reviews

KAMA MIRISSA

Feb. 4, 2018, 11:58 a.m.







Hey guys!


After much DMs and inquiries about when the Kama Mirissa review will be up, it's finally here! Usually it takes me a day to get a review up but this time we spent three days editing our video footage and thats why it took some time. This review was a paid partnership with Kama Mirissa that we did last Saturday. I have been to Mirissa a few times before but I've never left the hotel and explored the beach stretch. Kama Mirissa is the perfect restaurant to hang out with your friends or family and enjoy the beach as well. I have to say that the beach looks much nicer from a birds eye view, I never knew the water was so green/blue in Mirissa. 


When we arrived at the restaurant the staff was super friendly and I asked them what they would like me to review for them. She suggested a few drinks and food items thats considered some of their best dishes. 


For drinks we got the espresso martini (rs.800) but we got it in the sharing option which is a giant martini since there was four of us. If you like coffee then you will definitely fall in love with this drink. It has a strong flavor of coffee which my friend enjoyed very much. We also got the passion fruit frozen margarita (rs.800) which was my favorite out of the three drinks we had. I love anything with a passion fruit flavor to it and it was the ideal drink to beat the heat. They also have multiple flavors of frozen margaritas to chose from, strawberry, raspberry, narang, mango, pineapple, watermelon and lime. The last drink we got was a custom made coconut mojito. This is a drink thats not on the menu but you can get it customized with any fruit you like. It was very similar to a pinacolada, so if you like anything thats coconut flavor you will definitely enjoy this drink as well. My sister was feeling the afternoon heat to much so she ordered a thambili (king coconut) the thambili was like any other thambili, so I'm not going to review a thambili. That reminds me! I think the perfect time to visit is in the morning or evening because it can get a little warm during the afternoon but it's not too bad.


She also wanted us to try their hot butter cuttlefish (rs.800) as it was one of their best appetizers. It was bigger pieces and not the tiny pieces you get in a Chinese restaurant which I really loved. It's also super crispy and needs to be eaten before the dish gets cold. The wood fire pizza was my favorite dish we tried at Kama Mirissa. I'm a huge pizza fan as some of you may already know, so I was pretty pleased with my pizza. They also have the option of customizing your own toppings, so if this is something you would like to try out go for it! The next thing that we tried was the tuna steak stack (rs.1600) This dish was also nice but it's not a dish I would order if I'm chilling on the beach, I personally prefer smaller dishes/finger foods or pizza. However, the portion of the dish is quite good for the price and tasted good as well.  The last dish we had was a vegetarian option which was the potato hash (rs.1200) coated in chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes and peri peri sauce, served on a bed of homemade naan. This was quite interesting as I've never had anything like it before. I really liked the naan but I still have mixed feelings about the chick pea dish. I'm sure if you're vegetarian you've had dishes like this before and you'll like it. 


We were all so full after finishing all those dishes that we did not have any space left for dessert. I'm sorry for any of you who really look forward to reading about desserts but I did not want to order and waste good food. When you do visit Kama Mirissa I look forward to hearing about the dessert you ordered.

 I hope you enjoyed this review and our little video. We put a lot of hard work in to it as it was the first video using my drone. Again, I always want to thank you guys for reading my blog and for all the postiive feed back you've given me. I look forward to hearing about your time at Kama Mirissa!


Love,

Plate






MÖVENPICK COLOMBO 

Jan. 23, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Roof Top Pool & Vistas Bar

Robata Grill & Lounge



Junior Suite


AYU




Hi Guys!

Mövenpick was our first hotel review for this year which was a long over due review, but I was happy we were finally able to do it. We were upgraded to their junior suite which we really appreciated and I also think providing us with one of the best rooms helps the hotel with the review as well. I was asked to review their restaurant AYU which is all day dinning and one of their other restaurants as well. The brasserie is a French bistro within the hotel and the other is robot grill & lounge which is a Japanese restaurant. We only had time to review the all day dinning, the roof top bar and one other restaurant, so we went with the Japanese because Nayan is slightly obsessed with sushi and wanted to try it out. 


