reviews

HONEY BEACH CLUB - KINGSBURY

July 14, 2017, 8:28 a.m.








Hi guys! I'm going to get straight to it and ask you if you have tried the pizza at the honey beach club? I know some of you saw my stories yesterday and visited the honey beach club and loved it just as much as I did. I love feed back from you guys! When I was invited to review the pizzas I had no idea that I would be able to go in to the kitchen and watch the chef himself (Chef Kithsiri) prepare these amazing pizzas from almost scratch! You will be able to see more of it on my video so make sure you watch that too, to get a better idea of what I'm talking about. This was my first experience in a hotel kitchen and even though it was not the main kitchen this experience was quite exciting for us.

We were offered water melon juice and two cocktails which were beyond amazing! One of my drinks had rose petals in it and it looked absolutely stunning. The honey beach club has amazing offers almost every day of the week which I think is a fun way to spice up your Mondays and Tuesdays. I'll add all of their amazing promotions below so you guys know exactly when to head to the honey beach club. They also have a special sunset session every Friday and Saturday with Clifford Issac and DJ Ben apart from their happy hours 5 30pm - 7 30pm but this cannot be coupled with any special promotion.

Now, for the long awaited apart the PIZZA! We watched the chef prepare the Tuscan pesto chicken and bacon for us and the second one was a surprise. Only at Kingsbury can you find the most interesting pizza prepared by their ever daring chef. He combined pol sambol, seeni sambol, garlic, pineapple, guava, chutney and cheese, I'm not kidding!

Tuscan pesto chicken and bacon - This was absolutely delicious, from the pizza bread to the cheese and toppings everything about this pizza was so good! If you're a bacon lover this ones for you. The honey beach club has different types of pizza toppings which you can't find anywhere and I love that. Not to mention the amazing cocktails and view you can enjoy while doubling down one of these delicious pizzas.

Sri Lankan surprise - I'm not sure of the name yet but to me it seemed like a Sri Lankan surprise with all those local flavors and fruits added as toppings and with everything combined it was absolutely mouth watering. I was quite excited to try this one out after watching the chef himself wing it and go with the flow, adding anything and everything he wanted to. Turns out this was my favorite out of the two as I've never tried anything like it before and was pleasantly surprised by it! This pizza is not on the menu but the chef will prepare it for you on request. I dare you to order this and share your thoughts with me and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did. Looking forward to hearing from you guys soon!

THEY HAVE DELIVERY TOO!





Love,

Plate


OFF THE HOOK

July 10, 2017, 12:02 p.m.


Hi guys,I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! Off the hook invited me last Wednesday to review their Sri Lankan night menu for you guys and I was thrilled as this was the first Sri Lankan food review I was doing. They offered us everything on this particular menu from string hoppers, to kotttu, hoppers, pittu and roti. We also tried two different types of mojitos as we felt those went well with all the dishes. There's also a live calypso band playing, which adds to the perfect ambience for a Sri Lankan dinner night.


Strawberry and passion fruit mojito - The mojitos came in a bigger glass than expected which was a pleasant surprise. I've always received mojitos in a smaller glass so this was a plus point with our drinks. It taste like a usual mojito with bits of fruit on the inside and we really enjoyed these two. Off the hook has a wide variety of drinks from juices, sodas, cocktails, mocktails and other types of liquor as they have a bar inside the restaurant.

Seafood cheese kottu - This was our favorite amongst all the dishes! I even posted a video of it on my Instagram stories captioning it 'best kottu I've had' and it truly was. I think every single one of you need to head over to Off the hook and try out their seafood cheese kottu. Absolutely loved this dish, definite 10/10 (Rs 460 +100 with cheese)

Jaffna prawn curry - We were given the option of ordering any fish we liked, so we asked the waiter to recommend us a dish and he said any of the Jaffna curries would be perfect. We wanted to go for the crab curry but it's always a hassle enjoying crabs in  restaurant, so we went with prawns. The Jaffna curry went well with every single dish we had, so when you do go for their Sri Lankan night order one of their Jaffna curries! 10/10

Pol roti set - This is a dish of 4 nos rotti, spicy dhal and lunu miris. The rotti was extremely soft with bits of carrot, green chilly and onions in it. The dhal was really good and went well with the lunu miris. The rotti and the Jaffna prawn curry together is just heaven, TRY IT! I would rate this 9/10 including the curry. (Rs 300)

Hopper set - I wish I tried the hoppers as soon as we got them but after taking a few photos and starting with the kottu (as I used a fork) the hoppers weren't as crispy by the time I got to it. It's a tie between the roti and the egg hoppers. I really liked both of these, so give both of these dishes a try! You get 1 egg hopper, 3 plain hoppers, pol sambol, kata sambol and potato curry. All of these are vegetarian so you really need to order a curry separately if you need meat or a seafood dish and I think that really compliments the items on the Sri Lankan menu. They also have the option of prawn hoppers, savory cheese hoppers and crab meat hoppers. Never heard of such a thing before, I'm definitely going back to try these out! (Rs 420)

