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MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays and had a wonderful and blessed Christmas. It's been so long since I've done a review and I'm so happy that I'm back at it again. It was so nice to be busy with miss universe but I have to admit that I missed blogging. I was invited to Commons a few days ago and I was excited to try out other dishes because my usual order is always a prawn Mongolian and a chocolate milkshake because it's always so good! If you live in Sri Lanka I'm sure you have visited Commons before and you have a favorite dish you like to order. I ordered a few dishes to give you guys variety from a meat dish and sea food or vegetarian. I'm going to review each dish individually from top to bottom.
Brownie Milk Shake & White Chocolate Mocha - Since I always go for the basic chocolate milkshake I thought I would try something a little different. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU HURRY TO THE COMMONS AND TRY THIS DRINK OUT! I had to type that in capitals because it's that good! It's my favorite milkshake I've had in a long time and I was so happy that we ordered it. I also heard that the double chocolate milkshake is really good as well. The white chocolate mocha that we ordered was from their festive menu. These drinks are available only until the 31st of this month! If you try out any of these drinks please leave your comments down below on which ones you liked the best.
Prawn Mongolian Rice - I know, I know... I ordered the prawn Mongolian when I wanted to try out other dishes but I could not resist the Mongolian! I haven't tried this dish out in quite sometime so I wanted to see if it was the same as before. The prawn Mongolian never fails to satisfy me and even the chicken or vegetarian Mongolian is fantastic. This dish is usually liked by everyone who tries it so I definitely recommend the Mongolian at commons if you are unsure of what to order.
Cheese Rotti With Seafood - Did you know that Commons has a rotti cart that you can rent for private events? There's a wide variety of rotti's to chose from spicy, sweet, cheese and different stuffings to go with it. I think this is such a great idea for birthdays or any function. The seafood was abit spicy but I liked it. It has all the Sri Lankan flavors in it and one rotti is filling for one person. The rotti cart would definitely be a nice touch to any event.
Macaroni Bake (Chicken) - This portion is huge and absolutely worth for it's price. It's filled with cheese, chicken, topped with more cheese and baked to perfection. If you like a good pasta dish I highly recommend the macaroni bake at Commons. Super creamy and cheesy, which almost makes it the perfect comfort food.
Turkey Ballotine - This was a dish from their festive menu. If you do not have any plans today make sure you head over to the commons to try out their festive turkey menu as today is the last day! There is a lot of turkey dishes to chose from so we asked what they would recommend us trying and they suggested the ballotine. First impression was how beautiful the dish was plated. Grilled vegetables on the bottom, topped with potato wedges and chunky rolls of turkey, topped with elegance. The plating of this dish itself gets you in the holiday spirit by just looking at it. The turkey was ordered by my sister and she loved it. From what I tasted from the potato wedges and vegetables it was Devine! If I was not pescatarian I would be all over that turkey in 2 seconds. Today is the last day to try out one of these amazing turkey dishes at the Commons.
I hope you liked this review and I am so happy to be back to reviewing places for all of you. Leave your comments down below on what dish you think you'd like the best! I have more reviews lined up for 2018 and I'm so excited to share them all with you. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your holidays and have a happy and wonderful New Years eve!
I have another place for you to try out in Colombo. Cafe Kai at the Hilton Colombo was opened a few months ago and I can't believe I missed it! I was invited to try out almost all of their ranges but we couldn't have finished all that food by ourselves so we decided to try out varieties for all you meat lovers, vegetarians, pescatarians and for all you dessert lovers.
Cafe Latte & Mango Smoothie - My sister ordered the cafe latte and I had the mango smoothie. I absolutely loved the mango smoothie! It's quite filling just like any smoothie so ideally a smoothie and a light dish would be perfect. The cafe latte was great as well but I preferred the mango smoothie because I'm not a fan of warm beverages or coffee. However, my sister did enjoy the latte with her food.
