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Fine Dining in Colombo

In the mood for a fancy meal? Here are some upscale restaurants for a refined experience

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Dining at Tintagel

The appropriate environment is important whether you are meeting a business associate for lunch, or planning a special date night or family dinner. Colombo’s upscale restaurants set the ideal tone and mood for some exquisite fine dining experiences.

California Grill

The rooftop restaurant at The Galadari Hotel offers an exquisite dining experience at what can only be the most romantic setting in town. Stepping out of the lift, a large and elegant chandelier greets you as you step out. Spacious, with stunning panoramic views of the city and the sea, the restaurant is captivating. Soft lighting and candles complement the ambiance, along with soothing piano music, which sets the mood for a special dinner. What’s more, if you have a specific song in mind, the talented pianist will be happy to play it upon your request. The California Grill boasts a variety of steak and seafood dishes. If you are a fan of both seafood and steak, try the Norwegian salmon steak. Apart from alcoholic beverages, they have an array of enticing mocktails. The staff is extremely hospitable, and serves with a warm smile. They’ve also got an adventurous list of wines—not surprising as the restaurant is quite renowned among wine lovers. 

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Steak and Grill House

True to its name, The Steak and Grill House at Taj Samudra, presents an array of steaks, along with soups, salads, seafood and vegetarian options. Popular among diners, are the restaurant’s collection of New World and European wines. The restaurant has a cosy and warm environment, well suited for family dinners and intimate celebrations, while the dishes are lavish and well garnished. The Steak and Grill House, open only for dinner, regular and is attracts a chic and discerning clientele.

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The London Grill

Deep in the heart of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the London Grill seems never to have changed since it was opened about 40 years ago as Sri Lanka’s first five-star restaurant in what was then the Lanka Oberoi Hotel. The décor resembles a baronial hall, complete with massive metal plates as part of the table set up. The food is consistently good, keeping to its theme of a grill restaurant but with innovative starters (stuffed oysters?) and tempting desserts. The service is as smooth as it should be for this standard of dining. You might want to wear your best for this unique and special place, unusual to find in Sri Lanka.   

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Tintagel Restaurant

Famed for hosting the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Tintagel is a boutique hotel. One can dine at the stylishly decorated dining room or at The Courtyard. The dining room with its dark walls, artistic paintings and the refined dining setting creates a refreshing atmosphere while The Courtyard proves to be the ultimate al fresco dining option. The menu consists of exquisite options, which is truly reflects the sophistication of the hotel.  Along with an equal spread of both vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes one can avail of interesting entrees and soups. The dessert menu here has a diverse choice including the regular favourites and some exotic options such as the Rajakeeya and Via paradise. It also serves non-alcoholoc beverages. 

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Café Français

Located in the midst of Colombo’s central business district, Café Français entices with its distinctive facade. Walking past the al fresco seating area, you are transported into a spacious and elegant upscale bistro from France.  Black and white pictures adorn the beige walls while grand, plush couches and wooden floors complement the setting. The stunning interiors are complete with soft mood lighting and sleek tables, creating a very warm and welcoming environment.  The menu is impressive. You will find everything from pastries and breakfast meals to tapas, hot and cold starters, various vegetarian and meat dishes along with numerous desserts. The exquisite french dishes come in large portions—an added advantage. Café Français also houses a wine cellar that displays an extensive selection of the finest Wine and Champagne from France.  The Café bar, open till midnight serves an array of intriguing drinks and cocktails. At the ever-vibrant and sophisticated Café Français you will see groups of friends catching up over tapas and drinks, while families enjoy the upbeat music along with an authentic French meal.  The only French restaurant in town, this is definitely a place to go to—whether its for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails!

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