2018 May 22
Ask any bona fide Sri Lankan what the best things in life are, and the answers bound to roll off our tongue are food, arrack and baila. In that order, without any qualification.
As indulgent creatures by nature, we’re all about maximum food consumption; from breakfast to dinner, as well as all those mid-morning snacks, team-time snacks, and dessert, of course. Given our generally laid-back attitude to consuming copious quantities of unhealthy food on the daily, buffets in Sri Lanka are very popular.
As your guide to living your best life, here at Pulse, we’ve decided to give you the rundown of all the best buffets to hit up in Colombo. Let us know your favourites from the list below!
Graze Kitchen at Hilton
Serving up an exciting array of local and international cuisine, the buffet at the Hilton is an exquisite experience that you’d be remiss to miss out on. Whether you feel like some authentic sushi to satiate your ravenous appetite, or an extensive range of fresh seafood and meats, the Graze Kitchen at the Hilton, does not disappoint.
Breakfast: LKR 2588
Lunch: LKR 3388
Dinner: LKR 3888
Specials: Get your indulgence of everything Sri Lankan on Mondays, when the hotel has its celebrated hopper nights! (LKR 2888).
Curry Leaf at Hilton
If you want the taste of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine without missing out on a terrific ambience, the Curry Leaf at the Hilton Hotel, ought to be your number one choice. They’re only open for dinner though, so if you want your local cravings satisfied earlier in the day, you’ll have to try somewhere else.
Dinner: LKR 3583
Taprobane at Cinnamon Grand
Highly reputed among locals and tourists alike, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, generally does not disappoint when it comes to buffets. At its Taprobane restaurant, the hotel serves up a satisfying range of both intercontinental and local dishes. The well-executed items never fail to leave one stuffed with succulent meats and a delectable array of those dreaded carbs!
Breakfast: LKR 2150 (all inclusive)
Lunch: LKR 2931 (all inclusive)
Dinner: LKR 3257 (all inclusive)
Specials: If you’re after a heavy night of boozing and are in no mood to whip anything up on a Sunday morning, at LKR 3570, the hotel’s Sunday Brunch is nothing short of a steal!
Echo at Cinnamon Grand
While finding authentic Italian cuisine in Colombo is not the easiest thing to do, the food up for grabs at Echo, Cinnamon Grand does not disappoint. Even though its buffet dinner only comes around once a week on a Wednesday night, it’s still open for business (buffet lunch) every weekday. On days apart from this, you can head over to the restaurant to gorge yourself on everything Italian through its extensive a la carte menu.
Lunch: LKR 1400 ++ (weekdays)
Dinner: LKR 2600 ++ (Wednesday)
Nuga Gama at Cinnamon Grand
The Nuga Gama or Banyan Village is a distinct Sri Lankan restaurant, brought to life around a 200-year-old Banyan Tree, surrounded by wattle & daub huts, traditionally dressed staff, and a delicious Sri Lankan buffet all days of the week, with a dinner buffet on weekdays, and lunch and dinner both on weekends.
Lunch: LKR 2085
Dinner: LKR 2410
The Lagoon at Cinnamon Grand
Lunch: LKR 2735
Among Sri Lanka’s first few 7-star resorts, the Shangri-La hotel, Colombo, dishes up an unparalleled dining experience. Its winding buffet lines at Table One do not just serve an array of cuisines from around the world, but does so with the special touch and skill required to perfectly execute each dish. While its dessert bar alone deserves a paragraph of waxing flattery, all I can say for the time being is don’t skip their ice cream!! (Their peanut butter ice cream in particular was made of nothing less than dreams and gastronomic fantasies).
Breakfast: LKR 2700
Lunch: LKR 3000
Dinner: LKR 3600
Eat at OZO
Super poppin’ among budget travellers and those looking for an inexpensive smorgasbord of food, Eat at Ozo, Colombo is the perfect spot. Offering up its guests a sweeping view of the sea, and a decent range of standard buffet fare, there’s little room for disappointment if you pick Ozo for your next meal.
Bonus? If you’re feeling too stuffed after pigging out, simply head to the rooftop bar for some refreshing sea breeze and stunning views of the ocean and the city.
Breakfast: LKR 1550
Lunch: LKR 1950
Dinner: LKR 2700
The Verandah at Galle Face Hotel
Renowned as one of Colombo’s most historic establishments, the Galle Face Hotel, is more than just an elegant look into the country’s colonial past. Popular for its reintroduction of the high-tea pandemic in the city, its buffet options at The Verandah, are equally a gastronomic delight for its faithful patrons. Step into old world charm and aura, without missing out on the delights of well executed contemporary dishes and drinks, at the Galle Face Hotel.
Breakfast: LKR 2200
Lunch: LKR 2950
Dinner: LKR 3100 (each night has a special theme! Call their reservations desk for more information)
Any Lankan knows that at some point, international fare can get a little boring. Sometimes, all you need is a plate-full of fresh egg hoppers and some devilishly spicy chicken curry to indulge your senses. In these moments, Raja Bojun is a dream come true. Boasting of serving authentic Sri Lankan cuisine all day, indulge in the spice and heat characteristic of our local favourites at this classic spot!
Breakfast: They don’t normally do breakfast buffets, but if you’re particularly keen to try this out, a buffet can be arranged through prior reservation, and if you’re ordering for 25 or more people. Otherwise, you can simply go for their set menu choices.
Lunch: LKR 1890
Dinner: LKR 1990
The Dining Room at Cinnamon Lakeside
Similar to its other counterparts, Cinnamon Lakeside is a serious competitor in the local buffet game. Offering its patrons and guests delectable meats, mouth-watering desserts, and an array of international cuisines for those looking for a little diversity at its buffet restaurant, The Dining Room, the hotel is always a safe bet for an indulgent outing.
