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3/5

MEX

231, Galle Road, Colombo 04


MEX is Casa's new traditional Mexican restaurant which replaces HVN.



HVN has been replaced by MEX as of May 2016.

Casa Colombo has a reputation for being more than just a bit over the top, and HVN is no different. They offer continental fusion cuisine and they do it quite well, but the service is slow, so be prepared to stick around for a while.

Food

Compared to other establishments in the same price range, the menu at HVN is very limited. It's pretty much just 4 pages, with around 6 or 7 options for each course. They've got some classic western dishes and some local favourites like cheese koththu thrown in the mix as well. From what we tasted though, it would seem that the few dishes they do offer, they do pretty well. Most of their mains are priced between Rs. 900 - Rs. 1500, with a few dishes pushing the Rs. 3000 mark, but in general expect to pay around Rs. 2000 per head.

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We ordered the pepper crusted tuna steak (Rs. 980) and the slow roasted beef fillet (Rs. 1200). We felt the prices of the dishes were not too bad, but it should be noted that these don't include either taxes or service charge. Portions were adequate, not large but not small either. They also offer a complimentary basket of roast bread with tomato and mint dips. While the bread is nothing to talk about, the dips were very flavoursome.
 

Pepper Crusted Tuna Steak Tuna steak

 


The tuna steak was served with an interesting gotukola salad (which was pretty much a mallung) and a drizzle of pesto sauce. The tuna was cooked well and the pepper crust (spice rub) was seasoned perfectly. We weren't sure how the two would go together but the gotukola salad complemented the tuna steak quite nicely. Each element on the plate was cooked well, though we would have liked a bit more pesto sauce and maybe a carb on the plate as well.

 

 

 

Slow Roasted Beef Fillet Beef fillet

 


The beef fillet was served with a bowl of garlic rice and boiled asparagus. We asked our beef to be cooked medium, and were happy to see it was just right when we cut into it. It was topped with a thick jaggery sauce, which both added a layer of smoothness and a nice sweetness to the beef. The garlic rice was also cooked brilliantly, one of the best we've had. The asparagus on the other hand was bland, lacked seasoning and under cooked, which is a shame since it would have completed a nearly perfect dish.

 

 

Dessert

The dessert menu at HVN was pretty decent with some varied choices. We ordered the hot chocolate cake (Rs. 550) and chocolate empanadas (Rs. 400).

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The hot chocolate cake was served with a scoop of ice cream and salted caramel. The cake itself was somewhat similar to a lava cake, but instead of a chocolate center this had a salted caramel. It doesn't ooze out like a lava cake but it does make the center of the cake nice and moist. The ice cream, which was just a scoop of elephant house vanilla, actually worked quite well with the hot cake.

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The chocolate empanadas were served with a candied orange crisp and a strawberry coulis. An empanada is a sweet pastry (or as we Lankans call it- "pattis"). It was baked very well and filled with chocolate which oozed out when you cut into it. The strawberry coulis had the right mount of sweetness and combined to give us the taste of chocolates and strawberries which we love.

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Service & Ambience

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This is where HVN dropped the ball. We went during the lunch service and were the only patrons at the time, so they don't have an excuse for slow service. It took nearly 30 minutes for our dishes to come to the table which is far too long by any standards. The waiters were friendly, but were nowhere to be seen most of the time. We had to wait nearly 10 minutes for a waiter to come and finally take our orders. Hopefully this isn't the case during busier times.

 

 

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The ambience at HVN is just as over-the-top as the rest of Casa Collombo. The interior of the restaurant is brightly lit, with a golden baroque ceiling, mosaic tiles and two massive black fans (which don't really do much spinning). The most gaudy feature though, has to be the wall painting of the four rishis, who seem to just be chillin' on the clouds and what not.

Conclusion

HVN is not your typical restaurant, with it's extravagant architecture and over-the-top interior decor, but we think Colombo needs more of these. While the choices are limited, the food is pretty great. Hopefully the disappointing service we experienced was a glitch rather than the norm.


TIP

You can sit inside, on the verandah or even outside, on the couches under the trees.

Address

231, Galle Road, Colombo 04

Directions

On Galle Road, past Holy Family Convent, Casa Colombo is on the first small by-lane on the land side before Visakha Road.

Contacts

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This place has closed down

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Cocktails

Ratings Breakdown

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

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sularefdo

"HVN is not your typical restaurant, with it's extravagant architecture and over-the-top interior decor, but we think Colombo needs more of these."

"The hot chocolate cake was served with a scoop of ice cream and salted caramel. The cake itself was somewhat similar to a lava cake, but instead of a chocolate center this had a salted caramel. It doesn't ooze out like a lava cake but it does make the center of the cake nice and moist. The ice cream, which was just a scoop of elephant house vanilla, actually worked quite well with the hot cake."

SMH.

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sularefdo

"HVN is not your typical restaurant, with it's extravagant architecture and over-the-top interior decor, but we think Colombo needs more of these."

"The hot chocolate cake was served with a scoop of ice cream and salted caramel. The cake itself was somewhat similar to a lava cake, but instead of a chocolate center this had a salted caramel. It doesn't ooze out like a lava cake but it does make the center of the cake nice and moist. The ice cream, which was just a scoop of elephant house vanilla, actually worked quite well with the hot cake."

SMH.

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