La Voile Blanche is a chic white washed beachside restaurant in Mount Lavinia. The service is friendly and the food is pretty good, albeit a bit expensive.
If you're on Mt. Lavinia beach, there's no shortage of restaurants to choose from. Being so close to the beach most of these places offer some pretty decent seafood, but they tend to be quite similar in terms of look and feel.
La Voile Blanche is probably one of the most distinguishable restaurants on that stretch with its all-white theme which they manage to pretty much nail with white furniture, wooden walls and even all white uniforms for the waiters. They've also got quite a bit of seating so it's a pretty good option for small groups. Around 6PM would be the best time to drop in, so that you can get a great view of the sunset.
The service was fast, during a time with a fair amount of diners. The waiters were friendly, attentive and willing to make some pretty good suggestions when deferred to.
Although La Voile Blanche is a beachside restaurant, they don't overly emphasize seafood, instead opting for a more well rounded menu which covers a wide range of dish types. A few things we noted was that LVB seems to be very popular among tourists, and as such expect the prices to be relatively higher than other places and the food to be generally light in terms of spices and heat. Besides their food menu, they also offer a pretty decent selection of cocktails priced at Rs. 650 and Rs. 1000.
While we waited for our food to be prepared I tried out their arrack paradise (Rs. 650), which is a mix of arrack, passion fruit and lime. This one is actually pretty great if you're a fan of arrack, and even if you're not, it's still good. It's definitely not one of the stronger cocktails we've had, but the flavour of passion fruit and tanginess of the lime works very well with the kick from the arrack.
The smoked seer fish (Rs. 700) is listed as a starter, but it's pretty much a main when you consider the portion size. The smoked seer is served with a honey pepper plum sauce and a hefty portion of mixed lettuce salad. In terms of flavour the seer was well seasoned with the smokiness coming through nicely. The honey pepper plum sauce, although not too visible on the plate, added a needed contrast of sweetness. The only issue with this one was that the seer was slightly overcooked, so the texture was a bit harder than we would have liked. The salad was fine, just very fresh and quite filling.
We also tried the grilled medallion of pork (Rs. 1200). You get three medallions, a good amount of caramel mustard sauce, roast potatoes and boiled veges. The pork was quite heavily grilled which gives it a dark colour. The caramel mustard sauce was probably the best element on the plate though. It actually worked very well the slightly charred flavour of the pork as well as the roast potatoes.
As per their recommendation, we tried the tiramisu (Rs. 500) for dessert, which tasted brilliant. This is probably the best tiramisu I've had, with a heavy layer of coffee flavoured cream on top with a layered center of cream cheese, ladyfingers (it's the cake, not to be mistaken with okra), and coffee liqueur. It's just a great mix of textures and flavours which all work beautifully together.
If you're looking to have a fancy(ish) meal on the beach, La Voile Blanche might be a good choice. They've got a unique theme to go along with some decent food, great dessert and good service.
La Voile Blanche is a chic all-white beachside restaurant in Mount Lavinia. The service is friendly and the food is pretty good, albeit a bit expensive.
La Voile has a good location, decent service and seems appealing enough. It's just that the food isn't very good. Over-complicated, over-garnished, and definitely over-priced.
Head down Hotel Road into Mount. Turn right at the sign and head towards the beach. You'll hit De Saram Road, turn right. There's a sign for La Voile, you can park on the beach access road and walk through the hotel there.