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Buba Restaurant And Beach Club

42/11 Vihara Road, Mount Lavinia


Buba Restaurant and Beach Club is one of Colombo's older beach hangouts. They've got pretty secluded part of Mt.Lavinia beach to themselves, seafood is decent plus its mostly BYOB ;).



Buba Restaurant and Beach Club is one of Colombo's older beach hangouts. They've got  secluded part of Mt.Lavinia beach to themselves, their seafood is decent plus its mostly BYOB ;).

Location & Service

Around five years ago Buba was one of the more happening beach spots, with events happening quite often. It also had reputation for being a bit dubious. Nowadays, however, Buba's crowds have dwindled, partly due to the location which is at the very end of the beach stretch past Mt.Lavinia Hotel.

But then again this is also not a terrible thing since you have a good degree of privacy. Oh, and there's this one very domesticated con artist of a squirrel, who will literally walk up to your plate and steal your food, while you fall for its cuteness.

Service was pretty fast since the place was relatively empty when we were there. The waiter was friendly but its more of a casual type of service, which is nice for a change. They actually told us that Buba is now mostly geared towards foreigners since certain local crowds can become "troublesome". But from what we experienced, if you're nice to them, then they will reciprocate.

The Food

The menu at Buba is relatively short compared to the likes of Barracuda and The Station. Its mostly seafood with a few grilled meat options. Note that it's more expensive than other beach side restaurants. The reason becomes apparent when you see that this stretch of beach is full of foreign vacationers. Expect to pay around Rs. 1500 each. We didn't eat a whole lot but the stuff we tried were actually pretty tasty.

The grilled baby octopus (Rs. 575) was something I've been wanting to try for a while since it's hard to come by. You get two baby octopi in honey and soy sauce, served on a bed of kankun. The sauce was pretty strong in terms of flavour with it being mostly soy with a touch of sweetness from the honey. This is actually necessary because the octopus is similar to a tougher version of calamari with more meat. Overall we'd say it was a satisfying starter.

The batter fried calamari (Rs. 1400) while flavoursome, was very pricey. It was good, but we wouldn't say it's as good as some of the hot butter cuttlefish offerings from contemporaries up the beach. The calamari itself was fresh and cooked well. The batter was crispy and light, if a bit lacking in terms of spice. If you want it a bit spicy or with added chilli, you can tell the waiter and they'll cook it to your preference. Also any seafood you see on the menu can be had either batter fried, pan fried or grilled.

Remember that squirrel we mentioned? He apparently likes calamari.

We weren't too keen on dessert, but we tried out the chocolate mousse (Rs. 350) which wasn't fancy, but still surprisingly good. This wasn't like super high quality chocolate, but it was light, creamy and just plain enoyable.

Conclusion

Buba may not be as happening and busy as it once was, but its still a pretty good spot to hang. Their food is tasty but pricey, and the they offer a great view of the ocean.


TIP

The fries are good - rough cut chunks of deep friend potato generously sprinkled with a scarlet chilli powder. Yum.

Address

42/11 Vihara Road, Mount Lavinia

Directions

Pay attention. Head down Galle Road till you get to the Mt. Lavinia Market (there's a Bata and Food City). Then head down Station Road. Take the last left, just before the road ends. Pass Old Quarry Road and turn left on Vihara Road. Follow this road until it ends in a sandy parking lot. Then cross the railtracks to Buba.

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Best Battered Calamari in the town 😻 ❤

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the_liyanageeey

Best Battered Calamari in the town 😻 ❤

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