reviews

PARK STREET MEWS RESTAURANT

Aug. 2, 2017, 4:10 a.m.




Hi guys!

I know it's been sometime since I've done a review, I'm spacing things out now because I'm putting a lot more time in to exciting things that are coming up. I visited Park Street Mews restaurant last Saturday for lunch and I wanted to try a few things that I usually wouldn't have ordered. We started with the Avacado bruschetta, followed by the eggs benedict with smoked salmon and the sea food platter. Even though the dessert menu had quite a lot of varieties to chose from I went with the white chocolate and yoghurt with strawberry sorbet, because never have I ever tried this one before.


Avocado bruschetta - For those of you who are not familiar with what bruschetta is, it's one of my favorite starters to order! It's an Italian dish that's grilled bread rubbed with garlic, topped with olive oil and salt. It is also topped with cheese, vegetables, avocado, beans or specific types of meat. So far I have not reviewed a bruschetta dish before so N and I decided to try it out. First impressions of the dish was how all those beautiful colors were combined together and I noticed that it wasn't the typical bread a restaurant would use for bruschetta. The bread was so fluffy and soft, topped with olives, tomato, avocado, cheese, onions and greens it all complimented each other so well and we absolutely loved the bruschetta at the park street mews restaurant. If you have never had this dish before, it's a definite must try starter!

Eggs benedict with smoked salmon - The eggs benedict also comes with bacon but N went with the smoked salmon this time. I would have to say that this dish is very cute and I was sad that he had to break it apart. Even though it may seem like a little portion the dish is quite rich and creamy with a generous amount of smoked salmon added. Before I could have looked up again the waiter was clearing his plate... he finished the dish that fast. Try this out if you're heading over for breakfast or brunch, it's a dish full of cuteness and flavor. (800lkr)

Seafood platter - A sea food platter is also something I have never ordered at a review before so being a pescatarian I was quite excited for this one. Once my platter arrived I was taken back by how big the portion was. I forgot how a sea food platter looked like for a moment... The sea food platter at the park street mews restaurant is a chunky dish full of crispy fried calamari rings, grilled jumbo prawns, lobster, grilled fish, thick fries and a mixed salad with a guacamole dip. N and I both shared this dish as it's without a doubt a dish for two, unless you're a champ and think you can finish it by yourself. My favorite on the platter was the crispy battered calamari rings, the prawns and the lobster and the fries and the guacamole dip. I almost mentioned everything that was on the platter. For 2700lkr this dish was highly worth it! Really loved that they added a guacamole dip with the platter, never seen that before. If you're a sea food lover, TRY THIS!

White chocolate and yoghurt with strawberry sorbet - Like I mentioned earlier I stepped out of my comfort zone from any chocolate dessert and tried this one instead. I generally love sorbet but with the combination of white chocolate and yoghurt I was excited to try it out. You're suppose to pour the yoghurt in to the dish full of strawberries and the sorbet. The idea is to have it like a soup and enjoy it leisurely. Both of us loved the strawberry sorbet combined with the fresh strawberries and even though we were so full after all that amazing food we still tried our best to finish the dessert. (525lkr)


The staff was very friendly and attentive not only to us but I was watching how they attended to other customers and they were always on the go paying attention to when someone needed their assistance. I also need to mention about the complimentary bread given before the meal. There are two types, one is toast bread that comes with butter and jam and then there is another cushion type bread that comes with the park street mews restaurants home made butter. That home made butter is absolute heaven! N was a little impatient to wait until all the dishes arrived so that I could take my pictures, he loved it that much!


I hope all of you enjoyed this review :) Thank you for all the love you guys DM me every day, I appreciate every single one of them! Have an amazing rest of the week!


Love,

Plate 

CEILAO VILLAS COLOMBO

July 18, 2017, 6:46 a.m.




Ceilao Villas Colombo is perfect for a weekend getaway but still be in Colombo. When I was first invited to their Colombo hotel I was thrilled as it was super convenient for me to get there and if I left anything behind I didn't have to worry. Within Colombo apart from all the five star hotels in the Galle face area, I have stayed in Colombo courtyard and another smaller villa. I would have to say that Ceilao Villas Colombo is my favorite hotel in Colombo. It's down Jawatta road, passing java lounge a few meters ahead on to the right. Once you're in the hotel you forget that you are in Colombo as it's peaceful, quiet and not a sound of vehicles passing by. 

They were kind enough to give us on of their best rooms with the main pool right outside our doors, which gave us super easy access to the pool. The area of the hotel is quite small with one restaurant, a little library corner a main pool and a smaller jacuzzi space upstairs. The interior has a slight retro vibe to it with curved walls and different shades of purple everywhere. Also our room had one of the most comfortable beds ever! 

I would say the only problem was the food... whether it's room service or the restaurant, it's one menu for both which was a snack menu. Since I am a pescatarian I requested for the fish club clubsandwiches but fish was not available even though it was on the menu. Later on I requested for the prawns which was again not available, following that I asked for the cuttlefish which was also not available, limiting my choices to two dishes on the snack menu. My friend ordered the spring rolls and we got Chinese rolls which I thought was bit strange. However the food was quite delicious and I enjoyed the deviled fish a lot! For breakfast we were served an omlette and scrambled eggs with a fruit platter and toast which was quite nice as well. They do not have a buffet for those of you who inquired on Instagram. 

However the place itself has quite a charm to it that you tend to adjust with whatever there is on the menu. Loved the ambience and vibe at Ceilao villas Colombo, definitely visiting again soon!


