Café Japan, Colombo – Sri Lanka


So Wish and I were craving sushi a couple of months ago and we decided to try Café Japan as I’d honestly never heard of it till she said that we must go there and try out the food as she had gone there a few years ago with a friend and said it was superb.

We took a little while to find the place as it is located on 10th Lane which is off Schoefield Place and the numbering system is just bonkers.

I found the place to be extremely homely and inviting – as if you’re going over to your Japanese Grandma’s house for lunch. The tables were long and spacious & there was an entire hallway full of Japanese comics. We were the only Sri Lankans in the restaurant at the time and it seemed like it was Daddy’s day out with the kids as five out of the eight tables had only Dad’s with their kids – I guess they were giving the Mom’s a break on a Sunday afternoon.

We had to wait a while before we could place our order as there was only one person waiting on tables and all 8 tables at the restaurant were occupied. We started off with green tea – the kind of green tea that I’ve only found in Japanese restaurants.

The food arrived a good fifty minutes after we placed our order but Wish and I were more than happy to chat and people watch while we waited for our food. I ordered from the set lunch menu while Wish ordered from the a la carte menu. We kicked off our meal with this delicious and simple salad which had a really tasty dressing which consisted of egg yolk, olive oil and lemon.

For mains I had the Sashimi and Ebi Tempura set meal which was served with sticky rice & a miso soup. Wish had the Chicken Katsu Don. We ate hungrily as it was close to 2pm and we were ravenous.

My Ebi Tempura was delightful & they also had batter fried some curry leaves which gave the tempura a Sri Lankan touch. The chunks of white and red tuna were tasty but definitely the smallest chunks of raw fish I’ve ever had at a Japanese Restaurant but the fish was extremely fresh and it was of good quality – would have really liked to have more Sashimi in the portion. The Katsu Don was very well flavoured and the chicken was crispy and went well with the steamed egg – Wish loved it and so did I from the tiny bites I had off her dish. The miso soup was yummy but it didn’t have actual pieces of tofu which I was expecting as I’ve never had miso soup minus the tofu before.

Dessert was included in my meal and I had to choose between the ice-cream and the fruit platter but because they delayed with our meal they said that both of us would get dessert and that we would both get the ice-cream and the fruit platter which I thought was a very nice gesture as most restaurants in Colombo hardly ever give you anything on the house even when there have been delays in getting the orders out or even when they’ve mixed up orders so they scored some brownie points with me!

We paid Rs. 1,600 each for lunch which I thought was reasonable however the portions will be considered small for the average Sri Lankan male who usually eats rice and curry for lunch – for me the portion was just perfect!

Here is my overall rating of the restaurant:

Food: 8/10

Portion Size: 7/10

Value for Money: 7/10

Ambiance: 7/10

Service: 7/10

Cleanliness: 8/10

I would recommend that you try Café Japan when you have time for a nice leisurely lunch or dinner and it is a nice venue to take someone you haven’t seen in a while for a meal as you will have plenty of time to talk and catch up while you wait to be fed!

Cafe Japan is located at No. 7, 10th Lane – Colombo 03.
Please call 0777-263564 to make sure they are open for business before you decide to drop by and ensure you have cash on hand to pay for the meal as they do not accept cards.

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  1. I’ve been to Cafe Japan several times for lunch since this post and I’d like to add that the lunch is really excellent. They’ve revamped the menu and the set meals range from Rs. 1,300 to Rs. 1,600 with complimentary Green Tea (Hot/Cold), salad and a choice of ice-cream or a platter of fresh fruit for dessert.
    The service is also superlative – if you tell the waiter that you are extremely hungry or have to rush off for a meeting you can finish your meal in about 30-40 minutes!

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