Sunday, February 13, 2011

Reunion + Birthday Dinner @ Tintagel Colombo

It was my first time having a CNY reunion dinner with family as well as celebrating my birthday in a foreign land. As the rumours have it that I am holidaying with my bf or rather newfound bf is totally bollocks. I wished I had either but the trip to Colombo was to visit my sister whom is on a short term overseas work posting and since the whole family hasn't been to Sri Lanka, we decided to pack our bags and go!

What's a better trip than leeching on the parents? Airfare - check! Accomodation - check! Money - check! And off we flew to Colombo on the 31st January midnight.



The dinner place selected by Yiling was a very beautiful boutique hotel called Tintagel. Tintagel (pronounced as tin-ta-jal) was completed in 1930 where it became the residence of a few influential politicians including Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga whom progressively became a Chief Minister, Prime Minister and then Sri Lanka’s first female President in 1994. Then, in 2005, Tintagel, the family home of the Bandaranaike’s was leased to Udayshanth Fernando by the family to become Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo, a unique private hotel.



The dinner was held at THE DINING ROOM where a chic indoor restaurant is offering the choice of international cuisine. It has a very dimmed setting with leather upholstered chairs paired with black lacquered tables, white linen napery and plum-coloured glassware. It is created for a fine-dining experience.



As starters, we had a Spicy Sri Lankan Crab Soup (Rs 645) where Sri Lankan mud crabs are cooked with curry flavoured broth infused with coconut milk and drumstick leaves. It was a very nice creamy soup that is unique and rarely found in our country. The Avocado, Lobster and Prawn salad (Rs 835) is dressed in a spicy sauce too. I guess everything is spicy in Sri Lanka even when it comes to continental cuisine!



We wanted to try as many dishes as possible. This includes the Crispy Duck with Apricot and Plum sauce, stir fried beans and roasted pistachios (Rs 2145), Fettucine with Lobster, prawns , crabs and spicy sauce (Rs 1485), Braised Pork Belly top with poached egg (Rs 1585) and the Rosemary Roasted Chicken with bacon and pumpkin (Rs 1285) were all commendable.



The Pan fried Red Snapper with rocket pesto risotto and roasted cashew nut (Rs 1795) was a very interesting dish with contrasting tastes and textures due to the tender fish paired with risotto and crunchy pistachio bits.

One thing about this place is that Tintagel doesn't have the alcohol license. Thus, we can't order any alcohol that night with our food. But their mocktails are quite good too as I sampled their Mojito and it's fine with me even without the infusion of alcohol.



We all had a good reunion dinner and it was fun exploring the hotel. It was funny having western food during this time of the year but at least it was something new. The last time the whole family went on a holiday together was more than 8 years ago! The dinner came up to about Rs 18000 which is about USD$180 where there is a 25% tax in Sri Lanka. Note that the prices displayed are all before taxes.



65 ROSMEAD PLACE,
COLOMBO 7 SRI LANKA.
T (94) 4602121 / 4602060
F (94) 11 4602168
reservations@tintagelcolombo.com


19 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a disappointment :(

Anonymous said...

what the lucky man who put the arm around your shoulder and neck. he looks young and could be mistaken as your boy friend, instead of your daddy

Taufulou said...

what a nice escape for cny. . with nice dinner and for bday . .

eiling lim said...

Anon 10:42 sorry can't help it.

Anon 12:18 Daddy would be happy!

Taufulou: Yeah it was. Happy V day!

Sean said...

quite a grand-looking historical place. kinda reminds me of the carcosa seri negara in kl :D
wonder whether you could have brought over a box/package of yee sang ingredients from kl to colombo, and tossed it with the lobster salad =)

suituapui said...

US$180? For how many persons? Not cheap...for a place like Sri Lanka? Food looks nice though...

eiling lim said...

Sean: yeah I would have and I actually wanted to bring a box for my sister. I guess it's the bad memory.

STP: For 5 of us. Yeah the pricing is like that in Sri lanka. The taxes is too high.

A Arthur said...

what a happy occasion for the family reunion dinner in a strange place...God bless all of you,

warmest regards
A Arthur

eiling lim said...

Uncle Lau: Thanks and same to you too!

YilingL said...

One of my Top 5 favourite places in Sri Lanka/ Colombo!

rainbow mushroom said...

no wonder my birthday message nvr reach u! so i c u on Wed rite?

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eiling lim said...

yiling: I know!

Yve Vonn: Is it lunch? Yes!

Transport Bulgaria said...

That crab soup looks amazing and I bet it was perfect. And that salad…hmm…yum! I am such a big fan of spicy foods. I also love the red snapper with risotto. Every dish looked awesome. Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a great time.

eiling lim said...

Transport Bulgaria: Thanks for reading and dropping by. The soup was great and not too heavy!

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