Rio Ice Cream,Jaffna: When I was planning to visit Jaffna , I made it very clear to my friend Ari that I want to visit Rio Ice Cream shop in Jaffna. It was established in 1970 as a small ice cream shop and it stands for the Rathinam Industrial Organisation(RIO).
This is review of Rio Ice Cream Jaffna based on my personal experience. of course I made several visits to shop in Wellawatte, Colombo with my family.
Jaffna, the northern city with a unique flavor of Sri Lanka, has many features that only she can boast of.
After the civil war ended,thousands of visitors flock to this Jaffna city just to get the feel of the culture, the people, and her exquisite cuisines.
Please read my post of “Young Beautiful Jaffna, She is Still a Virgin“, more details of Jaffna people and Jaffna Culture.
For many visits, their trip to Jaffna would not be completed without a stop at its most popular ice Cream Shops in Jaffna peninsula.
This is the Rio Ice Cream Menu Jaffna Menu
The biggest challenge is to decide what ice cream to order from the rio ice cream price list when you go with your friends or even alone.
There are many varieties of flavours on the Rio ice cream price list: There are scoops, sundaes, specials, and other ice-cream offshoots.
The options include the usual chocolate/vanilla/Strawberry staples along with some exotic fruity ones like Mango/Blueberry/other Fruits.
The best way to order is, tell the Menu Number, 10 or 15. Some time, these ladies may not understand pronunciation of our English words.
Rio Ice Cream Price List
Rio Icecream menu features about approximately 30 Ice Creams based products including fresh fruit salad and jelly, ice creams.
The milk flavoured ice cream is very unique to Rio than its competitors. In my opinion, it has an unusual taste, but it is very delicious.
Since I made several visits to Rio Icecream shop in Colombo, the Colombo shop menu has the simile menu items. Order a few icecreams from the menu and share with your friends.
Since It has many unique flavors,its also blends with the rest of the added flavors to make it a heavenly experience.
Decent Interior of Rio Cream
Rio Icecream restaurant has a very unique and decent interior as a shop. It is much better than the outlet in Wellawatta.
In my opinion, it has a better interior than any of Colombo shops. the best thing about that is it has A/C :-). Yes, correct A/C, in Jaffna.
Most shops or restaurants in Jaffna do not have A/C facilities therefore When you find A/C shops, everybody wants to flock into.
Especially people who come from Colombo would love to rest in an A/C shop in Jaffna.
Tell you Frankly, I did not feel the heat much 🙂 but other office colleagues, they suffered from the heatwave in Jaffna during April 2015.
The lighting system and design of the furniture, the way is arranged; I was impressed.
In general, Jaffna ladies are very shy and When I was taking these photos, she could not take the order properly 🙂
But took the permission before taking the photos :-).
These two ladies, take approximately 500 orders per day generally.
My other colleagues selected fancy flavors. Since Ari was not well, he ordered a cup of Coffee or Tea, I guess.
The best advice that I can give you is, skip a meal afterward or before visit this place, to prevent weight gain, as the ice cream is sweeter than any other ice cream that sold in Sri Lanka
They do not make sorbets and all ice cream was made of milk.
There are many other choices that you can order with the Ice Creams. They do a good amount of up-selles with these Ice Cream menus.
Rio Ice Cream Owner
This is the photo of the Rio Ice Cream owner, founding father.
Hat off to this to this great Man. The owner, Ratnam Jeyabaskaran once said “Our ice-cream has no chemicals and, it’s all-natural. We use more milk and less water and that makes our ice-cream tastier”
40 years ago, when this Ice cream shop opened, no one would have dreamed of such growth as of now.
This small outlet has reached people globally to such an extent that those who visit Jaffna Town make it a ritual to experience what is believed to be one of the best ice cream parlors in Sri Lanka.
Summary of Rio Icecream
‘Rio Ice Cream’ has become so popular within a very short span of time, after 2009.
It carries a unique brand along with Jaffna, basically, it has become synonymous with Jaffna.
The unique flavors, it has to offer has made it a big hit among all age groups who visit the Jaffna peninsula as a visitor.
Although these ice creams carry sweeter taste than one would like, the mixture and the diverse flavor continues to attract hundreds to its outlet day buy day.
In addition, the company is in the process of providing ice-cream to several hotels in Jaffna.
Rio ice-cream Jaffna has been rewarded as the best ice-cream parlor in Jaffna by the Jaffna Municipal Council, in 2011
At present, Rio Ice-cream welcomes about 500 customers per day and this number increases during the Nallur festival
Rio Icecream Branches in Sri Lanka
Rio Ice Cream Jaffna Branch Contact Number
448A, AB20, Jaffna 40000
Phone: 0212 227 224
Wellawatta Branch Contact Number
Address: 4A Wellawatta Station Rd, Colombo 6
Phone: 0112 058 051
Negombo Branch Contact Number
Sea Street, Negombo 11500
Phone: 0312 225 100