Flavour Fusion

Pickled jalapeno, fresh habanero, and grilled bell pepper dressed with homemade sauces and topped with salad and frilled beef steak – this burger, right off the bat, was extremely spicy! Not to blame the Flavour Fusion guys, it did come with a warning. But as usual, our Lankan palates took that warning as a challenge and we just had to get it – then we were just snotting and crying as we ate a delicious burger.

The burger was delicious. Most of the spice came from the habanero hot sauce, we think, but it wasn’t just molten hot; it was a flavourful hot that we liked. The pickled jalapenos were a great addition to even everything out. Finally, the meat – there was a lot of it and it was cooked wonderfully, tasted very well seasoned, and was not at all chewy.

Refried beans, potato wedges, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, and Tabasco ketchup with grilled chicken. This one was rather similar to the first – only larger, likely due to the addition of meat. The sour cream really popped in this one, which was very welcome.

We have to talk about the grilled chicken – there was a considerable amount of it and it was delightful. When given a choice, we don’t usually opt for chicken (let’s face it, it is the most boring meat that exists), but we were glad we tried this one.

Mexican classic vegetarian burrito (Rs. 300)

The dish* comes with refried beans, arroz rojo (Spanish rice), guacamole, pico de gallo (which is basically a tomato, onion, and cilantro salsa), lettuce, sour cream, and salsa mole (a traditional Mexican sauce of fruit, chilli, nuts, cinnamon, cumin, and other spices).

This burrito is our absolute favourite on the menu. For Rs. 300, this was an absolute steal! It was an entire meal stuffed in a flat rotti and it tasted fantastic to boot. All the sauces came together beautifully and everything tasted crunchy and fresh with a great balance of citrus spread throughout the whole thing.

*The no vegetarian options all come with a grilled meat of your choice – there’s chicken, beef, and minced meat. The latter was unavailable when we ordered.

Generous portions and ample bouts of flavour

By Dimithri Wijesinghe

Flavour Fusion is a fun little Sri Lankan/Mexican food truck on Marine Drive, Bambalapitiya. On a regular day, we wouldn’t pay it much mind, considering how there is an abundance of food trucks on Marine Drive and they all feel a little overpriced – especially considering the casual setting and informal nature of a food truck. Why everything needs to be gourmet something, we’ll never understand.

Regardless, we came across Flavour Fusion on Uber Eats on a famished afternoon. We were looking for something tasty and filling with value for money. We saw the price list, checked out a couple of reviews on Facebook, and decided to go for it.

We can quite happily say it was a really good thing we came across it, because we can guarantee – even before we get into the nitty-grittys of its flavours – the portion sizes were more than satisfactory. To be completely honest, when we received the package, we thought on the spot – even if this turns out to taste absolutely terrible, we won’t be too mad because at the very least, we got a whole lot of food.

As the name suggests, Flavour Fusion is a fusion food outlet which provides interesting combinations of authentic Mexican food paired with Sri Lankan cuisine. Here’s what we tried.

Photos Eshan Dasanayaka