Peppermint Cafe infiltrated the cafe scene in Colombo with many a racket because not only did the cafe fit your Instagram feed to perfection, but, it's also Colombo's first and only 24/7 cafe, and has the option of dining with your pet. We couldn't take an animal, but from what we gathered, they've got a separate space for your furry friends.
During our First Look on this place we didn't run into any issues, but, from what we gathered from various user reviews, their service and the quality of food seem to be a bit inconsistent. Which is why we decided to check them out again, to give our final verdict about this place, particularly, rather controversial topic.
If there's one thing absolutely everyone agrees about Peppermint Cafe is the fact that the ambience at the said cafe is brilliant. Leafy, artsy and altogether very chilled out, it's fantastic.
It's a wonderful balance between a restaurant and a cafe, so it's perfect for when you're looking for somewhere fancy-ish to have brunch or to lunch with that one friend you haven't met in a year. With plenty of comfortable seating that's cleaned out quite frequently, kind of like M-O from Wall-E (just not as angry), we had literally no problem with the ambience. Plus, kudos to the staff for paying attention to making the cafe look nice, and the slide. Oh yes, hats off to the slide.
My lunch partner also asked us to appreciate their choice in radio stations because where else could you listen to Avril Lavigne, Nickelback and Lady Gaga in a span of half an hour.
The food menu at Peppermint Cafe isn't very large. It's actually just one side of a giant wooden board, with the other side being taken up by the drinks section. Nonetheless, we tried to play things safe with this one, thus ordering a plate of their Spicy Chicken with Cheesy Pasta (Rs. 1,100) and a BBQ Beef Burger (Rs. 1550).
Featured here is the bowl of pasta we ordered. Sadly, the only cheese that this pasta had was from the bit of parmesan that they had grated on the top. The rest was essentially just white sauce, which isn't ideal especially when you're paying around 1000 rupees for it. No, we're not saying it wasn't good, but when you say cheese, we need the cheese y'all.
Anyhow, herbed with some oregano and such, the pasta itself was cooked al dente. The chicken was the highlight here. Tender, slightly sweet and spicy, the chicken was brilliant. So much so that it was probably the only reason we straight up wiped the plate clean.
The BBQ Beef Burger, on the other hand, was brilliant. Almost twice or thrice the size of the BBQ burger at Black Cat Cafe, this one was huge! Served with a serving of some of the nicest fries in Colombo, we absolutely loved this one.
Sandwiched between 2 freshly toasted pieces of burger buns lies a thick layer of moist, spiced up beef, flattened into a patty with gorgeously crispy sides. Yeah, the BBQ flavour wasn't all that up in your face, but, with a slice of tomato to keep things tangy and cheese and egg to kick it up a notch, this one is surely a keeper.
The Fries, on the other hand, was quite possibly better than the burger. Thicker than any other we've seen, they were crispy and golden on the outside and warm and tender on the in. They had been tossed around in enough chilli flakes and salt to make you fall in love - which we did.
As for things on the drinkable aspect, we went with a Cinnamon Iced Coffee (Rs. 490) and a Strawberry and Guava Mojito (Rs. 590).
Let's start with the Strawberry and Guava, shall we? Giving off very weddingy vibes, considering the fact that it tastes a lot like the welcome drink at every Sri Lankan wedding (Strawberry and Guava Cordial a la Sunquick), this was alright. However, it was a lot more limed up, and had a good fizz going on. It would go beautifully with the cheesy pasta.
Peppermint Cafe uses a brand of coffee known as The Beans. Our Cinnamon Iced Coffee was served cold, milky and had strong hints of cinnamon. We know they use a cinnamon syrup for this particular drink because we asked, and there's a small golden-hued layer at the bottom of the glass that proves this statement. Slightly watered down because of the ice, and not too sweet, it was quite nice. The only real problem we had was the fact that the coffee got lukewarm very fast. This, made us abandon the drink halfway through and focus our complete attention on the Mojito, unfortunately.
AYE! This is the Rich, Dark Fudge (Rs. 740). Looking absurdly like a mix of something of a house in a Quentin Blake illustration and this particular interpretation of Count Olaf's house, it delivered in every possible way imaginable. Tall, horrendously rich (in a good way) and moist in all the right places, we loved it.
It's impossible to eat alone, or even between 2 in some cases - even if you are a dire lover of chocolate. But, if you do happen to give this a shot and finish on your own, hats off to you comrade, people of your disposition are hard to come by.
Like we mentioned earlier, the staff is very attentive. They keep the place clean, neat and all in all perfect without making the customers uncomfortable. They're helpful in terms of helping us choose what to get and they also managed to bring our food within 5-10 minutes of ordering. What more do you need?
So this particular experience with Peppermint Cafe faired quite well. The food was great and paired with good service and steller ambience, we say go for it.
But do take your dog/cat/any furry friend you have and let us know how that goes.
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