Kolamba
Kolamba
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This Sri Lankan restaurant on Soho’s Kingly Street is the brainchild of first-time restaurateurs Eroshan and Aushi Meewella. Kolamba’s interiors are inspired by the green landscapes of the Indian Ocean island nation, which means you can expect to find a mix of earthy tones, exposed brickwork and plenty of plants.

The menu features several family recipes taken from the cookbooks of the owners as well as the kitchen team and is divided into ‘bites’, curries and sides. To start, there are snack-style dishes such as Aunty Nalini’s fish cutlets (rice balls stuffed with spiced fish and potato) and meat patties, before moving on to a range of curries which includes a kalu pol pork variety and a black pepper prawn option.

Much of Sri Lanka’s cuisine lends itself to plant-based dishes and vegetarian and vegan diners do well with the likes of pineapple curry and spicy potatoes fried with chilli and onions. Side dishes include fresh sambols (veggie salads) as well as hoppers, turmeric rice and coconut flatbread topped with diced onion and green chilli.

If you’re wondering about the name, Kolamba is the Sinhalese word for Colombo, which is Sri Lanka’s capital. The city is home to people from the Sinhalese, Tamil, Moor (Muslim), Burger (Dutch), and Malay communities, all of which are represented on Kolamba’s menu.

Both Eroshan and Aushi grew up in Colombo and want their menu to hark back to the childhood dishes that once filled the kitchens in their home. Sri Lankan cuisine is still largely underrepresented in central London, with the current most-famous Sri Lankan restaurant in the capital being Hoppers from the JKS Group. Hoppers’ original location is in Soho, the same neighbourhood as Kolamba, while JKS opened a second Hoppers site in St Christopher’s Place near Selfridges in 2017.

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
Sri Lankan
Ambience
Lively
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
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Location for Kolamba

21 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1B 5QA

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Ms/Mrs. S H

Brilliant!!
21 November 2019  

A lovely find just off regent street. Great atmosphere, smells incredible!  Delightful staff who offered great advice and helped us with our order. The food was really delicious, so tasty. Gorgeous beef and the lentils were particularly amazing. Will def go again, thank you!!

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REDR

REDR
12 November 2019  

If you love Sri Lankan food then this is the place to go.  Loved the curries, hoppers, sambals and chutneys. Great atmosphere and great value

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RanilB

Authentic Sri Lankan in the heart of Soho
20 October 2019  

Really authentic Sri Lankan food, with an amazing array of vegetables and sambols, typically not found in the UK or outside of Sri Lanka for that matter.  Would recommend the Gotukola Sambol, Polos (  Young Jackfruit) Curry and the Kalu Pol Pork Curry. Order lots of dishes, Sri Lankan styles,  is my recomendation. All delicious! We went in their first week, during the soft launch, for lunch....was awesome and can't wait to go again! 

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LAddison

Wonderful Evening
17 October 2019  

Wonderful experience dining at Kolamba. The staff were very friendly and food delicious.

Would highly recommend!

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PN

A culinary delight!!
16 October 2019  

This gem of a restaurant is an absolute MUST for anyone looking for a dining experience which ticks all the boxes. As a Sri Lankan who is no stranger to the fantastic flavours of good old fashioned home cooked food, I am able to confidently state that Kolamba delivered a home away from home culinary experience. 
Every dish which I tried from the pollos patties, cutlets, hot butter cuttlefish and chatti roast starters to the mains of jaggery beef curry, parripu, kalu pol pork, turmeric and curry leaf rice and pol roti were nothing short of delicious. The food was full of flavour yet balanced to perfection. 
The coconut and lime sorbet was just the right palate cleansing finale. 
The cocktails were shaken and stirred to perfection and beautifully presented. My favourite was the Kadju Sour!

The staff are helpful and friendly and the ambiance was just right. 
I cannot wait to go back and try the rest of the menu!!!

 

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