Friday, February 8, 2008

Spices - Hilton Hotel

2 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha
Tel: 94-11-249249

Fax: 94-11-2544657

On a lazy weekend afternoon, when you desire a change from the rushed and boring lunches that you usually eat during the week, step into the cool and relaxed atmosphere of Spices Restaurant at the Hilton hotel and unwind over a long buffet brunch. While overlooking the large pond of fish and swans, leisurely enjoy a vast array of foods that taste even better than they look.

One note of forewarning to those who are looking for a classic Continental breakfast of bacon and eggs: the “br” of the “brunch” is limited (consisting mainly of fruit, muesli, and pancakes), although the “unch” will make up for it.

On offer are choices of fresh fruit juice, delicate appetizers, salads and cheeses, soups, sushi and sashmini, fresh seafood platters, curries, roasts, stir-fries, and desserts. The bite-sized starters, served in Asian soup spoons, offer well-marinated and garnished choices of beef, chicken, tuna, and tofu with accompaniments such as goat cheese and grapes. The smoked salmon, salamis, and cheeses are of excellent quality, as are the assortment of sushi and sashimi, raw oysters, and steamed crab. The roasts are tender (usually imported from New Zealand or Australia), and the curries are authentic and delicious. The dessert table offers about a dozen choices of delectable sweets, but don’t be too tempted by the gelatinous looking options: unfortunately, even the Hilton hotel, while it holds an excellent and well-deserved reputation for its food, still enjoys using too much gelatin in several deserts, which creates an end-product that underwhelms the tongue as much as it had overwhelmed the eyes.

The waiters are not discerning when it comes to filling water glasses and offering guests coffee and tea, but nevertheless pleasant and courteous.

The Spices weekend brunch attracts a faithful clientele, which attests to its consistency in quality. Its menu changes regularly, so call in to find out what will be served when you decide to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at the Hilton.

Bread and soup station


Selection of appetizers

Desert table

Assortment of picks from buffet

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