Japanese fusion restaurant in Colombo opens bar, serving wine and beer

PUBLISHED Feb 22, 2022

Beer offered at KIKU

In January, KIKU (32/01 B, Dickmans Rd, Colombo 00400, TEL +94 117 021 205), a Japanese fusion restaurant in Colombo 4, opened a bar and started serving alcohol.

Jacqueline Samarasinghe opened the business in 2019 to promote the floriculture industry in Sri Lanka. It uses natural ingredients and edible flowers and offers a menu inspired by Japanese cuisine.

The bar annexed to the restaurant offers a variety of imported wines in addition to the Sri Lankan classic Lion beer and Guinness. The wine lineup includes Oyster Bay Chardonnay (Rs.1,500/glass, Rs.7,300/bottle) and Oyster Bay Pinot Noir (Rs.1,800/Rs.8,500) from New Zealand, Rothbury Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Rs.800/Rs.8,500) from Australia, and La Vieille Ferme (Rs.1,200/Rs.5,500) from France. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Happy Hour is offered for beer.

The menu features Japanese cuisine with a twist, including pasta dishes such as Nikudango Spaghetti (Rs.1,760) with meatballs; and Japanese Carbonara (Rs.935) seasoned with sesame and miso. Ebi Katsu Sando (Rs.1,650), a sandwich served with prawn patty; Shiitake Katsu Burger (Rs.880) with panko fried shiitake mushroom cutlet; Black Pepper Tofu Donburi (Rs.660), served on garlic-ginger rice; and Spiced Beef Donburi (Rs.1,012) featuring teriyaki beef are also available. Customers can also enjoy a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, and alcohol-free drinks such as Matcha Latte (Rs.825), Hojicha Latte (Rs.660), Hibiscus Soda, and Lavender Soda (Rs.605).

The restaurant also hosts workshops, such as Ikebana flower arrangement and lantern making, and events related to sustainability. The space is also available for educational events and private functions. In addition to dining in, it accepts online and phone orders for delivery and takeout. Deliveries are available through Uber Eats.

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

  • Wine from KIKU

  • Inside KIKU

  • Dishes from KIKU

  • Salmon Onigiri from KIKU

  • Wafu Pasta from KIKU