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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.



Sugar Bistro & Wine Bar is one of the latest in Colombo's flurry of new eateries (See Arabian Knights, Qbaa, Navayuga, R&R, Tsing Tao, etc.) They serve breakfast, tapas, main courses, wine and, of course, the Sugar burger. We love this place. The food and drinks are good, but what's really great is the crowd and location.

The Location

During the evenings Sugar is nearly always full. Colombo has several lovely restaurants, but quite often you can find you're the only ones there (see Casa). At Sugar, this doesn't happen.

Located in the touro-centric Crescat Boulevard, Sugar sits alongside Cinnamon Grand, overlooking the soon to be Hyatt. This is a good place to be - both for Sugar and its patrons. The half-indoors half-outdoors style dining is lovely at night, and the proximity to a main road is quite novel in Colombo. This sounds unappealing - traffic, noise, etc. - but in the evenings this is actually delightful. Whether you're sitting on the balcony looking onto the Galle Road, or inside, you get the feeling of being part of an exciting, vibrant city. The lights of the nearby hotels and the cars zipping past create a metropolitan ambience. This is different to most of Colombo's cloistered restaurants, which tend to corral you in and cut you off from the city. But Sugar, like its sister rooftop restaurant Lemon, interacts with the surrounding environment, incorporating the cityscape into its ambience and decor. This is good. And while it didn't quite work with Delifrance (which was once located in the same spot), it really works here.

The Food

Overall, you can expect good things from the food. The breakfast is excellent and surprisingly affordable, with several items on the menu costing just Rs. 300. We had the all day breakfast (this is the most expensive at Rs. 900, and including two eggs, bacon, two sausages, grilled tomato baked beans, toast, jam, coffee/tea, juice, fresh fruit), open BLT sandwich (Rs. 300) and hot chocolate (Rs. 350). The BLT is excellent - the bacon is of good quality (not too fatty) and there's plenty of it. The all day breakfast is tasty, but more expensive, and honestly, the sandwich is just as good - I suppose it depends on how hungry (or greedy) you're feeling, but we'd recommend one of the cheaper items on the menu.

For tapas we didn't try much, only the miniature beef cordon bleu (Rs. 400) and mozzarella cheese balls (Rs. 470, and off the starters section) served with a pair of interesting dips. These were alright, but nothing to write home about and not quite worth the price. However, we haven't explored much of the tapas menu at all yet so can't really comment. But mains and desserts seem promising, and a quick peek at some neighbouring meals showed some tasty looking food.

The Famous Burgers

The canonical Sugar Burger, once a cart-side sensation, is also served at the Bistro. What was once just a post nightclub bite is fleshed into a meaty main event - the burgers, once simply shoved into a foam box, are now accompanied by hefty rough cut wedges and pickled veg and sauerkraut. Also available is the Sugar Daddy - a teetering behemoth stacked tall with sides and sauces is pricey at Rs. 900, but also quite tasty. A worthy meal - but we'd still recommend the steak sandwich over anything if you're going for the big appetite carnivorous lunge.

The Drinks

While we're not so sure about the tapas, the drinks here are excellent and again pretty affordable. Cocktails range between Rs. 400 and Rs. 600 and fifteen different types of wine are available by the glass, prices, of course, depending on the bottle.

The Ambrella Fizz and the Clover Leaf, which both cost just Rs. 400, are delicious. They use fresh juice and it tastes like the fruit's been squeezed straight into your glass. We really, really love both these drinks - they're probably two of the best and most affordable cocktails in Colombo.

Apparently the granitas, Rs. 200 to Rs. 400 are also excellent.

The Conclusion

We like Sugar. A lot. They get it right on pretty much every count. The ambience, the location, the decor, everything. And the best part, it's always busy. You feel like you're part of a bustling, vibrant city scene. No wonder it's become so popular so fast. This is a tasteful, lovely place to have a few glasses of wine in the evening, or a late and lazy breakfast on the weekend. Definitely go here.

TIP

They've got churros for dessert!
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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.

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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