Colombo, in fact, the whole Sri Lanka, has its fair share of Indian food places. From the posh ones like Mango Tree to not-so-fancy ones, like, every other saivar kadey you find on the side of the road, we've got a lot going on.
The last time we went to Sudarshan (back when it was Sudarshan Veg), we didn't really know who or what they were - except for the part that they Indian food, of course. This time, however, things are a tad different. We had heard that they had glowed up some of their stuff (including the name), which is why we decided to drop in for an early lunch.
Okay, when we said glowed up, we didn't mean with their ambience. Literally, nothing had changed. Everything from the golden-hued decorations to the upright, wooden chairs to the plastic flowers and vines hanging from the ceiling, everything is quite the same.
Anyway, if you haven't read our previous review - it's a pretty comfortable place, really. Slightly dimmed out lighting, wooden furniture, air conditioning and instrumentals of Bollywood classics are the elements that comprise the ambience at Premium Sudarshan. It's a very family friendly affair which perfectly fits the mainstream ideology of being Indian (the ones we get from the teledramas) and we loved it.
Now that they are called Premium Sudarshan, they've got both veg and non-veg stuff. Meaning, yes! meat.
From naan and dosa to biriyani (which we got) and thalis (which they didn't have during our visit) and a whole promenade of various veg and non-veg curries, the menu here is pretty extensive. We went with the Prawn Masala (Rs. 1590), the Butter naan (Rs. 190) and the Chicken Murg Dum Biriyani (Rs. 870).
Let's start with the Naan, shall we? Thick, doughy, burned at the edges and dusted with a powdery layer of wheat flour, we absolutely loved it! True, the content of butter seemed to slowly deteriorate the deeper into the basket you get, but, the bread wasn't salty, it had lovely crunchy bits that came up at the most random of moments. Paired with our Prawn Masala, it was a match made in heaven.
Thickened by positive masses of pumpkin puree and blissfully made aware by the generous amounts of coriander found randomly greening at us, we cheerfully dived into the stainless steel bowl and fell in love with its gravy and the prawn bits. I mean, there was quite a lot of prawns inside the bowl so it's highly unlikely that you'll ever regret it. It's a dish to be devoured. We suggest giving it a shot. Then came the Murg Dum Biriyani. Served on a cute clay pot, this bed of rather vibrant rice was smothered with spices and was oily to the T. With around 3/4 (enough to go around, trust us on that) medium pieces of marinated chicken which tasted like it came from a pretty watered version of a chicken curry, we enjoyed it. Maybe not as much as we had enjoyed the Naan, but, it was a close second. The raita had lovely little pieces of tomato, which went beautifully with the rice. The other curry tasted very much like the Prawn Masala, minus the prawn.
As for drinks, they have a variety that spans from milky stuff like lassi and chocolate milkshake to mocktails to more traditional concoctions like Jal Jeera. We went with the Jal Jeera (Rs.330) and the Lime and Soda (Rs. 245).
The Jal Jeera was bizarre! I had never had it before so I was really curious as to what the " traditional herb drink" they had was. Spicy and tasting oddly like a mix between the lime, soda, pas panguwa and something salty, I liked it. The slight hints of mint gave a strange kick to the whole thing. All in all, a 6/5 - mostly because it's perfectly bizarre to me.
The service at Premium Sudarshan was fantastic. Everyone was super friendly and was ready to help with everything. One of the forks on our table seemed to be dipped in gravy. So, when we told them about it, they apologized, like thrice. Plus, they asked us to treat the restaurant like home and they asked us if everything was well and good.
In conclusion, we loved it. The food was great, the service following closely behind and the ambience was perfect if you want to go out with the fam. Yeah, they're a bit steeper in terms of pricing, especially considering the fact that tax and service charges aren't included. But, for a night/day out for some solid Indian food, we suggest going with this.
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