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4/5

Sugar Bistro & Wine Bar

89 Galle Road, Crescat Boulevard (adjacent to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel), Kollupitiya


We liked Sugar Bistro in the past and three years down the line that still hasn't changed. Their food is tasty, they offer a great atmosphere for dining and the service is some of the best you'll experience in Colombo.



Over the past couple of years, Sugar Bistro & Wine Bar at The Crescat Boulevard has become an increasingly popular hang out spot in Colombo. They've got fairly good food with plenty of variety, a chic and classy setting and some of the most enthusiastic service we've experienced.

The Food

Sugar Bistro's main draw lies in the fact that they offer a lot of variety, depending on the occasion, whether it be a casual meet-up for drinks or even something more formal. Their menu offers a good range of options for salads, tapas and sandwiches along with their mains and desserts. They've also got a more than respectable selection of cocktails, spirits and of course wines. Pricing is a bit tricky here, so the cost per head could deviate greatly depending on what you get and how many courses you go for. One thing we noted was that the prices of mains were quite reasonable ranging between Rs. 850 - Rs. 2000, but the salads in comparison were quite expensive.

The cocktail menu at Sugar Bistro had some pleasantly different options from the usual mojitos and long islands, with prices between Rs. 450 - Rs. 700 which is pretty decent. We tried the ambarella fizz (gin, ambarella juice, apple cider vinegar) and the clover leaf (gin, raspberry, limjuice). Both of the cocktails tasted quite nice with the flavour of the respective fruits coming through nicely, but both were quite mild in terms of alcohol.

The smokey BBQ bacon burger ( Rs. 950) was actually pretty great overall. First things first Rs. 950 for a burger is definitely pricey, but this was practically a main and a very filling one at that. It's served with pickled veges and deep fried potato wedges, which were well seasoned, crispy on the outside with a super soft center. You can either have a chicken or beef patty depending on your preference. The rest of the burger is pretty standard with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, but they top it off with fried bacon strips makes it that much better. One thing I appreciated was the fact that the beef patty was cooked to a perfect medium which is just how I like it.

The Javanese seafood fried rice (Rs. 850) was a bit of a mixed bag. This was a seafood fried rice prepared quite similarly to what we call usually call a "Mongolian fried rice", served with a type of katta sambol, two questionable prawns and a fried egg. The good news is that the rice itself comes with a good amount of seafood mixed in, with a good balance of seasoning and spice. On the flip-side the rice was pretty dry, but the egg did help in that aspect. The biggest disappointment here was definitely the prawns, or rather the lack of it, which is a shame since they were flavoursome.

 

For dessert we tried out their lemongrass panna cotta with lychee crumble (Rs. 475), though it probably should have been worded more along the lines of "w/ crumble and lychees". Lemongrass isn't a mainstream dessert ingredient but it actually worked quite brilliantly with this one. The panacotta was was creamy and rich with the lemongrass flavour coming through without being too overpowering. The crumble and lychee topping also combined quite well, resulting in a nice contrast between the three textures.

Ambience & Service

Whoever designed Sugar Bistro really managed to strike a great balance in terms of ambience. The outdoor terrace area is perfect for those looking to grab a coffee while the interior with its mix of urban and rustic elements is appropriate for both a casual meal or a something along the lines of a business lunch.

Service at Sugar Bistro was plain excellent. Firstly the waiters were friendly, patient and genuinely enthusiastic which is pretty rare. The food was ready in under 10 minutes during a lunch service with a good amount of diners. All in all a very pleasant experience

Conclusion

We liked Sugar Bistro in the past and three years down the line that still hasn't changed. Their food is tasty, they offer a great atmosphere for dining and the service is some of the best you'll experience in Colombo.

Edit:

We featured Sugar Bistro's lamprais in our lamprais taste-off. Click here to see how they fared.


TIP

They've got churros for dessert!
All Reviews

We liked Sugar Bistro in the past and three years down the line that still hasn't changed. Their food is tasty, they offer a great atmosphere for dining and the service is some of the best you'll experience in Colombo.

Sugar Bistro & Wine Bar is one of the latest in Colombo's flurry of new eateries. They serve breakfast, tapas, main courses, wine and, of course, the Sugar burger. We really like this place. The food and drinks are good, but what's really great is the crowd and location.

සිංහල කාලෙකට කලින් රට ගියපු මගේ යාළුවෙක් පහුගිය දවසක ලංකාවට ආවේ පොඩි නිවාඩුවකට. අවුරුදු ගණනකින් හරියට කතා කරන්න බැරි වුණු නිසා, යාළුවා ලංකාවට ආව ගමන් අපි කරපු පළමුවෙනිම දේ තමා මුණ ගැහෙන්න දවසකුයි තැනකුයි ලෑස්ති කරගත්ත එක. පහුගිය සෙනසුරාදා හවස් වරුවේ මම ඕපාදූප මල්ලකුත් අතින් කටින් එල්ලගෙන Sugar Bistro and Wine Bar එකට ගොඩ වුණේ මෙන්න මේ නිසා.

සිංහල කොළඹට එකතු වෙන අලුත් අවන්හල් අතරින් එකක් තමයි ෂුගර් බිස්ට්‍රෝ ඇන්ඩ් වයින් බාර්. (බලන්න Arabian Knights, Qbaa, Navayuga, R&R, Tsing Tao ආදිය.) මෙයාලා උදේ කෑම, ටපාස්, ප්‍රධාන කෑම වේලවල්, වයින් සහ ෂුගර් බර්ගර් පිළිගන්වනවා. අපි මෙතැනට ආදරෙයි. කෑම බීම හොඳයි. ඒත් හොඳම දේ තමයි මෙතනට එන පිරිස සහ පිහිටි තැන.

සිංහල ෂුගර් බිස්ට්‍රෝ සහ වයින් බාර් (Sugar Bistro & Wine Bar) කොළඹ අලුත්ම බොජුන්හලක්. (බලන්න Arabian Knights, Qbaa, නවයුග, R&R, Tsing Tao ආදී වෙනත් තැන්) ෂුගර් බිස්ට්‍රෝ පිරිනමනවා උදය කෑම, තපස්, ප්‍රධාන කෝසස්, වයින් හා සීනි බර්ගර්. අපි හරි කැමතියි මේ තැනට. කෑම හා බීම හොඳයි. ඒත්, ඇත්තෙන්ම විශිෂ්ට වන්නේ එහි සි‍ටින සෙනග හා පිහිටීමයි.

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Address

89 Galle Road, Crescat Boulevard (adjacent to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel), Kollupitiya

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Open 7 AM to Midnight

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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Xperia:)

Had my first experience at Sugar in October and it was great! The staff were extremely helpful and obliging and the service was great! The food speaks for itself - tantalizing, clean flavours and it was easy to identify the ingredients when it hit the taste buds! A place that can be recommended without any doubt and definitely a returning customer!! :)

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Xperia:)

Had my first experience at Sugar in October and it was great! The staff were extremely helpful and obliging and the service was great! The food speaks for itself - tantalizing, clean flavours and it was easy to identify the ingredients when it hit the taste buds! A place that can be recommended without any doubt and definitely a returning customer!! :)

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