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4/5

The Fab

474, Galle Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo 3


Ah, Fab. It's been around longer than we can remember - since 1979 to be precise - and has consistently been keeping Colombo happy with their short eats, cakes and sweets.



The Fab has been a trusted source of affordable cakes and short-eats for the past 36 years. I've long thought of it as that reliable stop for that box of cake you think of getting when you're heading to a friend's or relative's house. We dropped by this popular Colpetty bakery after ages, to try a little bit of everything - no regrets, they're still good.

Ambience & Service

I like how our oldest bakeries have grown, literally. Green Cabin's restaurant-like Pagoda Tea Rooms in Fort and Sponge's comfy sofa-laden lobby are examples, and though The Fab isn't as spacious as they are it's still bigger than average; a very neat, sunlit place to sit down for a tasty meal. This is one of the city's most popular bakeries though, so it can get very crowded especially at lunch, in which case you're going to have to elbow a few to get the attention of the guy behind the counter. Generally though, the staff seems efficient.

The Goodies

There's a good variety of short-eats here - pastries, rolls, pies, and a healthy amount of vegetarian options - though they're fast moving, so I'd suggest you go early morning as with other quality bakeries like Sponge and Tasty. We got a fish pie and mutton pie - alas, I was deprived of my mutton pie since the busy blokes forgot to pack that bit in my takeaway bag - but the fish pie was really, really good. Plenty of savoury, saucy stuffing in a good amount of soft pastry for just 70 bucks. 

We're always surprised when over-the-counter type bakeries have good sweet stuff, they honestly rarely ever put much effort into it. But the chocolate chip cookies, chocolate brownie and eclairs were quite good - nothing fantastic but if I was in the mood for a quick, affordable, tasty bite to satisfy my sweet-tooth cravings, I'd bet on the stuff here. The cookies were especially crisp and sugary.

It is, however, the cake, that really brings people to The Fab. Sure, you've got the English Cake Company and Yumi Cake who have mastered the art of amazing gourmet takeaway-cake, but when you just don't have the cash for that and want to casually grab a party order, the cake here is always reliable. Besides their famed chocolate cake and other full ones, they also have a few tasty little bites - like our chocolate chip cupcake and our Oreo and cheese slice. Both were rich, creamy, and soft - none of that dry ribbon cake feel of much of the city's failed bakeries. We especially appreciated the warm surprise of gooey chocolate at the centre of the cupcake. 

We were there during lunch so we tried the rice and curry - it's a nice big packet of fresh samba rice with potato, brinjal, beans, some kadala dhal and a generous portion of flavoursome, ever so slightly roasted chicken. It's a good lunch, with a pleasant tinge of sweetness from the bit of sweet cucumber and pineapple salad. We fondly remember The Fab though, for its lamprais, which came in 1st Place among the contenders of our most recent lamprais taste-off, so if you're looking for a solid lamprais, this is the place.  

Conclusion

The Fab is one of the good ones. If you're up for a simple, quality session of lunch or snacking and you're not in the mood to splurge, these guys are a very convenient option. 


TIP

If you get the chocolate cake try heating it gently in the microwave - for about 15-20 seconds. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!

Address

474, Galle Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo 3

Directions

It's right after Amana Bank, opposite Arabian Knights and Sponge.

Contacts

Website E-Mail

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Open 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM weekdays, 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM weekends

Dish Types

Lamprais Rice And Curry Cakes Short Eats

Cuisine

Bakery

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3
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Here goes the MOST DISGUSTING 'Fab' experience for which we will not stop at just writing the said review! On 30th of Dec 2016 around 12noon my husband Bimal Silva purchased 153 pieces of chocolate cakes from Fab Rajagiriya for his farewell treat at Hayleys Consumer pvt Ltd. Since FAB did not have large cakes he had to purchase 19 CAKES (Rs. 14000) to be cut and taken as they did not have large cakes. Upon getting them to office and serving them, it was reported based on MANY complains from employees of Hayleys that about 40 pieces were utterly stale and fungus-ridden. He says that there maybe others who did not complain. He called Fab Rajagiriya and Fab head office in Colombo 3 after many attempts and reported this incidence. The Manager from Head Office with mob number 0773648913 had ensured that they will take back the fungus ridden cake pieces and get them replaced after 4pm. What happens next it utterly unbelievably pathetic. The delivery guys had arrived late evening at Hayleys and had told the company's tea room staff that they DO NOT have cakes to replace the over 40 stale pieces and gone back with the rotton cakes. Upto now, he has NOT EVEN GOT a call of explanation or apology. Not a single call regardless of mutitudes of pounds of ROTTON CAKE EATEN BY ABOUT 40 respective employees. This requires serious action. A spineless disgusting company who cheats customers in broad daylight after charging rediculous amounts of money to sell EXPIRED cakes. We are circulating this amongst all friends and communities via social media to make them aware how demeaning this act is. What if this cake was purchased for a children's party or a school class party? What will be the repurcussions? Time for some serious action!

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1/5

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Ireshad

Here goes the MOST DISGUSTING 'Fab' experience for which we will not stop at just writing the said review! On 30th of Dec 2016 around 12noon my husband Bimal Silva purchased 153 pieces of chocolate cakes from Fab Rajagiriya for his farewell treat at Hayleys Consumer pvt Ltd. Since FAB did not have large cakes he had to purchase 19 CAKES (Rs. 14000) to be cut and taken as they did not have large cakes. Upon getting them to office and serving them, it was reported based on MANY complains from employees of Hayleys that about 40 pieces were utterly stale and fungus-ridden. He says that there maybe others who did not complain. He called Fab Rajagiriya and Fab head office in Colombo 3 after many attempts and reported this incidence. The Manager from Head Office with mob number 0773648913 had ensured that they will take back the fungus ridden cake pieces and get them replaced after 4pm. What happens next it utterly unbelievably pathetic. The delivery guys had arrived late evening at Hayleys and had told the company's tea room staff that they DO NOT have cakes to replace the over 40 stale pieces and gone back with the rotton cakes. Upto now, he has NOT EVEN GOT a call of explanation or apology. Not a single call regardless of mutitudes of pounds of ROTTON CAKE EATEN BY ABOUT 40 respective employees. This requires serious action. A spineless disgusting company who cheats customers in broad daylight after charging rediculous amounts of money to sell EXPIRED cakes. We are circulating this amongst all friends and communities via social media to make them aware how demeaning this act is. What if this cake was purchased for a children's party or a school class party? What will be the repurcussions? Time for some serious action!

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