Just a short entry.
Trip Start Jan 08, 2014
36Trip End Apr 09, 2014
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The next day I had decided that I was going to explore the other way i.e. South from where I was staying out towards the suburb of Dehiwala which is heading towards Mount Lavinia, a former haven for the colonialists escaping the noise and dust of Colombo and is home to the Mount Lavinia Hotel, one of those strange old places that still exist long after the Colonels and Paymaster Generals of the Ceylon Civil Service have departed both the country and this life. I never actually got as far as Mount Lavinia as the heat, (appalling) fumes, noise and the near-apocalyptic roadworks on the Galle Road defeated me
I did stop for a meal in a little place that looked OK and again, hopefully the tip will suffice to give you an idea of the place.
"I had decided to head South from my hotel one day to explore an area of South Colombo called Dehiwala. To be honest, it is not that exciting although it does feature the Colombo Zoo. Unusually for me I found myself a little hungry in the afternoon. I know it will sound odd to the casual reader here but I generally eat one large meal in the day in the evening / night time. I know dieticians will scream in horror but it is a system that seems to suit me.
On the Galle Road (the main drag heading South from Colombo) I came upon Flame 'n'
Flavours which looked spotlessly clean and had a English menu blackboard outside which was helpful
I sallied in, pointed at what looked like a decent curry and indicated rice and one of the rather thick roti that were sitting pre-prepared on top of the chiller cabinet. I had a look around and it
was certainly a lovely eating space, including what seemed to be some sort of "chillout" bar to the rear w2hich obviously doubled as the managers office. This idea was confirmed when the obviously Sri Lankan manager, who had been in some sort of business discussion with a
gentleman and lady approached me for a chat. In the course of discourse (I like that phrase, it might make a good song title some day if it has not already been used) it turned out that he had the slightly improbable forename of Shane and his grandfather (or was it great grandfather?) had been an Irishman who had come to the then Ceylon to help run the
railways. Strange coincidence as my maternal grandfather was a railwayman himself which led to an interesting conversation. He did tell me his surname which was equally British, I think it may have been White but I cannot recall now.
The meal duly appeared and it was served in a manner I have not seen before in all my travels. They put a micro thin sheet of cellophane on the plate before placing the food on
it. I really have no idea what this is about, maybe it saves on the washing up! (I should add that since I wrote this tip on VT I have seen this done many times).
As for the food, well the curry was very tasty and packed a bit of a punch which suits me although it was served at room temperature which does not. It appears to be common here and I am alwaysin favour of eating to local norms but I really do not like less than lukewarm curry. I had imagined that the roti was there as an indication of what was on offer but no, it was stone cold and obviously taken off the pre-prepared plate. It was tasty enough but I like my Asian breads hot.
The lack of any obvious internet presence indicates to me that this may be a fairly new place. I did speak to Shane about my reservations and he promised to take them on board so don't dismiss this place out of hand. I can only tip it here on VT as I found it which wasn't that great. Not, I think from lack of effort. I dowish them well.
Well, that was a fairly short one. A whole post about an aimless ramble and a dinner that was a bit of a letdown. I'm not sure this blog is really of any value to anyone but I'll try to keep it up anyway.