So we've all been to Cioconat and had our own unique experiences that we've somehow managed to supress and not make a big deal out of.
They try really hard to do a lot of different things at once in terms of cuisine, which I appreciate, but then in the midst of all the confusion their execution isn't exactly excellent.
I felt like some spaghetti so I got the Spicy Meatballs with Beef (Rs. 800) and the picture clearly indicated that the pasta would be spaghetti but unfortunately they served it with Penne instead. There were also two slices of garlic bread which were crispy and tasted great.
There are about 5 large meatballs which looked like they'd been prepared well resting on a plate of slightly undercooked Penne. I was pleased with the minimal amount of sauce but of course all the sauce was at the bottom and once you're done with the pasta on the top it gets difficult to eat since it's all drenched in sauce.
The meatballs however tasted wonderful but as I got to my 2nd, I realise it was a little raw. Forking through the rest of them in panic, it turned out most of them were a little raw. Why. Overall a bit of a mediocre dish that looked pretty.
Rajeev got the Con Pollo (Rs. 750) which looked rather alarmingly unimpressive but tasted great. It was served with a lot of chips which I appreciate, and the chips weren't bad and actually came close to Mickey D's without all the extra grease.
The bread was a little dry but not too much to complain about. The filling consisted of chicken, carrots, onion and perhaps some mayonnaise or dressing of sorts. There was also a generous bit of pepper but to my surprise it didn't kill the rest of the elements in the sandwich.
We got one of their Brownies (Rs. 490) for takeaway and according to Aisha it was alright, quite a big portion but felt more like a square piece of cake than a brownie. Not worth the price given how cakey and slightly dry it was.
We had to wait a while before Rajeev decided to take one of their funky little 'Call' buttons that you press to summon the waiter. Even after that it still took about 10 minutes, but the waiters were quite friendly and efficient. They even took the time to ask how our meal was, which I give them a plus for.
Since they were trying to accomplish so much they sort of got lost with their interior decor. There was no specific set theme, and they had a bright theme going with standard diner furniture.
There's an area outside for all those who wish to partake in some Shisha and it's very dingy, usually full of gents eyeballing everything that moves. Quite nice.
Okay so if you're on a budget don't go here because the prices and tax charges are ridiculously high. If you have some cash to spend then fine, but don't order the Spaghetti.
Cioconat has steadily descended down the hill of progress and we're disappointed to report that they're at a stagnant standstill at the moment.
Cioconat offers some tasty, generous fare, but even so it still isn’t exactly where it could be.
We could never quite bring ourselves to explore Cioconat, the coffee shop lurking behind all the unsightly coffee-and-ash cladding on Barnes Place. With a name like Cioconat (?) and a facade that has all the elegance of a Colombo bank, what good could possibly lay behind those glass doors? But we were wrong. Kind of. Cioconat isn't terrible - the eponymous hot chocolate is actually quite amazing, the food is decent, and the space is surprisingly large and comfortable. They even offer shisha.
සිංහල “Cioconat Lounge”; නම නම් උච්චාරණය කරන්න ටිකක් අමාරුයි තමයි. අපට දැනගන්න ලැබුණ විදියට මේක උච්චාරණය වෙන්නේ "චෝ-කෝ-නාට් ලෝන්ජ්" විදියට. ඉතාලි භාෂාවෙන් චොකලට් වලට කියන්නේ "Cioco" කියලනේ. ඉතින් ඒ ආරය අරන් තමයි මෙතනට Cioconat Lounge කියන නම දාලා තියෙන්නේ.
සිංහල මට ඕනෑ වුණා බාන්ස් පෙදෙසේ කෝපි හා අළු පැහැති ආකර්ශනීය නොවන මුහුණතක් ඇති Cioconat බලන්න යන්න. නම අමුතුයි. එහි ඉදිරිපස පෙනුම බැංකුවක වගේ. ප්රිය උපදවන්නේ නැහැ. මේ වීදුරු දොරවල් පිටුපස ඇත්තේ මොන වගේ ලෝකයක්ද යන කුහුලින් යුතුව තමයි මම එහි පිවිසියේ. ඇතුළත් පිටත පෙනුමට සමානයි. ඒත්, Cioconat හොඳ තැනක්. එහි පුදුම හිතෙන තරම් ලොකු හා සුවපහසු අවකාශයක් තිබෙනවා. ඔවුන්ගේ උණු චොකලට් ඉතා රසවත්. කෑමත් හොඳයි. ඔවුහු ශිෂා හෙවත් ගඩුගුඩාත් පිරිනමනවා.
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