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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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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Delivery, Late Night, 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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    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
THE GALLERY CAFE

With Friends Visited Several Times,Nice Ambience with Soft Light.Mainly visited by Elite crowd,Food is Good. little expensive,Worth Visiting .

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Fantastic and Gorgeous Restaurent, amazing atmosphere and loving the place. I took some of my guests for dinner and they all were thrilled. The best destination for a great time out, no one who visit SL should never shouldn't be missing this place for dinner, it will full fill the tick box of things to do in SL A good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

With Friends Visited Several Times,Nice Ambience with Soft Light.Mainly visited by Elite crowd,Food is Good. little expensive,Worth Visiting .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

me and my partner went for a dinner. The place looks nice and the food was really good with a service that was really bad. the staff is nuts they don't know what they are doing. When it comes to the price it is also a bit high for the bad service we got.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We went to celebrate a friend's birthday. The ambience was really great, with candlelit sconces and soft lighting. The baked crab was good, but had too much potato. A smaller serve would be ok as a starter, but without all the mash. My Roast Pork Dish was very disappointing as it was very salty, and the waiter informed me that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Breathtaking is all I can say about the decor at this lovely cafe in Alfred House Road, Colombo. A very popular spot for locals and it does get quite busy and a little bit loud at times but that's all part of the buzz of being here. The food is yummy, although a bit pricey. Worth a visit though for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Yes their desserts are that good. Their black pork is yummy as is the ginger and lemongrass chicken. Gorgeous place, yummy food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and ambiance. Their Black pork is superb...so are the choice of cakes that you can choose for dessert. As you will undoubtedly see, it is very popular with the locals as well as the expatriates. I have been to Colombo twice and I will be going back many more times and the Gallery will definitely be on my... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I've been here a few times and most recently for a quiet dinner with my wife. The food was as expected which is quite good if expensive. Desserts especially were superlative. Ambiance is also excellent, though it can get a bit loud at times. The price as usual was high but it is one of the fancier locations in Colombo.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Beautiful space and nice attention to detail. The food, while ample in portion, wasn't particularly amazing for the price. Drinks were good, but pricey for the amount you get. You can get tastier food for much less somewhere else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I have been going to the Gallery Cafe for my desserts and my favourite been the Nemesis! It's a Must try to all chocolate lovers!

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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, 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, Sri Lankan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, 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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