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Hotel Sea Breeze

Another star in Mt. Lavinia:

MD Ranjith Balasuriya

Located on the picturesque waterfront of the Mt. Lavinia beach, the most popular beach close to the city of Colombo, Hotel Sea Breeze offers star class facilities and unmatched hospitality.

The hotel boasts of 20 guest rooms - two deluxe rooms and 18 standard rooms. All guest rooms are equipped with star class facilities, including A/C, cable TV/ mini-bar, telephone with IDD facilities, hot/cold water, room service, individual balconies and laundry service. Some guest rooms are carpeted wall to wall.

The hotel’s Mayura Restaurant services delicious Western, Eastern, Chinese and Sri lankan cuisine while the Sun Set restaurant specialises in sea food preparations from the catch of the day from the Indian Ocean, prepared by Executive Chef, K.M.H. Roshanthan who counts over 12 years experience in food and beverage, with four years overseas experience.

The hotel also operates a Sunset Beach Restaurant offering ‘Kola Kenda’ traditional Sri Lankan meals like Kiribath, green gram, Kadala, hoppers and Kotthu.

The hotel has a well stocked bar ‘Hansa Bar’ Gymnasium and transport facilities. To cater to the demand for holistic therapy the hotel operates an Ayurvedic Centre managed by a qualified Ayurvedic Degree holder, and his team.

Hotel Sea Breeze is managed by Z and R Leisure Management Services, who are also marketing agents for Hotel Sun Hill, a 20-room star property at Unique View, Nuwara Eliya, and Summer House, Castle Reigh, a beautiful three-cottage property, off Dick Oya.

The company will shortly open a Night Club, overlooking the Indian Ocean, on the thirdrd floor of Hotel Sea Breeze.

The air conditioned ‘Maroon’ ballroom offers all modern facilities for weddings, conferences, banquet functions and in-house workshops. The ballroom can cater to over 150 guests.

Managing Director, Hotel Sea Breeze, Ranjith Balasuriya is a veteran hotelier who has over 32 years experience in Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry. The other director of the hotel is Ms. Zuhaira Balasuriya.

Hotel Sea Breeze can be reached via e-mail: [email protected]

New tastes at Navratna -Taj Samudra

Navratna, arguably the finest Indian restaurant in the City, has just introduced a new menu with new flavours whilst still retaining the all-time favourites.

This great assemblage of culinary delights now includes many dishes from Lucknow and Hyderabd, two regions often considered to be of great significance in India’s tradition of rich cuisine. This fare is distinctive for its blend of spices and unique preparation approaches.

The menu offers nothing short of true authenticity - Navratna’s master “Chef Pawan” had spent time honing his skills in the wonderous art of preparing these dishes in both Hyderabd and Lucknow.

Stemming from these origins are the most enchanting of biryani’s and kebabs whose recipes are whispered like well guarded secrets.

From the fine Galavat Kebab made of minced lamb to the Murg Lucknowi pulao your appetite will be quenched in the most desirable way.

If you’re always looking for something extra-ordinary then you must try Banjara cuisine. This is the cuisine of the gypsies of India whose nomadic lifestyle resulted in an amalgamation of cultures and an imbibed culinary tradition of many parts of India.

Make sure you try out the Dhuan Murg, a chicken delicacy or the Dal Banjara. Unique and unexplored, these treats are not to be missed.

The best is truly saved for last - the desserts on offer will allure your sweet tooth into deep craving. From melt in the mouth baked anjeer halwa, a truly tantalizing dessert made of figs to the loved Rasmalai, every last bite will be relished.


From Trainee Steward to Manager

When Eric Rodrigo began his hotel career as a trainee steward at Browns Beach Hotel, Negombo in 1980, his ambition was to reach the zenith of his hotel career.

After serving Browns Beach for three years, Eric left Sri Lanka in search of greener pastures. He joined the Holiday Inn Hotel, Salala, Oman as a Restaurant Supervisor and worked there for four years.

He returned in 1986 and joined Taj Airport Garden Hotel as a Restaurant Supervisor and was subsequently promoted as Coffee Shop Manager, Restaurant and Bar Manager and Banquet Manager.

After serving Airport Garden Hotel for five years, Eric left for the Maldives to join a 5-Star hotel, Laguna Beach Resort as Food and Beverage Manager. After three years he returned to Sri Lanka and joined the Sunflower Beach Hotel, Negombo as Food and Beverage Manager.

From Sunflower, he joined Club Hotel Dolphin, as a Food and Beverage Manager. Eric was recalled to the Maldives and joined Laguna Beach Resort once again as the resort’s Food and Beverage Manager.

