Colombo is overloaded with cafes with either overpriced coffee or greasy, sugar laden food. But at the end of
W. A. De Silva Mawatha
(they've now moved to Malabe), there is this quaint little place called That Café in Colombo. Frankly speaking, it didn’t look impressive when we first entered this quiet space. It was a Friday and all other cafes were busy except this one. We decided to give it a try.
Mount Vesuvius Sizzling Plate
We ordered the Sizzling Mixed Platter (Rs. 550) and the Club Sandwich (Rs. 295). The Mixed Platter was sautéed with tomatoes, cucumbers, cuttlefish, mullet, chicken wings and frankfurters with a fried egg on top. Best eaten when it’s steaming hot, I liked the assortment of meat and fish and it’s highly recommended. The latter consisted of chicken bacon, egg and veggies with fries. It tasted rather bland but you can ask for extra chillies or chili sauce if you like your food extra hot. Afterward, we had a mixed fruit juice (Rs. 180) which I am glad wasn’t too sweet but just right.
The owner, accountant turned restauranteur, Anushka Ratnasooriya is still testing out different items in the menu since they opened a month and a half ago. So, the menu isn’t very impressive as it doesn’t contain beef or pork due to the fact that they cater to people in Wellawatte but they have an eclectic mix of dishes like Ambul Thiyal pizza, chicken stew in a cup, nachos and tacos. That Café prefers making its own bread for dishes instead of buying from the store. He also insists on keeping the food affordable and consistent taste-wise.
The café also has a party hall enough to host 60 people and plans to open a juice bar soon. Pretty useful if you wish to host a little birthday party as they bake their own cakes too. Unfortunately, they don’t offer corkage, so you cannot bring your own liquor.
Chicken BBQ pizza
Service-wise, the waiters were quite attentive and the owner likes to get some feedback from customers at the end of their meal. Orders are taken promptly and the food arrives swiftly.
Our total bill ran up to Rs. 1,130. The tax and service charge is included within prices mentioned in the menu. You can have a decent bite for Rs. 500.
The food and service is good but they don’t have an extensive menu yet since they opened recently. They will introduce a breakfast menu next week which we will review soon.
Desserts and drinks other than iced tea are not included in the All You Can Eat offer.