VISTAS - Vistas is the roof top bar at Mövenpick Colombo with the Jacuzzi and pool on the other side over looking the ocean. It opens at 5.30pm which I highly recommend to visit the bar at that time to catch the sunset as well. We asked the waiter what he would like us to feature and he recommend us their signature drinks which was the achcharu inspired by Mövenpick Colombo, kiwi granate and a juice of our choice. The achcharu cocktail is a blend of tequila, salt infused raw mango, ambarella, pineapple, black pepper and chili flakes. The cocktail version of this is Rs.990 and the virgin is Rs.690. I love achcharu, sometimes when I'm home I'll just cut up fruit and add chili to it. It's one of my favorite things to eat and I crave for it a lot so I was really keen on trying this interesting cocktail. I absolutely LOVED this! If you like achcharu I highly recommend you try this one out. I've never had a cocktail like this before and it's definitely something you can sip on and enjoy every sip of. The Kiwi Granate comes with a special rum, pomegranate and kiwi. The prices for the cocktail and virgin are exactly the same as the achcharu drink. This one was slightly stronger for me but I did enjoy it a lot. You could ask them to reduce the ice as it comes with quite a lot of ice in it. I also also recommend you ask for a little spoon because why waste all that kiwi and pomegranate?! I didn't do it but I probably shouldn't have wasted good fruit. The juice was like any other juice, super fresh with no additional sugar added. Our drinks were served within 5-10 minutes after we ordered which I thought was pretty impressive as we got to watch them prepare them as well. 


POOL & JACUZZI - The jacuzzi is closer to the bar so I did not feel comfortable relaxing while people were around me and I was the only one in it. However the pool has more privacy and you get a nice view of the ocean and sunset while having a swim. The staff by the pool were very attentive, as soon as we arrived they prepared a pool bed for us and greeted us which was really nice. 


ROBATA GRILL & LOUNGE - After we enjoyed our drinks at Vistas we headed down to review their Japanese restaurant. I really like the ambience of the place so Nayan and I decided to sit at the counter so that we could see how the sushi is being prepared. From the sushi rolls Nayan ordered the California roll (crab and avocado Rs.1290) and the rainbow (tune, Salomon, shrimp, grouper & avocado placed on California roll Rs.2450). My favorite part was watching the chefs prepare these dishes, so carefully and passionately. Nayan absolutely loved the sushi rolls and he wants to visit robata grill again next week! I on the other hand do not enjoy sushi whatsoever but I do love other Japanese dishes. I ordered the Yakisoba which is fried egg noodle with bacon, shrimp & vegetables (Rs.1550). I ordered the noodles without bacon because I am pescatarian for all my new followers who did not know that. We immediately noticed that parts of my dish were moving and I thought that it was onions moving for the A/C until a couple of you told me that it was some sort of shaved fish which moves because it's finely cut. If I had known it was bits of fish scales moving I probably wouldn't have eaten the dish. I'm so glad I thought it was onions because I really did enjoy their yakisoba. The noodles were a bit like maggi but it had a really good flavor to it. We also tried their garlic rice which was my favorite of the night! I really recommend you to try a portion of their garlic rice because it is SO GOOD! It was lovely meeting the executive chef and being able to see how these dishes are being prepared. We really did enjoy our dinning experience at Robata grill.


JUNIOR SUITE - After dinner we headed up to our room where we had a complimentary fruit basket, chocolates, cookies and wine. I love the fact that we had a bath tub in the middle of our room where I was able to enjoy a warm bubble bath while watching a movie. The bathroom is well stocked with additional toothbrushes, combs, shower gel, shampoo etc. The room is quite spacious with a lounge area, a desk over looking to ocean and my favorite part is always the bed. I had such a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning but I did it for the food at Ayu. Click the link down below to check out more information about their rooms and suites,

https://www.movenpick.com/en/asia/sri-lanka/colombo/movenpick-hotel-colombo/rooms/


AYU - I have been to Ayu before on a Tuesday if I remember correctly when they had newly opened. My friend and I went for their lunch buffet and we weren't to happy with the choice of mains. the starters however were fantastic, so I wanted to check their all day dinning since it's been sometime since the opening. As always their starters have a wide variety. They honestly have the best muffins I've had in such a long time! The mains at Ayu are a mix of western, Sri Lankan and Indian dishes to chose from. There is an entire bread section with Danish pastries, doughnuts, different types of bread, muffins, croissants and anything else that belongs to this family that you can think of. I also love that there is a fresh juice station which I have not seen in many Colombo hotels. There's also a hopper station and the egg hoppers were absolutely delicious! Thumbs up from me for their breakfast buffet, oh and there's also an omelette station where you can get any type of omelette or fried eggs, scrambled eggs and half boiled eggs. 


