Kolamba | Soho Sri Lankan Restaurant
Colombo is a real melting pot of cultures.
And very soon, you’ll be able to taste some of it.
Husband and wife team Eroshan and Aushi Meewella are opening their first restaurant, Kolamba, on Soho’s Kingly Street this Autumn. With it, they’re hoping to bring a taste of nostalgic Sri Lankan home cooking to London.
Setting up shop in CLAW’s old eatery, they’ll be taking on the design themselves, setting smooth cement and exposed brickwork against foliage, polished wood and handmade crockery. But for the menu, they’ve enlisted a little more help. They’ve drafted in friends and family to donate their favourite recipes, so it’ll read like a home cookbook taking inspiration from Colombo’s Sinhalese, Tamil, Moor (Muslim), Burgher (Dutch) and Malay communities. So far, that includes a feast of fish cutlets (crispy breaded spiced fish and potato balls), kalu pol pork, black pepper prawn fry (a typical southern dish) and pineapple curry, with sambols (fresh salad and vegetable sides), hoppers, string hoppers and coconut roti to pad out the mains.
Behind the bar you’ll spot Sri Lankan spirits (including Colombo 7 Gin and Rockland Ceylon Arrack), which’ll make their way into the cocktails on offer alongside Lion Lager, the oldest and most popular beer in the country.
We have a feeling you’ll agree.
NOTE: Kolamba will open in Soho this Autumn. We’ll be back with the full scoop when they do…
Kolamba | 21 Kingly Street, W1B 5QA
We’re getting spoilt this Autumn. Check out Soho’s other upcoming Sri Lankan spot, Paradise