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“Consistently Good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paradise Road the Gallery Cafe

Paradise Road the Gallery Cafe
Ranked #3 of 550 Restaurants in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $52
Cuisines: International, European, Asian, British, Sri Lankan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, 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.'
Colombo
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Consistently Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant (no surprise considering the architect who built it). It is also one of the best places to eat in Colombo. The cocktails are arguably the best in the city and the food and dessert delivers every time. Especially impressive considering the wide and varied menu. Service can improve though.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • Arabic first
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
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  • English first
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English first
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A different kind of experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

The ambiance and sevice as Gallery Cafe is really great. Food is interesting and tasty, though I do feel like value for money has decreased somewhat, based on my experience over the last few years of coming to the restaurant.
If you are visiting Sri Lanka - it is definitely worth trying out. Also great for a special night out.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“My favourite restaurant in Colombo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Having lived in Colombo my whole life- I would say Gallery cafe is Definitly one of the best if not the best restaurant in Colombo. The food is always excellent- and the dessert is out of this world! I've been here more than I can count and it's never dissapointed me. The atmosphere is beautiful and you can sit outside which is a rarity in colombo. However it
Is not air conditioned but I've never felt warm though- it's quite breezy.
A definite must for visitors to the country.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chinthis
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treharris
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Do not miss this restaurant,It is a must, well recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Gotukola soup was excellent
Main course choices plenty and well presented
Pecanut pie excellent
We had lunch with a few Australian friends, they visited the place again and again

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank sooty100
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“The Finest in Colombo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

The Gallery Cafe has yet to disappoint me or my guests on every visit over the last 10 plus years as the food has always exceeded expectations topped off by the very decadent desserts. The management has consistently maintained very high standards with attention to every detail.

Visited January 2014
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Thank vish_12
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