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  • When in the food business one needs to be as innovative as possible to attract customers. With food delivery apps and home caterers being abundant, you actually need to think totally out of the box to get some attention. And that is how we discovered Cooque.lk

     

    On one of those days that we were tired of regular rice n curry but still wanted something filling, wholesome and affordable we found these guys. Most of us are used to the Biryani Sawans and have recently also been introduced to Kidu Rice but what Cooque.lk does is taking traditional Sri Lankan and particularly Down South dishes and giving them a whole new twist.

     

    Because we wanted to try as many of their dishes as possible we placed orders on consecutive dates for what is called the Watti Shoru and Katta Shoru. The full Sawan which is supposed to be enough for 6-8 persons is certainly enough for at least 10 light eaters or 8 proper eaters. Our orders were delivered intact considering that the Watti Shoru as its name suggests actually comes in a “wattiya” or basket and the individual portions are sent in a clay pot. Points from us for using sustainable and reusable packaging.

     

    Let’s talk about the Watti Shoru first. I don’t think we have has as many curries as what Cooque.lk packs in to this magnanimous meal. There was Brinjal fired and cooked, Dhal, Potato curry, Mango curry, Fish curry, Sautéed Sprats, Coconut Mallung, fried Fish, Sautéed Capsicums and the must-have fried Chillies and Pappadam to top it all off. Each curry had a distinct flavour so the best way to enjoy it is to have a mouth of white rice with each one. By the time you are done with the list you can’t really go back for seconds. But if you are like us and have bottomless bellies then you can just keep going on and on, but somehow it never finishes! We particularly liked the Brinjals and the Coconut Mallung which added texture, colour and flavour to the meal.

     

    The Katta Shoru or a traditional Galle picnic meal was an amazing culinary experience for us. Although we would have loved to indulge in this meal on a sun-kissed beach Down South situation is such that we had to be satisfied with a dining table. That though didn’t have an impact on just how good this tasted. The Katta Shoru comes in an aluminium sawan and packs Brinjal and Ash Plaintain curry, Dhal, Potato curry, Mandu curry, Fish curry, Coconut Mallung, Chicken Kurma, Sautéed Sprats, Fried Eggs and Sweet Potato Fries in abundance. The fact that you have generous pieces of fish, delicious chicken, sprats and egg means a lot of Proteins and a few bites fills you to the brim.

     

    It’s pretty hard to pick a favourite from among the two and we are very satisfied with the quantity and value for money which definitely means that we will be ordering from them again. Also note that their single portions are considerably large and can also be shared among 2 people.

     

    So here’s our review….

     

    Delivery                      ****    (On time and super service!)

    Packaging                    ***** (Love the watti and the clay pots!)

    Value for Money         ***** (Reasonable in comparison!)

    Food                            ****    (Amazing take on Sri Lankan food!)

    Overall                                    **** ½

     

    Price Range: 4500-5000 for a Sawan enough for 8 persons.

    Address: Station Road, Mount Lavinia.

    Contact Number: 0766 416839

     

    Reviewed by Nishu Gunawardana

    Photo Credit: Sanura Gunawardana

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