What we had
Walking into Plus Nine Four, I felt right at home! It had a very homely atmosphere, and there are a few tables outside and a few inside, so you can sit where you prefer.
The service was fantastic since within a minute of taking my seat, I was brought a menu. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, going to great lengths to cater to our needs.
Cool Fact: Plus Nine Four focuses on incorporating Sri Lankan flavours into their items and was named after our country code, +94!
There was not much presentation on this drink other that the garnish on top. Taste-wise however, it was a perfect blend between strawberries and tangy lemonade. With the sun coming out occasionally these days, this drink will help refresh you and leave your taste buds tingling!
Mango Lassi – LKR 540
This drink was extremely thick and fresh! The best part about ordering drinks at Plus Nine Four is that they use metal straws instead of plastic ones, to minimize pollution in the simplest ways they can. It did mention on the menu that the Mango Lassi is made with yoghurt and pistachios, but I didn’t really get any pistachio flavor. Nevertheless the Lassi tasted really nice, although you need to put in a little effort to suck it through the straw since it is quite dense.
Iced Coffee – LKR 450
Iced Coffee is always a classic with us Lankans and we had to try it out at Plus Nine Four. What I loved most about this drink was that it wasn’t overpowered with sweetness! Most iced coffees consist of a lot of sweetening products but Plus Nine Four really does know their coffee.
Since they have been operating for only 1-2 months, they don’t have quite a range of food items yet, but here’s what we thought of the few dishes we tried out!
+94 Fluffy Cheesecake with Coulis – LKR 450
The presentation on this dish was super pretty however… looks can be deceiving. The only good thing about this dish was the fresh strawberries and the coulis, because the “Fluffy Cheesecake” tasted more like a sponge cake than what it claimed to be. There was no hint of cheese in the cake, the acidity from the coulis overpowered the cheesecake and of course there was no base as well. While they’ve got their presentation on point, Plus Nine Four could try to stay focused on the key element of this dish… FLAVOUR.
Rainbow Pakora with Avocado Dip – LKR 600
The Rainbow Pakora consisted of fried handfuls of a variety of veggies that came with its slightly spiced avocado dip. Although a vegan option, I’d recommend this to everyone if it weren’t for the fact that the quantity is not that great. This dish comes with 3 pieces of Pakora which is great for something to nibble on, but not to fill you up. Nevertheless, this dish was delicious especially with the complementary Avo dip!
Smoothie Bowl – LKR 650
Although I’m not so much a health freak myself, I was super stoked to dig into the smoothie bowl! This bowl had lines of Rice Krispies, strawberries, coconut shavings, oats and lime with mint leaves for garnish. The Krispies and oats provided a crunchy texture in contrast to the pineapple smoothie and every bite was super fresh! However I did find it too hard to finish the bowl because with each bite, the acidity and the sourness kept increasing drastically until I couldn’t bring myself to have another mouthful.
All in all, Plus Nine Four is a nice place to kick back, relax and grab a cup of coffee with your best friend or to simply get some work done. They’re still new and they’ve got a lot to improve on, but ‘Trial and Error’ is the way to go! Make sure you drop by and let us know what your experience was like.