Colombars love buffets. Well, we love anyone that will give us as much food as we can eat.
Buffets are generally associated with hotels and that's mostly the case here in Colombo. While that may seem quite mainstream, the good news is that each of these places have something they do particularly well, with most of them priced between Rs. 2000 - Rs. 2500. So here's a quick round-up of some of Colombo's buffets with some of their pros and cons.
Please Note: These are listed in no particular order.
While this list is in no particular order, we feel that Taprobane's buffet is one of the best deals around. At Rs. 2400 it does fall in the higher-end, but it also offers the widest selection overall. Their variety of salads and cold meats alone make this an excellent buffet, and don't be too surprised if you find yourself stuffed after just the starters. The mains also cover a number of cuisines and meats while managing to maintain a good level of consistency. Their desserts could use more variety but that's a minor gripe.
The buffet at Governor's Restaurant is another one of our favourites, and probably the best choice for those with a sweet tooth. They've also got a great selection of salads, but the best part about their buffet is the desserts, which remains unmatched both in terms of variety and straight up tastiness. While we would have appreciated a few more mains, the ones we tried were all pretty good. At Rs. 1900, this is totally worth the money.
Latitude at Taj Samudra offers one of the more expensive lunch buffets in Colombo. While they don’t particularly specialise in a particular area, they offer a well balanced spread. This one was a bit of a mixed bag with certain dishes really standing out and others not quite at the same standard. Their roasted pork loin was excellent with the meat cooked to perfection and the fat rendered beautifully. Conversely, they were clearly lacking variety in the carbs department. The problem is that they don't quite offer enough for the price.
The Harbour Court's lunch buffet finds itself right at the top in terms of price, but thankfully it offers a varied spread and arguably the best seafood selection of the places we've tried. The rest of their stuff is also generally very good, so this is a solid option all around, though their central focus is towards seafood, which we're totally fine with.
Compared to the other buffets on this list EAT at OZO offers a limited selection. The saving grace however is that their meat dishes are excellent and they use some unorthodox ingredients like polenta. At Rs. 1900, this is one of the cheaper options and while their selection is limited, they do offer a bit of everything. We tried their pork roulade, beef kofta as well as the roast chicken, and each of the dishes were well seasoned, not overcooked and flavoursome.
Echo at Cinnamon Grand is well known for it's Italian cuisine. They also offer a unique antipasti buffet for Rs. 1250, which is basically salads, cold meats and starters. This is different from everything else since it mainly focuses on Italian cuisine. So if you're a fan of Italian this will be right up your alley.
Each of these buffets has an element which they tend to do better than the others, so hopefully this list will make the decision process a bit easier. As always, if we've missed anything please do let us know in the comments section.
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