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.
The Sooriya Village is a beautiful mansion hidden down Skelton Road. It's a popular hub for artists, musicians and many other creatives alike. Young people thrive here. Every time there's a sale here or whatever, it turns into a kaleidoscope of Colombo's young and hip crowd melting in the heat, waving crystals and bracelets in the air.
I used to work here on the weekends as a hostess when I needed some extra cash and on most occasions I can totally vouch for the fact that they take extra care where their food and drink is concerned. The kitchen is regularly checked on, and customers are given priority.
I have to be honest, so I won't sugarcoat anything. We went in for lunch at 12 last week, and our experience left a lot to be desired.
We ordered the Pan Fried Fish with Tartar Sauce (Rs. 1278) which comes with a side of rather mild tartar sauce, a small dish of what appeared to be soy sauce and a large serving of supermarket fries. The fish was seasoned well, and didn't quite wow us in terms of flavour, but was still good enough to finish.
The tartar sauce didn't do much to enhance it and the fries were left unfinished. Blasphemy in my books if you ask me, because fries rarely escape a meal.
They have a specialty menu which includes items like Lamprais and other local food fare. Naturally, we opted for the Lamprais which clocks in at Rs. 639. Now this one left us utterly bewildered at its obvious lack of quality.
The rice was drier than my jokes, the brinjal moju had rock hard clumps in it, the chicken turned out to be two cutlets and the prawn blanchan was bland (how?). Whatever flavour that was packed within these banana leaves completely escaped our tastebuds and we ended up dejectedly poking at it in the hopes that it might somehow come back to life, but alas.
Our drinks were the ever popular Cucumber Contessa (Rs. 358) and the Copacabana (Rs. 468). Famous for being a hit amongst the crowd, the Contessa is an extremely refreshing concoction that's great for a hot day. The cucumber is very light, so it doesn't feel like you're biting into a vegetable.
The ambience here is undisputed. I really have no idea how places like this can retain an air of serenity depsite being smack in the middle of Colombo. It's breezy, quiet and a great place to go for an afternoon read.
Evenings here are quite busy, the place is wonderfully dim and makes for a perfect date night affair. Choose to be seated in an air-conditioned setting, or outside with the fireflies flitting about.
Service here is commendable. The staff are strictly advised to attend to whatever the customer's requirements are and accommodate where possible. I know this, because I was told to do this. The waiters are amicable and I've even noticed customers come in and ask for their favourite servers.
We went in on an off-day - that's the only explanation I can give for the sudden drop in quality. Perhaps they focus solely on their bestsellers i.e Portuguese Seafood Rice and the Baked Crab? I don't know. But I sure hope you get to experience the Sooriya Village in full swing.
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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