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 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).
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.
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.
FLOW has a good multi-cuisine buffet and great service.
FLOW at the Jaic Hilton does a full buffet perfect for business lunches.
FLOW is a restaurant at the Hilton Residences' that serves up a variety of international and local cuisines.
Open 6.30AM to 10.00AM, 12.00PM to 3.30PM, 7.00PM to 11.00PM