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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.



If you're looking for a quiet hang out spot around Town Hall, that's good for large groups, consider The Paddington. Their food and drink are quite pricey, but they've got some winners like their Kraft Oreo shake and Waffiza (more on that later).

We took a PickMe to get there during lunch time traffic, and it was a pretty smooth ride.

Food

They've got the usual suspects on the menu, when you think of coffee shop fare. There's burgers, waffles, and even Mongolian fried rice options, ranging from around Rs 500 to Rs 1000. They also do platters of meat for three people with a dessert waffle and beverages for Rs 7000.

We tried the Grilled Beef Medallion Burger (Rs. 695). It came with a generous cut of beef for a patty. It looked better than its actual bite, though. The beef was too tough.

It was seasoned with just salt and pepper, and it didn't have any juiciness to really add flavour to the burger. We were quite disappointed with the beef, but the rest of the burger was fine. The bun was soft. 

They've got quite a range of waffles on their menu, and we were intrigued by the Waffiza range. We tried the Delicious Date and Chocolate Waffiza (Rs. 585), and it was pretty damn good. It's quite a decadent bite, for a waffle, but it really works. I couldn't have more than two slices. MalMal had three. We brought back three for the office, all of which were consumed by Janith. We like.

Drinks

While placing our order, the girl at the counter was kind enough to recommend the Kraft Oreo shake (Rs. 495), so we tried it. It's amazing. With just half an Oreo placed as a garnish and perhaps for dunking pleasure, we felt like there were quite a few Oreos in the actual mix.

It's quite rich in flavour and very creamy. It's easily shared by two people. They serve it chilled, so you'll have to drink it slow. Unless you're particularly fond of brain freeze.

The Espresso (Rs. 380), served with two biscuits, sadly didn't match the steep price. It's served with no crema, so minus points for execution. It's also very bitter.  Best to avoid and maybe explore their colder beverages.

Ambiance

The place is really quiet at lunch time, and they're not too busy. Some of the dining areas were quite dimly lit. The couches near the entrance are comfy but they're also falling apart. It seems appropriate for large groups. 

Conclusion

The Paddington is quite chilled out. We had a so-so experience with the food and drink, but we quite liked the stuff that worked. Their staff seem nice enough. There's quite a few contenders in the area that deliver a better experience overall, but if you're looking for a sweet, chocolatey dessert... head over here and gorge on the Oreo shake and Waffiza.


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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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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1/5

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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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1/5

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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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1/5

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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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