Colombo Social Is Enmore’s Soon-to-Open Sri Lankan Restaurant That’s Supporting Asylum Seekers
Feast on lassi cocktails and soft-shell crab roti ‘tacos’, all while supporting a great cause.
When it comes to venturing out for a tasty feed, you don’t have to ask us twice. And when that meal just happens to be raising funds for an excellent cause as well? Well, there’s wins all round — which is the idea behind Enmore’s newest culinary addition.
There’ll be plenty of winners at Colombo Social, which is set to launch on Enmore Road this November. A new social enterprise eatery, it’s lending a big helping hand to Sri Lankan asylum seekers, assisting them by providing employment opportunities and supporting their integration into Australia.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Australian-born Sri Lankan Shaun Christie-David, who has teamed up with friend and hospitality veteran Peter Jones-Best. Inspired by Christie-David’s own experiences feeling like an outsider during his childhood, the venue will recruit and train asylum seekers, as well as offering ongoing support through what’s often a pretty rough transition period. Colombo Social is working with refugee support agency Settlement Services International — and also teeing up relationships with not-for-profit suppliers.
A meal here won’t just help out folks doing it tough, though — it’ll also open diner’s tastebuds to a whole world of new flavours. In celebrating diversity, Colombo Social is dishing up a bold, colourful menu, melding authentic Sri Lankan flavours with clever tweaks and a bit of modern Australian fusion flair.
Colombo-born Head Chef Chamara Pathiranage has designed a spice-driven lineup featuring the likes of kothu roti, vegetable curry and devilled potatoes, as well as roti ‘tacos’ which come loaded with spiced soft-shell crab, mango salsa and fried curry leaves. A range of cooling cocktails rounds out the fun, with sips like the Invisible Mango Lassi – a milk punch concoction fusing Ceylon Arrack (a traditional Sri Lankan spirit), with custard, Sri Lankan tea and mango.
Colombo Social will open at 159 Enmore Road, Enmore from November — we’ll update you with an exact opening date when one is announced.