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3/5

English Cake Company

2A, Sulaiman Terrace, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5


The Cakery used to be a resident favourite amongst the plebs at office, but they've long since dwindled in terms of service and food.



The Cakery has been an all-time favourite amongst the staff here at YAMU and it only makes sense for me to try them out what with all the hype. We dropped in on a gloomy Tuesday and unfortunately, they didn't live up to the hype (TRUST NO ONE).

Food

They've introduced an all day breakfast menu which means they've got a range of pancakes, bagels and other types of breakfast fare available throughout the day. They're also running a promotion where your second breakfast item gets 50% off, so that's a perk.

The Salmon Bagel (Rs. 680) came toasted, stuffed with a generous portion of salmon and cream cheese. While it looks appetising the initial bite left us wondering why life is full of illusions because the bagel was tough. A real pity because it would have made an otherwise delectable treat, but bid adieu to your dentures if you wish to indulge.

The Peaches and Cream French Toast (Rs. 280 on account of the special discount) had us baffled as to what it actually was because it was so horrendously undercooked, it tasted much like a bland custard rather than french toast. The only saving grace were the peach slices. The cream was fresh and light but sadly did nothing to salvage the rest of the elements in this dish.

The Lemon and Blueberry Cake (Rs. 280 by the slice) was once my all-time favourite slice of goodness. However, the glace icing strongly tasted of egg yolk which is an absolute no-no and I regret to report that we didn't find this appetising at all.

The Chocolate Cake (Rs. 180) wasn't so bad compared to the rest. The cake was moist albeit rather crumbly, and the icing was more of a thick ganache that hits the spot if you're looking for something heavily chocolatey. 

Drinks

The Mocha (Rs. 440) was a strange concoction because it had an adequate amount of chocolate in it but had a distinct coconut-y flavour seeping through. The coffee is heavily diluted by a lot of water which makes it easy to drink but not easy to enjoy. 

The Macchiato (Rs. 380) was surprisingly nice but it wasn't really an actual macchiato. There was an adequate amount of espresso but way too much milk — not exactly dotted. I recommend you get this if you're looking to wash the cake down with a caffeine hit.

Service & Ambience

The Cakery hasn't really changed in terms of ambience save for a few switches in seating areas here and there. The place is massive with plenty of seating for about 50+ people, and they've also got an outdoor seating area that's quite pretty with cement tables and benches. Upstairs on the balcony is another seating area decked out with giant blue umbrellas and an exceedingly dirty tiled floor, so if you don't mind the crows then it's a cool place to chill at with a group of friends. In addition to all this, they have a play area for children upstairs, and they're known for hosting a few workshops for kids so call them up if you're interested.

The service though, good grief, was in all honesty shabby at best. The staff seemed to be having a jolly old time behind the counter, quipping jokes at each other and other fun activities. Despite being friendly, the service is heavily in need of some touching up, as our food took about 40 minutes to get to our table in spite of having cakes and whatnot ready-made. Also a side note: they're very good at taking 3-4 orders at once over the counter and conveniently forgetting/messing up. It didn't help that the dishes and mugs were dirty and stained.

Speaking of convenience, it'd be a real treat to work here because it seems that the staff are granted unrestricted access to the pantry. The servers are known for helping themselves to the food and drink which must be real nice. While the bill was being settled, the server was helping themselves to a handsome snack (a salmon bagel) which I found tremendously advantageous, especially since peasants like me have to pay for our food. 

Conclusion

It appears that when Bhagya visited them three days prior to us, everything was fine. So watch out, the service here is erratic at best. Nevertheless in an effort to be fair, I will say go right ahead and try their range of cakes. Here's hoping they get back on their feet soon and return to their glory days.


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Address

2A, Sulaiman Terrace, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5

Directions

Turn to Sulaiman Terrace from Jawatte Rd. The Cakery is about 50m down the lane.

Contacts

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Cuisine

British

Price Range

Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 500

Dish Types

Cakes Cupcakes Sandwiches

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
2
Quality Rating
2
Service Rating
1
Ambience Rating
3
User Reviews
B
8

2/5

0

Banon

What a sad sight it is to see how poor this place is now compared to years ago. Miserable service - often have to wait while the staff finish chatting amongst themselves before you're served. Coffee is served lukewarm and takes an age to arrive. Lighting inside is very dim - not in a romantic way, more of a 'we can't be bothered updating' kind of way.

