What we had
A quaint escapade amidst the bustle of Union Place!
The Grind Coffeehouse has been on our bucket list for quite some time now so we were excited to check what they had to offer and whether the café would live up to its hype.
It’s safe to say that we were beyond happy with the variety of unique dishes and drinks available on their menu and it must be noted that their portions are really worth your buck and all prices are inclusive of service charge and tax!
The ordering process here is pretty simple and The Grind customises your meal according to your palate. They have a disclaimer that their dishes aren’t too spicy or too sweet so go right ahead and ask them to kick your meal up a notch, just the way you would like it.
King Coconut Water with Lime – LKR 250
It was a particularly warm day, so we opted for some good old Thambili. They give you a beaker filled with the concoction along with your glass, for a refill. This drink was refreshing and the perfect accompaniment at lunch with its subtly sour undertone.
Yellow Cold Pressed Juice – LKR 550
The Grind does great cold pressed juices, named after various colours so you can take your pick! We went with their best seller: Yellow. Made with pineapple, lemongrass, and king coconut water, all these elements were evident in this beverage. The pineapple and king coconut water made a great pair with a pleasant aftertaste of lemongrass.
Macchiato – LKR 450
What’s a coffeehouse without coffee? The Macchiato was made perfectly and The Grind takes it to another level with their double shot of espresso.
Wings in Nai Miris Sauce – LKR 550
This dish was quite a steal considering the various elements presented. The chicken wings were bathed in a sticky nai miris and honey sauce which tasted amazing! The two components of sweet and spicy balanced each other out and the blue cheese and buffalo curd dip was the ideal complement. We got this flavoursome dish off their Small Plates section we highly recommend this!
Three Cheese Mac N’ Cheese – LKR 1200
Comfort food at its finest! The Three Cheese Mac N’ Cheese includes oodles and oodles of mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan embedded in the macaroni, which is made al dente – and that’s not it guys! You also get to choose your preferred topping: either pulled beef, pulled chicken, or garlic sautéed shitake mushrooms. We opted for the pulled beef and were not disappointed! We ordered this off their Lunch Plates section, available after 12pm, so definitely go for this if you are in the area and in need of a big lunch.
Smoked Salmon, Avo and Citrus Curd on Toasted Sourdough – LKR 950
Without a doubt the winning dish, the Smoked Salmon, Avo and Citrus Curd on Toasted Sourdough exceeded our expectations. For LKR 100, you can add a poached egg, which we opted for – making the price LKR 1050. The toasted sourdough was crispy and had a base of avocado salsa slathered on it, which was topped with buffalo curd, capers, citrus zest, beetroot pickle, pomegranate, and of course a beautifully poached egg. With all these components unmistakable at first glance we were not surprised when every mouthful was an explosion of flavours. Not only was the dish very well presented, it also tasted amazing! Highly recommended!
Quinoa and Kale Salad with Blackcurrants – LKR 550
We ordered this dish off their Small Bowls section. It is originally a vegan dish but we chose pulled chicken as an add-on for an extra LKR 300. You get options for your dressing as well: creamy peanut, honey mustard with nai miris, and olive oil and lime. We went with the olive oil and lime and were quite pleased with our choice. The elements blended well together, especially the blackcurrants which added a sweet overtone with every bite. The pulled chicken made this lunch bowl not so small and rather a filling meal.
Chocolate Chip Cookie (LKR 150) and Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Cookie (LKR 200)
The perfect end to a great meal! The Grind Coffeehouse does great cookies! The Chocolate Chip Cookie was heavenly and went very well with our Macchiato, while the Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Cookie was crunchy with plenty of pistachio and the gooey dark chocolate made it soft at the same time.
All in all, we had a great meal at The Grind Coffeehouse. Their presentation of all the dishes was on point, definitely Insta-worthy! They also have a Build Your Own Sourdough option all day, so do try that out. The service at Grind was excellent. They were attentive, fluent with the menu and super friendly.
Have you been to The Grind Coffeehouse yet? Let us know in the comments.
Tip – The space is small which can get crowded during lunch time, so do call ahead just in case.