I came here for dinner a few weeks ago.I have been here before a few years back and it was quite a let down, but i have heard from friends that it has radically improved lately.
When we arrived we were seated and very politely served by a young waiter. the decor has not changed a bit since we last came here, except the outdoor restaurant has been converted into a glass walled bar. We have ordered some cocktails and they were a real good quality,
It is not the cheapest but it is properly made not like in some other places in Colombo where you might get a cocktail for a cheaper price but it is just juice, they hardly add any alcohol. All in all the drinks we good, nicely presented, the barmen seem to be well trained as well as the waiters are very courteous.
We have ordered our food and were given bread to munch on while waiting.
The food was very nice, the portions are ok size not too much not too little just enough.
Overall i'm am very impressed with the place, it has improved ever so much the quality the cleanliness and service. There was only one let down that really made me not wanting to come back anymore.
I have been living in Sri Lanka for more than 10 years, and although of course i am a ' foreigner' it Doesnt not mean that i am any different as i practically grew up here. Most people of course wouldn't think that a foreign person does speak and understand Sinhalese.
Please do tell your staff, and management not to make comments and dirty jokes about your customers in Sinhalese as some people might be able to understand it.
As we were waiting for dessert i assume supervisor a tall younger man in dressed in black while standing in the other side of the room has made a comment about our group to a member of staff whom we have seen at the reception when we arrived ( myself and my 2 gentlemen friends who luckily are not able to understand the language) and has made a few indications of what they are going to do to me tonight if we have an other cocktail and in addition a joke about what he would had he had the chance.
i did not confront him i don't think he was worth it. Now i think i probably should have i was just too upset at the time.
Such a let down after a nice meal, and good service, a shame, something like this i would expect from a 3 wheeler driver or a road worker but not someone in a fine dining establishment. Never ever assume that people do not understand what you say just because their skin colour is different.
and as for people reading this review, i do not want to put you off a nice dinner, for a good price since it is quite rare to get nowadays in Colombo, just try to ignore what the staff might say behind your backs.
Favorite Dish: Smoked Salmon Cornet
The Heladiv Tea Club became one of my absolute favorite places during my 4 week trip in Sri Lanka.
This is partly because i am a big fan of good coffee and i like to have it while i clean my inbox and read the news online in the morning and the Heladiv Tea Club has free wifi for all it's clients.
I first of all went there for coffee several times and their Cafe Latte was the best i had anywhere in Sri Lanka.
I also had their sandwiches a couple of times and they were really good.
I am normally not a big sandwich eater but this was really tasty stuff.
Once i had a beer there and their selection is all imported.
Would like to have a local option there as i think Lion Beer is of a very fine quality.
The staff were always excellent and i was always treated real nice even when i came in to the place in my bicycle outfit.
There is both inside seating with air con and outdoor tables with natural fresh air :)
This is a place where the well educated young sri lankans likes to hang out and i found the atmosphere there very pleasant.
I loved the place and i will be back.
Green Cabin in Sri Lanka is reputed for quality food. The ambiance has been done up food is awesome especially their Special rice and hoppers served in the Colpetty outlet. Today, me and my friends decided indulge ourselves with their yummy eclairs and other savoury items in the menu. After placing the order, we said that we wanted to eat in the restaurant. Then I over heard the manager calling the steward that since we ordered pastries and not eating rice and curry, we are not allowed to eat in the restaurant and wanted us to sit in the corner of the restaurant by entrance. How DARE he say something like that? After all we had money to spend and weren't going to take forever to eat. Mind you the restaurant was not crowded at all and their were plenty of places of places to it. It was under renovation and the table he pointed was covered with dust as a technician was busy fixing a lamp. I rudely told him that, we can't sit their because of their dust and ultimately decided to take out the food.
My point is, we were treated with the worst of treatment a customer can get. It was rude of the manager to assign a corner seat when there was plenty of places to sit. WE WERE TREATED LIKE ANIMALS INSTEAD OF DECENT CUSTOMERS.
IF A FOREIGNER WALKED IN TO GREEN CABIN, I BET THE MANAGER WOULD NOT HAVE ASKED US TO SEAT IN A TABLE WHICH WAS COVERED WITH DUST. SHAME ON YOU GREEN CABIN. I HAVE DECIDED THAT, I WILL NEVER GO TO GREEN CABIN EVER. DAMN SHAME ON YOU GREEN CABIN
Favorite Dish: Special rice and hoppers served in the Colpetty outlet
The food was fantastique, loved it, loved the atmosphere, loved the desserts, even loved the drinks cause of the unique concept of making it sizzle. Personally The sizzle was a really great food experience and from all the steaks ive tried in sri Lanka i could not find any better one than in The Sizzle. It was extremely delicious
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish was the weiner schnitzel steak, its an extremely thin and tender slice of steak coated with breadcrumbs and dipped in your choice of sauce. With this dish coems an array of vegetables and carbs. Its unique because its almost like you get to make your own dish, there are so many options to choose from and in the end it always ends up tasting brilliant.
I spent three nights in Colombo searching for a great restaurant but found no luck. I later realized that a lot of the upmarket social like (shopping & dining) revolve around the 4&5 star hotels.
We spent our last dinner at the TransAsia Hotel. We went there for Thai food but ended up eating at the Terrace Seafood Restaurant. Apparently almost every night they have a showcase of fresh seafood from crabs, lobsters, prawns, snappers, squid and even shark. You can select your dish and approach any one of three chefs: Chinese, Thai or Indian. They will cook the fresh ingredients in any way that you like including an open bbq. The vegetable bar is all you can eat and so you select fresh uncooked veggies and they will cook for you.
