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4/5

Whight & Co

Marine Drive and Aloe Avenue, Colombo 3


Whight & Co is amazing for coffee. They've got Cold Drip down to a science. The food is alright, too.



Quality local coffee in Colombo means Whight & Co. While there has been competition coming up lately, and Whight itself has dropped in quality in other areas (some attentive service please?), this is still among the best coffee in town. Usually, food here hasn’t really been as good as it’s coffee but this time we had some really excellent victuals.

The Coffee

If you're here, there’s a must-have caffeine trifecta; the Pour Over (Rs.450), the Cold Drip (Rs.450) and the Vietnamese Ca phe sua da (Rs.440). Made with Whight’s own Sri Lankan coffee, these are strong, distinctive and aromatic. These aren’t your mass produced packets of pseudo-coffee that you need to douse in sugar to drink. These are perfectly brewed and can be enjoyed as is, even if they do provide milk and sugar.

The exception would be the Ca phe sua da. The sweetness of the condensed milk balancing out the strong taste of the coffee make for a great experience.

The Food

I’ll be honest, I was not a fan of Whight’s food menu in the past. Expensive and bland in most cases, it just wasn’t worth ordering. This time though we found a really great combination.

We genuinely enjoyed the special croissants. It’s quite large for a croissant and it’s light, fluffy and buttery. We ordered it with bacon, egg and cheese (Rs.650) and it was so delicious. The bacon and egg. Not the cheese, which was essentially a packeted cheese slice from a supermarket, which is unfortunate because it really did a disservice to the rest of the delicious dish. The generous portion of fries was firm and crunchy, as was the salad. 

The Toffee sundae (Rs.500) is a giant glass of milk, chocolate, ice cream, coffee topped off with whipped cream, toffee coated popcorn and a cherry. This is a meal all by itself and is really good value for money. Having a slight taste of strong coffee come through the milk and chocolate really makes this unique, and we loved it.

The Cookie Ice Cream sandwich (Rs.480) however was so-so. It’s not terrible, but there really wasn’t anything about to make it special or worth the price. The cookies were too tough to break by spoon as well. Props for the presentation though.

Conclusion

Whight’s coffee is still the main reason to go there, but we were pretty impressed by the food on our last visit. Service though is still rather inattentive, so be prepared for a wait till your hunger is sated.


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Address

Marine Drive and Aloe Avenue, Colombo 3

Directions

It's on the Colpetty side of Marine Drive. From Galle Road, go past the McDonald's and turn down Aloe Avenue just past ACBT. On Marine Drive it's between the Marina Casino on the North and Arabian Knights on the south.

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Open until 11:00 PM

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Coffee

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
2
Ambience Rating
5
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User Reviews
Avatar for Millie
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Millie

Still in the top 5 for good coffee in Colombo but the customer service is woeful. The staff are nice but so disorganised. I just wanted a coffee but had to wait ages for a menu and then another age again to give my order. They were busy but there seemed to be only 1-2 guys on the floor while the rest were congregated downstairs - doing nothing. To top it off, the toilets were grotty. I'm glad I didn't order food.

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3/5

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Dasty Ismail

Great place and great food. Still maintain the standards.
However was totally disappointed when I wanted to order coffee for what I came for in the first place.
We were never informed the kitchen is closing or the coffee machine is getting turned off. When I ordered coffee at 11pm . They just said the machine has already been unplugged and no more servings .
C’mon … you call it a coffee place ?? Especially on a Saturday night ?

P
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5/5

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Pudding

They serve the best coffee in Colombo. Their Cold brew is to die for. I’ve also tried their Vietnamese Coffee & some others which are great. Food is amazing with great value for money. Love their breakfast. Such a chilled out spot in a great location

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3/5

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Millie

Still in the top 5 for good coffee in Colombo but the customer service is woeful. The staff are nice but so disorganised. I just wanted a coffee but had to wait ages for a menu and then another age again to give my order. They were busy but there seemed to be only 1-2 guys on the floor while the rest were congregated downstairs - doing nothing. To top it off, the toilets were grotty. I'm glad I didn't order food.

D
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3/5

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Dasty Ismail

Great place and great food. Still maintain the standards.
However was totally disappointed when I wanted to order coffee for what I came for in the first place.
We were never informed the kitchen is closing or the coffee machine is getting turned off. When I ordered coffee at 11pm . They just said the machine has already been unplugged and no more servings .
C’mon … you call it a coffee place ?? Especially on a Saturday night ?

P
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5/5

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Pudding

They serve the best coffee in Colombo. Their Cold brew is to die for. I’ve also tried their Vietnamese Coffee & some others which are great. Food is amazing with great value for money. Love their breakfast. Such a chilled out spot in a great location

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Юлия Черная

Just unbelievable service. I am order tomato soup as soup of the day and waiter bring up some different vegetarian soup. My boyfriend order carbonara… But came only soup. We think that was misunderstooding… But after we order the deserts and again stuff forget about one. But my one was older to sour to eat… It was over the date of expired… Very very bad experience at this place… 3 times per visit. (

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2/5

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Malinthe YAMU STAFF

The quality of coffee has dropped quite a bit. I used to be a fan of their cold drip and vietnamese iced coffee and they just don't live up to their former glory.

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3/5

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Imaad

From what I had learnt, Whight & Co had really invested in their initial staff, in so much as sending them off to Malaysia/Singapore to be trained before taking on their roles. Apparently, they were poached by competitors. The current staff are sadly quite incapable. I used to love the service at this place. Truly sad.

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2/5

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ThatGirl

Coffee was not hot when they brought it and the food was not tasty at all

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5/5

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walkingdead

Best coffee place in Colombo! Great coffee, well priced, great staff and service (thank you guys) and terrific atmosphere. My little piece of heaven in Colombo. Just one addition to breakfast menu needed to make it perfect - fresh fruit salad and yoghurt and muesli.

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5/5

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martingstraus

Outstanding. The best coffee in Sri Lanka. I give Whight & Co 100% !!! Martin G Straus, Professional Beverage Consultant, Sri Lanka

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5/5

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Nemesis

Great service and ambiance

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imajeed

I found the burgers to be rather bland.
The ingredients had potential, but just a lack of seasoning.

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3/5

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pooh

went there yesterday after reading your review… had high expectations and i was a little disappointed with the food :/ ordered the burger slider and Caesar salad, the salad dressing was too sweet and the flavors were not that great, however the portion was generous… the burger sliders were just OK, and the fish was just way too salty… tried the tasting plate for dessert and it was very nice… didn't try the coffee but bought a packet for daily use, looking forward to having some of that!

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