The best things in life often start with a dream!
Rook : Sri Lankan Fusion started with the dream of Dee & Yeti Kumbukage.
They worked in family businesses in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a year before realising their goal -
"To set up a restaurant combining the best of Sri Lanka's elements; unique Sri Lanka Cuisine, Ceylon Tea along with Sri Lankan Culture to give you the best Sri Lankan experience"
Good things come to those who persevere. 2016 turned out to be a momentous year marking the birth of their first child, Aarya, and the birth of their dream café/restaurant.
They secured a prime space down Malop Street in the heart of Geelong, Victoria’s second biggest city and “gateway” to popular destinations like Ballarat, Torquay, and The Great Ocean Road. The challenge of opening a restaurant alongside Geelong’s prime eateries fanned their enthusiasm. With their infant as their muse, the two went to the drawing board to create Rook Sri Lankan Fusion, a warm and welcoming all-in-one café, tea lounge and restaurant with a casually-chic modern look for all the family.
On 27th of August 2016, Rook opened its doors, bringing a unique Sri Lankan experience to the Geelong public.
Owner / Barista / Tea Master / BBusCom (Finance & Economics)
Yeti arrived in Australia in 2008 to start his higher education at Monash University.
Soon after commencing his studies, he joined McDonald's to begin his retail/hospitality journey where later he was promoted as a Manager.
Later he traveled to Sri Lanka for a year where he helped with his family businesses.
In 2016 he came back to Geelong with the dream of giving Geelong a unique experience, a Sri Lankan experience. He combined his hospitality experience and finance & economics acumen to give birth to Rook.
Later he obtained a vast knowledge of tea, becoming a Tea Master with Tea Masters Australia.
Follow him on IG: @yeti.kum
Dee arrived in Australia in 2007 to start her higher education at Deakin University.
While working with Ritchies Supa IGA she completed her degree and soon began work as an Accountant at The Warrnambool City Council and later at The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), Colac.
After giving birth to Aarya in 2016 it was her influence that lead Yeti to open Rook. She guided Yeti trealize his potential in combining his business acumen with hospitality experience to commence this enterprise.
Apart from being a full time mother, she also helps Yeti at Rook.
Co-owner / Accountant / BCom (Accounting & Finance)
"First time eating Sri Lankan food and now I've just booked a holiday to Sri Lanka for 7 nights"
Rook : Sri Lankan Fusion
92-94 Malop St,
Geelong VIC 3220
(03) 5222 7905
Breakfast & Lunch
wednesday - Friday - 10.ooam-2.30pm
Friday & Sunday
Seating 1 - 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Seating 2 - 7.15pm-8.45pm
(Kitchen closes prior)