String hopper set - 15 nos string hoppers, spicy tempered dhal, kiri hodi and pol sambol. What I loved most about this dish was that the string hoppers were super light and fluffy. This was one of my least favorite dishes not because it lacked flavor but because I would simply not order string hoppers when I go out, even if it is a Sri Lankan night. I would rather opt for the kottu, hoppers or roti but it was a good dish aswell. (Rs 350)

Pittu set - This dish comes with 1 roll pittu, pol kiri, lunu miris and kiri hodi. This dish was my least favorite as I generally never eat pittu but I tasted it for you guys just for the review. When I was serving the pittu I realized that it was slightly harder to break, where as I remember it's suppose to break easily. I tried the pittu with kiri hodi and lunu miris and I actually prefer the pittu to be that way instead light. I personally think that it gives more texture to the pittu. My friend said the pittu tasted really good with the Jaffna prawn curry, I think anything would taste good with any of the Jaffna curries on the off the hook menu. (Rs 340)

Kiri appa and hakuru appa - Even though we were super full after trying all those amazing dishes, for dessert we were offered the kiri and hakuru appa. I have never tried any of these prior to the review and I hadn't even heard of such a hopper before. I'm definitely not a fan of the kiri appa but the hakuru (jiggery) hopper was absolutely delicious. I wish I hadn't overfed myself and was able to actually finish the whole hakuru appa, because it was so good! If you go to off the hook on a Wednesday make sure to end your meal with one of these hoppers.


Where -  Park road, Colombo 03

Time  - 9am - 11pm

Reservation - 0112505818


Love,

Plate


  

LOVE BAR

June 10, 2017, 3:49 p.m.



I'm pretty sure most of you have visited flamingo house and the love bar already, I have been to flamingo house many times before and I was excited when they reached out to me to review the Love Bar. As we arrived we were greeted by the lovely manager and he took us through their menu and recommended the following items. We were served the signature drink the flamingo rosa, a blueberry mojito, battered prawns and isso wade. 


Flamingo rosa - This was the first drink I ordered when I visited the love bar a long time ago, so I was happy to try it again cause I wanted to compare whether the flamingo rosa has been modified over time. My favorite thing about this drink was that it comes with a magenta flower attached to the outside of the glass which adds a lot of character to the drink. I was pleasantly surprised that the flower was still included until today. The flamingo rosa is the alcoholic version of a slush haha! The bottom of the cocktail is loaded with berries which makes it quite interesting to drink. If you haven't tried the flamingo rose, you really need to give it a go! 


The blueberry mojito - You have to agree with me that the flamingo house mojito is one of the cutest drinks you've seen. It comes on a little iron bicycle, garnished with mint leaves, blueberries and a slice of kiwi! I remember having to take photos of the drinks multiple times as I felt my picture didn't do justice to how beautiful the drinks looked. The mojito is lighter and smoother than the flamingo rosa, which is nice if you're into drinks like that and the blueberries are absolutely delicious. 


Battered prawns - This is a dish of 10 sizzling, flavorful, delicious, battered prawns. I could go on and on describing how well the prawns were prepared, fluffy and crispy to. It comes with a side of tartar sauce and out of the two dishes I think this one was my favorite. This was the first time I've tried the prawns at the love bar and I'm craving it again while I write this review. This dish is also a must try!


Isso wade - I've tried the isso wade before about a few months ago and we were served three huge wades. This time the size of the wades were smaller but we were served four, which makes up for it I guess. It comes with a side of three dips, one spicy, creamy and tangy so you have a good assortment of dips right there. My friend really enjoyed the isso wade and to be honest I haven't tried the isso wade at Galle face (I know I'm going to get so many DMs about this haha) so the only place I've ever had isso wade in Sri Lanka is at flamingo house and I love love loooveee it! 


Ambiance - Ages ago when I initially wanted to go to flamingo house it was purely because of the ambiance. It reminded me so much of the shakespear cafe in Abu Dhabi and I love interior like that! If you haven't been to flamingo house and the love bar before you need to check it out. From neon signs to funky chandeliers and random flamingo statues, the place has quite a charm and I really recommend it.


After my friend and I were done with our collaboration/review with the love bar, I was joined by two other friends and we sat outside this time and I asked the waiter to add the rest of our order to a bill as it was not apart of the review. If you're going out with a group of 3-5 people the bowls are really fun to get. Initially the cocktails were served in a fish bowl when it first came out but now it comes in a taller and wider glass that almost looks like a vase. You can order the bowls as mojitos, flamingo rosa, bullfrogs and there's quite a bit of a list you can chose from. For snacks we also ordered the hot butter cuttle fish and potato wedges and everything was just SO GOOD!! I wish I had taken photos of them to add it to the blog but I'm going to share some of the photos on my instragam tonight so you guys can see what it looks like. Even though my collaboration was over by this time the manager was very welcoming and kept making sure that we were okay. When it was time for us to leave he also mentioned that everything else that we ordered after the review had been taken care of and that we didn't have to pay the bill. That was very kind and I could not thank him enough but I truly appreciated it. If any of you do go to the love bar and order the same things, I would love for you to share your experience with me on the comments down below on this post or on my instagram. I hope you guys have an amazing week ahead! 


Love,

Plate