I’ve been to The Boulevard about five times now and been very impressed by the quality of the food and the exceptionally speedy service that I have received on all my visits there so I decided to write about the place and give them some publicity as not many people know about the restaurant and it really is a lovely place to have a meal with your family, friends or a special someone.
According to their Manger the food on offer is predominantly Mediterranean however I would say that they have a mix of Italian, Mediterranean and Asian food on their menu.
My favourite dish on the menu would undoubtedly have to be the Moroccan Spiced Grilled Chicken Salad with Couscous and Babaganoush. Priced at Rs. 550 it is healthy, delicious and absolutely tasty. I have had it for lunch, dinner and even as a 6pm snack. The Couscous is cooked just right and seasoned with coriander, bell pepper and onions and topped with grilled tomatoes and chicken. I must mention that restaurants in the city that have couscous on the menu don’t get the proper consistency and it is either under-cooked or overcooked but their couscous is cooked perfectly all the time.
The other item on their menu which is absolutely delectable is the Grilled Salmon with Mash and Grilled Vegetables in a Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce. It is priced at Rs. 1450 which is probably a bit expensive however you will not be disappointed with this dish. The salmon is grilled to perfection and the lemon butter sauce is out of this world. I’ve had it only once but every time I think of this dish my mouth waters. The mash is creamy and tasty and the vegetables are crunchy and compliment the salmon.
Out of the pasta dishes on offer I have only tried the Fettuccine with Chicken and Mushroom cooked in a Creamy Sauce (Rs. 850) and the Penne Arrabbiata with Mushroom, Bell Pepper and Egg Plant (Rs. 750). The pasta wasn’t overcooked it was al dente just the way the Italians like it and all the ingredients used were fresh which really enhanced the flavours of both the dishes. The Fettuccine is better suited for the non-vegetarians while the Penne would go down better with a vegetarian.
The other dish I would urge you to try is the Masala Flavoured Pita Bread Panini Chicken Kebab priced at a modest Rs. 450. It is both filling and tasty and if you are someone who likes spicy food you can ask the chef to make it extra spicy!
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat I would recommend the Vietnamese Rice Paper Wraps served with two dips; peanut and tamarind. This is a good option if you are a vegetarian or looking for something healthy to eat and it won’t bust your budget as it is just Rs. 450.
Another option on the menu for vegetarians would be the Nachos Toasted Corn Chips which is topped with melted cheese, guacamole, tomato salsa and sour cream. A full meal and you will not have room to have anything else as the portion is very generous – priced at Rs. 900 is it probably the most expensive vegetarian dish on the menu.
If you are looking for something to quench your thirst which is both healthy and delicious I would recommend the Passion Paradise or the Lemon Squeeze both are priced at Rs. 290 and can be served without sugar; just the way I like it!
My overall rating of the place
Portion Size: 9/10
Value for Money: 9/10
Ambiance: 7/10 only because the AC is set between 18-20 degrees Celsius which is too cold and at most times uncomfortably cold)
NB: They do not have a liquor license but you can bring your own booze and they don’t charge corkage.
The Boulevard is located at No. 33 Queens Road, Colombo 03 right opposite the Cricket Club Café.
They are open from 11am to 11pm and you can call them on 0112-055425 to make a reservation or if you’d like to order some food for take-away.
The manager and the staff are exceptionally friendly and they know their menu very well. They will tell you what is available before you place your order and not after you have placed the order which is the norm in Colombo. The waiters are also attentive but not to the point of disrupting your meal and they will clear plates and dishes and replace cutlery at lightening speed.
All their prices are inclusive of taxes and the only additional charge you pay is the 10% service charge so you know how much your meal is going to cost and that is something that I really like and wish other restaurants would follow suit.
The Boulevard definitely falls into my top 5 lunch/dinner spots in Colpetty as the service is fast, it won’t bust your budget and they always serve consistently good food, have options for vegetarians and are more than happy to rejig the accompaniments to the dishes according to your taste
Don’t take my word for it – go try it out for yourself!
NB: This article was written for Esteem Magazine and published in the November/December 2013 issue.
Photo Credits: Keisha Camila & SurovSki