Cantonese restaurant opens in Colombo’s Kollupitiya, offering over 100 items
Cantonese restaurant Xi Yue Restaurant (05 Rotunda Gardens, Colombo 03) opened in Kollupitiya, Colombo, on September 16. Located in the heart of Colombo, where shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants abound, the restaurant aims to provide fusion-style Cantonese cuisine under the concept of “Where Tradition Meets Innovation.” The interior, with beige and brown as its primary colors and dark green accents, creates a tranquil atmosphere. The dining area, equipped with both large and small tables, is laid out with ample space between seating. The menu primarily consists of a la carte dishes, such as chicken, beef, pork, duck, lamb, seafood, and vegetables, offering over 100 items. The lineup includes Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs, Salt-Baked Chicken Legs, Pork Dumplings with Chinese Leeks and Mushrooms, Spring Rolls, Seafood Noodles, Wonton Noodles, Mapo Tofu, Steamed Crab, and more, with prices ranging from 300 to 9,880 rupees. Dim sum options include Shrimp Shumai (Rs. 1,080 for three pieces), Fried Dumplings (Rs. 1,380), Signature Shrimp Dumpling King (Rs. 1,580 for three), and Steamed Pork Ribs (Rs. 1,200), among others. Lunch set menus and exclusive member sets are also available. Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Pakistani restaurant opens in Colombo 05 – Menu revamped for a fresh start
On September 15, the Pakistani restaurant Kafé Karachi (343 Park Road, Colombo 05) opened in Havelock Town, Colombo 05. Established in 1998 in Bambalapitiya, the restaurant gained popularity for serving the regional dish Sindi Biryani from Pakistan’s Sindh province in an authentic style, with chefs brought in from Karachi, the provincial capital. Although the restaurant had been temporarily closed in recent years, it has now relocated to Havelock Town for a fresh start. The new restaurant features colorful bus art on the entrance wall. The interior has a retro ambiance reminiscent of Colombo in the 1990s with wooden furniture, hexagonal floor tiles, and vintage artwork. The revamped menu focuses on Pakistani street food, including Roll Paratha (from Rs. 800), which wraps fillings in flatbread; Bun Kebab (from Rs. 600), with chicken or beef sandwiched in a bun; Shami Kebab (from Rs. 600), minced meat seasoned with spices and deep-fried; Tikka Boti (from Rs. 1,400) for those who enjoy spicy meat dishes; and Pakora (Rs. 600 for 6 pieces), a Pakistani-style fritter. For dessert, the restaurant offers the traditional Pakistani rice sweet Kheer, and for drinks, Lassi, with a choice of sugar or salt flavors, Kashmiri Chai, and Karak Chai with cardamom. Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Asian cuisine takeout ‘Kochchi Colombo’ opens in Colombo suburb Pelawatta
On August 22, the Asian cuisine takeout restaurant Kochchi Colombo (No 342/2/1 Pannipitiya Road, Pelawatta, Battaramulla, 10120) opened in Pelawatta, a suburb of Colombo. Kochchi Colombo primarily offers rice and noodle dishes for takeout, including Chinese, Thai, and Sri Lankan cuisines. The stylish black exterior features an eye-catching red and green logo with a chili pepper motif. The interior, consisting of an order counter and waiting area, has a relaxed atmosphere with wood panels on the walls and greenery hanging from the ceiling. The rice menu includes classic fried rice options with chicken, pork, seafood, and more (starting at Rs. 760), pork curry with egg rice (Rs. 1,090), nasi goreng (Rs. 1,070), spicy Thai rice (Rs. 1,020), and chicken biryani (Rs. 1,100), among others. It also offers seven types of noodle dishes with options for ingredients such as shrimp, chicken, pork, mixed, and Kochchi Colombo Special. Other menu items include six varieties of Kottu, Tom Yum soup, chop suey, sweet and sour pork, fish stew, BBQ spare ribs, and black pepper prawns, with prices ranging from 480 to 1,770 rupees. For dessert, it lines up biscuit gateau and Sri Lankan pudding “Watalappan.” In addition to takeout, the restaurant offers delivery, and orders can be placed via phone or through Uber Eats and PickMe Food. Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Jagath Weerasinghe’s solo exhibition ‘Impetus’ in Colombo – Focusing on early works
Jagath Weerasinghe’s solo exhibition “Impetus” is currently underway at the contemporary art gallery Saskia Fernando Gallery (41 Horton Pl, Colombo) in Colombo 07. Weerasinghe, who holds a master’s degree in fine arts from American University in Washington D.C., is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Sri Lankan art. He is a co-founder of Theertha Artists Collective, an artist-led NGO that promotes and encourages experimental art with contemporary artists in Sri Lanka. Known for his passionate and frenzied expression, his work explores violence, trauma, and social breakdown. Weerasinghe has exhibited his work in over 50 solo and group exhibitions domestically and internationally, including Japan, the UK, India, Singapore, and Germany. The “Impetus” features a selection of works created from 1989 to the early 1990s. It showcases Weerasinghe’s artistic response to the turbulent social and political events in Sri Lanka during the 1980s. Using woodcut prints as his medium, he portrays severed heads, broken stupas, and distorted human figures with elongated features. These early works serve as a foundation for his later exploration and examination of Sri Lankan society and the collapse of ethical and moral order in his art. One highlight piece in the exhibition is the installation “Shrine of the Innocents, Kilinochchi: Where is my Child?” created in collaboration with mothers who lost their children during the Sri Lankan civil war. The exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until September 30. Closed on Sundays.