By Hashini Pathirana
Totally Hooked CMB, as we are all aware, is widely renowned for its exquisite seafood. However, we understand that there may be individuals among us who either do not consume seafood or are unable to enjoy it, and they might question whether a visit to Totally Hooked CMB would be worthwhile. Leave your worries with us and rest assured, we are here to alleviate all your concerns and uncertainties by giving you a delightful preview of the diverse range of non-seafood delicacies available at Totally Hooked CMB.
When at Totally Hooked CMB, we usually sit downstairs, however this time we decided to explore the space upstairs to try something different. I must say, the ambiance was fun-friendly, characterized by a pleasant and inviting atmosphere, well-lit surroundings, and attentive staff members who were always ready to assist. It was quite a busy Saturday noon, with a blissful; crowd as excited as we were to try some delightful dishes off the hook.
The menu at Totally Hooked CMB has definitely an appetizing range of seafood and non-seafood options to choose from. And since we are on a mission to discover the goodness of non-seafood options at this diner, we were recommended some of the best non-seafood options from the menu to try.
The perfect salad option to get you fueled up on a lazy Saturday noon, this Spartan Salad got quite a kick to it. This artfully arranged bowl includes Iceberg Lettuce, Boiled Eggs, Sliced Tomatoes, Croutons, Corn, and as the ‘pièce de résistance’, you have the freedom to select your preferred Proteins, adding a personalized touch to this culinary masterpiece. The crowning glory of this Spartan Salad lies in its house-made dressing that the mixed ingredients are topped with and is definitely a delicacy that please both our eyes and taste buds.
The lettuce was as crispy as it could be while the eggs were of a good texture in our palettes. Croutons were well crispy but could be a bit softer and smaller in size. Crunchy and sweet Corn was an added bonus. We ordered Chicken as our choice of Protein, and to be precise, the Chicken was well cooked/roasted with flavor. Hence overall, this dish was quite tantalizing and is definitely a must try if you are looking for non-Seafood options.
P.S: You can customize your Salad bowl with your choice of Protein between Chicken and Seafood, or you can order the salad just as it is, without any proteins included in it.
Price per portion : LKR 890/=
The Hungry Chick
Presented as their pinnacle choice of non-Seafood delights, The Hungry Chick has carved its place as a cherished signature dish. The bowl is served as crispy chicken topped with a medley of sweet corn and their signature BBQ fusion sauce, alongside a portion of well-cooked butter rice. While the portion of butter rice has its own magic to it and boasts its enchanting allure, we felt that the chicken could be crispier if not excessively coated in the tantalizing sauce.
On the other hand, the corn was satisfyingly crunchy and was ‘wok-ed’ to perfection. While the dish is designed for sharing between two average palates, we believe this dish holds immense potential for even greater refinement and heightened focus, leaving room for further culinary innovation.
P.S: Personalization is the name of the game for this dish. You have the freedom to select your preferred type of rice, used in making this dish. Additionally, you can also opt out to order the crispy chicken and the signature BBQ fusion sauce separately, without having the chicken coated in it, for a more refreshing and crispier twist.
Price per portion : LKR 2,690/=
Tortilla Wrap with Chicken
From the range of ‘Super Starters’, we opted out for Tortilla wrap with Chicken, and with unwavering conviction, I proclaim this wrap to be as extraordinary as this range promises. All our credit goes out to the chef, who has masterfully crafted this culinary masterpiece, while also letting us grab a glimpse into his exceptional skill of preparing this wrap.
The tortilla wrap itself, even without the filling, strikes a perfect balance between how soft and crunchy the bread is. However, it is the electrifying combination of fresh lettuce, gherkins, onions, cheese, the in-house dressing, and the succulent wok-fried chicken slices that truly enhances this dish completely. With gherkins and the in-house dressing turning out to enhance the roughness, it was quite spicy throughout the wrap, but the cheese melted inside was like God-sent to balance off the flavors. Chicken slices were pretty tender in texture, making it easy to chew on.
Served with an authentic Malaysian dip and a side of fries, this Tortilla wrap with Chicken was an absolute banger and could be our favorite non-seafood dish at Totally Hooked CMB hereafter. Even the fries were thin cut, however homemade and hence was refreshingly crispy. We are totally hooked on to this wrap as each bite effortlessly leads onto the next, leaving us craving for more even after our plate is empty.
P.S: With this dish too, you have the freedom to choose your protein between Chicken or Shrimps, or you can even opt out for the wrap without any proteins, making it a whole veggie delight.
Price per portion : LKR 1,850/=
From the Beverages
We were encouraged to explore their new menu of Sparkling Drinks and hence were recommended to try the all-new Green Apple Punch and Lychee Cola. It was the Green Apple Punch that truly fascinated us. With a good selection of syrups and the use of fresh ingredients, this was a refreshing drink, effortlessly combining the essence of green apple & lime and treating us to the best of both flavors in a single sip.
Price of Green Apple Punch : Small priced at LKR 775/= | Large priced at LKR 1550
The sweet essence of Lychee and the timeless taste of Cola are what makes the Lychee Cola, the hero it is at Totally Hooked CMB. However, we felt that the flavor of lychee was quite climbed over by the nostalgic flavor of Cola. Overall, the drink was a relief, helping to beat the heat on Saturday noon.
Price of Lychee Cola : Small priced at LKR 775/= | Large priced at LKR 1350
Totally Hooked CMB, renowned as the ultimate seafood destination in Colombo, goes beyond expectations by embracing a diverse range of non-seafood delicacies. They prioritize the needs of their clients, treating every guest like royalty and embodying the true essence of “Customer is king.” What sets Totally Hooked CMB apart is their commitment to customization, empowering guests to personalize their dishes according to their preferences, ensuring a truly tailored dining experience.
Therefore, we conclude that the non-seafood options at Totally Hooked CMB are absolutely worth a try for anyone who doesn’t fancy seafood and hence, embark on a culinary journey at Totally Hooked CMB, where the fusion of seafood and non-seafood options, coupled with exceptional customer service, promises an unforgettable dining experience for all.
Location : 173, W.A. Silva Mawatha, Colombo 06
Opening Hours : Daily from 12 PM to 12 AM
General Price Range : LKR 600/= – LKR 10,000/=
Website : http://totallyhookedcmb.lk/
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