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“service charge, tdl & tax...”

Paradise Road the Gallery Cafe
Ranked #3 of 556 Restaurants in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $52
Cuisines: International, European, Asian, British, Sri Lankan
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.'
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“service charge, tdl & tax...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

I agree with others about the ambiance, decor and quality of food, but slapping 20% on at the end does seem sly & steep...

  • Visited April 2013
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Perth, Western Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Charming outdoor ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

This gallery is really lovely with some interesting artwork combined with a very interesting Geoffrey Bawa designed building. The whole place has a restful quality and a sense of being far away from the madness that is Colombo. The gift shop seduced us completely and provided a few lovely gifts for our friends at home. Then we were ready to enjoy the restaurant which had been recommended to us. We found the staff friendly and the service good, we were not in a hurry and so this suited us. The food was delicious and the wine list not too bad either making it a real treat on our itinerary in Sri lanka.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank LynP52
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Tas-Sliema, null, Malta
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5 reviews
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“Terrible service!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

The restaurant and the compound is beautiful. The lighting made the place even more wonderful.
But the service and the staff is rude and arrogant. Very shameful for the management in charge. Would recommend to visit but not eat at the restaurant.

  • Visited July 2012
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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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8 reviews
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“Quite nice!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

The paradise road gallery was really Interesting to look around! Some lovely linens and wooden crafts! We went to the cafe for a drink and cake. The cake was delicious! The waiting staff were very courteous. Bit pricey for Sri Lanka though!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Jacqueline B
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Place in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

we loved the food we loved the ambiance we loved the place!!!! if there is just one place to go in Colombo it should be this one. You will not regret it, even the service is good.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank carla d
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