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The Steak and Grill House at the Taj

by Louise Baxter

The writer savours the flavours at the Grill House 

The Steak and Grill House at the Taj Samudra Hotel provides the perfect combination of fine dining with an informal feel. One is instantly relaxed by the warm, homely feel that the Steak and Grill House exudes. For patrons of the UK, this restaurant will feel like a home from home with HP sauce on your table! However, for other tourists and locals alike, there is a wide selection of condiments to tickle your tastebuds. There is a very comprehensive menu on offer here, and they guarauntee to disappoint no one; every palette has been catered for. An excellent selection of seafood and other poultry dishes is also offered, as well as the range of red meat dishes. Also on the menu, is a recommended selection of wines to help you compliment your meal.

One may wish to begin with a small appetizer such as a smoked salmon parcel, a succulent bowl of soup or a sintilating salad. For main course, one will certainly be spoilt for choice between a "Combo" deal, such as the half grilled lobster with steak, or a platter like the juicy chicken breast.

Or one may prefer to be dazzled by the waiter who will prepare a flambed steak in front of your very eyes! Furthermore, one may need help when deciding, which sauce to choose for a steak.

The desserts are a chocoholics paradise and for those with a liking for cheesecake, the American style biscuit based cheesecake, topped with summer fruits, will not go untouched!

The new additional items on the menu, which will begin this weekend, are sure to call back some of the old regulars who may wish to try something new.

There promises to be more spicy sauces, more accompaniments, a greater selection of breads and butters, and for dessert, the "Trio of Asian Creme Brulees", will leave one pondering over whether to have a starter or a dessert!

The Taj Samudra Steak House and Grill also provides the ideal location to celebrate a family birthday or an anniversary.

Area Executive Chef K. Natsarajan, will be happy to discuss any meal selections and cater for individual tastes.


Gamage wins 'Travel Writer of the Year Award'

Asia Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) and the Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association (CEJA) co-organisers of the Sri Lanka Environmental Journalists Forum (SLEJF) recently nominated veteran journalist Dharmasiri Gamage as the Best Travel Writer for the year 2002. Gamage who commenced his journalism career as a sub-editor in Lankadeepa, of the Times of Ceylon, later joined the Lake House Group where he served for over 25 years.

Gamage who excelled in investigative travel writing received has also received a meritorious award from the Editors Guild of Sri Lanka for his valuable contribution on environmental issues. He was the former editor of " Rasaduna" tabloid and still continues to contribute travel features to Silumina and Rasaduna under his signature column " Travel Notes".

Travel writing is not only his forte. Gamage has several films, TV, and radio scripts to his credit, and has authoured several guide books on various places of tourist interest in Sri Lanka as well as abroad.


Philippines shrugs off US travel warnings

MANILA, (AFP) Tourists are shrugging off recent travel advisories by the United States and other countries as visitor arrivals in the Philippines are rising, Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon said Thursday. Gordon said tourist arrivals as of November, were up six percent from last year, buoyed by visitors from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.

This made up for a reduction in arrivals from Europe and the United States, even among ethnic Filipinos in North America, he said in an interview with ABS-CBN television station. He did provide specific figures but said tourist numbers would be even higher if the United States had not issued warnings about travel to Southeast Asia due to fears of possible terror attacks. Washington has issued a series of warnings of threats to Americans in the wake of the October 12 bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that claimed more than 190 lives. Earlier this month, Washington upgraded its travel warning for Americans in the Philippines, stressing the "potential for terrorist bombings ... in view of the number of recent security-related incidents, the possibility for future terrorism, kidnappings and other violence."

Gordon however said the United States also had travel warnings for other countries such as Spain but tourism was still thriving there.

"An advisory is not a cancellation, it is not a banning. It just says 'caution, be careful'," Gordon said.



The natural exuberance of Sri Lankans and their tendency to exclaim, is the inspiration behind the name of Colombo's first exclusive hair and accessories shop for women which opened in the city's most fashionable mall last week.

Goshi! at the lobby level of Crescat Boulevard claims to have more than a thousand different accessories for hair, ears, necks and hands, most of them studded with scintillating crystal that is bound to have female customers exclaiming.

The accessories range from simple hair bands and clips to sparkling tiaras, hair slides and clasps that are a match for the grandest occasion, earrings, necklaces, rings and other hand accessories, as well as easy to wear hair pieces and wigs.


This November Around the Town


Prawn and Crab
Promotion at the Ceylon Continental

It's the Prawn and Crab Promotion at the Pearl Seafood Restaurant from November 15-24. A delicious dinner buffet from 7.00p.m to 11.00 p.m with live Calypso music, raffle draws and many more surprises.

Ramazan Promotion at the Galadari

The Galadari Hotel's Sheherazade Arabic Restaurant is hosting a breakfast buffet from 6.00 p.m to 11.00 p.m during the month of Ramazan. Arabic coffee, Dates, Canjee, Soup, Lassi, Vegetable Samaso, Chicken Spring Rolls, Arabic Mezza are among the range of delicacies on offer. Lebanese chef Issa will also cater to special functions break-fast buffet.

Crepe Promotion at the Lanka Oberoi

A special crepe promotion will be held at the Lounge and Pool Side from November 15-30.

Malaysian Mania at the Mount

The Mount Lavinia hotel is holding a celebration of Malaysian Culture with renowned chefs from The Renaissance hotel, Kuala Lumpur presenting a culinary feast..Expect to have your taste buds teased with a tender satay, followed by a cleansing chicken soup with glass noodles.This will open your palet in preparation for some delicate coconut rice, accompanied by spicy sambol prawns. To compliment your main course, you have choice of stir-fried mixed vegetables and some chicken curry to add a little spice.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Burbur Cha Cha, (sagoo with yam and sweet potatoes) is sure to dazzle even the harshest of dessert connoisseurs.

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