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The Bread Company (German Artisan Bakers)

461, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 5


The Bread Company is a great place for freshly baked bread, a wide range of fresh meat cuts, and meals like sandwiches and hotdogs.



I first heard of the German Bread Company when a close friend suggested we go to a place that serves 'reeeeeeeeeaaaally good sandwiches'. When I visited for the first time, I enjoyed my sandwich so much so that I got another one to go. 
That was back in 2016. 
I noticed that we were long due for a re-review since our first trip, and so Vishvi and I headed over for a late lunch. YAMU's first review of this spot came with a glowing recommendation and I can tell you now that our opinion hasn't changed much since. 

The Bread Company (German Artisan Bakers)

The Bread Company (as it is commonly referred to), is a chef's haven for steaming fresh bread that's baked in-house every day, fresh and cured cuts of various meats from salmon to pork, and probably the tastiest home-made sausages in the city. 
They're a family-owned business and the bread-making usually commences in the wee hours of the morning. So if you're looking to purchase their loaves fresh out of the oven, turn up at around 6:30 AM. 

The Food & Drinks

They maintain a small cafe and serve the usual basic sandwiches and hotdogs as well as a tightly-curated breakfast menu. 

The Chicken Hotdog, priced at Rs. 450, comes with a whopping wiener in a soft, pull-apart brioche bun with add-ons such as relish, ketchup and the works. We asked for a helping of extra cheese for Rs. 100 and set about trying to stomach this gargantuan comestible. 
At first bite you're greeted with a pungent olfactory sensation that'll make you go 'wha-?' It's from the wiener and it's a bit overpowering, but indicative of some excellently prepared chicken sausage. It's well-seasoned and so rich, it almost has a gamey taste to it. This pleasurable experience is only fuelled further with the addition of melted cheese. The bun is soft, with a light crusty outside and when pulled apart you'll see little wisps of steam spilling forth. 
This is quite an ugly photo of the very delectable BLT Sandwich. For Rs. 450, you get a massive portion of the best fried bacon strips ever, lettuce and tomatoes, sandwiched in-between two slices of linseed (flaxseed) bread. The description for this item says 'linseed bun' but we didn't get any bun. No fuss.
The filling was delicious, with their homemade honey mustard sauce amplifying the bacon tenfold. It's a simple construction of basic ingredients that show off a rich flavour profile. The last time I had their Cinnamon Roll (Rs. 250 each) I got a whole box of four just for myself. Back then they were a light yellow shade, soft to the touch and practically flaked apart on account of how fresh they were.
Their cinnamon rolls are still baked fresh everyday, but the formula seems to have been altered. The cinnamon roll we had was a tad bland, but not the worst in town. While the pastry is fresh and sweet, it still lacks whatever surprise element that made it so addictive before. It's still a better roll than most, in my opinion. 
While The Bread Company is a great breakfast option, their drinks are acceptable at most. The coffee is a pre-packaged, German brand. We're sure it tastes great, but was just prepared sloppily. The Cappuccino was a tad watery and heavily subdued in terms of taste by the milk. It also lacked a bit of soul, so maybe get your morning coffee somewhere else. 

The Strawberry & Mint Iced Tea (Rs. 150) garnered a lot of expectation from us. It comes packaged in a small bottle. You get to select whatever flavour you want from the fridge. They've got a whole load, from cinnamon and vanilla to lemon mint. 
I love iced tea very much. It's my go-to drink for when I want something cool and refreshing. All the iced teas I've ever had, especially the fruit flavoured ones have always been tart and tangy. This one was exceedingly sweet. It tasted more like sweet toffees as opposed to refreshing iced tea. If sweet iced tea aint your thing, then don't indulge. 

Service & Ambience

The counter is manned by a lady who's friendly and fast. She's very straightforward, so you can expect no dilly-dallying on her part. 

The ambience is charming, small and cosy. It's a very modest layout with basic furniture and small quirks like the patterned tablecloth, the clock hanging at the entrance and pictures of cars on the walls adding to the overall effect.
Unpretentious and unassuming, it's a great spot to chill at in your pjs or whatever with a sandwich and Netflix to keep you company. 

Conclusion

While the beverages might not be their strong suit, The Bread Company's definite successes are their bread loaves, meats and sandwiches. Drop in for brekkie or lunch if you're feeling like something fresh and rich. 


TIP

They technically open at 7 AM but if you want the bread early, they usually open their doors around 6.30 AM.

Address

461, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 5

Directions

Coming down Thimibirigasyaya Road, past St. Theresa's Church (heading east). It’s about 100m past the church, opposite Ma’s Gourmet (it’s a grocery store with bright orange paint).

