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Peppermint Cafe

No 76, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07


Peppermint Cafe is the first 24/7 cafe in Colombo. They're also quite pet-friendly.



Peppermint Cafe is the newest kid on the block of the saturated coffee scene in Colombo. Veering off from the usual, they've managed to highlight themselves for two reasons - they're the first 24/7 cafe in Colombo, and they welcome everyone, including your furry friend at home. Just a couple of days after the opening, we dropped in for a quick first look. 

Food

Peppermint Cafe offers a wide array of dishes, from salads and pasta to grilled stuff and cakes. Aside from the vegetarian dishes, the rest comes as seafood and chicken-centered specialties. Their website is pretty informative, so you can get an idea of what they offer, and how long does it take to prepare them. It also states that they've got a separate menu for pets, which you can check out from the counter. 

Featured here is the Spicy Grilled Chicken, served with a side of couscous, spinach, mushroom, and avocado (Rs. 1000). The chicken was excellently prepared, with a firm outside, while the inside was soft. Living up to the name, its seasoning was, in fact, spicy, but did not overpower the freshly grilled meaty flavors.

The freshly cut avocado slices added a rich, buttery, creamy feel to the whole meal, while the butter sauteed spinach and mushrooms were extra flavorful additions. We especially liked the couscous. Not only was it cooked well, it was seasoned adequately, and had a ton of sweet corn and green peas to munch on. 

The Spicy Prawns with Cheesy Pasta (Rs. 1200) was a deliciously cheesy pasta served with a good amount of fettuccine cooked al dente. Well marinated in Tom Yum paste, the prawns had a fiery red color to it, while the pasta was basically a flavor explosion of Parmesan and Cheddar cheese. The spicy factor was doubled by the added chili flakes.

Overall, this one was so filling. I was full after 5, 6 bites, but kept stuffing my face with it as I did not want to let myself regret on the next day for leaving it unfinished. 

We were quite full from our mains, so couldn't make up our minds to order something fancy off their dessert list (or cakes in that matter). So we opted for this simple cup of Passion Fruit Cheese Cake (Rs. 349) off the display. 

Constructed with the usual layers of Graham cracker, cream cheese filling, and passion fruit coulis, it was a good one. The filling was so rich and creamy, and not very sugary, so we could savor the natural tart and sweet flavors of the passion fruit coulis as much as we liked. Even if you're not the biggest sweet-toothed person, this one would work fine for you. 

Drinks

The drinks menu here is composed of mojitos, coffee (hot/cold), milkshakes and a bunch of smoothies. They even encourage you to design a milkshake of your own. 

The Milo Dino (Rs. 690) had a good blend of Milo and milk, topped off with more Milo and choco-balls. It was lighter in texture than what we tried at Isso, but still alright. More Milo never hurts, and this one has a good amount of it, so what's not to like?

Peppermint Cafe uses an in-house brew of coffee in their coffee based drinks. The Cappuccino (Rs. 490) we tried came with a thick layer of microfoam, while the strong notes of coffee seeping through. However, its milk was a tad light in texture as opposed to being velvety. 

Service & Ambience

The effort that has gone into this place's interior here is truly impressive. It's located on the top floor of The Boutique clothing store and opens to heaps of natural light so you can take some beautiful Instagram-worthy pictures while you're there. 

They've got a bunch of cozy seating aligned with wooden tables, enough to accommodate around 20 - 25 people at a time. This is more of an outdoor cafe, and even if it's not airconditioned, they have some fans to keep you comfortable. And if that's not enough, it's not warm in here as it gets plenty of natural air to cool you down. 

The staff is well-versed, friendly and quick on their feet. The cafe was half full  while we were there, but still, they managed to deliver our food within around 15 minutes. 

Conclusion

If you're a nyctophilic , and looking for something other than regular kottu or burgers, worry no more machang, this place has got you covered. They're very new, but seem to be handling the crowd so well. We hope to do an exclusive full review soon, so stay tuned!

