Paying more than LKR 200 for coffee at a coffee shop seems insane to me. For a few (hundred) rupees more, you can drink a beer on the Galle Face terrace. Given this choice, I’d always go for the more drunken option.
So, when Coco Verandah opened up on Ward Place about half a km from Odel, I thought it just another addition to the multitude of coffee shops with vaguely interesting names, lookalike ambience and average food.
We were passing by on a weekday, though, and we were hungry. Hungry enough that we couldn’t last all the way to Odel. So we dropped in and, avoiding the coffee, ordered the burgers and a sandwich instead.
Both were really good. The burger was just right – only the bacon was missing – and the chicken sandwich – teriyaki, I think – was really the first proper teriyaki chicken sandwich we’ve had here.
Service was a little confused – the cheese I asked and paid for on my burger was forgotten – but apologetic and friendly when the omission was pointed out. The design is slightly confused and cluttered as if they began with a coffee shop and ended up with a restaurant.
But the chairs are leather bound and cool to sit on in the evening. And, given that our meal cost under LKR 400 per item, it was easy to overlook any minor shortcomings.
Coffee shop food is usually bland, unexciting drivel. It’s as if the owners of Barista, Coffee Bean and the rest of the watering holes for Colombo socialites all got into a meeting and said “How can we get rid of everything that’s interesting about food, make it blander, smother it in mayo and sell it at exhorbitant prices?”
Thankfully, Coco Veranda seems to have avoided this. If you must have coffee in the land of tea, Coco Verandah’s a good place for that, too. But, whatever happens, try the burger. You’ll have to listen to Hi magazine style discussions of people’s weekend shopping in Singapore and what Kolu thought of the dress she was wearing at this exclusive function that only a few people were invited to, darling and see air kisses being exchanged. But it’ll be worth it.
Restaurant Name: Coco Verandah
Address: 32 Ward Pl (somewhere between Kynsey Rd and Lipton Circus…
Article syndicated by permission from Lanka Reviewed.