Contacts

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Cuisine

German Bakery

Price Range

Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 500

Dish Types

Salad

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
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4/5

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BaileyDar

love their sandwiches! this place has many different names and that confuses me :p I'd give a 4/5.

G
8

4/5

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GayanP

The signage now says - The Artisan Bread Company - and the name has probably been changed from the above. Found it open after a very long time. I probably visited them on Mondays, Public holidays or after 6 pm when they are closed.

It’s a quaint, relaxed coffee shop. A no frills unhurried place ideal for a catch up with old friends. Its like sitting in your own country kitchen with staff ever ready to bring food and drinks as and when you want.

Its owned and run by a German family and therefore they have Lovely artisan breads and European style fresh sandwiches. Coffee including Cappuccinos and espressos are under Rs 350/- They also serve fresh juices.

When many Colombo restaurants are chickening out of pork, the Bread Company is a Pork lovers Haven. Flock here for quality pork sausages, Real pork bacon and roast pork sandwiches.

Although it is a very small place, many trained chefs work in the kitchen at any time. So service is fast because it is almost overstaffed but that’s to ensure quality and speed.

They open early, at 7 am for breakfast but close by sunset. A hearty breakfast is around Rs. 1,000/- and many breakfast options are available, and whipped up very efficiently. Their mustard sauce is exceptionally good.

Many items are reasonably priced. For instance, Brownie slabs with walnuts are only Rs. 400/- and Bacon and egg Buns are Rs. 200/- and they are big and also the best Bacon and egg Buns in town with real bacon and lots of stuffing. Hefty made to order sandwiches are Rs450/-. However, the cupcakes at Rs 350/- for a small cup cake is far too expensive. Government taxes are included in all the prices but a 10% Service charge is added even on takeaways.

The messy toilet and the lukewarm coffee really need to be improved but the relaxed setting and the food make up for the shortfalls.

B
6

4/5

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BaileyDar

love their sandwiches! this place has many different names and that confuses me :p I'd give a 4/5.

G
8

4/5

1

GayanP

The signage now says - The Artisan Bread Company - and the name has probably been changed from the above. Found it open after a very long time. I probably visited them on Mondays, Public holidays or after 6 pm when they are closed.

It’s a quaint, relaxed coffee shop. A no frills unhurried place ideal for a catch up with old friends. Its like sitting in your own country kitchen with staff ever ready to bring food and drinks as and when you want.

Its owned and run by a German family and therefore they have Lovely artisan breads and European style fresh sandwiches. Coffee including Cappuccinos and espressos are under Rs 350/- They also serve fresh juices.

When many Colombo restaurants are chickening out of pork, the Bread Company is a Pork lovers Haven. Flock here for quality pork sausages, Real pork bacon and roast pork sandwiches.

Although it is a very small place, many trained chefs work in the kitchen at any time. So service is fast because it is almost overstaffed but that’s to ensure quality and speed.

They open early, at 7 am for breakfast but close by sunset. A hearty breakfast is around Rs. 1,000/- and many breakfast options are available, and whipped up very efficiently. Their mustard sauce is exceptionally good.

Many items are reasonably priced. For instance, Brownie slabs with walnuts are only Rs. 400/- and Bacon and egg Buns are Rs. 200/- and they are big and also the best Bacon and egg Buns in town with real bacon and lots of stuffing. Hefty made to order sandwiches are Rs450/-. However, the cupcakes at Rs 350/- for a small cup cake is far too expensive. Government taxes are included in all the prices but a 10% Service charge is added even on takeaways.

The messy toilet and the lukewarm coffee really need to be improved but the relaxed setting and the food make up for the shortfalls.

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5/5

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Imaad

They've got great value for money when it comes to their breakfast options! The potato omelette with bacon and egg is just too good. Service is prompt and polite.

R
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5/5

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rajivbutani

Ended my intense gym session with a "high-octane-recovery" breakfast today at the Bread company: 3-egg-white omelette w/ spinach and mushrooms, cured salmon, bruschetta and granola with dried fruits and some dark roast coffee. Can do the gym session all over again after that nutritious meal ;-)

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5/5

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ShehanJ

Such a nice place!! Had their gourmet sausage bun with sweet relish onions. It was awesome. The person was very helpful as we tried to go out because we didn't see much food items and he gave us the options. He mentioned that the Bread Company is yet to come (which is there now). The buns were bit pricey. However the place was cozy and good for a bite on the way home after work. :)

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