2019 Aug 30
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 (Monday – Wednesday), LKR 3588 (Thursday – Friday), LKR 3988 (Sunday)
High Tea: LKR 2888 (Saturday & Poya)
Dinner: LKR 3288 (Monday), LKR 3888 ( Tuesday – Wednesday), 3988 (Thursday – Sunday)
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 3288
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 2180 (Saturday & Sunday)
Dinner: LKR 2485 (Saturday & Sunday)
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 (special lunch on bookings. Call their reservations desk for more information)
Dinner: LKR 2900
High Tea: LKR 1500
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 1850
Dinner: LKR 1850
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 3200 (Monday – Saturday), LKR 3750 (Sunday)
Dinner: LKR 3600
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 2200
Lunch: LKR 2500 (Monday-Friday), LKR 2700 (Saturday), LKR 3500 (Sunday)
Includes pool & private beach
Dinner: LKR 3500
Specials: Sunday brunch at LKR 3500
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 1400
Lunch: LKR 1880
Dinner: LKR 2200 (Monday – Friday), LKR 2400 (Saturday), LKR 2200 (Sunday)
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 1515
Dinner: LKR 2425
(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
At its AYU restaurant, Movenpick does what any international hotel does best. The buffet.
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 2364
Lunch: LKR 2900 (Sunday)
Dinner: 3350 (Thursday – Saturday)
Specials: Decadent Sunday brunch at LKR 2900
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 2150
Lunch: LKR 2800 (Monday – Friday)
Dinner: LKR 3150 (Monday – Saturday)
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!
Dinner: LKR 3200
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 1700
Lunch: LKR 2180 (Monday – Friday), LKR 1940 (Saturday & Sunday)
Dinner: LKR 2665
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.
Breakfast: LKR 1980
Dinner: LKR 2750 (at the Indian Restaurant on Fridays)
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)
Colombo City Hotel
Colombo City Hotel offers mouthwatering dishes in the heart of Colombo at affordable prices. Their breakfast buffet changes theme daily; featuring an English breakfast menu on certain days and Indian cuisine as well as Sri Lankan and International cuisine on other. Call their front desk for more information, however, be sure not to miss out on the one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience Colombo City Hotel offers.
Breakfast: LKR 1270