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3/5

Sen Saal

104, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 5


Sen Saal is another one of Colombo's quick eat places. LikeFab, they serve short eats, cakes, dessert and lamprais. Sen Saal is also a good example of the Sri Lankan love of making things more difficult than they need to be - ordering and paying is a complicated, painful process here.



Sen Saal is another one of Colombo's quick eat places. Like Fab, they serve short eats, cakes, dessert and lamprais. But the Sen Saal menu is more extensive than Fab - and they visibly do lunchtime rices (at Fab you order this off a menu, here it's all laid out in front of you), as well as breads, waffles and salads. There are three outlets in Battaramulla, Thimbirigasaya and Nawala, and all of them can get pretty busy around lunchtime.

The Short Eats

Sen Saal has a large variety of short eats: chicken cheese rotti (very popular), egg and fish bun, hot dogs, mini pizzas, chicken pie, etc. It's the usual sort of short eat fare you'd expect, but they do lean a bit toward the bready side of things - alot of their short eats seem to be buns. You don't get as much pastry as you would at Fab or Perera and Sons.

You're unlikely to pay more than Rs. 100 for an individual item - prices seem to range between Rs. 50 and Rs. 80, which is reasonable. But if you get one of the more bready short eats the bun to filling ration can be a bit unsatisfying. As for taste, it's generally fine, nothing too amazing, but not bad.

The Rice

You can order from one of four rices: fried rice, nasi goreng, lamprais and a normal bath kade style rice and curry meal. We had the nasi goreng which cost about Rs. 350 (they take your receipt away at the end, so we don't remember the exact price). They serve this with devilled chicken, chilli paste and a fried egg on top. I've had better nasi goreng (try Millennium Restaurant). The one at Sen Saal is okay. It's expensive though - and you can get better, cheaper nasi goreng elsewhere.

Cakes, etc.

We didn't try any of the desserts this time, but I remember the poppy seed muffin being nice. Some of the tarts and muffins look like they could be tasty, while others look pretty ghastly - like the bright (marzipan?) apples, etc. They're also very creative with their spellings - you can have a 'chocolate daughnut' or an 'ecliar'. Overall the cakes and desserts don't look too appealing, but the muffins are good and the banana bread is excellent.

The Breads

Where to buy decent bread in Sri Lanka (aside from kade roast paan)? There's the disappointing and expensive BreadTalk and also the excellent Paan Paan. Sen Saal fits somewhere between them both. The prices are okay, and so is the bread (try the cheesy one). We like Paan Paan the best, but Sen Saal's also decent.

The Pains of Paying

Sen Saal is a good example of the Sri Lankan love of making something more difficult than it needs to be. Ordering and paying is an extremely complicated, painful process here. Rather than ordering and paying in a single location, you need to go to the individual counter you want food from to place your order - after that you go to the cashier, tell them what you're getting and then pay for it. So if you wanted rice, waffles and a drink, you'd need to visit three counters to make your transaction - and then explain to them what you want. It's a pain, and it's so unnecessary.

The Short Conclusion

Sen Saal's okay. I don't love it, and I wouldn't go out of my way to go there, but it's all right. If you get one of the rices and a drink it works out quite expensive, but if you're just having a couple of short eats it's fairly reasonable. The service, however, is tiresome. So bear that in mind if you're going during the lunchtime rush.

TIP

Avoid any brightly coloured, artificial looking desserts - these are destined to disappoint.

Address

104, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 5

Contacts

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Open until 11:00 PM

Price Range

Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 500

Dish Types

Brownies Cakes

Cuisine

Bakery

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
2
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Thilanga

One of my colleagues found a snail in Chicken fried rice at Sen Saal WTC

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Vinod Anushka

Spicy koththu range is worth to try. But the service of the staff is at a average level.

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Mash packeer

The service is really unsatifying. Today i went and ordered rice and an orange juice. There were no sugar in the juice at all, and when i asked from the lady at the counter, she was like sorry i forgot to put. finished my meal but still i ddnt get the juice. Do i went and asked but No one was bothered. I told them i need a new juice since the cool has gone. And they were still like okay but not bothered. I waited for 20 min. But yet i ddnt get my juice. And then i raised my voice scolding the lady and she was like you ddnt tell me. I got really pissed. Then i requested log book to write a complain and then they soon started to prepare a new juice. Really unsatisfyinh. Sensaal is suck

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1/5

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Thilanga

One of my colleagues found a snail in Chicken fried rice at Sen Saal WTC

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4/5

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Vinod Anushka

Spicy koththu range is worth to try. But the service of the staff is at a average level.

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1/5

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Mash packeer

The service is really unsatifying. Today i went and ordered rice and an orange juice. There were no sugar in the juice at all, and when i asked from the lady at the counter, she was like sorry i forgot to put. finished my meal but still i ddnt get the juice. Do i went and asked but No one was bothered. I told them i need a new juice since the cool has gone. And they were still like okay but not bothered. I waited for 20 min. But yet i ddnt get my juice. And then i raised my voice scolding the lady and she was like you ddnt tell me. I got really pissed. Then i requested log book to write a complain and then they soon started to prepare a new juice. Really unsatisfyinh. Sensaal is suck

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Namz

The quality of service has gone to hopeless levels. Went for dinner there last night. They bill the wrong items. The soup is terrible, cant take more than one sip and no bread that is said to come with it. The rice and curry has all rice and no curries. Finally no manager to report the problem to. Won't be going there again !

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