Happy Birthday To Us! (YAMU Turns 8).

Happy birthday to us! It’s YAMU’s 8th birthday! 

A Little Bit Of History

YAMU was founded in a time when YouTube cooking, food reviewing and Influencer culture in Sri Lanka wasn’t popular. Initially, it was a small team of 3 (Indi Samarajiva, Janith Leanage and Savan Wijewardene) operating from Indi’s apartment in Dehiwala, and later on, Shruthi Mathews and Inosh Perera joined.
The history states that they had to move their operations to Indi’s father’s place for a while, because one day, Indi’s place started to smell so bad due to “”something dead.”” Anyway, after moving around for another few months, they decided that it’s time to stop working from home, and get an actual office. 
As a result of that, YAMU got its own place in 2014 – down Duplication Road, on the top floor of Venga Tower, commonly known as Spring & Summer Building in Bambalapitiya. It’s up four flights of stairs and has no elevator. Sounds awful, I know, but for some reason, it worked.
We were there for 4 years. Back then, YAMU was under the protection of a good boi called “”Merc,”” who later had to retire as the landlord didn’t like him.
As the team grows, YAMU managed to expand from a website to an app to a magazine to a video-based content channel – YAMU TV. We also did food delivery for a while back then.
With the initiation of PickMe Food in 2018, we’ve been under the wing of PickMe and function from our office space inside PickMe HQ in Nugegoda.

What Are We Up To?

Endless amounts of food, many silly little videos, and lots of fun, really!

Jokes aside, we’re quite serious at what we do. We work hard every day to produce good content and keep ourselves updated.
The whole team is always on the grapevine of info about what’s hot, what’s new, and what you can do in this city of Colombo, while trying to expand our reach to areas outside of Colombo, whenever we can.
The city has been sprouting with many new ventures at a rapid pace in the past few years and we’ve been privileged to watch it grow. The home-based cooking scene is at a whole new level now, because it’s not just about cupcakes, brownies or cookies anymore. We’ve come across a lot of unique products like homemade hummus, chutneys, baklava, burgers, dumplings, lamprais, froyo and many other interesting stuff.
Every corner of the town has a new cafe now, and some streets (like Stafford Avenue) have become coffee-streets due to the sheer number of cafes it houses.

And look at the Colombo city skyline! It has been gushing with many new rooftop bars and new skyscrapers like One Galle Face and Colombo City Centre, and we’ve enjoyed experiencing them first hand and producing content about them.

Thousands of content-hungry (and food-hungry) readers visit our website every month, and we follow a number of policies and give a lot of thought to make our reviews unbiased, honest, and accurate for them. Our restaurant database grows by the day, and we’re closing in on 5000 reviews as we speak! Woot woot!

Food is YAMU’s main focus, but to mix it up, we have a peek at local lifestyle aspect every once in a while. We have talked about many interesting, diverse set of topics like Sri Lankan makeup hacks and baking tips, while providing a guide to good, bad and kakki bathrooms in Colombo, and have discussed important issues like street harassment, cosmetics & animal testing, promoting eco-friendlinessuniversity ragging and supporting local businesses amid COVID-19 etc.

On the other hand, we never hesitate to rise to the occasion. The most recent example is the COVID-19 lockdown period, where we were actively focused on bringing information about grocery delivery, ways to celebrate avurudu, vesak and food delivery – in and out of Colombo.

The video arm of YAMU, YAMU TV, has been busy with recipe videos, discussing controversial issues, providing information, experimenting and entertaining – from eating 6 kinds of burgers in one go to making a meal for $1 and so much more!

We also had a live web series (which is sadly now discontinued), Thank God It’s Fri-Yay.

At the moment, we’ve put a pin on our own recipe videos as we’re restocking our fridge and getting our kitchen refurnished after the lockdown. We’ll be back at it very soon, so stay tuned!

So, What’s Next?

More reviews and simply, more creative and entertaining content! Our recipe videos will be back very soon, and hopefully, the next print of the magazine too, and we’re super excited!
The last 8 years wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the people who helped in shaping up YAMU to what it is today. That includes every single person who passed through YAMU, contributed in creating content and handling other operations, the brands we’ve worked with, all the good restaurants, the new places in and out of Colombo, and more importantly, our beloved audience who have read and watched our content while choosing YAMU as your friend in the city.
A massive thank you to all of you, and we hope you’d stick with us in the years to come! Cheers! 

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Beyond the Hook: Exploring Totally Hooked’s non-Seafood dishes

By Hashini Pathirana Totally Hooked CMB, as we are all aware, is widely renowned for

Kamu Yamu Guide

The Art of Fusion Cuisine at Mövenpick Hotel

By Vera Wadugodapitiya We walked into Robata Grill, Mövenpick. Instantly, what struck me about the

Highlights Kamu

A Taste of Mexico – Cinnamon Red’s Latest International Cuisine

By Shamrina Carim Every month, Cinnamon Red has come up with an exciting initiative to

Highlights Kamu

A Classical High Tea Encounter with the Coronation at Mount Lavinia Hotel

By Shamrina Carim Mount Lavinia Hotel hosted a casual evening of classic high tea encounters

Highlights Kamu

The Bento Box at Royal Thai, Cinnamon Lakeside

By Hiruni Herath When you step into the Royal Thai Restaurant at Cinnamon Lakeside, you’ll

Highlights Kamu

Totally Hooked – The Ultimate Seafood Destination

It is not a surprise that “Totally Hooked CMB", the talk of the seafood town,

Highlights Kamu


Chef Sanjay Brings the Flavours of Our Neighbours to Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Colombo, Monday 05th June 2023: Despite Sri Lanka’s proximity to the Indian Sub-Continent and a


Award Winning Indian Restaurant Junior Kuppanna in Colombo

Junior Kuppanna, opened its newest international branch in Colombo on 25th May 2023. The new


Hilton Sri Lanka Unveils ‘Enchanting Beginnings’ Wedding Sale

Swoon over exclusive wedding packages in stunning venues for a lifetime of memories Colombo, Sri


Ramada Colombo’s Exclusive Limited Time Wedding Discount

Book before June 15th and enjoy 25% off Planning the perfect wedding can be an


The 30th Gratiaen Prize shortlist was announced with the launch of the Gratiaen Trust Young Writers Club

The Gratiaen Trust in association with the John Keells Foundation partnering with the Trust for


Hilton Sri Lanka is set to commemorate Mother’s Day in grand fashion

Continuing our long-standing tradition of celebrating extraordinary mothers, Hilton properties across Sri Lanka have gone


Yamu Guide.

7 Yoga Studios in and around Colombo

By Udaraa Gamage Are you looking for ways to escape from all that hustling and

Highlights Yamu Guide

Beyond the Hook: Exploring Totally Hooked’s non-Seafood dishes

By Hashini Pathirana Totally Hooked CMB, as we are all aware, is widely renowned for

Kamu Yamu Guide

7 Decent BnB spots for under LKR 7500 – Sri Lanka

We all like spending mini vacations at affordable spots to relax or stay on the

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Dine Under LKR1500 LKR per person

By Udaraa Gamage Are you a foodie looking for budget places to satisfy your taste

Highlights Yamu Guide

The Aesthetics of Club Palm Bay

Club Palm Bay is a hotel located in the heart of a charming fishing village

Yamu Guide

High Tea Affairs at L.A.B by Hilton Colombo

By Hashini Pathirana A little chit chat with your besties, while sipping onto an Iced

Yamu Guide