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Christmas Eve Dinners In Colombo (2014)

This is our round-up of places that do a good Christmas Eve dinner in Colombo. We've started with the restaurants and the five-star hotels are below. Please call to make reservations to avoid disappointment.

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This is our round-up of places that do a good Christmas Eve dinner in Colombo. We've started with the restaurants and the five-star hotels are below. Please call to make reservations to avoid disappointment. 

If you're looking for Christmas Day lunches, we've got a post on that.


Restaurants

Cafe Francais



Mmm, tasty. This is more of a seafoody Christmas (though you can choose lamb). CF's cooking is pretty reliably good, and the place is new and buzzing. 


Havelock Bungalow


Havelock Bungalow is a nice private garden with an impressive menu. Their ice creams in particular are nice. This season it seems like they've got savory ice creams (mustard, with tomato soup and crab toast) and the usual roast beasts. If they can hit the creme brulee that would be nice.


Bayleaf


Bayleaf is a beautiful place to dine. If you can score the big family room it's quite private as well. They do a comfort Sri Lankan take on Italian (which we like).


Chesa Swiss



Chesa Swiss were the original gansters in terms of Sri Lankan fine dining. They're definitely good at serving tender beef, and they have venison as well.

  • 7,650 / person
  • Full Menu
  • 11 2573433 / 11 4712716

Tintagel


Tintagel is one of the nicest and most historic spaces you can dine at in Colombo. They've got a holiday menu, which includes turkey roll, and their desserts are traditionally amaze.


Casa Colombo



Casa Colombo is the most modern of the Colombo boutique hotels and we've found their food to be consistently excellent value for money. It's also a really cool place to dine. 


Santore


Santore does the bomb Italian food in a beautiful location. Antipasta, risotto/spaghetti and tuna sashimi is not a traditional Christmas Eve dinner, but it should be good. And you get Italian desserts.


The Hotels

Kingsbury


Multiple options here:

  • Harbour Court (Rs. 4,200 nett) - festive buffet spread, AKA turkeys and hams and things
  • Ocean Seafood (Rs. 4,800 nett) - as the name implies, all you can eat from the seafood display. The Kingsbury is known for this
  • Sky Lounge (Rs. 3,500 nett) - all you can eat sushi isn't traditional but it is AMAZING


Call the hotline on 771 087 720 for reservations.


Cinnamon Grand


The Cinnamon Grand generally has our favorite all-round hotel buffet (we prefer the Kingsbury for seafood and veg). Their Christmas selection should be solid.

  • The Taprobane (Rs. 5,500, 3,000 for kids) - They have sittings at 7 and 9:30. This is usually an excellent buffet.
  • The London Grill (Rs. 8,500) - The most reliable place to have a steak in the city is having a seven-course menu.
  • Cheers Pub (Rs. 4,000, 2,000 for kids) - Cheers usually has hearty food and their buffet should be solid. Note that it's freezing, bring a jumper.
  • Echo (Rs. 4,500, 2,500 for kids) - They're having an Italian Christmas buffet
  • Noodles (Rs. 4,500, 2,500 for kids) - Their Asian place has all you can eat a la carte, which is a mind-blowing concept to us.


For reservations call 11 2497470.


Cinnamon Lakeside


The Lakeside Dining Room is a bit small, but they have a nice range of restaurants around, and special stuff at the Library (members only).

  • The Dining Room (Rs. 5,500, 2,750 for kids) - this is their main buffet. They also have a giant Yule Log.
  • The Library (Rs. 4,500, members only) - The Library offers a four-course menu with beverages and music. Member only. They'll probably play that song also. This runs till the 30th December.


Call 11 249 1884 for reservations.


Cinnamon Red


Red is the newest hotel in town. As such you can have cocktails and canapes on the roof or a sit down dinner in the Flavoured restaurant. 

  • Cloud Red (dunno, number was unhelpful) - Their rooftop bar is serving cocktails and canapes from 5 to midnight.
  • Flavoured (Rs. 4,000, 2,000 for kids) - Their restaurant is serving a dinner buffet.


Contact 11 214 5145 for reservations.


Mount Lavinia Hotel


The Mount Lavinia Hotel is a classic and the view over the ocean at sunset is magical.

  • Governor's Restaurant (Rs. 3,950, 2000 kids) - Their main restaurant has a 'good ol' Christmas spread'. Buffet we assume. They've recently redone the menu and kitchen here.
  • Seafood Cove (Rs. 4,900) - This place does good and generous seafood, if you're considering a nautical Christmas.


For reservations contact 112 711711 (ext 430/446).


The Hilton


Firstly, props to the Hilton for having the best organized website. Finding this info has been a pain. For Christmas Even they're hosting a dinner at Il Ponte (Italian, poolside).

  • Il Ponte (Rs. 6,000) - From 7-11 PM, you can enjoy a set menu of Italian food at their poolside location (across the street from the Hilton).



So that's that's Christmas Eve. If you're looking for Christmas Day lunches, we've got a post on that. If you're not having these meals with family, Colombo now has a lot of options for having them out. However you enjoy the season, we hope you do. 

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Dinners In Colombo (2014)

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