Kottu, sans Roti
Mount Lavinia Hotel
brings healthy kottu
Chef Publis gave a whole new definition to our usual
‘kottu’ meal at the Healthy Kottu Festival held at
the Mount Lavinia Hotel last week. It was a fusion
of innovativeness and multi- ethnic cuisine.
As chef Publis says Sri Lankan cuisine is nourished
by several different communities of people like the
Portuguese, Dutch, British, Indian, Arab, Malay and
Moors. He used this intrinsic quality of Sri Lankan
cuisine and presented a unique dining experience for
all the guests who are always looking forward for
his healthy and innovative dishes.
Using all local ingredients, Chef Publis gave a
different meaning to kottu and he said the dining
experience was about kottu and not kottu roti. The
normal kottu roti we have is made out of Godamba
Roti, vegetables, egg, meat, and various spices but
Chef Publis made kottu without the roti. This
healthy meal was enjoyed by all who came to the
kottu festival because of the menu did not include
the usual ingredients as used in a normal kottu.
“I want to add a difference to our everyday Sri
Lankan meal which is rice and curry. Because there
is no variety Sri Lankans think that our cuisine is
not that interesting. But even foreigners will be
intrigued by this as this is unique, new and
healthy,” said Chef Publis. Kohila Kottu, Del Kottu,
Kos Kottu, Corn Kottu were some of the dishes that
were enjoyed by the crowd.
However, I thought the Karan koku kottu was the
most interesting one out of all the dishes because
karan koku itself was a new delicacy for most of us.
It is a plant usually grown near river banks and
making kottu with this was quite an interesting idea
and so was the taste. Even the sauce which was used
was a local one. It is extracted out of fish bones
and all the other sauces like soy sauce, oyster
sauce were not even seen when they were making kottu.
The taste of these kottu were further accentuated by
the tang of the sauce because it was salty, spicy
and also it had a seafood taste which added a unique
flavour to all the dishes.
The kottus were mixed with rice, chicken, seafood
or lamb to our own liking. I would say the
healthiest one was the ‘Pala kottu’ which was made
out of green leaves. Though I did not quite enjoy
the flavour of it, it was definitely healthy as the
slightly blanched leaves tossed with vegetables and
shrimps were a wholesome meal.
One of the crowd’s favourite was the corn and
chicken kottu. The steamy hot kottu tossed and
turned with rice, vegetables, chicken and corn was a
flavourful meal because it was both spicy and sweet.
The spicy chicken and soft corn was a perfect
combination and it was healthier than consuming the
usual kottu roti. The kos kottu was also a favourite
dish among many. Though we think that these
ingredients would give bland tastes it was even hard
to imagine that the dishes were wholly out of these
ingredients because the crunchy shrimps tossed
together with soft and steamy kos (jack fruit)
pieces was unique and new to everyone’s palate.
Always bringing new ideas to authentic cooking Chef
Publis once again gave us another reason to look
forward for a truly Sri Lankan dish.
It was only the roti that was missing from the kottu
but the rhythmic beat of the constantly clashing
metals pieces and the sea breeze made the perfect
setting to enjoy a wholesome meal of kottu served in
a truly Sri Lankan style.
Galle Face Hotel
The smell of
freshly-baked bread and cakes hits you every time
you enter Pasticcino, the Pastry shop of the Galle
Face Hotel, Colombo.
The café’s most popular attraction is its’
sandwich bar. Healthy, light and a quick snack, the
sandwiches which are made fresh are popular among
the office crowd. The tuna sandwich and the chicken
barbeque sandwich are the most popular ones. Guests
also have the option of mixing ingredients to make a
sandwich to suit their fancy for the day. There is a
set lunch and dinner menu available as well which is
diverse with rice, pies, kottu, bagels, wraps,
burgers and pasta all figuring. If it’s a quick
snack you’re looking for Pasticcino has a wide range
of short eats available. The coconut sambol and
cream cheese sandwich adds a local flavour while the
quiche Lorraine is available to suit a more Western
Pasticcino also has options to suit a sweet
craving. Local favourites like the ribbon cake and
chocolate cream cake are freshly baked daily while
others such as the White Cherry Brandy Cake can be
made to order. With just twenty-four hours notice
the Pasticcino is sure to whip up your favourite
cake for any celebration from birthdays to
anniversaries. However if you require a special made
to order cake it is best to sit with the Chef a week
or so prior.
