Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo

A wish came true

It was a sunday evening when dad announced that a business client from Riyadh who arrived in srilanka a week before wanted to meet us and has invited us for dinner at the mount lavinia hotel colombo. I was overwhelmed with joy as I have been wanting to visit mount lavian hotel for a long time and never got the opportunity. Another reason to celebrate was the content and experience I will be getting through this visit which I can post on my blog.

Reaching mount lavinia hotel

 

We travelled by car and it took us only 30 minutes to reach the hotel. Passing through the weekend traffic and stopping by at odel to shop for a slipper in a hurry as mums slippers tore on the car. We finally reached mount lavinia hotel and was welcomed by the guy who was the gaurd wearing a white colonial style suit.
On the parking was a big bus with passengers from abroad which I assumed maldivians who have just reached the hotel. Amidst the little crowd we managed to figure the way to the restaurant. The way to the restaurant, sea and huts were fun with a bridge that had a train track running beneath. It was train time I guess and the loud sound of the train engine filled the air with the breeze of the sea and the slight drizzle which made the atmosphere more enjoyable.
Walking through steps which lead us towards the seafood cove restaurant and inn which was located on the sea shore overlooking the sea.

The Sea Food Cove Restaurant


It was so beautiful with the sea in the background and the breeze giving some fresh air through the lovely hut. The restaurant was built of plain coconut tree leaves which I call. I love the aroma of coconut trees. Anything and everything thats made of coconut is pleasant to the naked eye. I guess I’ve gotta pay a visit to the coconut development board very soon and write up a special article on the topic. Getting back to the hut. I always imagined huts to be airy with a good aroma of fresh air either from the sea or plain green grass which is so pleasant to breathe in. Looking at the atmosphere at the seafood cove I was even more delighted to dine in there.

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the first path which was the first view of the area

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Seafood Cove Restaurant

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the path leading to the seafood cove restaurant and the beach

sea view from hut

sea view from hut

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in for some wine?

outdoor seating

outdoor seating idea for the summer season or late in the afternoon to enjoy an early dinner while the sun set (I just cant stand the imagination I wanna be there at sunset soon.)

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the welcome by the hostess, the guitarist and the drummer. They play a nice song with a tune which we call baila. The song and music makes the atmosphere even more romantic. You can dedicate a song to your loving partner if your on a honeymoon and make the day more memorable.

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a nice couple enjoying a late dinner in peace. I just saw a grilled lobster in their plate. I guess they are enjoying the retired life

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the seafood cove restaurant hut

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the kitchen at the seafood cove restaurant. They do wear gloves 🙂

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the fish on display. You choose the fish and they will do it the way we want it.

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the boat shape fish stand I love this image

the menu ordering

 

The arab who invited us in for dinner had his wife order the meals. We were welcomed with a complimentary orange juice and kater in half an hours time she ordered the dinner which she struggled amidst my translation to the chef on how we need the fish to be cooked.

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Our Main Course 1 – grilled fish with BBQ Sauce

prawns

deep fried prawns in chinese batter

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Main Course 2 – grilled large garuppa with garlic and butter sauce

It was drizzling and lightning outside the clear dark sky outlined the thunder. The light sea waves outlined the seashore with a clear picture of the water in white. Walking out of the seafood cove restaurant inn I experienced peace. The silent waves, light drizzle and cool wind was so refreshing though it was the later part of the night. The lamps made of wood were lit in every tables to give a more serene look.

The welcome drink enjoyed over a lamp light.

The welcome drink enjoyed over a lamp light.

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Love for Seafood

Since childhood until today I’ve had only fish and prawns. When I was twelve I remember my dad bringing squid from the market and my mum refuse to clean as she hates to cook any seafood apart from fish and prawns. Ofcourse she has never tried her hand with squid. So my dad starts cooking the squid by himself singing a song