Mediterranean Vegetable Wrap - I wanted to review one of their vegetarian options because I know quite a few of you are vegetarians. Cafe Kai has plenty of vegetarian snacks to chose from but I went with the wrap this time. This is one of my favorite vegetable wraps I have tried in Colombo! The vegetables are all grilled so they're soft and full of flavor. Make sure you try this out when you visit cafe Kai, definitely a thumbs up from me! (Rs.588)
Smoked Salmon Bagel - This was another snack that I ordered for any of you pescatarians out there. You can have the bagel heated or cold depending on what you like. I had mine cold because I prefer smoked salmon when it isn't heated. This was brought to us later on which is why I have not captured it on my blog but if you want to have a look at it, it's on my instagram. It comes with smoked salmon of course, boiled eggs and vegetables. I really enjoyed this bagel as well, let me tell you that almost everything we tried at cafe kai tasted really good so I'm probably going to have a hard time with this review (Rs.888)
Bacon & Egg Brioche Bun - This is a perfect breakfast snack to me. This was one of my sisters orders for all you bacon lovers just like her. She did enjoy it but she is not a fan of any sauces/ketchup and the bottom layer of the bun had sauce. Apart from that she did enjoy it with her cafe latte and we both agreed that it would be the perfect breakfast snack. (Rs.588)
Roast Beef, Gouda & Rye Sandwich - This was one of the best sandwiches she had ordered, she said. I managed to have a bite of the bread and gouda from the side and it tasted absolutely delicious! This sandwich is a definite must try when you visit cafe kai. I have never seen her enjoy a beef sandwich that much in my life haha! The bread is also much softer than it looks which makes it easier to eat and less messy. (Rs.488)
Rose Blanc - It's finally time to review the desserts we tried at cafe kai. I was overwhelmed with all the beautiful options to chose from so I asked a staff member to recommend us some of their best desserts. The rose blanc was the first suggestion, as it's a cake layered with white chocolate, cherries, nuts and topped with chocolate, cream and strawberries. The cakes are quite rich in taste so I would recommend sharing if you've had a heavy meal like we did. (Rs.488)
Paris Brest - This was my favorite dessert we had at cafe kai. If you like eclairs you would definitely enjoy this one! It's very similar to the filling and outer layer of an eclair but it's shaped differently and super fluffy. I highly recommend the Paris Brest! (Rs.388)
Nutella Chocolate Gem - First impressions about this dessert was how beautiful it looks. Theres so many desserts that look unique, delicate and you can tell that a lot of attention to detail has been paid by the amazing chefs. I would have to say that the Paris Brest was still my favorite even though I thought the Nutella would take over all the dessert options we tried. (Rs.388)
Chocolate Coffee Custard Doughnuts - Our eyes went to this first when we had to chose a dessert. For those of you who've tried Krispy Kreme before probably have seen a doughnut similar to this. I wanted to try this at cafe kai because it reminded me of my favorite doughnut I use to get in Abu Dhabi. This is quite large and could easily be shared by two people. The taste of the doughnut reminded me of a doughnut my grandmother use to buy me as a child. I'm sure some of you may know what I'm talking about if you try this. (Rs.350)
Strawberry & Salted Caramel Tart - The tarts were my favorite too from the desserts. We were asked to try the salted caramel tart and it is absolutely heavenly! The strawberry tart tasted great as well that we brought some home. Definitely thumbs up from me for the tarts at cafe kai!
I was honored to meet the executive chef who was full of energy and was ready to answer any of my questions, along with two other chefs. One of the chefs was previously in France and is now using his French techniques to prepare the food at cafe Kai. The staff is very friendly and helpful, however it is self service at cafe kai. I hope you guys enjoyed another one of my reviews and do let me know if you enjoyed the same dishes as I did.
I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend so far! It's been so long since I've done a restaurant review and this time I'm coming at you guys with Turkish cuisine in Colombo. When I was invited to Ankara to review their menu I was quite excited as I hadn't tasted Turkish food before. Before I get in to the review I need to tell you that I cannot compare the food I had at Ankara to Turkish food as I have not tried Authentic Turkish food before. This review is purely my opinion of Ankara and the experience I had.
