Visited for lunch with a friend and it looks like a typical city hotel. Small lobby but nice use of available space and the interior was clean.
The ground floor restaurant or "The Bistro" as they call it can seat 30+ and is well laid out again considering the limited space they have to work with.
We ordered the "Business Men's Lunch" a 3 course meal which is very decently priced at Rs.1,100 per person. I added a Greek salad in addition.
The salad was fresh and crisp with a nice balance of flavors and textures although the feta cheese was a touch too sharp in taste. The Cream of asparagus soup with crisp croutons which followed the salad was very nice in both presentation and flavor.
The main was crumb fried chicken with buttered veges and mash. The veges were nicely done,but the mash could have been, well, more mashed, The chicken was well cooked but it should have been grilled and not crumb fried and that would have gone much better with the veges.
The dessert was a disaster. Chocolate swiss roll with strawberry sauce,.. really?? I was intrigued to see what this would taste like, and it tasted awful. Not so much because of the sauce but because the swiss roll was at least a few days old and dry and had been frozen before being cut and served. Both desserts were left uneaten. It was the one blemish on an otherwise decent meal.
The coffee served at the end of the meal was great. It took the edge off the bad taste left by the dessert.
The entire meal was served at a very leisurely pace, and was nicely spaced between courses.
At the end of the meal we took a ride up to see the rooftop bar and it was a stunning view of the city that greeted us when we got there. I am betting that it will offer the best city view at night from any location within Colombo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best Western Elyon Colombo, part of the largest hotel chain in the world, is the newest business hotel to open in Colombo. Featuring Large ultra-modern rooms, an 'All-Day' Dining Restaurant', a Fitness Center, Business Center, Lounge Bar and a Specialty Restaurant. Guestrooms are all Classic Wooden fit outs that offer space, comfort and rest. Double thick mattresses, plush fine linen and a pillow menu offer the wearied traveler an isle of comfort and rest. Expect to be surrounded by all modern facilities such as LED TV, i-pod dock/sound station, personal safe, coffee & tea unit, mini-bar and free wifi internet. The en suite bathroom comes with rain shower facilities, shaving mirror, extensive toiletries and a hairdryer. Our fully-fitted bar with a casual ambiance and silky jazz offers a vibrant meeting place for guests and friends. Fusion Cuisine, Weekend Grills and Exotic Cocktails create the perfect setting to warm down after a busy day; just relax and watch the city lights. Our Staff at the 24-hour reception can also assist with luggage storage, laundry, car rental and room service. We serve with love and a smile. The Hotel is 5 kms from the City Center, 2.8 Kms Bambalapitiya Railway Station and 3.4 Kms from the Sri Lanka National Museum. The Bandaranaike International Airport is 32 kms away. The Royal Colombo Golf course and shopping district is located just 3 kms away. ... more less
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