It’s easy to boil sustainable practices in restaurants down to scrapping single-use plastics and pounding pesto from leftover carrot tops – and those are important things. But what about the social, human element? What about creating an inclusive, empowering workplace that promotes personal and professional development and also contributes to the community at large? These are big, often overlooked questions, but they’re questions that schoolmates Peter Jones-Best and Shaun Christie-David are tackling headfirst at Colombo Social, the contemporary Sri Lankan diner they opened on Enmore Road at the end of 2019.
While neighbouring Newtown has long gotten the props as a Sydney dining destination, little Enmore has slowly and surely been building its own reputation for deliciousness. Whether you're after a bite before a gig at the Enmore, you're a longtime local looking a cheap and cheerful dinner, or you're from out of town and adding the 'burb to your dining hit list, there's a surprising bredth of options contained in a small area, from gussied up pubs, to curry houses, neighbourhood fine dining and Lebanese snack bars.