Open Time:6.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. | Weekends: 11.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m.
65B, Gregory Road, Colombo 07
Look out for the “Epicure” light-board falling somewhat right opposite D.S. Senanayake College
What we had
Fine dining redefined!
Epicure is a new restaurant down Gregory’s Road, and is a heartthrob of a space. It’s a house converted into a restaurant and the attention to detail in the space is quite noteworthy. The aesthetic of the place is a mix between vintage and contemporary decor and inspiration. A huge metallic chandelier created with rustic pendant lights and hanging planters greet you as you’re escorted to your table. The contemporary in the space comes from the table setting, the geometric candle holders and accessories and the smart use of toned down colour in the space. It’s got a perfect tropical vibe to it too, with patterned prints and in-house plants.
Props to the staff, who was really nice to us throughout. The owner was super cordial too and checked up on us from time to time. Why I thought Epicure “redefines” the fine dining scene in Colombo is because of their level of service and their menu – it’s curated, and super fancy.
This is the perfect place for a romantic date, but you’ve got to be prepared to shell some $$.
It’s BYOB y’all!
Ask the waiter for recommendations and suggestions. They would literally sit with you and explain the menu out to you. Incredible service!
Complementary: Home made bread with an olive oil based aioli
Yay, free food! This homemade bread was quite interesting. It was crusty bread served with an olive oil based aioli.
Gambas al Ajillo – LKR 1650
The Gambas al Ajillo was an interesting appetizer to start with. We were served 5 cooked prawns in an aioli like base with the same type of bread we were served complimentary. The prawns were boiled just right and tasted fresh out of the sea! The portion is enough for 1 but it was quite a satisfactory one.
Tartar – LKR 1600
Presentation wise, this dish was off the hook. Taste wise, we’re not too sure how we feel about this dish. The elements in this dish were beef, dry chili, lime, coriander, roasted rice and a raw quail egg to top it all. One reason why we weren’t fans of it was because the dish was unusually cold – like cold cuts, cold. At least we enjoyed the sourdough that accompanied the dish!
Pan Fried Barramundi – LKR 2100
The waiter informed us that this was a crowd pleaser hence we were pretty eager to try it. Deconstructing it, the pan fried barramundi was placed on a broth with garupa and clams on bakchoy. The barramundi it itself was delicious. The skin was crisp and the meat, perfectly cooked. The clams and the broth elevated the flavor and the taste in the dish and brought home the oomph to it.
Seared Duck – LKR 3000
This duck was officially my favorite dish out of the lot. This was one outstanding dish I would definitely suggest, and go back for. The skin of the duck was nice and crispy and the meat, tender and full of flavor. It was placed carefully over a potato purée with sautéed bakchoy, mushrooms, caramelized pear and radish over and under it. The star here really was the five spice curry that tied the different flavors of the dish together.
Sides: Chips – LKR 500
The side we opted for was the “chips” which is a fancy basket of thinly fried betrothed, sweet potato and potato chips. The chips itself were crunchy and a great option to munch on, but we found it too oily for our liking.
White Chocolate Cheesecake – LKR 900
This dessert is off of their new menu and it blew our minds. Presentation wise, it looked like it was just out of a Michelin Star kitchen! White chocolate in a cheesecake, accompanied by a strawberry sorbet, is a match made in dessert heaven!
Have you been to Epicure yet? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below! Is there anything we’ve missed?
Tip: Go here on a date, and have the duck!