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California Grill (Galadari)

Hotel Galadari, 64 Lotus Road, Colombo 1


California Grill is one of the city's older fine dining restaurants, located at the rooftop of the Galadari Hotel. They serve a selection of seafood, steak and grills as well as a variety of flambé dishes.



California Grill is one of the city's older fine dining restaurants, located at the rooftop of the Galadari Hotel. They serve a selection of seafood, steak and grills as well as a variety of flambé dishes.

California Grill has a great location. Sitting atop the now rather old and faded Galadari Hotel, the rooftop restaurant has a streaking view down the Galle Road - the sea on one side, the glittering city lights on the other. It's pretty - especially at night. Make sure you book a table near the window so that you can make the most of it.

However, while their service remains excellent, the quality of the food has slipped rather drastically. This could have just been the evening we went, an off night and an unfortunate cut of meat - but the food was disappointing enough to dissuade the notion of another visit.

We ordered two Power House (Rs. 3600 each) - a 200g sirloin steak with green pepper sauce accompanied by sautéed mushrooms and garlic mash. Both dishes arrived sans mushrooms, and while the first few mouthfuls were edible, a good third of the steaks were so fatty and tough that they couldn't barely be chewed let alone swallowed. After working my way through the fleshy centre (we asked for medium rare, but this was served a bit too close to rare) an inedible, mangled crescent of meat lay on the plate - a limp carcass too tough and chewey to consume. The vegetables, again, were underwhelming and the general plating of all the dishes were sloppy and inelegant; the mixed grill resembled something you'd serve yourself at an uncle's barbecue - a piled mess of meat, starch and sauce. Compare to Chesa Swiss, where the veggies are cooked and seasoned to perfection and all dishes are presented beautifully.

If you want a good steak in the city, we can't wholeheartedly recommend California Grill. Chesa Swiss and London Grill charge about the same for much better. The menu does, however, contain an extensive selection of seafood, which may prove better than the steak. The desserts, however, were good - the trio of sorbet and crepes suzette (they flambe it in front of you) in particular, and the venue is nice - and forgotten enough that it doesn't get too crowded. If you navigate the menu cautiously, it may possible to make a good night of it.

TIP

Make sure you book early and reserve a table by the window.

Address

Hotel Galadari, 64 Lotus Road, Colombo 1

Contacts

Website

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Cuisine

Fine Dining

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
2
Quality Rating
2
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3

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User Reviews
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5/5

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Koshala

The place is superb. Lovely view. Really good food.
More than anything the staff & service is by far the best I'v come across. They look into every detail in giving the customers a good enjoyable time (the A/C was a bit too cold, but as soon as I entered one of the staff members approached me and asked if it was too cold, then reduced the A/C near by even before I said anything and ended up offered me a shawl. Very thoughtful.)
The advice on the tip to book early near the window did come in handy. Thanks for that.

K
1

5/5

0

Koshala

The place is superb. Lovely view. Really good food.
More than anything the staff & service is by far the best I'v come across. They look into every detail in giving the customers a good enjoyable time (the A/C was a bit too cold, but as soon as I entered one of the staff members approached me and asked if it was too cold, then reduced the A/C near by even before I said anything and ended up offered me a shawl. Very thoughtful.)
The advice on the tip to book early near the window did come in handy. Thanks for that.

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