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Sri Lanka’s busy and vibrant capital Colombo is home to a thriving restaurant scene, perfect for indulging in all of your breakfast related desires. From high-end restaurants at five star hotels offering a fusion of Asian and Western cuisines, to local haunts and quirky cafes where you can start the day the traditional Sri Lankan way, we’ve scoured Colombo’s streets to find the best. Here are the top ten brunch and late breakfast spots in Colombo.
Situated within the Hilton Colombo Hotel, the elegant Spices restaurant is stylishly decorated in warm colours, with dim lighting and lush greenery, ensuring a relaxed and welcoming feel. The large windows offer a stunning view of fountains, waterfalls and tropical plants of the courtyard garden. On Sundays, the restaurant serves a variety of Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Western cuisine, including seafood, roasted duck, pork and beef fishes, as well as 30 different desserts, including a must-visit crepe station. Families are particularly welcome, with a family brunch which includes a glass of sparkling wine for the parents and access to the swimming pool, face-painting and popcorn for the kids.
Situated in one of the oldest buildings in Colombo, the Old Dutch Hospital, the Ministry of Crab is the most unique dining setting on this list. Ministry of Crab is a joint venture of Sri Lankan cricket icons Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, together with master chef Darshan Munidasa. Built in 1677 and severely neglected during the civil war, the Old Dutch Hospital is now a shopping enclave, filled with fashion boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. The Ministry of Crab offers a diverse range of very fresh crab dishes, including chilli crab, garlic crab, ginger steamed crab and even butter crab, and aims to be one of the lowest ‘food mile’ restaurants in the world. Choose the size of your crab based on the size of your appetite: starting with small crabs of 500 grams up to two kilogram giants.
Ministry of Crab, Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka, +94 11 2 342722
Situated within the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, South Indian restaurant Chutneys offers a great alternative to traditional European brunch. The restaurant serves a large selection of South Indian dishes from the four main South Indian states of Andhra Paradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for each state. Chutneys is a must-visit for dosa lovers: choose from 45 vegetarian and 55 non-vegetarian options of the traditional South Indian breakfast dosa, a fermented crepe or pancake from rice batter and black lentils, served with your choice of fillings and chutneys, sambar and Indian pickles. Chutneys is also the first in Colombo to serve dosa thali, a more substantial dosa dish for lunch or dinner.
Chutneys, 77, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka, + 94 11 2 497372