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4/5

Mathura Restaurant

16, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04


Mathura is a decent Indian vegetarian restaurant that has been around Colombo for years, but now at a new location.



Mathura doesn’t really require a fancy description – it has been around for the longest of times, known for the veg friendly Indian that they serve. (If you have never heard of Mathura, you have probably lived under a rock – no hate though.  *insert hug*

And now, they are at a new location! No longer do they operate from behind the bus stop in Havelock town.

Food

Although the famous Mathura served some soooooper Indian (veg), the quality deflated over the years. So, I was rather curious to see what the new Mathura had in store for me. It took approximately 10 minutes for the food to be served, which wasn’t too long.

My North Indian thali (Rs. 530) was huge. Plated on the massive silver tray in true thali style were rasam, dhal, vegetable kadai, two potato curries, vegetable biriyani, a tiny pot of rice, a naan/chapathi (because it looked like naan, but tasted like chapathi), curd and kesari bhath.

The rasam, I believed, could have had a stronger dose of seasoning as it didn’t come off as spicy as rasam usually is. The curries were basic, but tasted good and were well spiced. While there was nothing I could really complain of with the contents of the thali, the veg biriyani was the real winner.

For someone who is forever in love with biriyani and thinks it’s abominable to exclude meat from the glorious dish, the veg biriyani was beyond impressive! So well flavoured that I didn’t whine about not having a small piece of chicken to go with it.

What you don't see in the pic is a little cup of paneer that came along with the thali. The paneer was creamy and yum, and the kesari bhath, (which is a sweet dish [first from left]) was done justice with the taste of ghee combining well with the level of sweetness.

On the whole, I really did like my veg thali, despite not having any meat. 

The paper masala dosa (Rs 380) was, unbelievably, not greasy! Coming across non-greasy, non-oily South Indian is a rare delight. Enveloped in a crispy, long dosa, the masala-fied potatoes hit the right spot with the spices. While my friend felt it wasn't spicy enough, I personally thought it matched the quality of dosas that you'd find in any little shop in the south of India. But I would have preferred more generous portions of the sambar and chutneys.

For dessert, I got myself a portion of Gulab Jamun (Rs 200) that was delivered hot in a bowl of sugar syrup. It was a little too dark in color and looked overfried. Biting into it, expecting it to feel like a brick, I realized they were right when they said, "Don't judge a book by its cover," because these were really soft on the inside, while also giving me a high risk of diabetes. Too, too sweet.

 

Service and Ambience

We were served by a helpful waiter who was also a little forgetful.

Helpful enough to give me polite instructions on how to eat my thali and forgetful enough to tell me one of the three veggie dishes off the thali was paneer, when in fact, it was not.

Despaired by not finding any paneer despite poking my fingers in the most gross manner possible (PANEER IS IMPORTANT. DON'T JUDGE.), I merely enquired about which of the curries was paneer. Without a reply, he returned with a small cup filled with paneer and brought along the chef, who very kindly explained paneer wasn't on the menu for the day. Too much confusion to deal with, but they are still new on the block. Hence, shall be excused.

In terms of interior, I would say Mathura has done a splendid job. Spacious and generous seating (including upstairs) coupled with the faint sounds of Hindi music give the restaurant a whole new vibe. 

 

Overall

I wasn't disappointed. The food was of good quality and service was friendly. Although in terms of price it's more than your average saivar kadey, it's not too bad - more affordable than catching a flight to Chennai for some dosas.

It would, however, be nice to see Mathura extend their dessert choices with more than just one Indian dish on the list.


TIP

Try the veg biriyani!

Address

16, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04

Directions

Located down Melbourne Avenue and opposite Siam House.

Contacts

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Open 11:00 AM to 3 PM, 6 PM to 10:30 PM

Cuisine

Indian South Indian

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Vegetarian Dosa Naan

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
G
9

3/5

0

GayanP

This new location is much better than the old one. Two spacious rooms. quiet, clean and not too busy. Open only from 11 am to 3 pm and then again from 6.30 pm for dinner.

The staff are unsophisticated but down to earth. Not very attentive but helpful. All the basic South Indian vegetarian dishes are available: from Tiffin items, Dosai, Poori to two types of lunch time Thalis. The food is mild and moderate, avoiding the spicy and bland extremes. The Madras coffee is very nice.

However if you order a Thali you have to be assertive. The bowls on the tray are very small and they don't offer refills. Not even a first round of rice. They pretend it is a limited Thali without refills. You have demand your money's worth to get the refills.

