*This post is brought to you by PickMe Food.
It's a new world now. In this world, humans are locked up in their houses, while the wildlife freely wanders in the city. Humans don't shop, eat out, party or go to work. Even the ones who step out, rush back home before the dusk. From ordering daily essentials and consulting a doctor to work and many other things, almost every task is either mobilised or done online; even the banks come to their doorstep.
All these things keep us physically safe, but mentally, probably not so much. There are many things that we can do in this regard, and using your favourite food to lift up the mood is always effective.
Luckily, many a restaurant in Colombo are delivering food amid this crisis, but it requires the hassle of calling them, to check their delivery radius, available food items, minimum order values and delivery fees.
Which is why ordering through PickMe Food comes in quite handy. It's available within fingertips, requires only a few taps, and more importantly, they've covered a wide base with a whole bunch of restaurants on board.
Arthur's is known for the Lankan twists they add to pizza, especially by infusing them with a handful of nai miris. Their Mas Kadey Pizza is every meat lover's dream.
Raising slices since 1993, Pizza Hut branches have been opening their doors, making them the most available spot for pizza in the country, even amid curfew.
Harpo's Pizza & Pasta
Colombo's first homegrown thin crust pizza parlor, Harpo's has quite the reputation for the massive range of pizza they whip up.
As far as safe bets go, Bayleaf is right up there with the delicious Italian treats they craft up.
Bakes By Bella
Bakes By Bella's new menu is simply awesome! They do one of the best Nasi goreng dishes in the city, along with the rich desserts that we've been in love with since day one.
A resto focused on healthy dishes and fusion food, Cafe Nuga pulls off some delicious Lankan treats with many interesting twists.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
One of the franchise coffee chains in Sri Lanka, we like Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for their range of coffee-based drinks, especially the Double Chocolate Latte.
The Commons Coffee House
The most popular hangout spot down Flower Road, The Commons Coffee House's delivery menu is mainly focused on Lankan things, including some good kottu roti.
A popular local coffee chain, Tea Avenue is one of the options on PickMe Food that you can get some coffee delivered. We highly recommend their Mocha; it's one of the best in the city.
Yet another local cafe franchise, Java Lounge is on board with PickMe Food to deliver coffee-based drinks and a bunch of mains to pair them with – sandwiches, burgers and pasta etc.
Tasty Caterers is one of the better bakeries in Colombo. They've got a good range of savouries, and some of the best eclairs in the city.
KFC is still Sri Lanka's top-spot for fried chicken. For some, it's the comfort food.
Despite the sheer number of burger spots in Colombo, some of us are still drawn to McDonald's for nostalgia. I personally find that McD's McSpicy Burger to be very effective in stress releasing.
Taco Bell is offering your tex-mex fix through PickMe Food. Look for them if you're craving for some nachos or tacos.
Green Cabin is a reliable option to grab some short eats, as well as a whole bunch of rice-based options and cakes. Yay!
We had to wait for a pandemic to realise how much we love paan. And thank God that Paan Paan is delivering a whole bunch of paan; including Kadey Paan, Brown Sandwich bread and Brown Multiseed bread etc.
Want some rolls, pastries or bunnis to pair with your evening cuppa? Check out Sen Saal on PickMe Food.
Perera & Sons
Perera & Sons isn't just about short eats these days. They're also delivering rice-centred specialities, kottu, hoppers, cakes and also a couple of healthy treats like grilled chicken.
Easily one of the best picks for South Indian fare in Colombo, we love Shanmugas for many reasons. Their Chilli Parotta is definitely one of them.
Doner & Durum
Can't decide between a doner or durum? Order them both from Doner & Durum.
Acropol is a good bet for shawarmas, but if you're looking for something rice-based or bread stuffed with meats/patties and cheese, they've got a whole heap of those options too.
Malay Restaurant highlights themselves for offering giant portions of food to its customers for very affordable prices. This is another spot that you can check out if you're craving for a kottu.
WAFL does Hong Kong Waffles, Belgian Waffles, Waffle Sandwiches, Waffle Corn Dogs, Waffle Fries and Waffle Pies etc., and they pair them with both sweet and savoury spreads and fillings.
Colombo's prawn-hub, Isso is all about curing your isso madness, even during curfew hours. They've their full menu available, from isso wadey, sweet potato fries to lobster biriyani and kottu.
Monsoon serves amazing South-East Asian food. We'd like to recommend their Hainese Chicken rice, and anything with pork, really.