The brainchild of two brothers, Uchith and Nimesha Dahanayake, The Station is located at the southern end of the Marine Drive in Dehiwela. It first opened its doors back in 2013 and since then has fast become a favourite sea side hang out spot for locals and visitors alike. The concept behind the restaurant is simple, a casual all- day space on the beach with a bar, al fresco dining and private areas for special events. Armed with a sprawling menu of both western and Chinese dishes and not to mention a newly re –vamped beverage menu, The Station is quite the popular restaurant rooted in a sense of comforting approachability with a very loyal customer base.
The bar area has a rustic vibe with brick walls, wooden furniture and subdued lighting. This is where the boys hang out to enjoy a beer and watch the match. The outdoor dining area on the beach is quite special in the evenings with tiki torches and a live band pretty much ensures the place is jam packed even on weekdays.
Avid foodies, the Dhanayake brothers strive to maintain a high standard by incorporating only the freshest ingredients and produce and are always on the lookout for interesting ideas for new dishes. It is worth mentioning that their take on our unique ‘Sri Lankan Chinese’ cuisine tends to be more authentic than most places around. The Szechwan style beef and the sweet and sour chilli chicken hits all the right notes and packs a punch with its zesty flavours. The Station is also quite famous for their version of hot butter cuttlefish! And some even swear that it’s the best in Colombo! The crispy golden fried batter has a great balance of seasoning and spice along with well-cooked cuttlefish with just the right texture. Their strong suit undoubtedly has to be their seafood dishes. The Singapore style chili lobster dish deserves an honourable mention for its rich flavour as does their seafood mixed grill. The Sunday special, Sri Lankan crab curry served with roast paan and pol sambol is a must try. The crab is fresh and the curry spicy, coupled with an icy cold beer it puts a different spin on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The cocktails and mocktails are quite decent too. The bullfrog and the passion fruit mojito, we noticed are a favourite among the customers. For Dessert, they serve a scrumptious blueberry cheesecake which LT loved.
The Station is definitely worth checking out whether it’s with family, friends or even for a date. Prices are reasonable, the food is consistently good and the staff are friendly and dedicated .The availability of a private dining room for an occasion is also a plus. You might want to call ahead to make sure there are tables available on weekends as it tends to fill up after 6. Afternoons on the beach can be hot and leave you feeling light headed , but you can always dine in comfort in the air conditioned bar space if you drop in during lunch time. LT recommends heading over there in the evenings and dining on the beach under the stars.
Call – 011 2715232
1/41, WASALA ROAD, DEHIWALA