Colombo Social is a vibrant restaurant in Enmore showcasing quality modern Sri Lankan cuisine with complex flavours.
The traditional home style food reminds us of the food we ate in Sri Lanka and we found it was great to share amongst our group.
We love that it’s also a social enterprise supporting asylum seekers and refugees, providing employment, training and support. They’ve teamed up with Settlement Services International, a refugee support agency, to help it recruit asylum seekers and refugees to work at the restaurant.
We arrive to the spacious restaurant and settle down for a few cocktails to whet the appetite.
Restaurant is headed by Peter Jones-Best and and Shaun Christie-David, (born in Australia to Sri Lankan parents). The head chef is Head chef Chamara Pathiranage is from Colombo in Sri Lankan, incorporating flavours from his home in preparing beautiful modern dishes here.
We shared the lamb marrow pan roll, a crispy outer coating like an old school chicko roll $14. We loved their Roti tacos ($12) – Soft Shell Crab, Mango Salsa, Fried Curry Leaf, Pol Sambol, Spicy Mayo (DF). A good mixture of textures and spice, a super tasty starter.
The Egg Hoppers – (GF, Vegetarian) are nice little taster in partnership with the sambol mix.
We opted for the mixed sambol plate for $15 Pol Sambol, Seeni Sambol, Mango salsa, pineapple acharu, beetroot sambol and dried white chilli. Great variety and flavours. These were crazy delicious.
The fish curry was a light curry with a coconut base and soft flaky fish. The “railway curry” which said goat, ours was actually beef brisket curry. We were a little frightened and warned it was super spicy and wasn’t too bad at all.
The Saffron rice for $6 is good value for the size and taste Aged Basmati Rice, Saffron, Raisins, Cashews (Vegan, Nuts)
There’s also a range of banquets at $50 or $60 pp and even better, for every guest who enjoys an Amma’s Table Banquet Menu they will donate a meal to an Asylum Seeker in need.
It is certainly worth a visit and it’s popular for good reason. Make sure you book.
159 Enmore Road