What's even cooler is that you can eat from any of the other restaurant menus. For example we had dessert from the Chinese restaurant and soup from the Thai.
If seafood is not your thing they have a good Chinese / Indian and Thai restaurnat with one of the nicest decors I have seen in Colombo.
Favorite Dish: Tom Yam Koong
Stir Fry Morning Glory
Crabs in Chilli Curry
The ambience of the restaurant is GREAT! A nice trip back to German cuisine. Once inside, you wouldn't know you were still in Asia. This restaurant has been here for as many years as I can remember! Extensive menu, reasonably priced. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos.
I ate here again on my latest trip and again enjoyed it; and fortunately, it was much busier than previous times, with the increased tourist traffic since end of the war.
I was taken here by a couple of my local girlfriends for a casual evening meal and found the place to be absolutely delightful!
Granted, it wasn't too busy as we were there on a Wednesday, but the service was attentive and very polite and helpful, as none of us were sure what we wanted to order and had a lot of questions.
The menu has a lot of different selections from burgers and sandwiches, to vegetarian. This is one of the newer places to open since the war ceased in 2009, which offers a wider selection of western, casual fare.
I can't recall what any of us ordered, but we tasted each other's and everything was fresh, well presented and great!!
is a restaurant near the mount lavinia hotel.
they are good and correct and good prices. They have the cheapest big beer at the beach
210=22%(10rvice charges+12%government taxes)=265rps
the other restaurants are expensive of make confusion with some with 10% taxes others with 22% taxes, some the same price for a small beer.
bad mentality,mount lavinia is a rich part of the city and therefore they try to get from the tourists
if you like spicy / hot burning foods, this is the place. they even serve raw chillies. the place is walking distance from the galle face hotel where we stayed. for muslim, this restaurant serve halal foods. very convenience with good view and fronting the Indian ocean. recommended.
The restaurant is clean but not luxurious. No aircon. Pleasant Indian-style decor. Well-patronized by locals at lunch-time.
Favorite Dish: Garlic naan and chapathi with vegetable curry and the "free" accompaniments (sambals) were excellent, although a little less oil in the curry would have been better. Rava kesari (semolina with cardamom cooked in ghee) is a yummy dessert.
They have a lot of steaks and other meats, including lamb, but also offer Vegetarian, Biriyani, Halal, Rices, Seafood, etc.---I am sure everyone could find something they like!! but everything is cooked and served sizzling on a hot plate and there is PLENTY on the plate and we were a group of 12 and everyone enjoyed their selection! You also get choice of a starch and a carb, and sauces, and vegetables are also included.
They have a full drink menu as well as desserts.
There are less-expensive items on the menu; but if you have steak or seafood and a dessert, it will be in the price range I selected.
They also have several private rooms for groups, such as we had; all air-conditioned.
Favorite Dish: I had the lamb chops in pepper sauce and they were very tender and delicious, with mashed potatoes which were creamy and very good.
Located in the commercial heart of Colombo (the Fort), but in a quiet cul-de-sac away from the hustle and bustle, behind the Regal Cinema. Unusually for this location, it offers adequate parking. Not air-conditioned, but it is cool as it well shaded from the sun and with plenty of fans. The interior has the feel of an established restaurant, nothing too modern or luxurious.
Favorite Dish: The value-for-money meal here is the set menu lunch of rice and curry at Rs.350 + VAT. I was a little late at 1.45 p.m., and this meal had run out. I was going to order something different anyway, and went for the baked "talapath" (a fish similar to tuna). This was fresh, tasty (a little too much salt), and accompanied by intelligently cooked vegetables. Beer was reasonably priced at Rs.200 + VAT for a 750 ml. bottle of Three Coins.
Pleasant decor, although not luxurious. Well air-conditioned. Good service. Some parking is available.
Favorite Dish: There is a nice selection of "mocktails" (non-alcoholic cocktails) at reasonable prices. I had a mix of lime juice and grenadine syrup for Rs.145 + VAT (about $2.00). My main course was stir-fried beef and vegetables with rice and garlic sauce. It tasted good and was a cut above the food you get at a typical Colombo Chinese restaurant, although slightly too oily. I saw the folks at the adjoining table having a yummy dessert of a hot chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and ice cream. This restaurant offers good value for money.
The restaurant is elegantly designed, but I wouldn't describe it as cosy. Serves Sri Lankan as well as Asian food. I ordered a spinach quiche with "garden salad". The quiche was excellent, but I thought the salad would be more substantial than just lettuce. I didn't like my waiter "upselling" by getting me to order garlic bread I didn't really want.
Dessert was hot chocolate and ginger pudding, which was quite good, but the cook had skimped on the chocolate.
I prefer the nearby "Cricket Club" restaurant which definitely gives better value for money.
The cafe is located in a pleasant garden, although the noise of the traffic outside is definitely noticeable. The food carries the trademark of Koluu, who is doing as much as any other chef to take Sri Lankan cooking from the parochial to the international,.
Favorite Dish: I had curried lamb with rice and salad. The dish was well presented and made a refreshing change from the traditional Sri Lankan "rice and curry", which is rice heaped on a plate with some rather nondescript curries on top. In this dish, each item was thoughtfully arranged on the plate inviting the diner to savour the different preparations on their own before combining them. The lamb was tender, but I must say it was excessively spiced with black pepper even for a Sri Lankan palate. I was grateful for the cooling cucumber and green coriander salad with a simple curd dressing. The small portion of rice was itself memorable, being "tempered" with fried onion. The final touch which raised this this dish above the ordinary was a home-made mango chutney, darker in colour than what you buy from the supermarket, and definitely superior to the latter.