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5/5

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mishy90

As an American , we rarely find food that is close to home . This has become our new favorite restaurant and have been several times in a week . Chili fries are SO good and brings me back home . Drinks are really tasty too and a great way to enjoy a hot day . I disagree with the comments about lack of spice , because to be an American cuisine, too much spice isn’t needed . We love that it’s unique , outdoors but on the roof , and decent price for the cuisine that you get . I also disagree with the comments about poor service. The staff has been amazing every time .
If you want a fun , American experience, check this place out .

S
1

2/5

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Sankhamg

I was excited from the YAMU review of this place. Specially the fact it's pet friendly. I'd say I was rather misguided. As it was mentioned below in another comment, the place is far from being pet friendly as advertised. You have to leave your pets outside which you can do in any restaurant for that matter! I'd suggest one of the fellows running the place to take a pet to Black Cat Cafe up the same road and see what pet friendly really means. :P

The drinks where bit watery and the Fried Chicken was so oily that it was sitting on a bed of oil in the wooden platter when it was served.

Apart for all that negatives, hats off for the Service & Ambiance. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. I'm no food critique but I feel if they focus more on their menu, they do have the potential to build a returning customer base.

G
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1/5

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GihaniAm

Went for lunch with a friend on Sunday and although the place was lovely and inviting the service was abysmal. I ordered the garlic chicken wings and iced cafe latte and my friend ordered the strawberry and mango smoothie. The chicken wings arrived about 45 mins later and by then I had completely lost my appetite. I'd give the wings a 4.5/10 and the cafe latte a 5/10 cause it was super watery. The smoothie was okay but the chicken salad was pretty bland and was quite bitter.

Overall 5/10 experience and that 5 goes to the location. sad.

M
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5/5

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mishy90

As an American , we rarely find food that is close to home . This has become our new favorite restaurant and have been several times in a week . Chili fries are SO good and brings me back home . Drinks are really tasty too and a great way to enjoy a hot day . I disagree with the comments about lack of spice , because to be an American cuisine, too much spice isn’t needed . We love that it’s unique , outdoors but on the roof , and decent price for the cuisine that you get . I also disagree with the comments about poor service. The staff has been amazing every time .
If you want a fun , American experience, check this place out .

S
1

2/5

0

Sankhamg

I was excited from the YAMU review of this place. Specially the fact it's pet friendly. I'd say I was rather misguided. As it was mentioned below in another comment, the place is far from being pet friendly as advertised. You have to leave your pets outside which you can do in any restaurant for that matter! I'd suggest one of the fellows running the place to take a pet to Black Cat Cafe up the same road and see what pet friendly really means. :P

The drinks where bit watery and the Fried Chicken was so oily that it was sitting on a bed of oil in the wooden platter when it was served.

Apart for all that negatives, hats off for the Service & Ambiance. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. I'm no food critique but I feel if they focus more on their menu, they do have the potential to build a returning customer base.

G
1

1/5

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GihaniAm

Went for lunch with a friend on Sunday and although the place was lovely and inviting the service was abysmal. I ordered the garlic chicken wings and iced cafe latte and my friend ordered the strawberry and mango smoothie. The chicken wings arrived about 45 mins later and by then I had completely lost my appetite. I'd give the wings a 4.5/10 and the cafe latte a 5/10 cause it was super watery. The smoothie was okay but the chicken salad was pretty bland and was quite bitter.

Overall 5/10 experience and that 5 goes to the location. sad.

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2/5

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GayanP

The Peppermint cafe is sadly another addition to the fast growing list of lop-sided Colombo restaurants that discriminate against pork eaters and alcohol drinkers. At this rate the people in Colombo will soon have to fly to Dubai, Bahrain, Indonesia. Malaysia or some other Muslim country to eat pork or drink alcohol.

The Peppermint cafe is a recently opened cafe and the first 24/7 cafe in Colombo. However many things here are dishonest. For a start the claim that they are Pet friendly". They are not Pet Friendly. Pets aren't allowed even up to the entrance. We are expected to keep the pets outside in a common open pen and come in without the pets. They expect us to keep our pets outside in a unsupervised common pen open to the sun and rain. The Peppermint cafe is definitely not pet friendly although they falsely claim that they are Pet Friendly. They are "Pet Unfriendly" !

