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5/5

Premium Sudarshan

No 8, Frankfurt Place, Colombo 04


A 100% veg restaurant serving North and South Indian food.



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. 

Ambience 

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. 

The Food 

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. 

The Prawn Masala was a tad expensive. Our waiter recommended it, and we were not disappointed, at all. 

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. 

Drinks 

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 Lime and Soda was icy cold, only slightly fizzy, incredibly limey drink which was spiked with salt. Refreshing as hell, it's a straight-up 5/5 as drinks go. 

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. 

Service

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. 

Conclusion

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.

Address

No 8, Frankfurt Place, Colombo 04

Directions

Just turn into Frankfurt Place and you will find Sudarshan Veg. It's on the right side when turning in from Galle Road and on the left side when turning in from Marine Drive.

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RMT2019

Best dosa I’ve had in ages
Popped up for a cheap and delicious Indian meal. Had the cheese masala dosa. It was great. Friendly service and lovely interior
Pretty quiet at 8pm on a Wednesday night but nothing was too much trouble

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Al

Served with, great food and good service by the friendly staff.
The interior is pleasant and clean as well. Take-out option is also available.

Comparatively to the business around there, worth the money.
Recommending the place.

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Mustaque159

Very poor service. Food is not that much quality. No water in the taps. They refused to bring finger bowls. Stupid place to visit.

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5/5

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RMT2019

Best dosa I’ve had in ages
Popped up for a cheap and delicious Indian meal. Had the cheese masala dosa. It was great. Friendly service and lovely interior
Pretty quiet at 8pm on a Wednesday night but nothing was too much trouble

Avatar for Al
1

5/5

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Al

Served with, great food and good service by the friendly staff.
The interior is pleasant and clean as well. Take-out option is also available.

Comparatively to the business around there, worth the money.
Recommending the place.

M
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1/5

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Mustaque159

Very poor service. Food is not that much quality. No water in the taps. They refused to bring finger bowls. Stupid place to visit.

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