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“Best restaurant in Bentota”
Review of Escoffier - CLOSED

Escoffier
Price range: US$5 - US$35
Cuisines: Sri Lankan, Indian, Seafood, International, Asian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Description: Modern, Stylish and Comfortable. Soak up the ambience and enjoy our inspired menu. The restaurant combines a palette of vivid colours and elegant teak furnishings. Escoffier has been styled into an all day affair where you can choose from a cup of coffee to a sumptuous semi fine dining meal.It is a great place for Al fresco dining with its timber paved beautiful Verandah where you can enjoy a cup of tea while listening to the soul soothing sound of sea waves with glimpse of the sea. The restaurant has 36 covers inside, 24 covers on the Verandah and 16 covers outside in the courtyard. Escoffier is open from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm on everyday.Restaurant's all-day menus include a great value plat du jour as well as a stunningly good a la carte choice. It is the best place in town offering an extensive choice of quality international food and beverage items, as well as local specialties and in addition - 'made to order' favourites. Whether you're looking for an affordable yet chic restaurant to take your date, a warm, inviting venue to have a BBQ with your friends on weekend, Escoffier has something for everyone.
Tokyo, Japan
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115 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Bentota”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

We stayed 4 nights at the Mermaid Cottage in Warahena, Bentota (same owner as Escoffier) and ate lunch/dinner in nearby Escoffier around 6 times. The Sri Lankan curries and seafood are excellent and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Looking forward to going back again soon.

Would also highly recommend Mermaid Cottages. Superbly located, great value, and with wonderful staff.

Stephen W (Tokyo)

  • Visited December 2013
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“could have been better”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

we visited at lunch time to have fish and chips, which last year was excellent, juicy chunks of white fish in crispy batter and chunky chips. This visit the fish was grey the batter soggy and the French fries were crispy, such a let down

Visited January 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
“highly recommended”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

Had a great dinner at Escoffier with family and friends. Superb food, friendly staff and value for money. highly recommended

  • Visited February 2013
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Bangalore, India
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good service, good food”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

The place was right next to where we stayed and thus an easy option after a long travel to Bentota. I had read really good things about it, so it was an easy choice.

My companion received their main course very quickly, while my starter (coconut crusted fried calamari) took forever to arrive. Once it did, I think I knew what the delay was. They had trouble controlling the temperature of their frying oil, because even on a second attempt, my calamari was on slightly burnt side. The flavors we really good though, so it was a shame that it had become rubbery and the crust had hardened. But I was really hungry, and the spicy and tangy crust made me still finish off most off my plate.

My mains were a prawn curry with a what seemed like a kilo of rice. The curry was tiny compared to the carbs that they served it with -- needless to say, I barely got through a quarter of my rice before my curry and prawns were over. Again though, the flavors and spice levels were good.

I think this was systemic of most places in Bentota -- hit some notes, but misfire on just enough to take them over the top. Just compared to their peers in the city, Escoffier is a good option, though it would be just about average in other cities.

Visited December 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“opposite turtle hatchery”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

After early evening visit to hatchery, we walked along beach for less than 100 metres, and turned to main road where is this restaurant. We collected beers and went back to beach to watch sunset and listen to waves, before going back to Escoffia to eat [food quite good]. A good evening.

  • Visited December 2013
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Brodrigo, Owner at Escoffier, responded to this review, 2 January 2014
Thank you for your great review. We are glad that you enjoyed our food and the location.
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