Paradise Road Gallery Café Grabs First Place
- Awarded Best Themed Cuisine Restaurant In Sri Lanka
The Gallery Café holding first place as the Best Themed Cuisine Restaurant in Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year was recently awarded by S0ri Lanka Tourism at their annual award ceremony held at Waters Edge. Opened in 1998 in what used to be the former office of the renowned Sri Lankan architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa, this restaurant continues to the opening hours of the café which are 10 am to midnight, attracts visitors not only for meals but for that morning cuppa to be enjoyed with a slice of delicious cake and or shopping at the Café’s Gift Store or the Studio which adjoins the Café.
The premises also boasts an art gallery which features exhibitions regularly of both local and foreign artists. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also at the disposal of the guest at no cost! Some might ask why the Gallery Café does not change its’ menus – reason being, most patrons come repeatedly for the same dish that they relished on their previous visit! Cocktails and Desserts are popular favourites with most diners. The entire concept of Paradise Road Galleries and The Gallery Café is well known and continues to be a unique attraction to tourists and visiting dignitaries. The building was entrusted in the care of Shanth Fernando, Chairman of Paradise Road Group of Companies by the late Geoffrey Bawa. The Gallery Café was the first restaurant in Sri Lanka to serve “Fusion” cuisine and also the first to serve “typical” Sri Lankan dishes such as Black Pork Curry with rice with traditional accompaniments, Prawn Curry with Rice all presented in a distinctive style.
Known for the consistency of the food served at the restaurant which has spanned 14 years; this has been the key ingredient to its success. An elegant Upstairs Gallery is an air-conditioned private dining space that can accommodate up to 36 guests seated, and up to 60 persons for a cocktail party. Due to its’ great location and being housed in a world acclaimed building in Paradise Road style, an inimitable ambience, tranquil ponds strewn with purple “nil manel” (Sri Lanka’s national flower), comfortable seating and fabulous art everywhere, the cuisine, music, original and time tested menu and the array of fabulous desserts ensures that The Gallery Café has become a firm favourite with both foreign visitors and locals.