By Sanath Weerasuriya
Chinese restaurants , though they are just fried rice Chinese, have
become a part of city life in Colombo. “Chines food”
is now can be found in almost every street corner. But Japanese
dishes are still not a hot favourite of Sri Lankan.
authentic Japanese Restaurant at Koswatta, Battaramula,was inaugurated
in April 2001 as the first branch of the oldest Japanese Restaurant
in Colombo “Sakura’.Other than for the Japanese living
in Sri Lanka, ‘Kouchi’ family restaurant has become
the most attracted Japanese restaurant outside Colombo among the
Sri Lankan culinary hunters.
emblem, long tailed cock is the logo of Kouchi (Thosa) city in Japan.
The location of the restaurant is by the new Colombo-Kandy road
at Koswatta junction in Battaramulla, very close to the Parliament
it is a Japanese speciality restaurant, Chinese cuisine was also
introduced to the place from last year. Coming under the same management
as “Kinjou Chinese Restaurant”in Colombo ,Chinese dishes
were introduced giving its customers a great choice of authentic
Japanese and Chinese cuisines under the same roof in a fully air-conditioned
and attractive environment.
you enter you will be greeted in Japanese and will be shown to the
table or thathami by stewardess. After letting the guest refresh
with a cold towel, colourful menus, with photos of all dishes, will
be handed to the guest.
are 66 traditional Japanese dishes listed in the menu including
Sashimi (raw fish), Tempura (Batter fried prawns and vegetable.),
Yakitori (grilled chicken), Teriyaki (pan fried seer fish in soy
sauce), Sushi (vinegared rice with sea weeds), Sukiyaki (fried beef
and veg. in Japanese sauce), Inarisushi (vinegared rice with bean
curd) and Kani tofu irdashi (crabmeat bean curd).
are 42 Chinese dishes are available on Chinese menu including crabs,
prawns, fish, pork and almost all meat items. “Kouchi”
is a tourist board approved A grade restaurant with a well stocked
bar serving all international spirits and cocktails with Japanese
favourites Sake as well.
chef A. H .M. Y. B. Abeyrathna and sushi chef H.V.A.Upul are the
two men behind all the authentic Japanese and Chinese food. This
is a spacious restaurant with a Sushi bar of 20 counter chairs,
with 4 special thathami rooms and two rooms with long tables on
the ground floor and the first floor can accommodate 110 pax facilitating
to host any type of private parties.
is open from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm for lunch and 6.00 to 10.30 pm
for dinner. Kouchi will be opening a branch in Nuwara Eliya very
soon. The managers of the restaurant are Kamantha Perera.and G.M.Gamini