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The Four Leafed Clover

No. 168, Maya Avenue, Colombo 5.


An Irish inspired restaurant serving a range of meat and potato based dishes as well as the comfort food.



Located on Havelock Town, The Four Leaf Clover is an Irish inspired restaurant that opened up a few weeks ago. They're still settling in and testing their menus so this is only a first look at what they have.

The Food

Their menu is meat heavy with some really interesting menu items like Dublin Coddle, Irish Lamb Rack, Glazed King Salmon etc.

We started off with Calamari in Chili Oil (Rs. 700). They could have improved in terms of presentation because it was just chunks of calamari fried and tossed on to the plate. The dish wasn't warm and the batter had started to become slightly soggy, so it didn't taste as good as we expected.

We wanted the Signature Chicken but was told it was unavailable so we went with the Pan Fried Chicken (Rs. 850) they recommended. The highlight of the dish was the gravy on top. Without it, the chicken was simply a steamed chicken. However, together the sauce was excellent with a tangy richness that really helped salvage the chicken.

The mango salad on the side was really good too which was a naturally sweet addition to the dish. The steamed veggies were nothing special. The starter buns, on the other hand, were superb! They were warm, soft and had a slight crunch to it as well. 

The Pasta Fungi (Rs. 600) again, did not have the best presentation but it tasted better than our dishes. The pasta was cooked well and covered in an abundance of cheese sauce. It was supposed to come with button mushrooms, black mushrooms, and abalone mushrooms. As you can see, we didn't get any of that. 

The Drinks

They have an open bar but no alcohol yet. They did, however, serve fruit juices and mocktails. 

The Avocado Juice (Rs. 350) was absolutely delicious, albeit a little sweet. The thick consistency and the texture were enough for me to gulp it down. It was definitely my favorite out of everything we tried. It certainly didn't need as much sugar but hopefully they dial that down in the future.

We also tried the Virgin Pina Colada (Rs. 450) which was also a winner! The delicious citric taste of pineapple was very strong with a creamy texture of the coconut cream coming through. Their drinks menu is really strong, I can't wait to try the cocktails. 

Service and Ambience

Their service was really slow. It was frustrating because the waiters wouldn't even make eye-contact with us, in case we asked them to take our order. After they took our order, the food took about good 40 minutes to arrive.

One thing that really left a bad impression was the fact that the images of dishes shown on their Instagram account aren't actually the ones they serve. A few of us dropped in a few days before this first look, where we specifically asked for a burger shown on their Instagram, only to be served something completely different.

That being said, once we were done, the owner came and asked us about the food and what they can improve which was really nice. She explained that the service was slow because there was a PHI evaluation going on in the kitchen.

The place impressed us as soon as we entered. The Irish color palate, the beautiful wall art, comfy seating and the best of all, the leaf-shaped skylight with classic Irish bottles of beer and wine hanging from the roof. You can spend hours here with free Wi-Fi and get your work done, especially since they have USB charging ports and plug bases under every table aligned with the green couch.

Conclusion

The Four Leafed Clover is still in the process of getting their training wheels off, so we're not going to be too harsh. The areas for improvement are quite clear: presentation, speed and quality of service, and following best practices on social media so that diners don't come in with unrealistic expectations. 


TIP

They told us it was a soft-launch and that they're still testing out the menu.

Address

No. 168, Maya Avenue, Colombo 5.

Contacts

Facebook Instagram

Report Inaccuracy

Closed right now

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Rice Pasta Chicken Sandwiches

Cuisine

European

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
2
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
I
4

2/5

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Induni Wickramasinghe

The interior was done pretty perfectly. But they think they are missing the point - Food. We got a cappuccino and an ammericano. Both was tasteless and over priced. They seriously need to wprk on their menu and quality of food items. It was a huge disappointment.

W
1

1/5

0

WyomiAbey

If there was a THIS PLACE MAKES ME ANGRY emoji i would use it!

WILL NEVER STEP FOOT IN THIS PLACE!

The food took an hour to arrive after being told that it was only 20 minutes. It was cold and insipid. Ear splitting music blasting from below, a match commentary blaring from speakers in every other room, waiters refusing to reduce the volume and by far the worst customer care I have EVER had the misfortune of experiencing.

I am still shaken after the hostile call I had with their screaming manager who was on full defense mode from the get-go, interrupted me every few sentences to dispute everything I said with a rude comment, refused to accept the sound was too loud because Chaminda Vaas was there and didn’t have a problem with it, accused me of lying and then proceeded to shout me down saying if I ate the food I shouldn’t be complaining (After I had told her that I left 90% of the dish behind) and to top it off she rather shadily refused to tell me who owned the place.

I cannot imagine the calibre of the people that own this place if this is how they allow their staff to talk to customers. For your own good, don’t give this place the time of day.

H
1

1/5

0

Hashie W

YAMU you guys really need to update the open/ closed days of this because yesterday we went there and it’s CLOSED. Apparently it’s closed on Mondays but dear darling YAMU says otherwise 😑😑😑

I
4

2/5

0

Induni Wickramasinghe

The interior was done pretty perfectly. But they think they are missing the point - Food. We got a cappuccino and an ammericano. Both was tasteless and over priced. They seriously need to wprk on their menu and quality of food items. It was a huge disappointment.

W
1

1/5

0

WyomiAbey

If there was a THIS PLACE MAKES ME ANGRY emoji i would use it!

WILL NEVER STEP FOOT IN THIS PLACE!

The food took an hour to arrive after being told that it was only 20 minutes. It was cold and insipid. Ear splitting music blasting from below, a match commentary blaring from speakers in every other room, waiters refusing to reduce the volume and by far the worst customer care I have EVER had the misfortune of experiencing.

I am still shaken after the hostile call I had with their screaming manager who was on full defense mode from the get-go, interrupted me every few sentences to dispute everything I said with a rude comment, refused to accept the sound was too loud because Chaminda Vaas was there and didn’t have a problem with it, accused me of lying and then proceeded to shout me down saying if I ate the food I shouldn’t be complaining (After I had told her that I left 90% of the dish behind) and to top it off she rather shadily refused to tell me who owned the place.

I cannot imagine the calibre of the people that own this place if this is how they allow their staff to talk to customers. For your own good, don’t give this place the time of day.

H
1

1/5

0

Hashie W

YAMU you guys really need to update the open/ closed days of this because yesterday we went there and it’s CLOSED. Apparently it’s closed on Mondays but dear darling YAMU says otherwise 😑😑😑

K
2

1/5

0

K

Kudos to the person who wrote the Menu. The explanations make you want to try out everything. But the food did not meet the expectations. It was disappointing.
The messed our bill three times ( The process of getting our food took forever, the process of paying for it perhaps took longer)

S
1

5/5

0

senalsenanayake

Loved the ambience, food and the service!

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