He returned and served Airport Garden Hotel as Banquet Manager for five years. From Airport Garden, Eric joined Pegasus Reef Hotel, Hendala and F&B Manager/Sales Manager and served Pegasus for five years.

From Pegasus, he joined Dickwella Villa Resort, Matara as the hotel’s F&B Manager, and was subsequently promoted to the post of Manager. He also served Rosen Renaissance Hotel, Kataragama as F&B Manager.

In March this year, Eric reached his goal in life when he was appointed Manager, Villa Palma Beach Resort, Pamunugama.

Eric is a Diploma holder in F&B Management from the American Hotel and Motel Association, USA and a registered Lecturer in Food and Beverage.

Text & Pic BJ

Godamba Rotti Promo at Commons

Colombo’s favourite chill-out spot is rolling it fat from May 18- 31. It will offer a Godamba Rotti Promotion at the Commons from the May 18 to 31 commencing at 6.00pm.

At the innovative “Rotti Karaththaya” in the garden; the chefs will roll up tasty rottis with the filling of your choice, made hot and fresh right in front of you.

From a choice of fine cut meats, fresh vegetables and cheese, you’ll have everything to create the filling that’s a perfect fusion of your flavour.

To wrap up your mix, you can choose from 15 different varieties of savoury rotties or 7 sweet rottis to suit your craving. The menu also gives you a take-away option as well, so you can enjoy goodies on the go.

Soak up a great atmosphere that will satisfy your soul and your stomach. The ideal place for that intimate rendez-vous or lively social gathering, The Commons is the place to be down flower road.

Dosai and Idly promotion at Atrium Cafe

Two of South India’s most popular dishes-Dosai and Idly are now yours to savour in five star comfort, as Cinnamon Grand goes on a special Dosai and Idly promotion from May 17 - 27th at the Atrium Cafe.

The promotion will offer you a chance to enjoy an all - you can - eat Dosai and Idly feast during dinner with your entire family, with something for everyone.

you can be part of this special culinary experience with typical Indian music and decor to match the mood.

Start the feast the traditional way with a Rasam drink and choose from the special counters offering a range of Dosai and Idly dishes - Masala dosai, Ghee dosai, Cheese dosai, Chilli dosai, Paper dosai, Onion dosai and even Poddi special dosai.

There’s also a range of Idly, Vadai, Ulundu Vadai and Aloo Bondai. A choice of spicy curries such as Chicken, Liver and Mutton along with Sambar, green and red coconut sambol, assorted pickles and other popular accompaniments that are normally part of this South Indian meal experience, will enhance the fare.

Top it all off with a sweet Sagu Pudding (Payasam) and a Banana; this is one Indian binge you shouldn’t miss.

Waffles Galore at Ceylon Continental

A blend of exotic and traditional fillings inside warm, melt-in your-mouth waffles are on offer especially at La Patisserie de Paris, Ceylon Continental Hotel Colombo from May 25 - 30.

Blueberry, mango, chocolate and even ice cream are among the flavours available. Plus, if you want to discover the chef in you, make your own waffle and fill it up with what ever gets you going, says PR executive Onitha Gurugalla.

Visit the Pastry Shop “La patisserie de Paris” and enjoy a delicious mouth-watering array of Waffles during 9 am - 9 pm. There will be Blueberry Waffle, Strawberry Waffle, Mango Waffle, Ice Cream Waffle, Chocolate Waffle and Savory Waffles during the promotion.



‘May Specials’ from Galadari

A special discounted holiday package is being offered to Sri Lankans and expatriates by the Galadari Hotel until May 31.

The package includes discounts on room charges, on BB (bed and breakfast) and on food and beverage at all restaurants of the Galadari Hotel. Free use of the hotel’s swimming pool too is included in the package.

This offer is being made to give Sri Lankans and expatriates an opportunity to spend a memorable holiday at a 5-star hotel, General Manager, Galadari Hotel, Sampath Siriwardena said.

Catch FA Cup action at the Mix Bar

Catch the action live on a giant screen at the Mix Bar, Taj Samudra Hotel when Manchester United and Chelsea battle it out at the FA Cup Finals happening today from 8 pm onwards.

Be a part of the real action and let it be known who you are rooting for when the face painters come around to add to the cheer.

What’s more, you’ve got an even bigger reason to look out for those goals and it doesn’t even matter which side you’re on.

Yes that’s right - with Taj Samudra’s very own “BOGO” - Buy One Get One - Free promotion you’ll be running to the bar for the first five minutes after a goal to get your free drink.

Also take part in the exciting competitions and you just might win an overnight stay for a couple at the Taj Exotica.


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