An ideal place to chill out after work, to catch up on an old friendship or make it a family outing. during the weekend. A choice of mouthwatering and delicious combinations of Italian food will help you enjoy your night. Eat, Share and Connect is what they profess.
The Colombo Fort Café by Harpos is a popular restaurant among the dozen of restaurants available for choice at the Colombo Dutch Hospital. When you say Dutch Hospital it may sound strange to a foreign visitor but not to the local clientele who frequent the place. This colonial building complex that was once actually a hospital serving the foreign occupied forces Dutch, Portugese and British. It was beautifully renovated and elevated into grand scale a few years ago. Every attempt was made to retain the original Dutch architecture. As a visitor enters the Dutch Hospital and walks into the stone paved courtyard you automatically begin to relax.
The ambiance was wonderfully set for dinner with my colleague facing the open courtyard at the restaurant. A candle was at the center of the table adding a glint of romance to the evening. Inside the restaurant consisted of dim lit space with rows of tables lining the room. The whole place had a rustic feeling. However seating outside under the patio I felt was a better choice. The open space with the wind blowing in your hair was relaxing.
We were actually their to review the food . So to get down to business we politely requested for the menu. The food selection was made easy with a menu that carried detailed descriptions of items. The full spread of selection included roast meat, batter fried sea food, a range of pastas, tapas, pizzas and lots more.
Accompanied by a glass of red wine that was specially selected by the Restaurant Manger, Winslow Quyn we were served batter fried Calamarie and hot chillie sauce as a starter. The Calamarie was fresh and succulent, the crispy golden coating added spice to every bite. The main course was roast beef steak by choice because a restaurant that gives a good roast will most likely get everything else right. My colleague selected chillie prawns accompanied by long-thin pasta.
The steak was wonderfully done, tasted so good I thought it was the best I’ve had in town. Two-thumps-up for getting the roast right. We enjoyed every bite. This was accompanied with vegetables and French fries.
So to comment about the rest the chillie prawns sitting on a bed of vermicelli, stirred in a thin sauce was both a simple and elegant choice of food. The prawns tasted delicious wrapped in rounds of pasta dripping in the sauce. Having been served large prawns made it easy to handle the crust.
The choice of dessert was far too many each sounding equally delicious. We selected Chocolate Mouse which was a wonderful chocolate cream melting in the mouth and a mound of passionfruit-cheese cake dressed with fresh strawberries and sweet caramel sauce. The creamed cheese blended well with deep sour taste of the passionfruit, tiny black pip scrunched with every mouthful – I was actually sorry when the dessert was done. The dinner ended with a hot cup of cappuccino which helped us relax further in the comfort of the courtyard, chat and watch other customers at their tables equally enjoying their dinners.
Colombo Fort Café by Harpos goes well recommended for those seeking a long meals to catch on an old friendship.
Harpos, Fort Cafe
Old Dutch Hospital Complex Echelon Square, Hospital St, Colombo
T:011 2 434946
Open: 7 AM – 10 PM
How to get there: Google Map