The food in Colombo is a reflection of its rich and varied history. Naturally there is a lot of seafood; what else would you expect on an island in the Indian Ocean? But there is also a whole lot more, such as spicy curries and a strong Indian influence in the cuisine. Colombo also has all the usual multinational eating joints.
One of the most famous shopping complexes in Colombo is called Crescat Boulevard and it is located on Galle road in Colombo Plaza in area 3. It also houses a Food Mall. Deli France operates their main outlet from here as well. You can get all kinds of food here including Chinese, Indian, Western fast food, as well as traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. If you have children, they can play in the common play area. There are even some arcade-style games for older kids. The place is good value for money even if it is marginally more expensive than average.
Wondering where you can get your sushi in town? Try Nihonbashi located at 11 Galle Face Terrace, in Colombo 3 area. It has a rather dingy entrance located in a dead-end street and is located close to the rail tracks, but it serves the best Japanese food in town. The place inside is lovely with a large menu, besides sushi, of course. The waiters are kind and helpful, especially if they see you're struggling with the menu so get their help if you don’t know what to choose. The food is well prepared and fresh. It is also rather expensive, but well worth the cost.
- Cuisine: Japanese
- Price Range: Pricey
You can’t leave Colombo without visiting the Cricket Club located in Queens Road in Bambalapittiya. This is just off Duplication Road in the Colombo 4 area and any tuk tuk driver worth his fare will know where it is located. The Australian owners Jamie and Gaby have decked out the whole place with cricket memorabilia and it is a great place to meet people such as expats and wealthy Sri Lankans although it is rather crowded on the weekends. They have a bar with large-screen TV's which are used to watch sporting action all throughout the week and a restaurant that is relatively more peaceful than the bar as well as a beer garden gracing the front and considering that it's located right in the middle of town it's quite tranquil although somewhat expensive.
- Cuisine: International
- Price Range: Pricey
There are also a number of food courts in the city which offer cheaper meal options. There’s Excel World at Millennium Park, then Majestic City Food Court, and the Food Mall in Union Place, are a few such places and the regular Pizza Huts. There are many restaurants on Galle Road offering all kinds of cuisine. A short walk will get you a great culinary experience here.