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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 is no longer at Havelock Road. They're now at 16, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04.

 

Mathura is a long-established pure veg spot in Havelock Town. It is, however, pretty expensive for average quality South Indian fare.

The Food

 

Mathura is a South Indian spot and thus specializes in dosa/dhose, other flatbreads, rice and assorted vegetable preparations. The base meal here is a dose, sambar, chutneys and whatever veg you want to pair it with.

 

 

When this combination works it works really well, but it's sorta unappetizing looking and when it's mediocre it's just depressing. We've had good experiences at Mathura, but not especially this time around. We tried an onion dosa (Rs. 225), something we've really enjoyed in Jaffna, but here it was just OK. The onion wasn't caramelized, it was just kind tossed in there.

 

 

Same for the paper dhose. It was good, but these are more expensive than your kade paper dhoses (Rs. 225, basically a whole meal on the street) and they're not better. The potato masala inside was kinda phoned in, not much flavor and just there.

 

 

To mix it up we tried one of their signature dishes, the cauliflower Gobi 65 (Rs. 450). A take on the Indian classic chicken 65, it matches the bright color but if anything the flavor of the cauliflower was buried by the heavy breading. It was served with some limp salad and ketchup.

 

 

We also tried the butter masala paneer (Rs. 450), which was alright tasting but had only six or seven pieces of paneer in there. At more than Rs. 50 a bite we wouldn't call it good value for money.

Stuff we tried to order that they didn't have were the tomato soup, filter coffee and any naan or tandoori items (they apparently only serve that at dinner).

The total for two came to Rs. 1,500, with bottled water and a Nescafe.

The Location

 

 

Mathura has been around forever, it's kinda a Colombo classic. It's a step up from the roadside pure veg eateries and below a more posh place like Shanmugas. When we went it was a bit dark and the fact that it hasn't changed in forever is starting to show.

The Service

 

The staff are nice here and you get pretty prompt service. They didn't understand our coffee order and had to come back a few times, but beyond that the service is fine.

Conclusion

 

 

One of Colombo's oldest South Indian restaurants, Mathura serves reliable pure-veg fare in a middle-class environment. You can, however, get better quality if you're willing to eat in more working class settings or pay a bit more elsewhere.


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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