London’s Getting a Second Branch of Kolamba This Summer

The Sri Lankan restaurant is branching out into Spitalfields

Nearly five years after launching on Soho’s Kingly Street, Kolamba is planning an expansion into east London with a second site opening this July. Founders Eroshan and Aushi Meewella will continue to showcase Kolamba’s modern take on Sri Lankan home cooking at the new location, with a menu that revives the dishes of the duo’s childhood in Colombo.

Though it’s a continuation of the OG, Kolamba East will have a brand new menu, comprising snacks (or ‘short eats’), larger feasting plates, sambols and desserts. Expect to find the likes of:

  • Mas Paan, a fluffy bun filled with slow-cooked black pork curry and served with pineapple jam
  • Idli with Sambar, rice and lentil dumplings with sweet and spicy chutneys
  • Moor King Prawn String Hopper Biryani, steamed noodles with king prawn curry
  • Roasted Pineapple Fry, pineapple sautéed with cardamom and mustard seeds
  • Dhal with spinach
  • White Pol Sambol, grated fresh coconut with raw chilli peppers and aromatic herbs
  • Payasam, rice pudding flavoured with cinnamon and raisins

The 92-cover restaurant will include two private dining rooms and a bar, serving cocktails made using Sri Lankan spirits and ingredients reflective of the food menu. These will include the Curry Leaf Gimlet (a clarified cocktail of curry ghee-washed gin and lime) and the Colombo Sour (made with Colombo Gin and a cashew orgeat). There’ll also be a wine list specifically curated with Kolamba East’s menu in mind.

Opens July 2024
12 Blossom Street, London E1 6PL