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3/5

Latitude (Buffet, Taj)

Taj Samudra, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 3


Latitude at Taj Samudra offers one of the more expensive lunch buffets in Colombo. While they don’t particularly specialise in a particular area, they offer a satisfying spread overall.



Latitude at Taj Samudra offers one of the more expensive lunch buffets in Colombo. While they don’t particularly specialise in a particular area, they offer a satisfying spread overall.

The Food

At Rs. 2450 nett, the lunch buffet at Latitude is one of the pricier options in town. It falls in a median point in terms of spread somewhere between the likes of OZO and Mount Lavinia Hotel at the upper end of the spectrum. They do, however, offer a good variety of preparations. One area they were lacking was in the carbs with a choice of just steamed rice and noodles.



We were impressed by the salad spread, which we’d say falls just a bit short of Mt. Lavinia Hotel. One area that they did have most others beat was the pre-prepared salads which were excellent.


For cured meats they had smoked beef, rolled chicken and pork salami. We tried each and they were all fine, but nothing to write home about. Going back to those salads, we loved the beef and asparagus salad, which was fresh, tasty and worked well with the thousand island dressing.


Looking at the mains, while the choice of carbs were disappointing, the meats and seafood offered a nice contrast of preparations and cuisines.


Our favourite among the meats was the roasted pork loin with peach sauce which was cooked to perfection. The fat was also rendered beautifully so that each slice just melts in your mouth.


The Chinese chilli crab while cooked well, lacked a balance of flavours,  and could have done with a bit more sweetness to counteract the chilli. One thing we did appreciate was that it was presented in a way that you could scoop up the crab meat with a spoon, so no messy hands.


The oddly named coconut fried chicken was pretty much a batter fried chicken lollipop with chilli onion sambol. The batter itself is quite spicy but the chicken was very tender, so the textures work well.



They had a sizeable dessert spread, but once again we felt like there could have been a bit more to choose from seeing how they do charge more than others.


The positive is that most of the desserts were quite good. Our favourites were the dried fruit florentine, with it’s nice crunch complemented by the flavour of the fruits, and secondly the layered blueberry panna cotta which wasn’t overly sweet and had good mix of textures.

Ambience & Service


In general, the Interior of Taj looks great with the high ceilings, large pillars and marble floors. Latitude, however, is a bit dull in comparison, and could use a bit of a facelift, especially in terms of their furniture which just looks boring and uninspired.


The service was one area we couldn’t really fault. The waiters were friendly,  very attentive and carried themselves professionally.

Conclusion

The buffet at Latitude does many things right with some tasty salads and meat dishes, but we feel like they need to offer a bit more for their price point.

Address

Taj Samudra, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 3

Directions

Go straight past the Galle Face roundabout (on the Galle Road) and you'll see it on your right.

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Open 12.00 PM - 3.00 PM & 6.00 PM - 10.00 PM

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3
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Rahul nazareth

We have been frequently visiting the restaurant "ports of call" Now before latitude, but our yesterdays experience was very pathetic, we had gone for a office get together for the buffet and were served stale hummus, it was stinking, it was sad and embrassing to see this happen at taj, even after complaining there was no much response from the staff. This is not expected at least from Taj

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Tyjo

Pathetic food. Waste of money. Cluless chef! Instead of changing the name to Ports of call, they should have changed the chef.

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Rahul nazareth

We have been frequently visiting the restaurant "ports of call" Now before latitude, but our yesterdays experience was very pathetic, we had gone for a office get together for the buffet and were served stale hummus, it was stinking, it was sad and embrassing to see this happen at taj, even after complaining there was no much response from the staff. This is not expected at least from Taj

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2/5

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Tyjo

Pathetic food. Waste of money. Cluless chef! Instead of changing the name to Ports of call, they should have changed the chef.

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