Precede dinner with a pleasant stroll on the edge of the historic Beira Lake and build that appetite up!
Breakfast: LKR 2150
Lunch: LKR 2800
Dinner: LKR 3150
Specials: Sunday brunch at LKR 3100 or Sunday brunch and beer at LKR 3350
The Governor’s Restaurant at Mt. Lavinia Hotel
Want stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean Sri Lanka is famous for? All while enjoying scrumptious delights courtesy of a hotel renowned for its food? If so, The Governor’s Restaurant at the Mt. Lavinia Hotel is an indisputable choice for you. Feasting on its well-prepared and drool-worthy buffet fare is enough to cause even the most conscientious eater to abandon their healthy habits.
Breakfast: LKR 1700
Lunch: LKR 1900 (Monday-Friday and LKR 2000 on Saturdays)
Dinner: LKR 2900 (There’s an exciting international theme every night!)
Specials: Sunday brunch at LKR 3100
Grand Oriental Hotel
With stunning views of the Colombo harbour to accompany your meal, The Harbour Room at the Grand Oriental Hotel, offers up both a feast worthy of a king, and the ambience to go with it. From its delightful salad bar to its mouth-watering range of meats, and everything in between, the hotel is an excellent choice for those looking for indulgence without breaking the bank.
Breakfast: LKR 1300
Lunch: LKR 1680
Dinner: LKR 2000
Specials: Catch some well-prepared seafood every Saturday night, at a special buffet valued at LKR 2100
Flavoured at Cinnamon Red
Another purportedly budget hotel on our list, Cinnamon Red is undeniably one of the best around, owing to their impeccable service and extensive facilities. Given its parentage and the quality of its sister hotels, the buffet at their restaurant, Flavoured, is nothing short of what you would expect from a Cinnamon resort. While the range of buffet fare might not be as extensive as its five-star counterparts, it is certainly no less delicious or worthy of an indulgent meal out.
Breakfast: LKR 1650
Dinner: LKR 2600
(While Cinnamon Red does not provide a lunch buffet, food can be still be ordered through their extensive a la carte menu)
AYU at Movenpick
With its design and set up inspired by contemporary grocery stores, the restaurant serves up a wide range of tantalising food throughout the course of the day. This writer highly recommends that you either skip a meal or two or go for a 5K run before you hit up this buffet; nothing short of a ravenous appetite will otherwise ensure you get a taste of all they have to offer.
Breakfast: LKR 2540
Dinner: 3330 (specials themes every night!)
Specials: Decadent Sunday brunch at LKR 4950 (non-alcoholic) and LKR 6777 (with alcohol)
Flow at Hilton Colombo Residences
Offering a range of exciting cuisines from around the world, Flow at Hilton Colombo Residence, is an absolute treat. Offering its guests private dining areas and a well curated menu, the restaurant is the perfect place for a range of different occasions. That said, you’d be remiss to visit and miss out on any of its well-prepared buffet fare.
Breakfast: LKR 2300
Lunch: LKR 2950
Dinner: LKR 3350
Ports of Call at Taj Samudra
At its Ports of Call restaurant, the Taj Samudra in Colombo, does just about everything right. Its international buffet certainly does not disappoint, as guests are treated to well curated selection of meats, salads and everything else you could possibly think of. Make sure you skip on all liquids and pace your meal out in order to try out their full range of mouth-watering dishes up for noms!
Breakfast: LKR 2330
Lunch: LKR 2650
Dinner: LKR 2950
Specials: Enjoy a magnificent Sunday brunch for LKR 3900 and/or the hotel’s signature BBQ night on Fridays, for LKR 3400.
Latitude at Taj Samudra
Apart from Ports of Call, Taj Samudra serves up a delicious spread at Latitude as well. Although they don’t specialize in any particular area, they’ve got a large variety and its definitely worth the price.
Lunch: LKR 2650
Dinner: LKR 2950
Coffee Shop at Galadari
While the Coffee Shop might be somewhat of a confusing name for a restaurant serving up delicious buffets, that’s exactly where you need to head to if you’re looking to dine at the Galadari. The restaurant also features an a la carte menu with exciting Asian speciality dishes, for people with a little less room for an all-out feast.
Breakfast: LKR 1200 ++
Lunch: LKR 1500 ++
Dinner: LKR 2000 ++
Specials: Weekend family lunch at LKR 1500 ++
Harbour Court at The Kingsbury
If you’re up for experiencing some phenomenal food and a pleasant ambience, the Harbour room at Kingsbury is a splendid option. Located in the centre of the city’s high life hubbub, the hotel does not fail to deliver mouth-watering dishes every day at their international buffet. If you haven’t paid the Harbour Court a visit just yet, do not waste any more time!
Breakfast: LKR 2500
Lunch: LKR 3000 (Monday – Saturday) and LKR 3900 (Sunday)
Dinner: LKR 3000
The Gardenia Coffee Shop, Ramada Colombo
Offering much more than coffee shop fare, The Gardenia is Ramada Colombo’s buffet restaurant with a wicked paratha and chicken curry action station. They specialise in Sri Lankan cuisine and even have a much raved about shisha service that you can choose to indulge in as well.
Dinner: LKR 3500 nett
Sunday Carvery at Cheers, Cinnamon Grand
Sundays are for roast and Cheers does it in style. Tender cuts of roasted meat, a choice of freshly seasoned vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and a tall glass of brew or two, are just some of the highlights of Sunday Carvery – perfect for all you meat-lovers.
Lunch: LKR 2735 nett (Sunday 11am – 3pm)