Monday, June 30, 2008

La Rambla

18 Tickell Road
Colombo 8.
Tel: 94-11-2685992

The rather beautiful entrance to the restaurant renders a feel of entering a home in Rajasthan, India, but it’s actually a Spanish (or not so Spanish) restaurant situated within the building’s walls.

Apart from a limited choice of Spanish items, such as Paella and Tapas, the rest of the menu does not stand out as particularly Spanish. The food is above average but not extraordinary. The prices range from moderate to expensive, and there are some good deals such as roast lamb or grilled pork chop for under US$10. While the lamb contains a fair bit of fat, the price is still good for what it offers.

The indoor seating provides a cooler atmosphere, but the outdoor tables allow you to enjoy the beautiful setting by the pool.

The service has one large complaint: the waiters don’t seem to like to give you sufficient space or time to browse through the menus at ease. Even with a subtle hint for more time, you may find your waiter hanging out right behind your chair until you are ready to place your order.

Exterior of La Rambla

Outdoor seating


Grilled Pork Chop

Roast Lamb

Crab Cakes


Kids Menu
Corkscrew pasta in Cheesy Cream Sauce with grilled sausages 400
Chicken Maryland – crumb fried chicken wings and legs with fries 500
Fish and Chips 500

Crab Cakes – fresh crab meat lightly crumb fried, served on a bed of mash, cucumber and mint salad with yogurt dip 875
Fresh Fish Tacos – three soft corn tortillas filled with fresh grilled fish, spicy avocado cream and a spicy tomato salad served with black beans and guacamole 800

Lunch Menu
Cajun Jambalaya Rice - our most popular seafood dish! Shrimp, cuttlefish, and fish sautéed with onions, peppers, mushrooms in a very spicy Cajun coconut sauce 800
Chicken Piccata – crispy parmesan crusted chicken breast served on a bed of pasta with green bean and coleslaw 750
Devilled Chicken/Pork/Prawns – served with steamed rice 700

Starters and Appetizers
Chicken Bockwurst risotto with pickled bell pepper and eggplant with garlic mayonnaise 500
Smoked salmon on a bed of mixed greens with lemon and mustard sauce 650
Tortilla with mozzarella cheese, Mexican salsa and shrimp (4 pcs.) 425
Mushroom fritters served with chili and garlic mayonnaise 400
Shrimp cocktail 475

Greek salad 450
Caesar Salad with grilled chicken/bacon/shrimp 400
Taco salad 500

Cream of chicken and asparagus 400
Spicy tomato and cilantro soup 375
Spicy gingered carrot soup 375

Spanish delight
Paella – authentic Spanish style risotto of fresh seafood, chicken and sliced spicy sausage cooked in wine flavored stock, topped with bell pepper, green peas and fresh lemon (for two) 1750

Tapas (4 pcs. each)
Roast beef fillet – with garlic mash, sautéed spinach and tomato with Chardonnay cream sauce 550
Liver wrapped in bacon – with pineapple and pickled beetroot 500
Shrimp and avocado bruchetta – sliced French bread, frilled and topped with guacamole, fresh basil, and olive oil with pan seared shrimp topped with Parmesan cheese 500
Stuffed crab claws – with guacamole and sour cream 650
Spicy sausage and mash with spinach – with buttered spinach, black olives drizzled with chopped fresh cilantro and mozzarella 525
Crepes stuffed with crab meat with mozzarella and kalamata olives 500
Tomato, eggplant, mozzarella drizzled with basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar 500

Salmon fillet – pan fried and served on bed of fettuccine with mustard and lemon butter sauce topped with mango salsa 1850
Grilled modha fillet – coconut crusted on a bed of grilled potato with creamy shrimp and rosemary sauce 850
King prawns – cooked in Moroccan spice BBQ sauce with spring onions and chopped peanuts served with parsley rice 950
Seafood platter – lemon and honey marinated prawns, calamari, fish and baked crab served with garden salad and sweet chili sauce 1500
La Rambla special baked crab (two crabs) – served on bed of Spanish rice with green fruity salad 950
Crab cakes – fresh crab meat lightly crumb fried served on a bed of mash, cucumber and mint salad with yoghurt dip 875

Honey glazed grilled chicken – in creamy mushroom sauce with mash, mushrooms and asparagus 700
Rolled stuffed chicken – with bourbon sauce served with pasta 750
Chicken fajita - stir fried strips of chicken wrapped in a giant tortilla with guacamole and sour cream, mixed beans topped with tomato mole and cheese sauce 750
BBQ chicken skewers – honey ginger marinated BBQ chicken skewers served with Spanish rice and mango salad 750
La Rambla grill – ultimate La Rambla feast! Tender char grilled chicken covered in bourbon glaze, a succulent steak, garlic bockwurst and grilled fish, chicken liver flavored with our steak seasoning served with roast potato, cabbage and apple salad topped with back bacon and peppery red wine sauce 1500

Steak – prime char grilled Australian sirloin steak lightly dusted with our steak seasoning and grilled to your taste, served with a sprinkle of frizzled red onions, cheesy mash and buttered vegetables 1450
Roast beef – on a bed or garlic mash with beet and cranberry sauce 750
Minced beef (spicy) – with red beans and mozzarella cheese with sour cream and Mexican salsa served in stuffed tortilla 750

Diced grilled lamb – with rustic sherry and mint gravy served with spinach stuffed crepes 900
Roast lamb – with orange and mint sauce served with vegetable couscous 900

Grilled pork chop – rustic sherry and pineapple sauce served with pasta and vegetable parcels 800
Moroccan spiced BBQ pork fillet – served with pickled red radish, olives, and cherry tomato on a bed of grilled potato 800

Vegetable stuffed crepes – gratin with mozzarella served with tomato, red beans and green peas tossed in balsamic dressing 600
Cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin and eggplant - tossed in spicy lemongrass flavored coconut sauce, sprinkled with steam rice served in a taco shell 600
Leek and potato soufflé – with basil and parmesan 600
Pasta – prepared to your choice of combination 600
Ravioli - with spinach and ricotta cheese in tomato and oregano sauce 700

Pasta da Vinci - sautéed chicken, mushroom, onions and garlic on a delicious Madeira wine sauce tossed with penne pasta and parmesan 700
Thai chicken pasta – sautéed chicken, julienne carrots, green onions, roasted peanuts and a spicy hot peanut sauce 700
Penne pasta with creamy cheese sauce – topped with chicken and Parmesan 700
Chicken tortellini – with champagne cream sauce 700
Ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese – with tomato and oregano sauce 700
Spaghetti carbonara 600
Spaghetti bolognaise 750
Pasta neopolitan 500

Blueberry cheesecake 400
Tiramisu 400
Chocolate and rum Pavlova 400
Fruit platter 300
Ice cream with chocolate sauce and nuts 250
Chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream 325
Hot bread pudding with vanilla rum custard 300

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Your reviews have been a great help in making dinning plans for my upcoming vacation to Sri Lanka.

Sophia Winter
Cambridge, England