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Rama's Tea House (RIP)

935 Kotte Road, Ethul Kotte


Closed now. Rama's Tea House is a new... something in Battaramulla, near the Kotte Road turn-off. I saw something because it's a weird and not entirely satisfying mix of tea house and English pub.



Rama's Teahouse prides itself on serving Butterbeer and Fish and Chips. As our former yamurai Sandesh so rightly said, it's a curious cross between a cafe and Hogsmeade (and that also only because they serve Butterbeer tbh).

 

Ambience and Service

We walked in and seated ourselves right at the front where there's tables and chairs. A bit further in you get a gloomier setting: couches and settees, with an unused snooker table on a far corner and a TV in a more prominent corner; a TV which totally engrosses the staff more than the hungry guests tapping impatiently at tables and counters.

There is funky silhouttey artwork on the walls, mostly of a huge tree with owls hanging around on its branches. The place is looking a bit run down now, but it adds a lot of character. Would be nice if the service was a bit smoother though.

 

Food and Butterbeer

We'd tried their classic Fish and Chips during our previous review, so we opted for their local version of the F&C instead. Priced at Rs. 795, the Sri Lankan Fish and Chips is basically spicy crumbfried fish as opposed to the batterfried English varient... or at least that's what the menu said.

What we received instead was a sad plateful of very well fried crumb-coatings with the blandest possible fish cocooned in it and a side of intensely oily fries. It was less fried and more cooked, and lacked everything which made it identifiable as fries. Except for the basic outline, that is.

Imaad's Modha Fillet (Rs. 895) was similarly lackluster and was strangely incredibly bitter. We couldn't finish it. The mash was quite good and the best of everything we had so far.

We enjoyed the Butterbeer's textures and multiple flavours (caramel, cream soda, vanilla ice cream) but found it rather too sweet for our liking. This may be because we're biased and liked our version better.

Overall, we had a pretty disappointing experience with the food and think it could be drastically better or at least slightly flavoursome (where the fish are concerned).

The fried Mars Bars at Rs. 450 was a terrible decision. The batter was basically chunks of thick dough and it tasted like you were having mouthfulls of flour with melted chocolate.

Point to note though, that we went on a Monday and Malinthe went on a weekend after this and had a much better experience. 

 

Conclusion

With our total coming to just over 2900 bucks, we didn't think the price was worth the food we got and were quite disappointed overall.  Hopefully it's just a one-off experience and Rama's will pick its socks up.


TIP

Try the Tream Soda. It's like a cream soda, if you like that sort of sweetness.
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Rama's Teahouse prides itself on serving Butterbeer and Fish and Chips.

Rama's Tea House is a what-cha-ma-call-it that serves up some creative and tasty dishes. Though our guess is as good as yours as to what the place actually is.

Rama's Tea House is a new... something in Battaramulla, near the Kotte Road turn-off. I saw something because it's a weird and not entirely satisfying mix of tea house and English pub.

සිංහල රාමගේ තේ කඩේ හරියටම මොකද්ද කියල බැලු බැල්මට කියන්න ටිකක් අමාරුයි. මෙතන ටිකක් ප්‍රසිද්ධ වුණේ “හැරී පොටර්" පොත්වල තියෙන “බටර් බියර්" බීම මෙතන තියෙනවයි කියල.

සිංහල රාමාස් ටී හවුස් බත්තරමුල්ලේ කෝටටේ පාරට හැරෙන හරියේ පිහිටි අලුත් තැනක්.එය තේහලකත්, ඉංග්‍රීසි පන්නයේ සමාජ ශාලාවකත් අතර අමුතු යමක්. මම නම් ඒ ගැන ඒ තරම් ම තෘප්තිමත් නැහැ.

தமிழ் ராமாஸ் டீ ஹவுஸ், இலங்கையில் மிக புதினமான புதிய முயற்சியாகும். இது ஆங்கிலேயர்களின் பப் மற்றும் ஒரு தேநீர்ச்சாலை ஆகியவற்றின் கலவையாக மைக்கப்பட்டிருக்கின்றது. இது பத்தரமுல்லையில் கோட்டே வீதியில் அமைந்துள்ளது.

Address

935 Kotte Road, Ethul Kotte

Directions

Go down Parliament Road. It's at the Kotte Road junction.

Contacts

E-Mail Facebook Website

Report Inaccuracy

This place has closed down

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Fish And Chips Tea

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3

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Malinthe

The place was filled with a repulsive smell which they tried to drown with air fresheners and it made the whole thing worse. Couldn't breathe after a while and we had to sit outside. Got a butterbeer which was fine but the overall experience was not great. Everything felt gloomy. I feel like they need a revamp. Also, stay away from the deep fried Mars bar.

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Malinthe

The place was filled with a repulsive smell which they tried to drown with air fresheners and it made the whole thing worse. Couldn't breathe after a while and we had to sit outside. Got a butterbeer which was fine but the overall experience was not great. Everything felt gloomy. I feel like they need a revamp. Also, stay away from the deep fried Mars bar.

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