The cakes are still fine. Some very good, some mediocre.

Sadly, it seems the owners have done nothing to fix the issues despite having several poor reviews.

B
1

1/5

0

Bianca

Its getting worse day by day…the lights are pretty bad and quality of food is very poor

M
1

3/5

0

MAITHREEA

Huge plus on ready-made cakes and stuff and ambiance. I love and enjoy both these whenever I'm there.
Food and service on the other hand is an entirely different story. Both aspects cry for revamping so much so that I cannot recommend anyone to eat other than a piece of cake on a paper plate there.

B
8

2/5

0

Banon

What a sad sight it is to see how poor this place is now compared to years ago. Miserable service - often have to wait while the staff finish chatting amongst themselves before you're served. Coffee is served lukewarm and takes an age to arrive. Lighting inside is very dim - not in a romantic way, more of a 'we can't be bothered updating' kind of way.

The cakes are still fine. Some very good, some mediocre.

Sadly, it seems the owners have done nothing to fix the issues despite having several poor reviews.

B
1

1/5

0

Bianca

Its getting worse day by day…the lights are pretty bad and quality of food is very poor

M
1

3/5

0

MAITHREEA

Huge plus on ready-made cakes and stuff and ambiance. I love and enjoy both these whenever I'm there.
Food and service on the other hand is an entirely different story. Both aspects cry for revamping so much so that I cannot recommend anyone to eat other than a piece of cake on a paper plate there.

P
2

5/5

0

Pramodth Sahabandu

They got Cakes yo ,they taste goood .Alittle on the sweet side but still 🤑 ,the manager was such a nice guy he gave me cookies on the house.

F
1

1/5

0

Frank

More like a shit hole

B
6

4/5

0

BaileyDar

Cakes and drinks are delicious. but I don't like the ambiance much.

P
1

2/5

0

Praveena

was totally disappointed on my last visit here

A
1

4/5

0

annab

Delicious breakfast bagels, with salmon and poached egg are now my end of the week addiction and I've not found anything to compare with them in Colombo. Dear All at the cakery please don't ever discontinue them, as restaurants seem to have a habit of doing!

N
1

2/5

0

Nim272

We were dissapointed with our visit a month ago. Everything on the breakfast menu was either "old" or " cannot be prepared ". The worst was the toilet upstairs. Pretty sure some serious turds were lurking in a corner. Thank god the kids didn't need to use the toilet.

C
2

1/5

0

chamzangeleyes

Over priced cakes not too happy abt it.

N
1

5/5

0

Nalindabee

My kids love the cakes. The slices are quite big and generous and the price seems high as most people are probably comparing to the mass produced cake in the market. But good things don't come cheap. Why? - because it costs more to make them ! The Chocolate fudge cake and the Peanut butter cake are divine !

Love what Panino does to a good old "roast paan". Ha, I picked up the tricks of the trade by watching how they make it. The amount of cheese they put in that thing should be outlawed! Try the pulled BBQ chicken melt sandwich, it is awesome !

By the way we always buy from the good market stalls, and must visit the outlet some day.

C
1

5/5

0

Chamz

Come on YAMU! Only 4 stars!?! Granted, there are a few issues such as the lack of adequate seating. And the staff is not that well trained, but hey are always nice and willing to help - which is a lot more than I can say for most local places. But I'd give these guys 5 stars just for the food!!
I mean, really, have you ever had any cake in Colombo which even comes close to the sheer brilliance of theirs?
And for people who are complaining about the price, do you have any idea how much some of those ingredients cost? These prices are very reasonable, even bordering on cheap. Try buying cheesecake at the Hilton.

C
1

5/5

0

ChrishanthaJayasinghe-cj

Wonderful place lovely food I just wish they made a good espresso too and it would have been heaven.

A
1

3/5

0

Anusha

I Agree. Panino have the best cakes and sandwiches… and although the price seems a bit high, it is really value for money. However, their service……. well that is something totally different. I've been there on three occasions now, and the service has been the same…… slow to non-existent. On my last visit, I was standing around feeling rather awkwards since no one took my order, and the (Chef/Owner/Manager???) was leaning on the counter chatting with a girl and the others were just standing around staring…… it was after 10 minutes that someone actually approached me to ask if I had been served, and that was by the guy in the picture above. If they could really give a better customer service, then this would be super perfect!!

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