Coming on a tropical holiday in Christmas does not mean foregoing on the usual Christmas traditions. The Roman Catholic/Christian population in the country is about 7% of the entire Sri Lanka population; hence it is celebrated only by a small part of the population. However, while Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist country with a small minority actually celebrating Christmas, the commercial capital of the country, Colombo, has not forgotten the commercial potential of the Christmas season.
So in addition to the many bright lights and sometimes tasteful, most times tacky Christmas décor around the city, if you’re in a crunch to find somewhere to eat a hearty Christmas dinner with the chance of meeting others in the same boat as you, here are some ideas…
Pretty much all the major (4 to 5 star) hotels in Colombo offer Christmas dinner with a special menu and the following are guaranteed to have a delicious spread all for a maximum of US$50!
|The Kingsbury (077 108 7720)
|Cinnamon Lakeside (011249 1884)
|Dining Room||Rs. 5,500|
|Cinnamon Grand (0112437437)
Cheers (English Pub)
Noodles (Asian fusion)
|Mount Lavinia Hotel (112 711 711)
|Rs. 3,800Rs. 4,900|
If you don’t like buffet’s and are looking for something a little more cosy and private, most of the restaurants in Colombo offer Christmas dinner menus, but the following are the best in my humble opinion. Most of the offers range from US$ 40 to US$60 and the Sri Lankan rupee rates are set out below.
|Rare ( 011567300)
With the backdrop of the beautiful colonial charm of the Uga Residencies boutique hotel, this elegant restaurant would a good choice for a couple or a family
|Rs. 7500 (Christmas Eve)Rs. 6500 (Christmas Night)|
|Havelock Place Bungalow (011 2585191)
A small restaurant tucked away in the middle of Colombo, perfect for a romantic Christmas dinner.
|Call for reservations|
|Flamingo House ( 0778597766)
Colombo’s most eclectic restaurant would be ideal for a group of friends or a family
|Park Street Mews (0112300133)
Located in Colombo’s hippest and prettiest street, there would be something for everyone here.
|A la carte|
Bonne appétit and Merry Christmas from the Villa Finder team!
The post is written by Anu Dias.