49, Skelton Road, Colombo 05
This place has closed down
The Sooriya Village is a beautiful converted mansion on Skelton Road. Surrounded by lush greenery and a serene ambience this place is a great go-to for an evening read. However, our latest experience left a lot to be desired.
Sooriya Village is a space for music, arts, and food. It's a leafy little retreat near Havelock City, with hospitable service, nice food, and a recording studio, practice room, library, and a store stocked with musical merch.
Much like a laid back village, Sooriya's space is calm, soothing, and chilled, with artsy little touches in the form of yaksha dancers and iron-wrought sculptures placed around, and brightly dyed recycled paper serving as tablemats. Look out for newspaper articles, old adverts or photos from the historic Sooriya Records days. The Village isn't just a restaurant, they also have lots of rooms that serve as soundproofed sound, yoga, or dance studios that you can rent out. They also have live music or little events most evenings. The staff are smiley and welcoming, quick on their feet and quick with service.
We got two iced teas (Peach and Lemon flavoured) for Rs. 250 each, which arrived almost within five minutes of placing the order. With slices of lemon floating in the tall glass, the Iced Lemon Tea was acidic and refreshing enough, but the Iced Peach was more of a syrupy disappointment as it was overpoweringly sweet.
Food is where you're really denting your wallet though, so go expecting to spend approximately about Rs. 2000 on the main courses alone. You do get sandwiches for about Rs. 1000 though, and soups for a bit less.
Despite being a hefty Rs. 1750 for a rice dish, the Portuguese Style Seafood Rice was unexpectedly amazing: superbly rich and creamy and soaked in broth. There were a few large prawns mixed in among the risotto, which was topped off with bacon (which I abstained from, just fyi).
My Roast Lamb (Rs. 2000) was two large slabs of succulent and well-prepared lamb, accompanied by some creamy mash, roast baby potatoes, and dense and flavoursome gravy. It's very filling, and could definitely be shared with someone, unless you've got a voracious appetite.
We love the quirky space, lovely service, and good food. Prices are definitely something to take into consideration because just two mains and drinks cost us over Rs. 4000. If you don't mind that though, go ahead, it's a great place with a great vibe.
Since it first opened its 100+ year old doors, Sooriya Village quickly became a popular spot for creatives all around Colombo to frequent. Their food is highly desired by the Colombo crowd, but this time our experience was a bit underwhelming.
A lovely space in Colombo 5 for music, arts, and food.
Not your average village. *strums guitar*
සිංහල ඔය ඉන්න ගමන් පොතක් පතක් කියවන්න, පාඩුවේ තමතමන්ගේ ඔෆිස් එකේ වැඩක් කරගන්න පුළුවන් විදියේ වාතාවරණයක් මෙතැන තියෙනවා.
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