Special Edition: Chinese Food Festival @ Cinnamon Lakeside

Located at: 115 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka

Visited on: 26 Jan, 2020

What: Buffet of over 90 authentic Chinese dishes

When: 7:00 – 11:00 pm, 23rd January – 02nd February, 2019

Price: LKR 3,100 per person

Cinnamon Lakeside rolled out an extensive array of Chinese dishes as they joined in the celebrations for the Lunar New Year. The buffet included a selection of over ninety dishes that included soups, salads, dumplings, mains and desserts which spanned the upper and lower levels of the exterior and finished up inside the hotel with the dessert spread.

Despite being ladled outside in a thick-ish breeze, it was wonderful to find that the soup – we went with crab and sweet corn – was quite warm, and remained that way until we finished lapping it all up. It tasted great too. And there was an interesting assortment of breads of different shapes and flavours to go with.

Some of the salads included pickled cabbage, shrimp with glass noodles, salmon and honey melon, tempered tofu…

The variety of dim sum was larger than usual and made for an interesting variation of flavours on the palate.

Dim sum of all sorts (and spring rolls and fish cakes)

The mains extended all the way to the end of the façade outside and included rice and noodle dishes, sausages, Szechuan and Manchurian style dishes and plenty of fried veggie, seafood and meat items.

A few picks from the mains

The dessert corner was colourful, as always, with several lychee-incorporated items which were mostly pretty good. There were other Far Eastern inspired desserts, too, built around sago, corn, agar agar, coconut and kidney bean bases. However, although I was pretty excited to give the kidney bean ice cream a go, it was disappointing to find out that it tasted quite like vanilla ice cream with a bit of pink colouring and a few kidney beans thrown in.

Lychee-, mango-, coconut- and kidney bean-based desserts

We finished off with some classic Chinese tea – great to help digest the substantial meal we had just consumed!

The festival goes on for another week, so why not head on over and check it out for yourselves?



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