131, Havelock Road, Colombo 05
Open until 10:00 PM
Located down Havelock Road, The Platter is a brand new, super cute bakery if you are looking for a small yet peaceful place to hang out with a friend or two or even just to grab a snack on your way to work.
The number of cafes in Colombo is rising. Almost as fast as the rising sea level, but that's a bad joke so we won't go there.
The Platter is a super cute cafe down Havelock Road, and it's just 8 days old. We dropped in for a quick first look.
They're more of a bakery than a cafe, with a bunch of snacks to munch on. We tried a few and here's how it went.
It's not the average cream cheese, biscuit and coulis alliance. The whipped cream on top gave it that wonderful lightness to complement the denseness of the cream cheese. To me (and anyone else who doesn't like strawberry syrup) it was a saviour in disguise because it helped with distributing the intense sweetness brought on by the syrup. Which it could have done without tbh.
Apart from the pastries mentioned above, they also had Strawberry Profiteroles, Eclairs and a few other cakes.
As for drinks, we got the Strawberry Fuschia and the Cafe Mocha.
The Strawberry Fuschia (Rs. 600) was their version of a strawberry mojito, but it was not as fizzy as one would have expected from a proper mojito. It was a tad too sweet for my liking but my friend seemed to enjoy it. Served in a massive mason jar, it was cold, it had the minty aspect to point and a tinge of strawberry syrup or cordial in the mixture. This could be the sweet escape you're looking for to leave behind the heat of the city.
Served in a tall glass with a massive blob of whipped cream on top, I personally liked the Cafe Mocha (Rs. 420). It was sweet, milky and there was a perfect balance between the coffee and the chocolate. They were nice enough to ask if I wanted it heated again an hour after ordering. So, if you're looking for something rich but not too much of a caffeine fix, I suggest you try this.
They also have juices, other hot and cold beverages and a malt drink of sort in glass bottles.
The only way to describe The Platter would be with the word cute. Light blue walls and white furniture, the whole place screamed picture book cafe with the smell of coffee and freshly baked bread. The warm lighting, the giant cake in the counter and the mildly chilly environment provided by the air conditioning made it seem like any food-loving introverts happy place.
The fact that they were playing very soft classical Japanese music gave it a very calm vibe. They don't have a lot of seats, just around three tables with four chairs each, however, the chairs, although wooden were quite comfortable and kind if perfect if what you're looking for is a place to catch up on your weekly/monthly gossip session.
Hats off to the guy who served us. He looked genuinely happy to see us when we walked in and was super friendly about everything. From explaining the process of how and where the food was made to asking us for suggestions for possible improvement.
Overall, The Platter was a pretty good experience for us. It's perfect if what you're looking for is a small yet peaceful place to hang out with a friend or two or even just to grab a snack on your way to work.
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