Black Cat Cafe

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Quirky is probably the best word we would use to describe Black Cat Cafe!

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Black Cat Colombo


Every major city in the world has a “clack cat café”, so why not one in Colombo? So thought a young couple who converted an old colonial house down Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7 in to a café cum B+B. Black Cat Colombo is a little hidden gem of a place and if you don’t keep a keen eye out, you could miss the signage down Wijerama Mawatha.


Quirky is probably the best word we would use to describe Black Cat. From the antique sewing machines that have been recycled to make tables, to the old typewriters and retro posters that are part of the interior décor, this place screams originality. They also have a comfy reading room with an old book cabinet stocked with books and magazines as old as the building itself.


One of the main ideas behind creating this café was to keep things simple, and their menu plays testament to this. Some of the ingredients used in the dishes are sourced from their little vegetable patch outside while the rest we are told come mostly from local suppliers. The menu at Black Cat changes constantly but the drinks remain pretty much the safe. Their coffee-based drinks are made using world-renowned freshly ground Temple Grounds coffee so we decided to try an Iced Mocha. To ensure that we have variety we also tried a Naarang Cooler. Both drinks are served in recycled jam jars. The Iced Mocha had a very distinct flavour to it that is quite different to what you would find at the café chain, and we attribute it to the freshness of the blend. The Naarang Cooler is ideal for a hot day and also a definite accompaniment to one of the dishes we picked.


The Chilli Prawn Pasta as the name suggests is A LOT of chilli! No wonder the blackboard menu suggests that you order a drink to go along with it. This dish is not for the faint-hearted. Some of our less ambitious choices were the Alaska which is an open-faced sandwich of rye bread topped with a layer of cream cheese and Norwegian Salmon (the only ingredient sourced from abroad). We can’t begin to tell you how satisfying every bite was. The salmon is fresh and the cream cheese adds a tangy twist to it that melts in your mouth.


Black Cat serves breakfast till 12noon (for all the late sleepers!) so we also ordered one of the most popular dishes on their menu, The Mission. To say the least, finishing this magnanimous portion of typical English breakfast is Mission Impossible unless you have stomachs like ours. It comes packed with 2 hash browns, 2 bulls’ eyes, 2 smoked chicken sausages, 2 slices of brown toast, grilled mushrooms and spinach, tomatoes, caramelized onions and kidney beans. Apart from everything in that plate (which we also love!), we are just so fascinated with their presentation. Our other option was what they call the “Pumpkin Patch”. Oven-roasted pumpkin is topped with feta cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed chick peas and bean sprouts, and is topped with garlic and parmesan grilled chicken. The various textures of this dish properly combine when you wolf down a mouthful and the flavours just burst in your mouth.


After a hearty meal like that the only thing left to do is have a dessert. Although there’s no dessert menu at Black Cat per se Dush Rathnayake’s Bellissima CBP sells out before they can even be displayed. Being of the non-alcoholic kind, we tried the classic of course and we will only say that we wish time and time again that Dush would make those jars bigger!


All in all we love this place and aren’t afraid to call it one of our favourites. So here’s our rating…


Location *** (Keep a watchful eye for the signage or you just might miss it!)

Ambiance **** (Comfy! Cosy! Clean!)

Service ***** (The owners are super nice and have rubbed off on the staff!)

Food ***** (Who serves such large portions? Not that we are complaining!)

Overall **** ¼


Today Open now UTC+5.5

08:00 - 21:00
  • Monday
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Friday
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday
    08:00 - 21:00

Price Range

1500 per person



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