I’ve been wanting to go to Colombo Social since it opened, my birthday lunch with Slim and dear friends Chris and Arnold seemed like the perfect occasion. I love all things Sri Lankan and this little restaurant in Enmore Road, Enmore delivers on all of them.
First the food … it features a modern fusion of Australian classics with traditional Sri Lankan favours, while the other is home-style cooking.
A must is the vegetarian bahji (similar to a fritter) of beetroot and caramelised onion served with a coconut yoghurt raita, a dipping sauce blended with herbs and mint. For the more traditional menu dishes include curry gravy, vegan dhal and vegetable curry. (They’re flagged on the menus as “Amma’s”, or “mum” in Sinhala and Tamil, Sri Lanka’s official languages.)
However Colombo Social is more than a restaurant…
Colombo Social works with refugee-support agency Settlement Services International, the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown and the SkillMe program, to recruit recently-arrived asylum seekers and refugees to work in the kitchen or front of house.