Before we left Mövenpick, Nayan and I decided to have the world famous Mövenpcik ice cream which is in the lobby cafe with a selection of cupcakes and cakes. The cupcake was little dry but the ice cream was amazing as always! I hope you all enjoyed my first hotel review for this year and I hope you all have a great weekend and visit one of these restaurant! 


Love,

Plate 





TEA AVENUE - MARINE DRIVE

Jan. 13, 2018, 3:53 p.m.



Good morning guys!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far. Yesterday I was invited to tea avenue down marine drive for lunch to review a few of their new items. I had done a tea avenue review in the very first branch down Barnes place if you haven't seen that review yet click here :) I had never been to the Marine drive cafe before so I was keen to see what it looks like. Whenever I passed it I thought it was a smaller area with fewer seats but it expands on the inside with plenty of room which is quite spacious with an outdoor seating area as well. I personally prefer this branch as it's more peaceful and it also has the view of the ocean. 


The Cheesecake Lavish - This shake is a new addition to their menu and initially when I saw it I thought that it was going to be overpoweringly sweet with a thick consistancy and difficult to drink. I am not a huge fan of cheesecake but I was willing to give this a go. It does not have a super strong flavor of a cheesecake which is perfect! Could you imagine drinking a jar full of blended cheesecake? I really did enjoy this shake as it was lighter than I thought it was going to be. I also think ordering the cheesecake lavish and a dish can be quite filling as I struggled to finish my pasta later on after having the shake. just a heads up for those of you who get full on shakes like this. I really do recommend trying this, I think it's one of my favorite drinks at tea avenue now. Do give this one a go and let me know what you thought of it! 


Chocolate Milkshake - This was a standerd milkshake at tea avenue which are always really good. I wanted to compare both to see whether I would still order a chocolate shake over the cheesecake lavish. I am a hands down "chocolate over anything" person but sometimes I do have those slightly adventurous days where I'll step out of my comfort zone a little bit. You can't go wrong with any milkshake at tea avenue, so I highly recommend any shake on their menu but I really think you guys need to try the cheese cake lavish at least once in your life.


All Day Breakfast - This is a dish of two sunny side up eggs, two sausages, two hash browns, two slices of toast, a side salad, baked beans and a grilled tomato. It seems like it's a dish for two but Nayan managed to finish all of it by himself, it was probably that good! The hash browns were nice and crispy and a generous size too. This is a perfect dish to order with a cup of tea or coffee if you're in the mood for a good breakfast even at 4pm. I think it's great that they do have a breakfast all day option as I know so many people who are breakfast people in general, anytime, any day. If you're in the mood for a good English breakfast then I definitely recommend trying this one out as it's a new addition to their menu. 


Tomato Prawn Pasta - Penne and Fettuccine are my favorite types of pasta, so I always like to make sure it's either one of them just to make sure that it's not spaghetti. I know a lot of you guys want to know more about pasta dishes around Colombo so I ordered this one for you. The last time I was at tea avenue for the review I tried the white sauce (Cream) so this time I went with the tomato. I have to say that there were more prawns in my dish than I expected to see which is a great thing. They were also big prawns and not the smaller ones which I liked a lot. If you don't like saucy dishes in general then this dish is not for you as it has a lot of sauce on the bottom as well. It is a little spicy I have to say and I hardly find food spicy. This is another dish that you can't go wrong with at tea avenue just like the milkshakes. Their pastas are always on point and super filling!


Black Forest Cake & Chocolate Cake - This is another new cake available at tea avenue. It's very rich in flavor, filled with chopped cherries and gooeyness. Apart from it being a pretty looking cake it taste absolutely delicious as well. The chocolate cake reminded me of the cake in Matilda where the boy was forced to eat an entire cake by himself. This cake is so simple yet so mouth watering that I am having it right now while I write this review. This cake makes me feel like it's something my grand mother baked thats fresh out of the oven, simple yet so good!


Thank you for reading another one of my reviews and it was so lovely meeting a few of you at tea avenue the other day. I hope you do head out and try the cheesecake lavish and if you do #loveplateblog in your Instagram post so I can see how happy you look with your shake! I hope you all have a lovely Sunday.


Love,

Plate