Gulab Jamun and Kesari etc are available as desserts. Average cost per head for a drink, meal and dessert is Rs. 1,000/-

They have also thrown in a few Chinese and North Indian vegetarian dishes for good measure, but stick to what they are good at - South Indian fare. There is no alcohol here and they wont let you bring in even a bottle of wine. But the signage here clearly says that it's a "Pure Veg" Restaurant , so that's no surprise. It's to be expected when you walk into such a place.

Anyway, the prices here are the best attraction. The prices are extremely reasonable.

Also the prices on the menu are fairly close to what you finally pay. There is no 30% addition as a surprise.

D
1

2/5

0

DarshanaNuwan

This was one of my favorite Indian restaurants. But very recently their customer service has deteriorated a lot. I had a very bad experience recently. On a busy Sunday they had only three stewards to serve and they were not even listening to what we are ordering with a conscious mind. I ordered two Kulcha and around one hour later ultimately received only one and got to know that the steward who wrote down my order has not done it correctly. Number of stewards they have is not sufficient at all on a busy Sunday and it's like receiving service from a specialist doctor of a channeling service. I decided to never visit Mathura After that incident.

S
1

5/5

0

Spiritcoda

Since I am a huge lover of Indian food, I had the chance to enjoy both lunch and dinner in this place. My overall review is, it has a Indian look and feel to the place. Enjoy the food with some authentic Indian slow music which kind of set the mood for me. Also I would have so to say the service was great, they knew exactly want we wanted and their recommendations to what to try ( if your new), was just great.

It did take a little long time to make the preparations, but it was worth while the wait to try out their amazing dishes. I do recommend trying the cashew nut rice and masala curry including all their paneer dishes as well. Also a great sweet at the end of the meal.

I was happy to even introduce couple of my friends to the place, who were not so keen on going since i was a vegetarian place but soon grew to love it and I think they are coming by even without my help.

So to all those vegetarians out there… looking for a good I mean a really good meal, then try this place out and your belly will be totally satisfied.

G
9

3/5

0

GayanP

This new location is much better than the old one. Two spacious rooms. quiet, clean and not too busy. Open only from 11 am to 3 pm and then again from 6.30 pm for dinner.

The staff are unsophisticated but down to earth. Not very attentive but helpful. All the basic South Indian vegetarian dishes are available: from Tiffin items, Dosai, Poori to two types of lunch time Thalis. The food is mild and moderate, avoiding the spicy and bland extremes. The Madras coffee is very nice.

However if you order a Thali you have to be assertive. The bowls on the tray are very small and they don't offer refills. Not even a first round of rice. They pretend it is a limited Thali without refills. You have demand your money's worth to get the refills.

Gulab Jamun and Kesari etc are available as desserts. Average cost per head for a drink, meal and dessert is Rs. 1,000/-

They have also thrown in a few Chinese and North Indian vegetarian dishes for good measure, but stick to what they are good at - South Indian fare. There is no alcohol here and they wont let you bring in even a bottle of wine. But the signage here clearly says that it's a "Pure Veg" Restaurant , so that's no surprise. It's to be expected when you walk into such a place.

Anyway, the prices here are the best attraction. The prices are extremely reasonable.

Also the prices on the menu are fairly close to what you finally pay. There is no 30% addition as a surprise.

D
1

2/5

0

DarshanaNuwan

This was one of my favorite Indian restaurants. But very recently their customer service has deteriorated a lot. I had a very bad experience recently. On a busy Sunday they had only three stewards to serve and they were not even listening to what we are ordering with a conscious mind. I ordered two Kulcha and around one hour later ultimately received only one and got to know that the steward who wrote down my order has not done it correctly. Number of stewards they have is not sufficient at all on a busy Sunday and it's like receiving service from a specialist doctor of a channeling service. I decided to never visit Mathura After that incident.

S
1

5/5

0

Spiritcoda

Since I am a huge lover of Indian food, I had the chance to enjoy both lunch and dinner in this place. My overall review is, it has a Indian look and feel to the place. Enjoy the food with some authentic Indian slow music which kind of set the mood for me. Also I would have so to say the service was great, they knew exactly want we wanted and their recommendations to what to try ( if your new), was just great.

It did take a little long time to make the preparations, but it was worth while the wait to try out their amazing dishes. I do recommend trying the cashew nut rice and masala curry including all their paneer dishes as well. Also a great sweet at the end of the meal.

I was happy to even introduce couple of my friends to the place, who were not so keen on going since i was a vegetarian place but soon grew to love it and I think they are coming by even without my help.

So to all those vegetarians out there… looking for a good I mean a really good meal, then try this place out and your belly will be totally satisfied.

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