Restaurant Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Bank Of Ceylon Mw, Cbo 1, Colombo, Sri Lanka Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Semondu is special ?
Situated at the former Dutch Hospital right opposite the World Trade Center, Semondu opened its wings to the public offering an international menu with a twist of oriental Sri Lankan fusion.
Guests who always love to see how what they have ordered is being prepared have the chance to sit at the bar and just observe the master chefs at works through the open kitchen, dishing out an array of fusion cuisine, mixing flavours and tasting the different spices in each dish. Serving a wide choice from starters, salads, soups and main courses the restaurant not only speaks food but it speaks of a history many have forgotten. There are picture hung on walls of the ancestral times giving a glimpse of how Sri Lanka was then and a taste of Dutch architecture of the bygone era.
With seats ready to accommodate around 64 guests, the 31 staff that have being trained straight from the SriLankan Catering Kitchen at Katunayake are ready on the go to serve the guest inside as well as outside verandah.
Some must-try dishes:
Oyster lamb with cashew nuts: $8
Cajun crusted grilled chicken: $11
Triple layer Swiss chocolate mousse: $5
Homemade honey comb ice cream with kithul honey: $5
How to get to Semondu?
It's the first restaurant on your left as you come in through the main entrance at Dutch hospital (opposite the World Trade Center)
- Restaurant at the Old Dutch Hospital
- Great food and juices
- Local and western food with great service
- Amazing food in a perfect setting
- Fine dining at a great price
- Noise level Small
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Bank Of Ceylon Mw, Cbo 1, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tips for you
Semondu is Sri Lankan Airlines' attempt at semi-fine dining,which serves up continental fusion cuisine. The mains were presented well, and the portions were reasonably large. Overall we were pretty happy with what we got. We tried the Oyster lamb with cashew nuts (Rs.1100), and the Cajun crusted grilled chicken (Rs.1450). The lamb was served with fried rice, prawn crackers and a salad. The rice and prawn crackers married well with the oyster lamb, which was prepared like more of a stir fry with a mix of capsicums and peppers. We felt the rice could have used a bit more seasoning and the salad while fresh, seemed a bit out of place. For Desserts,we ordered the Triple layer Swiss chocolate mousse (Rs.600) and the Homemade honey comb ice cream with kithul honey (Rs.600). We were quite underwhelmed by the Homemade honey comb ice cream, and seriously question the ''Homemade'' tag. Which to us was more like 3 scoops of elephant house ice cream with tuile in the center and no real semblance of honey comb in the whole dish. One thing that we appreciated was the overall pricing of dishes, which ranged from Rs. 600 all the way up to Rs. 3500+. But be careful, taxes do tend to sucker punch you at the end though (1.3k for two).
Good food, fresh seafood and great service. Just slightly pricey but worthy. One downside,staff will try to get you to order more. :)