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4/5

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 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. 

Ambience

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 

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. 

Drinks and Dessert

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.  

Service 

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?

Conclusion

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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User Reviews
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ThiliWij

Visited here today and hated it! Terrible food & terrible service!

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1/5

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Kurinchikumaran

Totally disappointed with the service, food is really expensive

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1/5

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ThiliWij

Visited here today and hated it! Terrible food & terrible service!

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1/5

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Kurinchikumaran

Totally disappointed with the service, food is really expensive

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2/5

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shahilan91@gmail.com

I ordered a rice and chicken curry, they gave me expired chicken. I complained to the manager and he said " it is more taster than good one". In that situation I cheated by peppermint shop. Worst shop I ever seen.

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1/5

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Vegan Leopard

Love me or hate me both are in my favor. If you love me I will always in your heart and If you hate me , I will be in your mind -QANDEEL BALOCH

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1/5

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Damien22

Run by extremists, racism in full flow please avoid

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1/5

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kirubalks

Worst place. Avoid if possible.

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1/5

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gowrik

YUCK.Not worth for the price. RIP

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1/5

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Ruben6

Run by racist people

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1/5

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Suresh90

This place is awful. They only want people who speak English and Sinhalese to come. There’s literally a sign right outside their store that states that. Do NOT go this filthy place. The food is horrible and just a negative environment. Save your money.

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1/5

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rajah301

worse service and food

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1/5

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Thanudush90

Very unprofessional service. I was trying to communicate in my language(Tamil) and place the order but the staff refused to talk in Tamil even though he is a Tamil guy. he said the management ordered that not to communicate in Tamil. What kind of act is this?

I will not come again. You lost one of your regular customers guys.

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1/5

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muruly

This place makes me sad

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1/5

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shiv123

Racism is unacceptable. No one has the right to tell another not to speak their language so putting up a post like that is degrading. Until Peppermint Café provides a proper apology to the public they have lost another customer. To the others reading this, please choose wisely when picking a place you want to eat/drink any other business. Are you going to allow racism and any other inequality to prevail?

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1/5

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shan1116

This is a racist place you could ever visit in Sri Lanka. They have STRICT RACIST policies. Unhappy environment.
I'd NEVER EVER suggest to anyone

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1/5

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SRIMAYURAN

9 minutes ago
These people don't want their staff to speak in Tamil as one posh English customer suspected staffs criticized in Tamil so literally staffs can criticize customer in Sinhala or English….
Just a little doubt what if a Tamil only speaking customer comes to Ur restaurant? U want him to communicate in sign language or hire a translator to visit ur restaurant?
A restaurant failed to value local culture…
I feel ashamed I visited this restaurant couple of times…
Also their food isn't that great better go Java lounge…

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1/5

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Jegan1

PLEASE SAY NO TO RACISM!!!

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2/5

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jagan

This organization forces their staff not to speak in Tamil.irrespective of Customer services. its not sure we receive food or Racism from them .

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1/5

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Tamilan

Only Serve Posh People

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1/5

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Imaad

It is upsetting that this establishment has enforced such an unfair, oppressive language policy on its staff. By ordering them to only speak in English and Sinhala, they have made clear which clientele is a priority to them. So is it okay to make jokes in Sinhala? Also, how insecure are these customers, anyway?

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Letsjo

It is very misleading to call this establishment pet friendly and Yamu, it is quite irresponsible on your part to call it pet friendly because it is just another label they have slapped across to attract customers. Fooled by the label, my friend and I too visited the cafe few weeks back and to our horror, we realised that what they mean by pet friendly is that they have a holding pen OUTSIDE the restaurant that you can keep the pet locked in. So, if it was during the day the animal would be out in the heat while you are in the comfort of the A/C inside or during the night, being bitten by mosquitoes etc and watching the vehicles pass by on the road. I really doubt this is what any pet owner expects from an establishment when they describe themselves as pet-friendly. Also, the food wasn't anything to rave about either. But the main reason we visited the place was because Colombo offers so little in terms of pet friendly establishments and to our disappointment, this too was a mere eye wash.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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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