my dear dallo

My dear dallo

Dallo is the sinhalese word for squid. I tasted my dads dallo and fell in love with it. My dad is a good cook 🙂 When I was 22 my uncle got some crabs from the market and got it devilled especially for us and we all tried a tint piece which was barely anything that would help us fall in love with. Many years have passed and pregnancy created a hate for seafood in me and soon after coming to srilanka for delivery my sister in law treated us at a newly opened seafood restaurant.  I was so taken in by the looks and atmosphere in the first place. The contemporary interior was so enjoyable for a pair of eyes that was yearning for some relaxed location to dine in peace with a slow music playing somewhere in a distance. The manhattan fish market was a franchise opened in srilanka with an array of seafood cooked in western style served hot and prepared fresh. The menu was overwhelming.  An enthusiasm over poured in myself chasing away the pregnancy moods and bringing in a craving as if I was in my early stages. The lobster was one thing I wanted to try.  The large lobster platter was beautifully grilled just before serving right in front of our eyes in an adventurous way. Next in order was the prawn and calamari dishes. Having tasted the lobster for the first time in my life I almost crave for lobster now. The adventure image All mains were grilled using a torch the mains wpid-2013-06-07-21.24.25.jpg The grilled prawns wpid-2013-06-07-21.12.18.jpg Our calamari and muscles platter Favoutite Beverages wpid-2013-10-07-01.44.28.png The mint and lime crusher The dessert wpid-2013-10-07-01.43.01.png Brownies with ice cream and hot caramel. I would give the restaurant a 10/10 star. mafaza

Brinjal and shrimp wrap

Making dinner for one is very tough especially when you feel like having something special and delicious yet easy to prepare in 10 minutes.
Going through recipes and finding the right recipe is more time consuming.
Being on a particular diet plan and preparing a healthy meal has always been a challenge to me. Especially being a heavy rice consumer in srilankan style with those delicious spicy meat and curry dishes, one can never follow a diet as cravings take over leaving a second thought like this is the last time I eat or i’ll do my walking and workouts tomorrow and make up for the heavy meals.

I have been working on creating a healthy meal and have successfully gone through various invention test which am really glad I did.
One such recipe is the following brinjal and shrimp curry.
I prepared them from scratch and left over shrimps and made myself two wheat flour flat breads that were salt free and oil free.
Surprisingly my first attempt to prepare a salt and oil free Rotti worked out perfectly and was really palatable, soft and delicious that is soaked in oil with adequate salt Rotti.
I would like to share the two recipes below –

brinjal and shrimp curry
Ingredients
1 medium sized round shaped brinjal
1/4 cup prawns
1/2 a medium onion
Salt to taste
A pinch if tumeric
1/3 teaspoon chillie flakes
1/3 teaspoon chillie powder
A dash of crushed pepper
A pinch of cumin
A large pinch of coriander powder
1 teaspoon oil
A slice of line to garnish

Cooking instructions
1.Chop the onions and brinjal into equal size according to the size of you shrimps.
2. Heat oil in a pan and sauté onions with brinjal for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.
3. Add all the spices with salt to taste.
4. Continue stirring and cook by adding two tables spoons of water until the brinjal is cooked well.
5. Stir in shrimps and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the shrimps are cooked fine.
Turn off heat and serve it over a wheat flour flat bread.
Garnished with some lime juice from the slice and sprinkle some corrida fee leaves if you have, I dint have any so I couldn’t use.
Coriander leaves should be added to the brinjal and shrimps soon as you turn of heat which will bind the flavor with the curry.
Serve warm like a wrap or separately with some thick dhal.
This curry is prepared using only one teaspoon oil which is ideal for a person on a 1600 calories diet like me 😊.
To make the salt less wear flour flat bread.
Add a cup of flour and knead with some water as required until the dough is smooth and soft.
Roll out on a board and grill over pre heated pan for 2-3 minutes in each side over a medium low flame.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and will be posting more delicious recipes keep watching.

The healthy part of this dish is its prepared with no salt nor oil and is very thin.

 

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Ready to roll up

squeeze the lime before serving.

 

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Tempering in the pan smelled good

Street food – Isso wadey (prawn vada)

Street foods are always delicious and easily available in many countries at a very nominal price.
One always care for street food for its extraordinary flavor and exciting aroma of the spices sometimes pull us towards the cart.
Sri Lanka is a country with various different cultures and food has a special flavor with the richness of various Sri Lankan spices blended together.
street food is readily available all over srilanka and one can never miss the delicious prawn vada which is called isso wadey in Sinhalese readily available at galle face which is a very high class area surrounded by the Indian Ocean in one side and luxury 5 star hotels in the other side. while I remember the name prawn wadey I really feel how much I miss Sri Lanka.
Walking along the galle face with the sea embracing you with warmth and freshness filled with a ting of saltiness
One can never forget the experience.
I remember my childhood watching the sunset from the steps along the sea and wondering how beautiful Mother Nature is, and realizing the value of time which god has gifted human beings.
As I walk by the sea area there are many stalls selling various stuff but the majority is food.
One can find many carts of isso wade and recently they have introduced crab vada which I couldn’t try it, but had included in my to try list.
Last time I was on vacation I found a couple of tourists inquiring the vendor as to what it is and they bought a few. It is a very unique street food served with a sauce.
Make sure to try it out when you visit srilanka.

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