As we entered we were greeted well even though one of the staff members wasn't aware that I was there for a review he was quite polite and welcoming. It's always nice to walk in to a restaurant and to be greeted by friendly staff. It has a huge impact of the experience you could have when staff are trained well. The first thing I noticed was the wall art in Ankara, that is all hand painted by a local artist. Each wall had a different pattern on it which made the restaurant look quite interesting. I asked the waiter to recommend us some of their best dishes as I was quite clueless about Turkish cuisine and he suggested we went with a kebab and tried either the hummus or stuffed mushrooms.
Hummus - The hummus comes with two types of bread that you can chose from. After living in Abu Dhabi for so long I know what good hummus taste like so I was excited to review this starter. I have to say that I did enjoy the hummus and the soft bread that comes with it. The consistency wasn't to thick or to runny and we definitely enjoyed the flavor as well. If you're someone who likes hummus or someone who would like to try hummus for the first time, mention 'loveplate' to your waiter to get 20% off lunch and 10% off dinner!
Avocado drink & Turkish drink - I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the drinks too. I preferred the avocado and my sister preferred the other, it's also a tall generous glass full of your drink which is worth the price too! I liked the Avocado shake better because it also comes with ice cream, a drink and dessert in one.
Grilled Prawn Kebab - Since I am a pescatarian I ordered the prawn kebab. We were told that sea food is not their strongest compared to the lamb or chicken options but in our opinion the grilled prawn kebab was better than the lamb kebabs. It also comes with Turkish rice and a salad so it's a pretty filling dish when eaten with the two prawn kebabs. The salad had strong flavors that I enjoyed along side my prawns, however I do feel like the rice could have had more flavor to it as I had to keep topping it with gravy. The prawns are a big yes from me though!
Minced Lamb Kebab - This is a dish worth the price, as two people could easily share the lamb kebabs. My sister ordered this dish and she definitely had to mix the kebab with the rice as it was a bit on to the salty side. It comes with a side of onions and a salad which I think you definitely have to mix all the elements together to tone down the salt in the kebab. The portion of this dish is quite large which is brilliant if you want to share a dish. They have a number of different kebabs to chose from their menu, so if you do want to try out the kebabs at Ankara make sure to use my discount code!
Turkish Rice - The rice is something we wanted to try in order to review more varieties from their menu. The portion of the rice is quite large as well which could be easily shared between three or four people depending on the quantity you eat. I wish there was a little more flavor in the rice to compliment the grilled prawn and lamb kebabs. If you do order a rice you might have to get a dish that has gravy along side it as the rice tends to get a little dry.
Even though we were so full after all these dishes we were asked to try their home made ice cream and baklava after we were given a tour of the restaurant. Ankara has private rooms which you can rent for birthdays or special dinners, to enjoy your privacy and snack on Turkish food. There is also a shisha lounge within the restaurant if you want to hang out with your friends and sip on a cup of Turkish coffee.
Ice Cream and Baklava - This was another one of my favorite dishes I tried during the review. It had a blueberry flavor to it, topped with a strawberry. I'm personally not a fan of baklava but my sister did like it. For those of you who are not familiar with baklava it is layers of sweet dessert pastry which is rich, filled with chopped nuts and held together with syrup or honey. I could never do pastry and sweet together, unless it was danish pastries. If you have not tried baklava before make sure to stop by at Ankara and let me know whether you like it or not and don't forget to use my discount code - loveplate.
I know many of you visited Ankara and used my discount code and I heard mostly good feedback from most of you and a lot of you asked me how to use my discount code. All you have to do it mention 'loveplate' to a waiter at Ankara and he will reduce 20% off your bill for lunch and 10% off your bill for dinner.
I hope you all have an amazing sunday and if I don't speak to you guys again soon, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!