The Gallery Café

Restaurants, Cafés Colombo 3
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
The Gallery Café
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The Gallery Café
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The Gallery Café
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Time Out says

A fascinating place to wine and dine.

The Gallery Café, has been developed by local style arbiter, Shanth Fernando, from the old town office of Sri Lanka’s most renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Since opening in 1998, it has become THE place to see and be seen by the local cognoscenti and justly deserves its worldwide reputation as a fascinating place to wine and dine.

The menu has not gone through any drastic changes since the Café’s opening as it seems to satisfy everyone with its variety of dishes, matching all purses. The menu includes grills and seafood and it has won many hearts with its delicious desserts especially the Jaggery-infused ones introducing local sweet flavour into western favourites.

As well as its patio restaurant; Gallery Café includes an art gallery featuring exhibitions by local artists and an offshoot of the owner’s famous Paradise Road lifestyle and design store.



Address: 2, Alfred House Gardens
Colombo 3
Price: Rs. 3,000 (plus taxes and charges)
Opening hours: Daily 10am–midnight

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5 out of 5 stars

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My favourite restaurant in Colombo by some distance, especially since it succeeds in pulling of a wide range of innovative Continental dishes, including vegetarian treats like champagne risotto and a mean veg Waldorff salad. Having lived in Central London for years I'm proud to find Shanth Fernando bringing some of the best of Europe to Colombo. A review wouldn't be complete without praise for the very well-executed desserts that will delight those with a more refined sweet tooth, and the open seating and the rustic vibe make this place a joy on all levels!


This isn’t the local Sri Lankan experience, I was surrounded by westerners at the tables because the menu is in fact largely western.  Expect to pay a bit more but it’s worth the fine dining experience you get in return.  There’s a beautiful secluded garden terrace area to dine in, the service is excellent, and the expansive menu delicious.  I would advise both the Black Pork Curry and the Modha fish (the closest I could find to Sri Lankan cuisine).  Go here on your last night to spend your remaining Rupees for a treat, you won’t be disappointed.