in Colombo do.

The desserts are bought from Bellissima in Attidiya and are limited to the five Biscuit puddings sold by them. They come in a very small single serve bottle at Rs 500/- each and some of the 5 flavours are out of stock. How this very indulgent dessert fits in with the so called Healthy menu of Life Food is a puzzle.

The staff appear to be over stretched and some are outright grumpy and the service is grudging and poor. Probably they are the cooks who are expected to multi task as waiters and cashiers as well. They ask you to come over to the counter to place your order without coming to your table. The juices and the food takes quite awhile to come and is cold when served. No cloth napkins and even the paper tissues are dispensed very stingily, only one or two at a time. Basically you are expected to use the much handled single tissue that has been wrapped around your set of cutlery.

They are open 11 am to 11pm. It's OK for a snack when killing some time in that area but its far too tightly packed for catching up with friends, discussions or family dining.

Avatar for Malinthe
21

2/5

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Malinthe YAMU STAFF

Tried the Suu Kyi. Wasn't impressed. A very one dimensional broth and lackluster accompaniments. I expected more, especially due to the price you're paying. My friend's dish wasn't any better. It actually looked very unappetizing and contained not so fresh ingredients. Don't think I'd return.

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5/5

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Damith Kumara Dunuwela

Wonderful place to have healthy snack…

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