Red Snapper Hallucination. Two second exposure.
This may seem bad timing, but at these times it’s important to remember why this country is still great. For one thing, the food’s not bad. This post is really just an excuse to post the photos above. It’s Philip’s red snapper from La Voile Blanche, a new restaurant on the Mount Lavinia beach. It is rather nice to just eat a whole grilled fish on the beach occasionally. The beauty, taste and smells of this country often remind me why I choose to live here, and why so many can’t stay away. Admittedly, the more cognitive details are a complete shambles, but the emotional relationship remains. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are a few places where I’ve enjoyed the seafood.
I think Colombo in general kinda sucks, but there are a few places.
Lagoon at the Cinnamon Grand is insanely expensive, but also very good. I like the garupa and assorted things. Very posh seating and stuff, but I’ve never had dinner there that someone else wasn’t paying for.
Beach Wadiya is a charming spot on Marine Drive, right at the end of the Savoy Cinema road, near Global Towers. I personally really like the food, the owner is charming and hangs around and the location is OK. You occasionally see animals scurrying around and the beach is, in the light of day, a bit dirta and smella.
La Voile Blanche is a new thing on the strip of seafood joints on Mount Beach. You can start from Golden Mile and walk down and every place will serve seafood. I just mention cause I just ate there. Got a whole garupa with sides for Rs. 900 which is not bad. The fish is fresh and simple which is nice. Haven’t tried the other stuff. While I was there the music was also really really good, Antonio Carlos Jobim and nouveau housey bossa nova. The service was OK, though drink orders get mad confused. We were sitting with the owner so I suspect I’m biased, but it seems like a nice new addition.
Kingfisher (down Beach Access Road, turn left past Hot Rocks and Hard Something) is really really good. Some of the food in Una (Happy Banana) for example is total crap and takes hours. Kingfisher, however, is really good food and the staff is competent enough to tell you half and hour and then bring you an order that’s not totally wrong or forgotten about. Based on what the catch of the day is, there can be really nice jumbo prawns or tiger prawns or whatever. The wraps are also pretty good. The food is simple and seasoned well. Music is also usually good. Only downside is that the beach there is a bit rocky and bloodies my toes.
Uh, and that sadly is about all I know. This is perhaps the direct opposite of a comprehensive list. I’ve heard that Sea Anglers Club in Trinco is great, but never been. I couldn’t find much food at all in Kalpitiya and the fish from the market was rather small. If you know anything worthwhile please leave a comment.