Restaurant Reviews AYU – Reviewed

AYU – Reviewed

2017 Jan 27

Open Time:

Breakfast: 6.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. | Lunch: 12.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. | Dinner: 7.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.


24 Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 03


Between Liberty Plaza and LB finance | Colpetty

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What we had

by Anuki Premachandra

An alluring getaway amidst a scurry city  


It’s been only 16 days since Mövenpick’s Sri Lankan venture opened for business. Tucked away in the center of the city, not only makes it a great place for a city hotel, but also makes it the ideal place to stop by for lunch or dinner. AYU, their all day dining eatery ensures that you can even pop by for breakfast! Originated in 1948, the Swiss brand, Mövenpick has had exceptional success all around the world. Their branch in Colombo is officially their 84th hotel (as we were told), and it really is a gem in the middle of the city. Also, it’s the first 5 star hotel to be around after 25 years in Colombo! – the first after Hilton.


Oh and their buffet, it is to die for!

Food and Drinks


For now, they’ve not got any cocktails or so that you can order along with your food. They’ve got some great fruit juices though!


Let me start with the variety of cheese they’ve got at the buffet. They’ve actually got about 7-8 options of cheese on the spread and this is accompanied by a selection of candied dried food and imported selection of cold meats –  It’s such a fancy way to start off your meal!

Next, I dropped into the “Make your own Caesar Salad” station. The chef there was impeccably nice to me and was overly generous when I asked for more parmesan.  The salad was actually pretty great. The leaves were very fresh and crunchy and the overload of mayo and parmesan really made it my personal favourite.

They’ve also got a rad seafood cove. Apart from the 3 seafood options – prawns, calamari and crab that looks fresh out of the ocean, you can even opt for a medley of maki or rolled sushi.

Afterwards, we decided to try out a few other staggeringly impressive options on the spread. We started off with the Fried Squid with Sweet Chili. We absolutely loved this. The squid wasn’t too hard or stringy and the subtle hint of sweet chili made it a delight.

We also opted for the New York Cobb Salad. A great take on an amazing classic! The eggs, the corn kernels, the meat and the veggies were neatly aligned and I was super happy to finally find a decent Cobb salad in Colombo.

In addition to that, we also tried out some out of the box varieties like sautéed spinach stuffed in plum tomatoes, a yummy potato and pork bacon salad, and a reinvention of a classic panzanella.


Seeing that you pay considerably lower for the buffet in comparison to most other places in Colombo, you’d be very delighted with their spread. It is both extensive and simultaneously appetizing.

You get one soup option, followed by a meat centered continental section and a culturally pleasing Sri Lankan and Indian stretch. They’ve conjointly got a pasta station and a grill counter. I feel like their pasta station needs to be given special concentration, only because the cheese pasta we had them make for us was 10x better than any other cheese pasta I’ve tried at buffet counters.

Here’s a quick breeze through of a few of the inordinately tempting food we ate. We tried their pork roulade in green apple raisin chutney which was an absolute glee. The pork was soft and juicy and the chutney added a great new dimension to it.

They’ve even got grilled chicken in BBQ sauce! Plump, generous chunks of grilled chicken drizzled generous with a sweet barbeque sauce.

Since they are going quite heavy on the protein, they also had a roast lamb leg with mint sauce. One thing about Mövenpick is the fact that they aren’t any stingy with their meals. You pay for what you get.

As someone with a love-hate relationship with white sauce, their Seafood Au Gratin made me question why I have my mood swings with cheese sauce in the first place. Calamari and white fish were bathed in a thick, heavy cheese sauce that tasted as delicious as it looked.

And then pacing onto their culturally appealing and Sri Lankan tummy pleasing Indian and Sri Lankan food stretch, I decided to please my desires with some crab in yellow curry. The long, meaty crabs were bathed in a spicy curry and was worth the choice.

Next, I tried a beef red curry, which again, is as good as your grandma’s.

I also tried their spring onion rice. It was the first time I had come across something of the sort and was glad I served myself some of it, because man, it was pretty good!


What’s a full meal without some great desserts, eh? We were told that their pastry chef puts together some good desserts, and from the experience we had, we can assure you that he does.

Inside a little glass counter, they’ve got a few different varieties of chocolate delicacies; tiny squares of royal goodness. Moving onto their wide variety of cakes and bakes, we’d rate their green tea cake and their cheesecake right on top. Their green tea cake was amazing! I served it only because it was a mirror glazed cake, and mirror glazed cakes excite me (LOL) but I was so happy I did grab a slice.

Then comes their Berlin cheesecake. Oh-my-god, cheesecake cannot get any better! The base was amazingly crunchy and the luscious cheesecake was topped with an abundance of strawberries. Yum!

I can guarantee that their spread is fantastic and is definitely worth every rupee you spend on it. Think of it as perhaps an investment in your tummy, and to your memories.


We were pleasantly impressed with AYU as we walked in. We were greeted by an absolutely beautiful interior and a very welcoming staff. The interior at AYU pleases the eye on so many different levels. They play with a bold pantone of green and compliment it with a touch of copper in the furniture and the other accessories at the space. It really is a sleek, classy dining space that buckles you in for a ride. We also need to make a special mention of their very pottery-barn looking shelves stacked with olive oil bottles and tomato jam.

Have you tried AYU yet? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below! Is there anything we’ve missed?


Tip: Make sure to leave room for dessert – their pastry chef sure does whip up some wonders!