Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Gallery Cafe @ Colombo



Listed as one of the must-visit place in Colombo is the Paradise Road Galleries. Not to be mistaken as a road name, Paradise Road is actually an art gallery, house furnishing studio, and also cafe. There are actually many Paradise Road studios in Colombo but the one located on Alfred Road is the one with The Gallery Cafe.




This place is located behind white walls down a paved road lined with temple trees and large clay urns. Behind these white walls, one walks through some exhibits of art and paintings. Also present is the rectangular-shaped pond with pots of purple nil manel, Sri Lanka's national flower. The hall continues on the latticed floor to the Gallery Cafe and on the other side of the courtyard lies The Gallery Shop. This is the very 1st shop that I spent RM500 on a set of gold plated espresso cups. I don't even drink espresso for a start and I have no bloody idea how I got myself to buy them!



The Gallery Cafe is very inviting. Situated within the former office of Sri Lanka's renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa, this restaurant has attracted some of the world's top designers, artists and many heads of state.

There is a choice of indoor dining and also alfresco. We prefer the latter. I like how they decorate the whole place. It makes me feel that I am enveloped in some secret garden with mossy walls and cast-ironed chairs. The indoor has nice, rustic tanned director chairs made from leather which I find them very rare and unique. I felt so tempted to sink my butt into one of those chairs.



There are some signature cakes served here - Double Chocolate Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue pie and the Paradise Road Chocolate Cake and also a menu which features fusion cuisine - Lemongrass and Ginger Chicken with spinach and potato mash, Mediterranean Prawns with saffron risotto, Black pork Curry with rice and accompaniments and Grilled Seer with coconut risotto.



I had a cup of Prince of Kandy tea which is a high grown Ceylon tea. This is a perfect afternoon tea paired with scones and pastries. When in Colombo, all I ever drank was tea, tea and more tea. Everyone seems to be in a tea mood here.


all... except my alcoholic sister

Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker... The Lion Lager is a pale lager brewed by Lion Brewery (Ceylon) in Nuwara Eliya & Biyagama, Sri Lanka. It's always interesting to try beers brewed locally when traveling and this Lion Lager seemed to be a very refreshing malty and light beer. And it goes very well with our thick French Fries!



Nice painting and the Purple Nil Manel


I think this is a very nice place to hang out for a meal or even a cup of tea. And just at the corner of this street, the Paradise Road Studio sells everything you'll need for your house from lamps to cushion covers and pottery. This place is a real gem and I just couldn't get enough of the knick knacks that you can get here.


Paradise Road & The Gallery Cafe
2, Alfred Road,
Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Website



14 comments:

uLi.佑莉 said...

The paintings really looks nice wor....

Anonymous said...

Ziling: For starters, alcoholics are cool people = I am cool!

eiling lim said...

uli: yeah they are

Ziling: haha you cool meh?!!

Anonymous said...

'I had a cup of Prince of Kandy tea which is a high grown Ceylon tea. This is a perfect afternoon tea paired with scones and pastries. When in Colombo, all I ever drank was tea, tea and more tea. '

Thought someone said couldn’t get good tea in Sri Lanka?

eiling lim said...

ANON: In which line did i say the tea was awesome, high quality and super delectable?

Sean said...

yikes! gold-plated espresso cups! i suppose you can save them for very special guests who enjoy drinking coffee :D

eiling lim said...

Sean: Yeah I'll definitely find an occasion to use those cups. Just that I have to ask my guests to be very careful with them! haha

Anonymous said...

ANON: In which line did i say the tea was awesome, high quality and super delectable?

'I had a cup of Prince of Kandy tea which is a high grown Ceylon tea. This is a perfect afternoon tea paired with scones and pastries. When in Colombo, all I ever drank was tea, tea and more tea. '

If perfect is not 'awesome, high quality and super delectable' then what is?

Anonymous said...

do women in sri lanka wear as exposed as you?

eiling lim said...

Anon: I think I said "This is a perfect afternoon tea paired with scones and pastries" Can you digest the whole sentence? My perfect shoe, my perfect phone and etc doesn't mean it has to be high quality. I'm sure you get the drift.

Anon: Erm... I can't remember.

Huai Bin said...

OMG! Lion Lager! I had a lot of that in Sri Lanka too, also in Colombo. Memories...

Nice place you're dining there Eiling!

eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: yeah it's pretty good!

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