Another of the city’s Chinese options Sunlight Garden occupies a beautiful colonial mansion down Colpetty’s Abdul Gafoor Mawatha. While at a certain point it become hard to distinguish between Colombo’s various Chinese eateries, Sunlight Garden serves up a tasty selection of mainland Chinese (as opposed to Sri Lanka Chinese) options and the setting is pleasant – columns, high ceilings, Chinese state TV and Chinese staff glued to the historical dramas they show, apparently on loop.
We ordered: century eggs - soft, creamy, that slight hint of blue cheese you either love or hate. Some Sichuan spiced chicken – moist and in a lightly spiced sesame and chili broth – tasty but without the Szechuan pepper hit you get in Moon River’s
version of the same. Fried prawn balls – delicious – how can one deep fried, crumbed thing be better than another? Well this was light, crispy but with discernible chunks of prawn and plum sauce. Ma Po tofu which was disappointing - the tofu was excessively smoky, almost burnt and the sauce which should be sharp and laden with Szechuan spice veered toward the sweet and gloopy.
The highlight of our meal though was a sort of Chinese hamburger - a pile of sweet ground pork and spring onions surrounded by soft doughy mantou buns (light, white Chinese bread). You open out the mantou stuff it with meat and spring onions, and eat it like a burger or well somewhere between a burger and Peking Duck - very tasty and filling for just Rs. 880.
We rounded the meal off with some pak choi and fluffy white rice. Good food and quite affodable. While I’m going to say not quite as good as Moon River if you’re in the neighbourhood give it a try.
They don't have a liquor license- but you can bring alcohol from outside as long as you produce a receipt...