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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.



From the time they opened their doors, Whight & Co has been undoubtedly the best coffee shop in Colombo. They've got cold drip, pour over, espresso, frappes and capuccinos, all executed well and delivering on taste. What sets them apart from most coffee shops is how much they've invested in one key aspect of their enterprise - the coffee.

  

For 10 years, the Whight family have been growing coffee in the Matturata Valley up in Udapassulawa over 100 acres across 11 estates. They took the trouble to get hold of a 140 year old coffee tree that they named “Sri Amma” and made use of it to reproduce enough trees to harvest their signature coffee beans. We've told you all about their coffee before, so this time, we decided we'd try dinner at Whight & Co, particularly since they've opened up their bar since our last review.

Food

The menu at Whight & Co offers steak, burgers, wraps, salads and other cafe fair, but we decided to try out the Papdi Chat Prawns (Rs. 700) as it stood out the most.

What you get is three pieces, each comes with two prawns in an embrace, with a bit of sauce on top, and a lovely, light chaat underneath, with rocket leaves and a good crunchy bite. 

Since we were on Marine Drive and by the sea and all, we stuck to the seafood and ordered the Prawn Paella (Rs. 1,400) and we were quite happy with it. The prawns were juicy and just punched with flavour. The rice itself was quite mildy flavoured, with the peppers and parsley being more colourful than flavourful. Portion wise, it's just right for one person. We shared amongst two and just wanted more by the end of it.

Drinks

Whight & Co have a liquor license, now, and we're happy about that. We ordered the Passion Fruit Mojito (Rs. 950) and the Long Island Iced Tea (Rs. 1000). The mojito comes with passion fruit as is, floating about the bottom, with the mint leaves and wedges of lime. It's not too potent on the passion fruit flavour, but we're thinking it wasn't so much a failure in the preparation as much as failure to get the drink to our table asap.  

A little disappointed by the mojito, I took a sip of my long island, and it was quite disheartening. By the time our drinks reached our table, they had watered down, and, despite fresh ice being added, it couldn't salvage the alcohol that had already been diluted. It's quite a shame, since neither of us were driving, and we were left with a buzz that wore off while climbing down the stairs. Sad to say you could drink, drive and pass a breathalyzer test after these drinks.

Service

Here's where we feel Whight & Co really needs to up its game. At the get-go, they had their staff trained in Malaysia, and you could be sure that your order would be handled with care. At present, however, they seem understaffed. At the time of our review, there was just one waiter running up and down, which we attribute to the late arrival of our order, and the poor delivery of the cocktails. It took 30 minutes for our order to arrive, and given the simplicity of the items, it could only come down to a bottle-neck in the kitchen or haphazard waiters. 

Ambience

They haven't changed their look, since they started, and we're fans of the minimalism of the dark wood, bronze and white walls. At day time, they make good use of the sunlight and sea-view. There's photographs on the walls, telling the story of Sri Lanka's history with coffee, a history that the folks at Whight & Co are quite adamant to revive. You can easily host a gathering here without being disturbed as there's plenty of space between tables. If you're looking for a place to while away a few hours, you can feel quite comfortable here. The Wi-Fi is super slow, though.

Conclusion

Go to Whight & Co for their coffee, and try out their desserts. We recommend the Cold Drip. The papdi chat prawn is good, too. We'll be trying out their breakfast menu, soon. So keep an eye out for that. Despite struggling with staff, at the moment, they are still the best coffee shop in town. Here's hoping they improve on the shortfalls and keep it that way.


TIP

Get one of the good seats with a view.

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.

Contacts

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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
User Reviews
Avatar for Millie
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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
1

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
3

5/5

0

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

Avatar for Millie
1

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
1

3/5

0

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
3

5/5

0

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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1/5

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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. (

Avatar for Malinthe
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2/5

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Malinthe

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.

Avatar for Imaad
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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.

T
1

2/5

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ThatGirl

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

W
2

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.

M
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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

N
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5/5

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Nemesis

Great service and ambiance

I
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5/5

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imajeed

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

P
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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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