Biryani specialty restaurant in Colombo suburb reopens, featuring rice with fried whole chicken

PUBLISHED Oct 12, 2023

Interior of Pepper Colombo

On September 24, the biryani specialty restaurant Pepper Colombo (550 Pita Kotte Road, Thalawathugoda 10116) reopened its business.

In 2021, photographer and owner Prasanna IIroshan felt the desire to provide biryani to people who could not go out due to the pandemic. He initially started offering biryani by delivery, and three months later, he invited an Indian chef with 14 years of experience from the Mount Lavinia Hotel to join and opened a physical storefront in Thalawathugoda on the outskirts of Colombo. In 2022, due to the economic crisis and fuel shortage, the restaurant temporarily closed.

The restaurant extensively uses solid wood and natural materials in its design. The roof, resembling a mushroom cap, is crafted with thatch, creating a calm ambiance with soft lighting.

The menu primarily focuses on Indian biryani dishes, including Chicken Biryani (serving 4 for 2,000 rupees, serving 6 for 2,800 rupees), Biryani with Four Chicken Thighs (serving 4 for 7,200 rupees), Seafood Biryani, Mutton Biryani, and more. They also serve Kottu with half a chicken, BBQ Chicken, and Roast Chicken Masala. For fried rice, customers can choose between half a roasted chicken or fried whole chicken.

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Delivery and takeout are also available.

  • Table seating

  • Chicken Biryani

  • Example of dishes