Dining out with kids can be a tiresome affair.
However at the Pasticcino it is a different ball
game altogether. With items on the menu named after
popular, favourite cartoon characters coaxing your
child to eat should not be a problem. Also kids
below the age of eight can enjoy ice cream for free.
The Tea Lounge, overlooking Galle Road arguably
Colombo’s busiest road, also a part of the
Pasticcino is a popular choice for business
meetings. Serving a wide range of teas the tea
lounge also serves a range of alcoholic beverages
for those looking for a drink during the day.
Executive Chef Rasika De Soyza together with his
Pastry Chef Saman have made Pasticcino a popular
choice for families, business men and women and
teenagers alike for the delicious food available,
reasonably priced. The Pasticcino is easily
accessible through a spiral staircase leading
directly to it from the Regency car park of the
Galle Face Hotel..
Banquet at Emperor’s Wok
Colombo’s Chinese restaurant; the Emperor’s Wok will
prepare authentic Beijing cuisine together with Chef
Hok Leung and two guests flown in from Hilton
Shanghai courtesy Cathay Pacific Airlines from April
1-10 during dinner.
The dynamic trio will dish out Beijing BBQ dishes
such as Macau style pork belly with crispy skin, BBQ
Lamb rack Beijing style and for the adventurous
diners delicately marinated duck tongue with
preserved plum and the ever famous Chinese favourite
Peking Duck along with the traditional
accompaniments carved in front of you by the hotel
Peking ducks are raised for the sole purpose of
making the food. Peking duck is processed in several
First the ducks are rubbed with spices, salt, ginger
coated with honey mixture, red vinegar and Chinese
wine and then kept hung in the air for some time.
Then the ducks are roasted in an oven, or hung over
the fire till they become golden brown. After the
duck is roasted, the skin becomes golden and
intensely crisp. While hot, it is cut into squares
and served with thin pancakes, called Peking
doilies. Gigi De Silva, the hotel’s Marketing
Communications Manager said, “We are looking forward
to giving our food connoisseurs an authentic treat
of a Beijing banquet at our very own Chinese
restaurant which caters to a large crowd not only to
the Chinese community but also to locals who
appreciate good Chinese food in Colombo.”
For more details and for reservations, please call
the food & beverage office on 2544 644 or log into
Luv: For the love of chocolate
By Shabna Cader
It’s easy to get tired of tea and coffee nowadays
and choice of milkshakes on the market aren’t really
tempting either. “I’m not the tea and coffee kind of
person either and people used to tell me that I
needed to drink milk at least; but even plain milk
wasn’t something I enjoyed,” admitted Ishfa Nawaal,
Director of Choco Luv.
“One day I decided to add some Nutella into the milk
and it honestly turned out pretty good. I had in the
meantime also heard about a similar concept from
friends who live abroad including in the Maldives
and I wondered why it wasn’t adopted here,” she
added. And that led to the introduction of Choco Luv!
This new hangout or rather cafe is the new kid on
the block. All the milkshakes include a certain
amount of chocolate and ice-cream. The choice of
adding ice-cream isn’t milk is purely because the
icy blend is creamier and far more fitting to make
milkshakes with. Other additions to the menu board
include popular brands of chocolate like Ferrero
Rocher, Nuttela and Kinder Bueno. And there is an
array of added flavours including hazelnut, almond,
mint and pistachio which made the milkshakes all the
“We didn’t want to introduce the same kind of
milkshakes that are found in other cafes and bars.
