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3/5

The Paddington

44/1, Horton Place, Colombo 07


The new address they relocated to is easily accessible and there is plenty of parking. From a food POV, it may not impress everyone but the place sure is somewhere we can all relax at.



The Paddington is the latest neo-colonially named venture in Colombo, following the Kingsbury, Barnesbury and preceding the Queensbury. It's a coffee-shop just down from the similar Barnesbury and it's not much different, but it's a decent place to hang.

There are, broadly, three classes of Colombo coffee-shop. 1) The franchise 2) the pseudo-franchise and 3) the local. These are, of course, subjective measures. We define a franchise as a coffee-shop as a place that's expensive, suitable for big crowds and which has a somewhat fake character. A local coffee shop is generally cheaper, smaller and has an original character. The pseudo-franchise looks and feels like a franchise but it's really local. We'd call The Paddington a pseudo-franchise. It can accommodate large groups, it's a bit expensive, and a bit fake.

The Food And Drink



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The Paddington has in interesting and generally well-spelled menu covering everything from ambarella juice (Rs. 295) to regular coffee (Rs. 315) to shakes (roughly Rs. 400-500). I tried an Easy Raspberry Lemonade (Rs. 475) which was pretty refreshing, tall and good, but very expensive.

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In terms of food, their popular lunchtime options seem to be pasta (Rs. 495 for Spaghetti Bolognese, Rs. 695 for Crab Fettucine) and rice (Rs. 495 for Mongolian fried rice, Rs. 595 for seafood Nasi Goreng). They also have a range of burgers, salads, vegetarian options, etc. I tried a Teriyaki Beef Wrap (Rs. 450) which, while not especially tender, was all right. It came with fries and a bit of coleslaw type material.

The beef was well-seasoned if a bit tough and there was a bit too much of an un-amazing flatbread wrapping the whole thing up. It was an average wrap.

Their coffee I didn't try, so please comment with your experiences.

Location



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A coffee shop like this is as much a place to hangout as it is a place to eat and drink. In that sense The Paddington is a relatively big space which can accommodate groups of young and somewhat loud people. While I was there a group was having a birthday party and another older group was just meeting up. The younger crowd was able to yell surprise and sing without disturbing the others, who were in a private room.

That's a sort of spatial separation that franchises have and local coffee-shops often don't, which is a plus for the Paddington.

It's location on Barnes Place is also central, though it faces local competition from the Barnesbury and the popular Ciocanat on the same street.

Service



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The Paddington had a lot of staff when I arrived and they were all quite nice. The manager is Nazeem, formerly of Commons and recently from the Barnesbury and he's quite nice. The rest of the staff are quite helpful and well-trained as well.

Conclusion



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The Paddington is another mid-range coffee-shop which, while neither cheap nor original, has plenty of room to hang-out and a range of food and drink to keep you there.

TIP

They have a private room near the front.

Address

44/1, Horton Place, Colombo 07

Directions

The Paddington is on Barnes Place between the Town Hall road and Wijerama Mawatha. It's near Musaeus so watch out for school time.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

Open until 12:00 AM

Cuisine

Western

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Coffee Iced Coffee

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3

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Nisal Karangoda

The worst restaurant I’ve ever been to… That was the first time I went there, and thanks Pandington for arranging me the place opened to the common wash room to eat with my kids and friends!

It is so awful to see the common washroom is opened in front of you when u r ready to eat. And also the people r crossing in front of you to the wash room and returning, yet, the washroom door is opened to you!

Even after I informed the restaurant guys, they promised me to direct people to the upstairs, but still they failed to manage that. In fact, even the place is not well maintained as you can see the broken windows etc… Not recommended at all, and it is worth to inform the PHI!

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mickie

This place is such a farce. Bad food and worst still very rude customer care. A complaint will result in the management calling the customer a slut and a beggar!!!! If this is how they publicly treat their customers can only imagine what they do to the food before serving. I will never ever go there.

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Mikebrandson

This place is just terrible. From the ambiance to the food. Basically a run down house which they have tried to convert to a restaurant. Food is no better. Do not advise anyone to go there

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Nisal Karangoda

The worst restaurant I’ve ever been to… That was the first time I went there, and thanks Pandington for arranging me the place opened to the common wash room to eat with my kids and friends!

It is so awful to see the common washroom is opened in front of you when u r ready to eat. And also the people r crossing in front of you to the wash room and returning, yet, the washroom door is opened to you!

Even after I informed the restaurant guys, they promised me to direct people to the upstairs, but still they failed to manage that. In fact, even the place is not well maintained as you can see the broken windows etc… Not recommended at all, and it is worth to inform the PHI!

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mickie

This place is such a farce. Bad food and worst still very rude customer care. A complaint will result in the management calling the customer a slut and a beggar!!!! If this is how they publicly treat their customers can only imagine what they do to the food before serving. I will never ever go there.

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Mikebrandson

This place is just terrible. From the ambiance to the food. Basically a run down house which they have tried to convert to a restaurant. Food is no better. Do not advise anyone to go there

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Xameer

Well, just been there once for coffee and never going in there for the same, the menu has so many names on it apparently even the staff couldn't differentiate between them, I liked the fact that he was honest and said "Its the same thing Sit but different names" LOL…. but I might come back to try out the food as i see so many people saying good stuff… Staff yes friendly but this guy had a time to switch the damn fan off :D

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Maria&Sarith

I have been to paddington many times now with most of my friends and they all love the place it's great nice and cozy, the food is mouth-watering the bake crab and garlic rice is a five star meal. The ginger
lemonade is truly refreshing!!! All in all the food is great the staff are very kind with outgoing personalities. Kudos to Nazeem great job!!!

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madriw

Went there twice and would definitely go back. The juices come in nice tall glasses and the Toasted Almond Shake was amazing. The chili cheese fries comes in quite a big portion and has a lot of chicken in it as well. Tried the baked crab with garlic and was worth every penny. There is plenty of crab meat, well cooked with a layer of cheese on top. The prices although relatively on the high side in comparison with restaurants of the same nature, are average. The staff are super friendly and helpful and definitely a good place to chill out. I will give Paddington a 5 star review.

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