Then the prices on the menu - they are already quite high but on top of that there are all the ++ charges and you are actually charged 30% more than the prices displayed in bold numbers on the menu. Ironically the extra 30% includes a 10% Service charge too although there is no service here except for the plate being delivered to you. You have to queue up at the cashier and you have to pre-pay for your food. Then each time you want something more you have to go all the way back to the Cashier and pay up… Although the prices are high they don't even have cloth napkins. Even paper serviettes aren't given to you unless you find a staff member and ask for them.

The restaurant is upstairs and there's a kiddie's fun slide to slide back down. Of course you can use the steps too. Only the Cashier's room is air-conditioned. The restaurant itself is not air conditioned. As it is upstairs and by a busy road, hot dusty winds blow through. It's also quite noisy with all the traffic that passes by. But they claim that the restaurant isn't air-conditioned because they are an "eco-friendly" restaurant - another lie !. The "eco-friendly" story too is a farce because they aren't doing even the basic things to be an "eco-friendly" restaurant. The straws are plastic, the place mats are plastic, single use plastic cups are used for the desserts, the takeaway containers are plastic etc.etc.

There is no wash room, toilet or even a tap in the Restaurant and as it is basically self service, there are no finger bowls either. The only toilet is downstairs and outside. It's probably the toilet used by the security guards as well and it is quite dirty. There are a few parking bays, but most seem to be taken up by the various types of people strolling in and out of whatever the business downstairs. The security guards are quite rude, hate pets and don't even help with the parking.

Then have a range of drinks called Mojitos which is again another deception. These Mojitos are priced at Rs. 600/- ++ which means we are charged around 800/- for each. At that price one would expect these Mojitos to be classic Mojitos made according to the original recipe. But they are not. Peppermint cafe's Mojitos are just over sweetened coolers at best and they are "Virgin" ! - that's the important word which the cafe conveniently leaves out ! Anyway, these Mojitos are disgusting. Uncleaned mint sprigs float in the glasses, with all the worm eaten leaves and dry leaves intact. Probably trying to be eco- friendly there :)

The milk based drinks are Rs 700/- ++ on the menu but end up costing almost 900/- each. They are watery, too sweet and terrible. The quality of the Coffee however is good and the shots are quite liberal but they are not served at the temperature that coffee should be served.

The breakfast items are small and very unsubstantial for the price charged. The chicken pasta was a large portion but the spicy chicken and the bland pasta wasn't a good marriage. Also, the pasta was under done and the flavour of the chicken was only in the sauce on its surface.

The Butter chicken was nothing like its name. It resembled a Chicken curry for babies - pre boiled chicken cubes in a thin gravy. The gravy wasn't creamy or buttery at all. The 2 little Naans that came with it were like cardboard and obviously from a packet.

Cake slices are extremely expensive. Probably the most expensive in Colombo. The biscuit puddings sold to us were 6 days old !. We knew that as the date of making was marked on them. The cakes don't have any dates marked on them and the situation could be much worse.

Convenient location but lots of things need to be fixed if they want us back.

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3/5

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Maheshika

I went there on the weekend after a harrowing lunch experience. Me and my boyfriend ordered a Brownie Shake (690/-)and a Chocolate and Banana smoothie (690/-). I actually asked the guy at the cashier what he would recommend from the 3 options of Milo Dino/Brownie shake and Oreo, he said the Brownie shake was really good and popular. We waited for our drinks for about 15-20 mins. Till then no one attended to our table with napkins and coasters. When the drinks arrived, the smoothie was watery with no flavor. It was like banana milk mixed with some cocoa powder. The brownie shake was ok but not worth for a 690/-. The atmosphere was good and laid back and brownie points for being pet friendly. But we went there for a refreshingly yummy drink and sadly it was disappointing. The decor and hype only helps if combined with good food and drinks.

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