4/5

The Barefoot Cafe

8th Lane (off Galle Road), Colombo 3


Barefoot Cafe is the best place to hang out in Colombo. It's a chilled place to meet or make friends, see art, hear music, eat good food and drink affordable beer.


Barefoot Cafe is undoubtedly one of the most popular hangout spots in Colombo. With its chic outdoor setting, good food and great music its easy to see why.

The Food

One reason why Barefoot Cafe has remained favoured by Colombars over the years is because they offer something only a handful of others do, which is a great atmosphere with consistently good food. We did, however, run into a hiccup during this visit. We found a hair in one of our dishes. While this may not be a big deal to some, others find it just the opposite. However, they did handle the situation well. These things happen every now and again so we understand, everything else was on point. Barefoot has a standard menu with sandwiches and salads, but the mains are cycled throughout the week. When it comes to prices expect to pay around Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2000 per head after taxes and service charge.

The quiche lorraine (Rs. 900) was one of three quiche options available on the day. We went with this one since it had bacon. You get a sizeable slice which is packed full of the savory custard which had cheese, cream, bacon and diced veges. It's very hard to go wrong with cheese, cream and bacon so this one was very rich and just plain tasty. It comes with a side of salad which feels like is there to make you feel less guilty about the pastry.

The pork curry (Rs. 900) is served with fried rice, salad and a bit of curd as a dressing. This is where we found the hair, but they were quick to replace the entire dish. The pork curry itself was well seasoned and lightly spicy. It's also a larger portion than it seems. The rice was also well cooked and unlike other places they don't give you a ton of rice, which is fine since the emphasis should be on the pork.

Their crème brûlée (Rs. 500) is one of the best you'll come across in Colombo. It has the perfect little crack when you tap the sugar with the spoon and a rich custard filling. What I really loved about it was that the custard itself wasn't overly sweet, instead relying on the caramelized sugar to add that little extra sweetness.

The almond caramel tart (Rs. 55o) was also really good. I'm not the biggest fan of almonds but just the caramel sauce could have had me sold on it. Combine that with the warm tart and a scoop of ice cream and you get that mix of hot and cold that works so well with desserts.

Ambience & Service

If you think about it Barefoot Cafe is really all about location, location, location. The garden area itself is intrinsically beautiful so all they needed to do was bring in some tasteful furniture. Another thing that Barefoot nails time and time again is the music, which just works really well in the background while you chat away.

Barefoot is almost always crowded so service time won't generally be very fast, but they won't keep you waiting too long either. We were impressed by the waiters since they were a bit understaffed on the day we dropped in. They managed to handle all the tables, not mess up any orders (as far as we could see) and still do it all with a smile.

Conclusion

Barefoot will always be a solid choice for either a place to grab a bite to eat or to just hang back and grab a beer. It gets crowded but the garden is spacious so you don't really feel cramped, plus the food and music is good enough you don't feel the time go by.


TIP

The beer is surprisingly cheap, but note that they stop serving alcohol between 2-5 PM.
All Reviews

The Barefoot Cafe serves up some excellent drinks and decent food. Their service needs to improve, vastly.

This Colombo’s institution is a great spot to have a drink, a light meal or a snack and to chill out in a peaceful and natural setting. 

Barefoot Cafe is undoubtedly one of the most popular hangout spots in Colombo. With it's chic outdoor setting, good food and great music its easy to see why.

Barefoot Cafe is the best place to hang out in Colombo. It's a chilled place to meet or make friends, see art, hear music, eat good food and drink affordable beer.

කොළඹ නිකරුණේ කාලය ගත කරන්න තියෙන හොඳම තැන තමයි බෙයාර්ෆුට් කැෆේ. ඒක යාළුවෝ හම්බවෙන්න හරි යාළුවෝ ඇතිකරගන්න හරි හොඳ තැනක් වගේම කලා කෘති බලන්න, සංගීතය අහන්න, හොඳ කෑම කන්න සහ දරාගන්න පුළුවන් මිලට බීර බොන්න හොඳ තැනක්. සංචාරකයන්ට බෙයාර්ෆුට්, සීගිරිය වගේම හොඳ සංචාරක ගමනාන්තයක්. දේශීය වැසියන්ට ඒක කොළඹ තියෙන අත්‍යවශ්‍යම තැනක්. ඒක අධිරාජ්‍ය යුගයේදී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ අවසාන තානාපති කාර්යාලය වගේ.

Address

8th Lane (off Galle Road), Colombo 3

Directions

Go down the Galle Road, it's just past the Bambalapitiya Junction (so past Majestic City). You can walk through the Barefoot store or go down the adjoining 8th Lane to a decent sized parking lot.

Contacts

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Open until 07:00 PM

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
1
Ambience Rating
5


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