The VOC, tucked inside the Dutch Burgher Union, is a very popular stop around the area, best known for its lamprais. So if you're a big lamprais fan, this is still one of the best places in town to get yours. Just make sure you get there early before it's all gone.
We got there at about 2 PM and had been warned by our friends who are regulars that all the lamprais would be gone by then. Lucky for us though, the awesome aunty at the counter scribbling notes into a book was nice enough to retrieve packets of chicken lamprais and yellow rice from some magical backdoor storage. It got a little weird though, when this uncle next to us asked for rice at the same time only to be told by the cashier that there was no more rice. The service was confused again when the cashier said there was tea available, before the lady told us there wasn't.
Service aside (the uncle was pretty mad though - people take their lumps seriously), the lamprais was amazeballs. It was a relatively small portion that came wrapped in a moist banana leaf with chicken pieces, cutlets, sweet brinjal, a little blachan (or prawn paste) and some seeni sambol just for kicks. At Rs. 445, this was total value for money and now one of my favourite lunch choices in the city.
The yellow rice (Rs. 400) was of a bigger portion and came with fried egg, cutlet, onion achcharu and a big chicken piece. Though the portion was appreciated and the VOC was once known for some very good yellow rice, it was just alright and we've had better. We didn't try the burgers but we've been told by friends they're a trustworthy option if you stop by here. The menu at the VOC is mostly rice (yellow, lamprais, ghee) and burgers, plus juices, smoothies and tea - but again, they're going to say 'no rice, and no drinks but ginger beer and iced tea' if you're there after 2.
They've got a typical rice and curry buffet after that, and they serve hoppers in the evenings.
[Editor's Note: the burgers are also amazeballs.]
The VOC has got a really cramped interior next to the cashier's counter, so we suggest the outdoor seating next to the clubhouse. A raincloud was passing by when we were seated here but it was still extremely pleasant with plenty of plants around and red brick floors.
This is a classic, simple place that people have returned to for ages now, just for their rice packets. Although the efficiency of their service could definitely use an upgrade, it's a great spot to sit down and enjoy a great banana leaf wrap of lamprais.
A lovely colonial building in the heart of Colombo, serving up good Dutch Burgher fare.
VOC at the Dutch Burgher Union is one of the best places in the city for a delicious packet of lamprais, and we've heard their burgers are good too.
We love the DBU. A beautiful clubhouse, an excellent bar and though there are consistency issues on its day their lamprais is the best in the city. So when we heard that our favorite ethnicity based drinking/sporting union had opened a restaurant open to all (ie non members) on its premises we were excited.
සිංහල ඉතින් මම අද ඔයාලට කියන්න යන්නෙ ඕලන්ද රාජ්ය කාලෙන් පස්සෙ ඒ කියන්නෙ 1906 දි විතර ඕලන්ද ජාතික (බර්ගර්) එකමුතුවෙ කට්ටිය හදපු ගොඩනැගිල්ලක තියෙන ඕලන්ද කෑම වර්ග ගොඩක් රස බලන්න පුළුවන් ලාංකික අවන්හලක් ගැන.
සිංහල ලන්දේසි බර්ගර් සමාජය අපි කැමති තැනක්. එය ලස්සන සමාජශාලාවක් තිබෙනවා. හැමදාම එකවගේ නොවුණත්, ඔවුන්ගේ ලෑම්ප්රයිස් තමයි නගරයේ හොඳම ඒවා. ඉතින් මේ ජනවාර්ගික සමාජශාලාවේ සාමාජිකයන්ට පමණක් නොවෙයි කාටත් විවෘත අවන්හලක් ආරම්භ කර ඇතිබව ඇසූවිට අපි ගොඩක් සතුටුවුණා.
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