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Paradise Road Galleries - The Gallery Cafe

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2 Alfred House Road | Paradise Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
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Description: PARADISE ROAD GALLERIES -THE GALLERY CAFE OPENED IN 1998 IN A STRUCTURE...
PARADISE ROAD GALLERIES -THE GALLERY CAFE OPENED IN 1998 IN A STRUCTURE WHICH WAS THE FORMER OFFICES OF WORLD RENOWNED SRI LANKAN ARCHITECT, THE LATE GEOFFREY BAWA. BAWA PERSONALLY APPROVED FERNANDO TAKING OVER HIS BELOVED PROPERTY AND CONVERTING IT INTO A RESTAURANT AND ART GALLERY AND RESPECTED SHANTH'S DESIGN SENSE IN THE CONVERSION AND RENOVATION OF THE BUILDING TO COMPLEMENT HIS OWN. BAWA'S ONLY INPUT WAS THE LOCATION OF THE MAIN PAVILION WHERE MOST DINERS ARE SEATED. THE ART GALLERY FEATURES REGULARLY CHANGING EXHIBITIONS BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING LOCAL ARTISTS, FOR SALE. AS THE CAFE IS OPEN FROM 10AM THROUGH TO MIDNIGHT DAILY, VISITORS FREQUENT THE PROPERTY FOR MEALS, SITE SEEING, COFFEE, CAKE, SHOPPING AND THE COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI AVAILABLE FOR USE OF PATRONS. THE GALLERY CAFE'S MENU HAS NOT CHANGED IN YEARS AS REGULARS HAVE THEIR FAVOURITES AND FERNANDO PRIDES HIMSELF ON THE FACT THAT THEY MAY ALWAYS RETURN FOR THAT OPTION. IT IS PARTICULARLY KNOWN FOR ITS COCKTAILS AND DESSERTS AS WELL AS IT'S CONSISTENTLY 'GOOD FOOD.'
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Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Absolutely classy...good for a special evening...

Visited for a drink ad a salad... The place is incredibly beautiful at night with beautifully arranged fresh flowers ad candles lit from chandeliers like a medieval castle... The strawberry margaritas are the best in colombo according to my friend who is an expert on the topic:-) ... The service... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Arunikaf
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Colombo District, Sri Lanka
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Colombo District, Sri Lanka
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Visited for a drink ad a salad... The place is incredibly beautiful at night with beautifully arranged fresh flowers ad candles lit from chandeliers like a medieval castle... The strawberry margaritas are the best in colombo according to my friend who is an expert on the topic:-) ... The service was perfect... So efficient ad unobtrusive that you barely noticed... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If you are in Colombo and an Art n Coffee Lover, you just cant... just cant miss out on this place... Gallery Cafe n Studio will make up a great evening for you n yur company, be it for friends or special someone... Otherwise located in the mid of a dark lane, Gallery Cafe gives a great contrast to great... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Absolutely delicious supper here, I would highly recommend the pork curry - a typical Sri Lankan dish, so delicious. The shop is worth a visit too.

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

As you enter the premises, you'll feel you have entered a Thai spa resort! Really really beautiful interiors, and looks even better at night with the lighting. The food is good too. The place seems to be always full so suggest to make an advance reservation. This is one of the costlier places in Colombo but definitely worth a visit.

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I occasionally find myself with an excuse to visit Colombo. Whenever this opportunity arises, I invariably end up at the Gallery Café for dinner or sometimes just for dessert! I am a huge fan of the classic Crème Brulee and having been living in Sri Lanka for the last four years, have struggled to find anywhere on the Island that... More 

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Colombo
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Having shopped at Paradise Road, we popped over to the Gallery Cafe for a quick lunch. The ambiance and decor sparks off relaxation. It is simple interior decor at its finest. Ideal to visit this place when you're stressed...it is bound to take it away. The food too was incredible. The service was star class...my only criticism is that the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Me, my husband and our friend went to the gallery cafe the 20th feb for dinner. The interior was very beautiful and felt very luxurious. Upon arrival the waiter made sure that we had booked a table before we got seated which we had. I ordered a Baileys shot and baconfilled chicken breast for dinner. The taste of the food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We went here on TripAdvisor recco. A bit expensive though food & ambience made up for it. Preferable to book a table in advance. 3 course meal and drinks for 2 cost us around 11000 sri lankan rupees.

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Beijing, China
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you are looking for good drinks, great food, fabulous atmosphere, look no farther. This got our vote as number 1 restaurant in Colombo. It was charming and the service was very good, friendly, very clean, and so relaxing. Make a reservation for the courtyard and have seafood. Although I had liver and it was good, I wished I had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A visit to the Paradise Road Galleries is a must to visitors to SL and even if you live in SL. Why you ask? Well these Galleries have lots of lovely gift ideas. If you are on a budget there are novel ways that you can combine little gifts. For those that are not constrained by cash flow, well lets... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Alfred House Road | Paradise Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 52
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

PARADISE ROAD GALLERIES -THE GALLERY CAFE OPENED IN 1998 IN A STRUCTURE WHICH WAS THE FORMER OFFICES OF WORLD RENOWNED SRI LANKAN ARCHITECT, THE LATE GEOFFREY BAWA. BAWA PERSONALLY APPROVED FERNANDO TAKING OVER HIS BELOVED PROPERTY AND CONVERTING IT INTO A RESTAURANT AND ART GALLERY AND RESPECTED SHANTH'S DESIGN SENSE IN THE CONVERSION AND RENOVATION OF THE BUILDING TO COMPLEMENT HIS OWN. BAWA'S ONLY INPUT WAS THE LOCATION OF THE MAIN PAVILION WHERE MOST DINERS ARE SEATED. THE ART GALLERY FEATURES REGULARLY CHANGING EXHIBITIONS BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING LOCAL ARTISTS, FOR SALE. AS THE CAFE IS OPEN FROM 10AM THROUGH TO MIDNIGHT DAILY, VISITORS FREQUENT THE PROPERTY FOR MEALS, SITE SEEING, COFFEE, CAKE, SHOPPING AND THE COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI AVAILABLE FOR USE OF PATRONS. THE GALLERY CAFE'S MENU HAS NOT CHANGED IN YEARS AS REGULARS HAVE THEIR FAVOURITES AND FERNANDO PRIDES HIMSELF ON THE FACT THAT THEY MAY ALWAYS RETURN FOR THAT OPTION. IT IS PARTICULARLY KNOWN FOR ITS COCKTAILS AND DESSERTS AS WELL AS IT'S CONSISTENTLY 'GOOD FOOD.'

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