3/5

Raja Bojun

Liberty Arcade, 282, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03


Raja Bojun is generally known for good Sri Lankan cuisine. They've moved from their old spot near Galle Face to a new location at the top of Liberty Arcade. The food is still good, so is the spread, though nothing amazing. We loved the seafood best.



Raja Bojun is one of the go-to places for Sri Lankan food, especially if you want to introduce local dishes to your non-Ceylonese friends, but we honestly don't know why because the food and service don't live up to even the lowest of expectations.

 

Food and Service

When we first reviewed it about three years ago, Raja Bojun didn't disappoint. The rice and curry were top notch, but the notches seems to have loosened quite a bit since then.

Dili and I walked in for lunch one fine afternoon, and were ushered to a table as soon as we entered. The staff seemed welcoming and nice, and then promptly forgot about us even though we were practically the only other people there at that time (before a few other customers walked in a little while later). We called for the menu twice, and it eventually found its way to us about 20 minutes later. 

Having finally acquired the menu and being quite ravenous by now, we ordered a Mulligatawny Soup (Rs. 542), a Vegetable Fried Rice with Chicken off their rice and curry options (Rs. 1,032), and a Chicken Kottu (Rs. 968). 

Our soup arrived first, another 20 plus minutes later by which time we wondered if they'd forgotten about us again. The soup was alright, non-offensive and passable. It had plenty of lentils in and a hint of spice. This was the best part of our meal.

The vegetable fried rice and curry that followed was sad, to say the least. It did have a lot of chopped up carrots and leeks in it, but it also had an immense amount of oil. Overall, it lacked flavour of any sort and just tasted glutinous, rather like a bad Chinese fried rice.

The accompanying dish of chicken was... well, bite-sized to say the least. If you're paying over a thousand rupees for a rice and curry, the least it could be is well made or sufficient in portion. Note the table spoon for size comparisions.

Our Chicken Kottu was mostly egg, and tasted rather like the no-carb kottu one gets from Kaema Sutra, minus the satisfying meat in it. It wasn't really filling, and we're not sure how anyone could get a kottu so wrong. On the plus side, it did look visually appealing.

 

Ambience

One major plus point for Raja Bojun is their wonderful space. A large, super-well lit dining area that's maintained quite well, the restaurant is on the rooftop of the Liberty Arcade. There are plenty of tables and chairs laid symmetrically out, and one end of the large room is laid out for their buffet.

It has a very tropical touch to it what with a large elephant statue on one end, and a few ornamental trees placed around.

 

Conclusion

We spent an overall of just over Rs. 2,500 for our meal, which was basically a soup, a kottu, an abysmal fried rice and curry, and incredibly inefficient service throughout. It was quite sad to see how Raja Bojun has dropped, but we're hoping it was an off-day. Let us know if your experience was any different.

All Reviews

Once known for its great Sri Lankan fare, Raja Bojun now disappoints.

Raja Bojun is generally known for good Sri Lankan cuisine. They've moved from their old spot near Galle Face to a new location at the top of Liberty Arcade. The food is still good, so is the spread, though nothing amazing. We loved the seafood best.

Raja Bojun is perhaps the poshest rice and curry you can get in Colombo (besides <a href="http://www.yamu.lk/place/nuga-gama/" title="Nuga Gama">Nuga Gama</a>). They serve a comprehensive and tasty buffet for a heft Rs. 1,450 (lunch) or Rs. 1,650 (dinner). It's certainly more than a buth packet, but if you want a reliable taste of Sri Lankan cuisine, Raja Bojun won't lead you wrong.

සිංහල ලිබර්ටි ආර්කේඩ් එකේ රජ බොජුන් අවන්හලේ ඇත්තටම රජ බොජුන්ද තියෙන්නෙ?

සිංහල නුග ගමට අමතරව කොළඹදී බත් සහ මාළු කන්න පුළුවන් නවීනතම තැන තමයි රජ බොජුන්. එයාලා සම්පුර්ණ බුෆේ එකක් දෙනවා ලොකු ගාණකට. රු. 1,450 (දිවා ආහාරය) සහ රු. 1,650 (රාත්‍රී ආහාරය) ඒක සැබවින්ම බත් පැකට් එකකට වැඩි යමක්. එහෙත් ඔබට විශ්වාස කළ හැකි තැනකින් ශ්‍රී ලාංකික කමවර්ගවල රස බලන්නනම් රජ බොජුන් හොඳ තැනක්.

Address

Liberty Arcade, 282, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03

Directions

Turn towards Premasiri Super Market from the Liberty roundabout - you'll find the Liberty Arcade on your right and the Raja Bojun neon sign on the top is hard to miss. Go in and take the lift to the 4th floor.

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Cuisine

Sri Lankan

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Kottu Rice And Curry

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
1
Quality Rating
1
Service Rating
1
Ambience Rating
3

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