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The Gallery Cafe

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International, Asian, Sri Lankan
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2 Alfred House Road | Paradise Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, service a bit slow !

Food took a bit long but it was tasty. The atmosphere is brilliant here and we really enjoyed our evening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Harinda S
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New Delhi, India
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The ambience of this restaurant is gorgeous with its dimmed lights, stonewalls,pond running down the centre of the restuarant and furnishings. The staff were efficient and the food was very good.Dine in the evening to appreciate the ambience of this restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The food, drinks and ambience was really good. We really enjoyed it. However the service levels did not match. Our waiter tried to be too smart without writing our order down initially and came back 2 minutes later with a note pad asking us to repeat the order. The food prices are steep but expected as you are paying for... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Food took a bit long but it was tasty. The atmosphere is brilliant here and we really enjoyed our evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I visited the place in the evening. The way the place was done with nice lights made it worthwhile being there. The food was delicious and lived to its repute

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Set in Geoffrey Bawa's studio, as soon as you step through the front gates you're in a whole different world. Here, it's all in the details. From the black fish swimming in the black pond, to the male nude in the bathroom, this place oozes sensuality, luxury and high class. The food here is worth more than the amount you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This was a great lunch destination and I would recommend it. Had character, good staff and lovely food.

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

delicious food and wicked deserts!!!! lovely place for lunch or dinner, the seer fish was amazing as was the double choc cheesecake!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great service and food at this courtyard in Colombo 3. It's reasonably expensive by Colombo standards but perfect for a special occasion or one-off experience if visiting the city. Definitely recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

You must visit this Cafe. The decor is amazing, the ambiance is wonderful and the food is to die for. Yes, it is more expensive than other places around, however, do yourself a favor and eat there. The coffee is also very good. The type of place that you can sit for hours and just enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Hidden behind a little, what almost seems a bit temple like, entrance, gallery cafe is in the heart of Colombo right next to duplication road. It offers a great food menue, but leave up some space for a dessert. thir cakes are awesome and I definately have to come back to try other stuff. Service was friendly, food didn't take... More 

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Address: 2 Alfred House Road | Paradise Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
Average Prices: USD 12 - 52
Cuisine: International, Asian, Sri Lankan

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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, Asian, Sri Lankan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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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