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English Cake Company

2A, Sulaiman Terrace, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5

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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.



When it comes to freshly baked cakes and sweet goodies in Colombo, The Cakery is a popular option. After starting off as a tiny food stall in Good Market, they've come a long way and now have become a proper cafe with an extended menu. We dropped in for a lunch on a weekday while trying out FriMi's 25% cashback offer. 

Food

Aside from the usual cakes, The Cakery serves up a bunch of other cafe food - pasta, waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, and wraps and whatnot. Everything here is either vegetarian or seafood fare and no meats. Plus, it's BYOB (wine and beer only) and it's corkage free. 

The Creamy Pesto with Smoked Salmon (Rs. 850) came as a generous helping of penne pasta soaked in homemade pesto sauce and cheese, along with some beautifully pink smoked salmon on top. You can replace the layer of smoked salmon with prawns, and get the parmesan and herbs addon (we did) if you like. In terms of flavor, this one was quite alright. The smoked salmon had that distinct smoky flavor, while the pasta was cooked Al dente and presented a very mild pesto aroma. More cheese and pesto would have certainly made this better.

The Garlic Prawns Sandwich (Rs. 650) on the other hand was much better. With plenty of chili garlic prawn bits to munch on, it was filled with mozzarella, iceberg lettuce and Cakery's homemade bell pepper and tomato sauce. The tangy hits of the sauce sort of overpowered the fresh seafood flavor, but we really didn't mind. The bread was nicely toasted, producing a deliciously crispy exterior. 

*Pictured above - Chocolate Cheesecake Tart (left), Raspberry & Passion Fruit Loaf (right)

We ordered a couple of cakes off the display - Chocolate Cheesecake Tart and Raspberry - Passion Fruit Slice. 

My lunch partner is a loyal patron of The Cakery, and Raspberry - Passion Fruit (Rs. 280) Loaf was his favorite. Boasting the natural flavors of said fruits, it wasn't sugary, and whatever the sweetness it has, comes from the fruits itself. I didn't hate it, but in terms of texture, I'd have preferred it to be fudgy and spongy, instead of being crumbly.

The Chocolate Cheesecake Tart (Rs. 380) was such a delight. Consisting of two layers - a decadent, crumbly dark chocolate base, a rich chocolate cake-like middle, topped off with a light and fluffy layer of cream cheese, it sits smoothly on the palate. The teeny tiny sourness that comes from the cream cheese layer blended perfectly with the bitterness of the dark chocolate. We recommend this. 

Drinks

The Cakery uses an in-house blend of coffee called Thambapanni in their coffee based drinks. Frothy and light, their Cappucino (Rs. 450) had a good caffeine punch emerging through, but the milk itself was a bit of a letdown. It did not have that velvety texture that we hoped for. 

Hella refreshing and strong hints of coffee seeping through, the Iced Mocha (Rs. 520) was a good one. The milk was light and adequately cold, but we'd prefer some more chocolate in this. 

Service & Ambience

It was a busy Wednesday afternoon, and the cafe was buzzing with customers dropping in for lunch. Our food arrived within around 15 minutes, which is pretty impressive. 

The interior hasn't changed a bit. It's the same set of cozy cushion sofas and wooden chairs neatly aligned with tables. They've got plenty of space upstairs, downstairs and in the lounge.

Conclusion

The Cakery is still popular and seems to be doing well with the business. While there's room for improvement, it's a place that you can drop by, sit down and treat yourself with a cuppa, accompanied by a slice of cake/dessert - preferably that delicious chocolate cheesecake tart.


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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.

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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
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