Colombo restaurant guide
A Taste of Asia in Sri Lanka
Indulge in the myriad of flavours the Asian cuisine envelopes in its gastronomic delights. The symphony of Asian cuisine offers both piping hot dishes as well as heavenly sweet delights. In between these two extremes, one might find delightful combinations of various tastes to tingle the tastebuds. Here are some of the best restaurants in the island that promise a gastronomic journey around the Asian continent.
Amagi Aria’s exclusive fine dining restaurant offers an exotic dining experience amidst the striking views of the Negombo lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Moya is the ideal dining destination to fulfill the seafood cravings. Diners can pick the day’s catch and enjoy the making of the dish in the open kitchen.
Stirred Cafe at The Cinnamon Red rooftop gives a good view of the city. This stylish, elegant cafe has its interiors in hues of red, blue, white and black. The 24 hour open cafe delivers a range of snacks ranging from burgers to wraps. The unique feature at Stirred is that you can order through their IPTV menu or order from downstairs and grab your meal anytime. They also offer wine, bottle beer, tea and coffee. It’s an ideal place to hang out with your friends. Stirred also has WiFi.
Colombo café culture
As you head into The Cafe, the calm atmosphere is ready to welcome you. The bamboo blinds and seating, split in between by glass paintings, are pleasant to watch. This rooftop cafe is an ideal location to have an evening view. A suitable place to have a romantic conversation, or right after a swim, to spend the evening. As you indulge and have a snack, the atmosphere is set to give you a calm and relaxed ambience. If you wish to have a healthy snack, then you can surely get it at The Cafe. The chef will even make a healthy salad just for you, on request.
Above Colombo’s busy streets, atop the Colombo Courtyard Hotel is an unusual alfresco restaurant, Cloud Café. This rooftop restaurant is spacious and contemporary, with long sleek tables evenly arranged and a few couches scattered here and there. It’s usually a peaceful and serene environment surrounded by Colombo City’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights at night. Cloud Café is host special evening events like Classic Hollywood Movie nights, Live Jazz Nights on Fridays and Concept Evenings. A range of starters, snacks, sandwiches, desserts, cocktails, mocktails, fruit juices, tea, coffee and other beverages are served here.
Sri Lankan Seafood Haven
Sri Lanka being a tropical island, it has a bounty of seafood delights which bursts with tantalising flavours. From the celebrated lagoon mud crab to lobsters, jumbo prawns and cuttlefish, the island has a great basket of seafood to offer. Here are some of the best places to satisfy your seafood cravings when in Sri Lanka.
The Fat Crab
The Fat Crab located along Marine Drive offers a wonderful seafood experience amidst breathtaking views of the ocean. The title says it all – ‘Fat Crab’, as the restaurant specialises in offering a plethora of crab dishes. The restaurant also promises to serve mouth-watering seafood platters. As it overlooks the vast aquamarine ocean ideally evenings make the best time to visit the Fat Crab. The pavilion seafood bistro has a casual setting swirling with the sea breeze. The wooden staircase leads to the deck of the restaurant where the colourful movie posters attract the attention as one enters. The lighting and cosy ambience at Fat Crab makes it a perfect place to have a romantic meal or a laidback gathering with friends. Specialising in preparing a variety of crab and seafood dishes, the restaurant is frequently visited by seafood lovers, Sri Lankans as well as foreigners. The Fat Crab’s extensive menu includes appetizers, soups, pastas and main courses, many of which are seafood dishes prepared to various styles of cuisine. The restaurant’s popular crab dishes include the Lankan Murunga Leaf crab curry, Singapore Style Chili crab, Black pepper crab, Garlic butter crab as well as the Spicy Negombo devilled crab accompanied by condiments and a slice of roast paan, steamed rice or fried rice. They also specialise in delicious platters such as Honey Ginger Chicken thigh steaks and Mongolian BBQ. Their mains feature delicious dishes such as the ‘Malaysian Fish Head Curry
The ambience at The Seafood Cove, Mount Lavinia Hotel, is extremely peaceful. With candlelit tables set beside the beach, guests feel happy in a breezy and scenic rustic island atmosphere. The Seafood Cove takes pride in serving freshly caught seafood from the Indian Ocean just steps away. The seafood is fresh, displayed on ice until cooked the way customers wish – whether grilled, sautéed, devilled, poached or fried. A live band playing soft music enhances the magic and charisma of the night while the waves gently wash the shore.
Ceylon Seafish Restaurant and Pub
Bright yellow walls lead to a spacious restaurant known as Colombo’s oldest seafood restaurant, with indoor and outdoor dining offering delicious seafood dishes. Equipped with three private dining rooms, this restaurant is ideal to host a lunch, dinner or gathering or to simply visit with friends and family. The theme of ‘water dining’ is brought out through the blue walls, which also compliment the food they prepare such as lobster, crab, prawn, mussel and other seafood dishes along with cuisines like, Chinese, Thai, vegetarian as well as some meat dishes. These generously portioned mouth-watering plates boast of flavour and quality. ‘Premium boat’ by Ceylon Seafish is a popular dish amongst its clientele for its impressive size and presentation. However, all other dishes are too loved by many and will surely keep you coming back for more. A distinctive feature of the restaurant is its take out menu, which includes salads to snacks, lunch and dinner dishes. Moreover, traditional and western buffets can be arranged on request and the unfussy staff will even cook up a personalised dish just for you. The restaurant and pub also has a walk-in wine cellar equipped with 200 imported wines and liquor. Guests can pick their own drinks, however the skilled staff is always around to help you pick the perfect spirit and put together cocktails and mocktails. In operation since 1969, they know what’s best when it comes to food and cater to a wide range of palates. The hospitable env
Picture a buzzing fish market, with fresh fare that you can select from. Then picture a work station with various chefs preparing the dish of your choice from the selected fare. If you can put all that together then you can understand the allure of the Lagoon at Cinnamon Grand. It is nothing but the freshest seafood that the restaurant offers it’s customers with the some 40 plus varieties of crabs, lobsters and fish on display. After weighing the selection you can select from the 30 different varieties of sauces and have the chefs prepare the dish in Thai, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Indian or Continental Style.