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“A welcome reprieve from the heat”

Paradise Road the Gallery Cafe
Ranked #5 of 562 Restaurants in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $52
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.'
Langkawi, Malaysia
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“A welcome reprieve from the heat”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

Better than most other restaurants we ate at in Sri Lanka. The black pork curry was a hit and the pasta was also tasty. Would have loved to sample their desserts as the cakes looked amazing, but we didn't have anymore room for them by the time we finished our mains.

The ambience is lovely, with a fan-cooled verandah to provide reprieve from the heat.

  • Visited March 2014
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Be prepared to send dishes back”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

A beautiful place to eat BUT the food is hit and miss. Yes, you can always rely on the black pork curry and the coconut ice cream but sometimes you'll want a change. Some guidelines to help you get a decent meal. If the plate arrives too hot to touch, it means the food on it has been reheated and may have had time to develop pathogens that will make you ill. Always therefore return a too hot plate. Secondly, take a look at your plate when it arrives and ask yourself whether you have received a decent helping. Does your main course look more like a starter? Perhaps you ordered 'pork chops' and find you've been given A pork chop, singular. Send it back! Incidentally, the waiter will probably try to sell you a bottle of water when it is available from a jug. On the plus side, nice bread and butter is always provided.

Visited April 2014
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Thank William R
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Bangkok, Thailand
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Joy for the senses”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Gallery delivers fabulous food, in a vibrant atmosphere, with sensational service. The best thing is, it does so consistently. The incessant quest for perfection of the owner shine through in the high quality ingredients, the varied menu, the attractive presentation, the attentive staff and ...even if I repeat myself, the lovely setting. Do not miss when in Colombo.

  • Visited March 2014
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Canberra Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Upmarket restaurant serving an eclectic food range in a lovely garden setting under cooling fans. The black pork curry was just superb. Service not fast but this was a welcome relief for footsore travellers

  • Visited March 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Excellent again...essential Colombo dining”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Marking my first night back in Colombo where I had spent my final night last time, The Gallery Cafe did not disappoint the second time round. This place really is quite special. Its fine outdoor courtyard makes an ambient and intimate dining environment which nicely relaxed me into the holiday mood. The menu was suitably varied, as I recalled, and the standard of food and service excellent. A truly 5 star dining experience.

  • Visited March 2014
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