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4/5

The Havelock Place Bungalow

6-8, Havelock Place, Colombo 05

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  • Open 7 AM to 10 AM (breakfast), 12 Noon to 3 PM (lunch), 3 PM to 6.30 PM (snacks), 7 PM to 10 PM (dinner)


Havelock Place Bungalow has got a charming little restaurant with a Barefoot-esque alfresco and good food. The prices aren't too bad, and their home-made ice cream is great.



The Havelock Place Bungalow was apparently one of the first boutique hotels to open in Colombo, and it's been around for over a decade. It's a hotel, but also operates like a restaurant so it's open to all for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It can look a little run down and neglected during the day - flakey walls, leaf infested pools - but at night it's a rather pretty, quiet place for a meal.



The Food

We ordered the pan fried pork with strawberries and balsamic glaze, served with creamy garlic mash and greens (Rs. 975). This looked promising but tasted disappointing. While the flavour of the pork was delicious, it completely failed on texture - a mediocre cut of meat, served overcooked and dry, and an overabundance of hard, thick fat. The beans were poor as well - stringy, and overall just bland. The mash, however, is excellent - smooth and with just the right amount of garlic.

A re-visit had us trying the lamb fettuccine. Again, this wasn't bad - lots of rich, creamy pesto - but the lamb was tough and - a complaint we've never had before - there was just too much of it in relation to the pasta.



The Drinks

We had a mojito (Rs. 550) and a tall bottle of Lion (Rs. 425). The mojito, although not made to the authentic concoction, was great. They make the lime juice with soda, so it's gives you a nice refreshing kick - especially welcome on a balmy afternoon. Lion of course is Lion, but at Rs. 425?



The Dessert

This was our main reason for visiting The Havelock Place Bungalow - the homemade arrack ice cream (Rs. 350). And it didn't disappoint. It was a good ice cream, great even; tasty and well-textured and served with a slim, crunchy biscuit. The ice cream menu here is impressive: honeycomb, jaggery, ginger, fig and honey etc. This is what the HPC does well.

Al fresco in Havelock Town


The Location

You can either dine in, or alfresco in the shady garden outside. It's a little bit like Barefoot. They play a similar sort of jazz and have their menu on a chalkboard, but Havelock Place lacks the clientele and verve which makes Barefoot so social place to be. That being said, it provides a great option for a quieter meal or more gentle socialising.



The Price

This place is expensive, and what they're offering isn't really worth the prices. Our total bill with two drinks, one main and one dessert came to Rs. 2857. If you're paying that much you want something truly excellent, which HPB doesn't quite deliver. The ice cream, however, is excellent and worth every penny.

Conclusion



The menu at HPB looks fantastic - fancy risottos and exciting glaze - but the food has never quite lived up to its chalky blackboard promises. The Havelock Place Bungalow has the potential to be a cool place. Their building and garden is lovely - but if you walk in during the day you get the feeling that it's got a little neglected and run down over the years. At night however, it's rather lovely - although it can get a little quiet. There's rarely the buzz of places like Barefoot or Sugar. While much remains to be proven in terms of the food, the ice cream really is excellent, so if anything, do try that.

TIP

Go there for the ice cream, it's great.

Address

6-8, Havelock Place, Colombo 05

Directions

Havelock Place is the road next to the Laugfs petrol shed. The HPB is right at the end opposite Capello Salon. Walk in, turn left and walk up the wooden walkway to get to the restaurant.

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Open 7 AM to 10 AM (breakfast), 12 Noon to 3 PM (lunch), 3 PM to 6.30 PM (snacks), 7 PM to 10 PM (dinner)

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4

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stanlyya

Great place. Went with my GF and had a great time. Good was great. Specially the BatuMoju curry. (Lunch)

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Sharmini Shadagopan

I made a reservation for two for dinner on13th April 2017. They confirmed that they were open . I went there and a person who works there said they were closed that day. Didn't even apologise. Very disappointed.
Please have the courtesy at least to call back and say we are closed!
Never coming here again

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pebbles001

HPB certainly has lost its charm. we were a group of 5 and were not told that it was byob.
the food was all right, the coconut risotto was exceptionally good -

but as anyone would know HPB is quite popular for their homemade ice cream, except that the "double mint" had Polo peppermint in it. I don't think we needed to have chocolate ice cream with peppermint in it for 300 LKR a scoop.

sad to see its lost its standards

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5/5

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stanlyya

Great place. Went with my GF and had a great time. Good was great. Specially the BatuMoju curry. (Lunch)

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2/5

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Sharmini Shadagopan

I made a reservation for two for dinner on13th April 2017. They confirmed that they were open . I went there and a person who works there said they were closed that day. Didn't even apologise. Very disappointed.
Please have the courtesy at least to call back and say we are closed!
Never coming here again

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2/5

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pebbles001

HPB certainly has lost its charm. we were a group of 5 and were not told that it was byob.
the food was all right, the coconut risotto was exceptionally good -

but as anyone would know HPB is quite popular for their homemade ice cream, except that the "double mint" had Polo peppermint in it. I don't think we needed to have chocolate ice cream with peppermint in it for 300 LKR a scoop.

sad to see its lost its standards

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