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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,
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!