Love,

Plate


SARAII VILLAGE - YALA

July 10, 2017, 3:55 p.m.



Hi guys,


I hope you've had an amazing week so far! It's been a couple of days since I visited Saraii and I want to tell you guys about all my experiences. Saraii village not only invited me but also asked me to bring along five of my friends to spend the weekend with me. I got to do so many thing for the first time at Saraii Village and it was quite the experience!



DAY 01

We left Colombo at around 5am and it took us about 5hrs to reach Saraii. On our first day we arrived in time for breakfast where we were offered a bowl of fruits followed by a Sri Lankan meal with milk rice, rotti, string hoppers with curries and we were also given two dishes from their western menu which was an omelette and fried eggs with sausages. I would have to say the food is Saraii is one of the best things about visiting. Whether it was an English breakfast or a traditional Sri Lankan meal it was absolutely delicious. 


After breakfast we were escorted to our tree house and mud chalet to freshen up. During our visit we were also apart of a little shoot for Saraii village which was organized by their team, hence why we could not spend our weekend at Saraii Village leisurely. After we finished our location shoot we had a couple of minutes to freshen up again for lunch as we unfortunately caught one of the warmest days of the week. The lunch was a beautiful spread of different varieties of Sri Lankan curries and vegetables which I'm sure you would have seen in my video. All of us enjoyed the food prepared as it was full of flavor and as some like to call it proper "gamey" food. 


After we had all had lunch we were then taken on our weaving excursion. All of us split up and we travelled in tuks to our weaving location which was about 10 minutes away. Once we arrived they had chairs placed for all of us to sit and a lady from the village taught us how to weave a table mat. It's quite challenging to even get two steps right and I honestly gained so much respect for all the weavers out there. So much work goes in to dyeing and carefully weaving bags, table mats and hats that are sold on the side of the road. Weaving was one of the things I did for the first time.

 

After the weaving excursion we had a couple of minutes to ride bicycles and drink thambili (king coconut) closer to the weaving shop. We then headed back to Saraii and got back to taking more photos before we freshened up for dinner. A beautiful pool side BBQ was organized for us during our stay and it was such a nice experience to share with my friends, as we sat on mats sipping on wine and indulging in a nice bbq. This meal was a little more special as we got to sit down with the owner of Saraii Village and his family. 

After a long day of traveling and being out and about the one thing we were looking forward to heading back to our tree house and mud chalets and getting a good nights sleep as we had to wake up the next day at 5am. Despite being tired I was looking forward to our fishing and boat ride the next morning, so we all rushed to bed as soon as possible after taking a few more shots after dinner.








DAY 02 


If you are staying in a tree house I strongly recommend you sleep with the net down as we woke up to so many bugs stuck to our net. We were also faced with giant black bugs that were flying around our tree house which was quite noisy and they were attracted to the lights so we had the trouble of keeping the lights on as we tried to get ready at 5am. Once we were all ready we were taken in tractors to the lake which was such a nice experience as you get to see all the peacocks on the way to the lake. The tractor ride was another thing I did for the first time. 


Once we got to the lake we had to split in to pairs in order to go by a Fishermans boat to our breakfast location which was beside the lake. On the way we literally had to fish for our breakfast and the fisherman prepared a fresh catch for us to have with roast paan and polsambol. Being a pescatarian I could not eat the fish after I saw it being caught and chopped in front of my own eyes, I'm considering being a vegetarian after this experience even though it is a nice gesture organized by the fisherman. This excursion is $25 which I think is a brilliant way to help our local fisherman and also experience a beautiful scenery while picnicking beside the lake. I think this was one of my favorite things we got to do at Saraii Village. 


After our picnic we posed with some fishing rods and had a tiny go at rod fishing. Theres plenty of excursions to chose from at Saraii village for your weekend adventure away. After our breakfast by the beautiful lake we headed back in the tractor. After we took more photos at Saraii we were then taken around to another lake in the safari jeep. That was a nice little ride that we all enjoyed for a couple of minutes.  


For lunch Saraii Village had organized for us to be apart of a traditional Sri Lankan lunch in a local farmers backyard. They had prepared such an amazing meal for us the way farmers usually cook their day to day meals. I was so thankful for this experience that they had gone all out just to host us. I shared a picture of it on my Instagram and it's rare that I share a picture like that but that's how much I enjoyed that meal. 


And for my favorite part of my entire weekend, pottery! I've always wanted to give pottery a go and I'm very much in to art and crafts so I was super excited for this excursion! This would be another thing I tried for the first time during my weekend. Each one of us had a go to make anything of our choice and it's something I can definitely see myself doing as a hobby. It truly is sad that pottery has become a dying craft today. I enjoyed it so much!

After the pottery excursion we had to take more photos in Saraii village before we freshened up again in different tree houses and once we were done we were then taught how to do lotus art by Ana. This activity took me back to being in foundation and it made me realize how much I missed painting. This is a fun activity for kids to do as well. After our lotus painting we were suppose to have dinner at Saraii but finished a few minutes early and we headed back to Colombo. I recommend visiting Saraii for two nights minimum as it can be very exhausting traveling and trying to get in an excursion or two in one night. 





I hope you guys do visit Saraii village and try out some of their cool excursions. I would love to hear about your experiences too and what was your favorite thing about visiting Saraii. Another thing that I really loved was that we got to stay over in a tree house rather than the usual hotel rooms. It made us feel like kids again and we absolutely loved it! They also have yoga and other fun activities. I'll link their website down below so that you can have a look for yourself! 


http://www.saraiivillage.com


Love,

Plate