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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

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  • 73
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmo

Beautiful setting. Quite expensive relatively speaking but really delicious good. Great for special occasion. However, it was so so hot even being outdoors. They need some standing fans.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Prague, Czech Republic
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended to my girlfriend and I by the owner of the hostel we stayed at so we decided to give it a try. We were travelling on a budget during our journey through Sri Lanka but as it was our penultimate day, we decided to treat ourselves for eating conservatively on previous days. The ambience of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you want a place where you can have different types of cuisine in a relaxed surrounding this is the place for it.its peaceful and the food is extremely good quality. If you are in Colombo for a few days this place is not to be missed.

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Just go..... what more can I say. It's an oasis of delicious food, fabulous staff, beautiful setting, interesting art and great gift shop. The best meal by far in our 16 day trip to Sri Lanka.

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This looks like a fancy and expensive place and it sort of is. I went only for a drink, but ended up trying one of their cakes. Took the chocolate truffle cake. It was very, very good. Liked the atmosphere. The bathrooms are worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful setting. Quite expensive relatively speaking but really delicious good. Great for special occasion. However, it was so so hot even being outdoors. They need some standing fans.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Had lunch here with my daughter the day after Easter. Great pan fried fish.Marvelloussimple but elegant setting . Good friendly service. Expensive but not excessively so.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was my 4th visit to Colombo but my first here. I wish I had known about this gem in advance. The food was excellent and the setting beautiful. Really couldn't find a fault! Only advice is book early so you avoid disappointment!

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Singapore
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The food here was very tasty with a good range on the menu. However, the service was slow, despite the fact that the restaurant was not full at lunch time. Paying by card took a long time too and then they automatically charged us in our home currency rather than Rupees, which was annoying. However, the restaurant is set in... More 

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Union City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Food here was good as one expected of such highly recomemded restaurant. I had my first and different looking Lobster here? LOL it seems.Good admophere. It was nice romantic night out for me and my better half Michael

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bhopal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The cafe set in a beautiful gallery is a very classy place to dine in. The food is delicious and worth its value.

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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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