What we had
Peaceful little boutique hotel + restaurant!
Lé Papillon is a beautiful little boutique hotel nestled down Flower Road, Colombo 07. In French, Lé Papillon means butterfly and this little cove is the perfect metaphor for it. Their rooms aren’t open for business yet but their restaurant and cafe is. The architecture of this place is very aesthetically pleasing. They’ve also paid close attention to furnishing and accessories that add all the more value to the space. There is a recurring modern and colonial ambience of elegance and simplicity – a mix that is usually quite difficult to get right.
There were a few mishaps such as the time taken for the food to arrive, the level of service, and etiquette followed by the staff etc. but these are excusable as they are literally just opening up.
Strawberry Juice – LKR 400
Topped way up to the brim, in a tall Collins Glass, the drinks instantly caught our eyes. Out of the two we had, we preferred the Strawberry Juice because it tasted fresher and less artificially concentrated.
Peach Iced Tea – LKR 300
The Peach Iced Tea looked a lot fancier than the juice but it tasted nothing close to a good “iced tea”. We thought that this was probably because the concentration of the peach flavoring was too high in the mix.
Crab Dip – LKR 700
The elements of this heavenly drip were flaked crab meat, thyme, cream, and cheese baked in a small plate, presented with a few slices of toasted baguette. The dip was creamy as ever and exploded flavor in your mouth. The standout dish out of everything we ordered that day.
Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wrap – LKR 950
This was one of the most interesting dishes on the menu. The elements in it are minced turkey sautéed with coriander seed and their herbs and wrapped in lettuce, with a fresh herb and chili sauce. Although it sounds interesting, the dish was lacking in terms of flavor and presentation.
Pulled Pork with Mustard Grilled Sandwich- LKR 1250
Lé Papillon offers a range of sandwiches and burgers. The pulled pork one was out of their grilled sandwiches section. We were actually pretty happy with ours as the meat was very well cooked and the mustard sauce perfectly complemented the meat and the preparation of the sandwich. Also, their sandwiches are served with some yummy homemade potato wedges and coleslaw.
Spicy Fried Rice – LKR 950
Their Spicy Fried Rice was also another dish we enjoyed. It was a moderately large bowl of rice, topped with a sunny side up. The egg was fried just right and the spices in the rice added depth and flavor to the dish.
Steak and Kidney Pot Pie – LKR 1100
The Steak and Kidney Pot Pie was one that we were quite excited to try – it’s not like most places here serve Pot Pies (correct me if I’m wrong, in the comments below). The filling was delicious and the last outside was crisp and a beautiful gold in colour.
Have you been to Lé Papillon yet? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below! Is there anything we’ve missed?
Tip: It’s BYOB, y’all!