We wanted something different with our key
ingredients being the chocolates and ice-cream. We
want to give our customers a twist to their
milkshakes and a one-of-a-kind experience at Choco
Luv,” said Ishfa. These milkshakes are the outcome
of a combination of Cargills Magic ice-cream and
internationally recognised brand Ferrero Rocher.
The ‘chocolate’ shakes start at Rs. 180 upwards and
are not priced more than Rs. 250 so the yummy treats
are afforded and satisfying at the same time.
Choco Luv is the perfect place to hang out not only
with your friends but also with the entire family.
The cafe is open from 2pm to 10pm from Tuesday to
Sunday, so even parents who work during the day can
come, relax and unwind after hours with their
Range of shakes
Ferrerro Fantasy – Crisp hazelnut and milk chocolate
blended together with vanilla ice cream to make a
delicious milkshake that all you Ferrerro fans out
there are definitely going to enjoy…
Nutty Nuttella – The original hazelnut spread! Now a
milkshake, with the unmistakable flavour of hazelnut
cream made all the nuttier with a sprinkle of nuts.
A definite hit!
Oreo Delight – A delightful combination of Oreo
biscuits and ice cream, you don’t need to eat
biscuits when you’re hungry, simply gulp down an
Oreo milkshake instead.
Kinder Moments – Hazelnut cream filled wafer with
a chocolate covering combined with ice cream to
bring out a crunchy milkshake that you can munch
while you drink it.
Moonlight Delight – Mint choco chip ice cream
blended together with tic tac drops to make it all
the more mintier… A sure love at first sip!
Chocolate Magic Milkshake – Chocolate ice cream
shake with chocolate sauce and a choco wafer to go
Magic Vanilla Milkshake – The simple yet enjoyable
milkshake 100% ice cream with your choice of extra
toppings chocolate sauce/strawberry sauce/wafer
stick/ extra nuts
Strawberry Milkshake – An all time favourite, still
highly in demand by all young and old (with a
topping of your choice)
|Traditions come alive at
According to the
contemporary American martial arts master O. Fred
Donaldson, “Children learn as they play. Most
importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
The Kiddies’ Camp at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is
designed around this concept. Children go to school
to learn because they have to, but make fascinating
discoveries at Kiddies’ Camp because they want to.
Every month since October last year, the hotel has
provided children below twelve with an environment
conducive to learning through play.
Based on a fresh theme every month, Kiddies’ Camp
has managed to capture the fleeting attention spans
of a cross section of children. This month the crew
welcomes Avurudu early with an ‘Avurudu Pola’ theme.
It will give the kids an opportunity to experience
the essence of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in a
child friendly manner.
Children will be invited to participate in games
such as Kotta Pora, Kana Mutti, a bun eating
competitions and even an Avurudu Kumaraya & Kumari
competition. Even the tradition of ‘ganu denu’ will
be demonstrated to them to ensure local traditions
do not fade with time. The activities on the cards
are not exclusively for children. Mums and dads will
be invited to share in the fun too with specific
games that will be arranged for the young at heart.
Beginning this March, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
partners with Tomahawk who will offer a lucky child
a bicycle at every Kiddies’ Camp. The bicycles are
available in various sizes, and an appropriate one
will be gifted to the winner.
The hotel’s chefs have planned a kiddies’ menu of
traditional treats such as Kavun, Kokis and
Thalaguli as well as Western food including an ice
cream station. The buffet will consist of food
children love to eat, so no child goes hungry.
On March 27, let the kids don the traditional
clothes and embrace the occasion. Kiddies’ Camp
begins at 3 pm and the fun goes on until 6 pm.
Tickets are available at the hotel and are priced at
Rs. 750++++ for children between two and twelve and
at Rs. 1,200 for adults. For inquiries or
reservations contact 2491016.