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FLOW (Hilton Colombo Residences)

200, Union Place, Colombo 2


FLOW is a restaurant at the Hilton Residences that serves up a variety of international and local cuisines.



The Hilton Residences is not really a hotel (they're residences) but they nevertheless maintain star-class hotel facilities. Among them is FLOW, their multi-cuisine restaurant.

FLOW and the next door coffee shop let you experience hotel-level food and service quality without going all the way down to the Galle Road. When we saw that they had a Nations Trust Bank American Express offer this season, we went to check it out.

The Food

The first question with a dinner buffet is why. Yes, people serve dinner buffets at weddings and events, but going out for one is rare. Brunch, lunch yes, but dinner buffets are usually for hotel guests. But they needn't be. If I may give you just one reason: unlimited sushi.

I was once stranded in Manila by a typhoon and the main benefit was that the hotel had a sushi buffet, which I consumed for breakfast lunch and dinner. if the fish is fresh and well prepared, this alone makes any hotel buffet worthwhile.

The FLOW selection is excellent, and generous. Normally you have to beg for a decent serving from across the glass counter, but in this case, the young man actually gave me too much. Unlimited tuna sashimi and salmon sashimi, what a wonder.

This being a multi-cuisine restaurant, there are multiple cuisines. The primary categories being Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Western. My personal favourites from that range were the Chinese (everything from dim sum to a surprising take on bitter gourd).

Near the sushi, you can also spot a bunch of fish and cuttlefish on ice. Just pick one up, select your sauces and they'll make it for you fresh. This was wonderful and is a great idea for any buffet.

The one thing I wasn't impressed by was the desserts. Usual Sri Lankan hotel buffet selection of wobblies. There must be a market for them because every hotel has this sort of dessert, but it's not me.

The Location And Service

Recently refurbished, the dining room is spacious and beautiful. The service is excellent. Beyond just seating us, the host showed me around and explained everything. The cooks behind the scenes are needed to serve food sometimes, and they could be a bit more attentive, but they are cooking.

Overall this is the best non-hotel hotel buffet you can get in Colombo. Small category I know. If you want to expand out a bit, this is a comfortable place to have unlimited sushi and an assortment of nibbles, basically everything but dessert.

Note that Nations Trust Bank American Express Cardmembers get 25% savings on dinner at FLOW, including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Eve. This continues till March 2019, so it's a veritable buffet of dates.


TIP

Call and make a reservation.

Address

200, Union Place, Colombo 2

Directions

HCR is next to Staple Street down Union Place. You have to walk into the Staple Street side entrance of the hotel to get to FLOW.

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Open 6.30AM to 10.00AM, 12.00PM to 3.30PM, 7.00PM to 11.00PM

Cuisine

Chinese Indian Sri Lankan Japanese European

Dish Types

Meats Seafood Pasta Salad Beverages Rice And Curry Beef Pork Chicken Sushi Pizza Wine Hoppers

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3
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P M Prathaban

I arranged a farewell get together for my Team of 14, reservation was done on the previous night @ 10.00 pm. It was well organized, the table was ready on time. The buffet lunch was fabulous. No words to describe. The restaurant Manager on duty Mr.Rukmal Silva was very much attentive, and well assisted by Damith & Nipuni. Seriously one of the best restaurants in Colombo.

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P M Prathaban

I arranged a farewell get together for my Team of 14, reservation was done on the previous night @ 10.00 pm. It was well organized, the table was ready on time. The buffet lunch was fabulous. No words to describe. The restaurant Manager on duty Mr.Rukmal Silva was very much attentive, and well assisted by Damith & Nipuni. Seriously one of the best restaurants in Colombo.

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