Wednesday, June 27, 2012

July 4th with Uncle Sam’s BBQ where else but MLH!

July 4th is right in the heart of grilling season. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans devote themselves utterly to the art of grilling the ideal hot dog during the afternoon and the perfect s’mores at night. It’s a season filled with great food and good times with friends and family. And, because Independence Day takes place in the middle of the week, come enjoy and celebrate the nation’s birthday in style.

The 4th of July Dinner at MLH should be a must in your list! This is one of the most popular dinner spreads that Executive Chef Indika has got a knack for. Getting his cooking in tip top shape from the US well July 4th will be a celebration to see it all surface and indeed make your taste buds yearn for the good ole US of A. 

Yes we have the traditional July 4th menu too however Chef Indika has modified some of the 4th of July recipes where they are a little different from their traditional flavour but just as big on taste.

  • Grilled Portobello burgers,
  • Sweet potato fries,
·         BBQ Pork Salad with Fruit and Honey-Balsamic Vinagrette
·         Ranch Style Chicken Salad
·         B.L.T. Salad with Basil Dressing
·         Spicy Corn and Pepper Salad
·         Chili-Lime Rubber Beer Can Chicken
·         BBQ Baby back Ribs
·         Buttermilk Fried Chicken
·         Fresh off the Grill Corn on the Cob
·         Texas Style Pork and Beans
·         Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes
·         Down South Succotash
·         Blueberry Coffeecake
·         Raspberry Lemon Cream Cake
·         Red Velvet Cup Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Strawberry shortcake
·         Pineapple Crumble and more are just a few to whet your appetite..

Call 2711 430 for reservations and other details.

Apekema Launch this Sunday at the Governor's Restaurant!

Very First “French Spring in Sri Lanka”

Organized by the alliance Francaise de Kotte and the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the support of the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the BMICH and many other French and Sri Lankan Companies. The event took place from the 15th to 24th June 2012 with the 24th June celebrating the event in grand scale at MLH for the concluding Gala Dinner at the prestigious Maitland State Room.

France like Sri Lanka has a a very strong tradition in Arts and Culture spanning centuries. Hence, Culture, Arts and the world of culinary and music was the focus of the French Spring in Sri Lanka 2012.”We are privileged that the whole Gastronomy discipline was offered to us. Therefore, Chef Jerome Laurent a Michelin star chef along with Laure-line Gros from France were specifically brought in to felicitate the event,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, GM of MLH. To begin the Celebrons le francaise MLH exalted the music spectrum by having Olivier Franc’s Jazz Quintet perform at the Beach, Ballroom and Terrace. And thanks to SriLankan Airlines who are ever supportive in the efforts at MLH were the official travel partners for the Jazz Quintet and the two chefs.

As her H E Christine Robichon stated,”Arts can create links and a sense of togetherness amongst people from different countries and cultures.”

The 10 day celebration consisted of World Music, Photography, Cinema, Rock music, Classical Music, Jazz music, sustainable architecture, Fete de la musique, Literature, Dance, Street Art and indeed French Gastronomy at its best.

Launch of the Ape Kema Dinner time menu by Chef Pubilis with Sri Lanka’s favourite musicians on 1st July

The sunset, unusually extensive beach frontage and the Colombo skyline are a photographer’s  delight at the Mount Lavinia Hotel and adjudged as “One of the Worlds’ Best Gathering Places” by Newsweek and to top it all off connoisseurs of gracious living come for the heart-stoppingly beautiful panorama of the Indian Ocean. But equally potent is the tantalizing delicacies all cooked up by world class chefs that make your visit to the hotel nothing short of picture perfect.
To be in par with this picturesque experience, The Mount Lavinia Hotel has launched a new dinner-time experience every Sunday night for LKR2475 with over 15 authentic Sri Lankan dishes that surfaces the synonyms of Sri Lanka in taste.
WE Dining or in actual sense Ape Kema with Chef Pubilis exalts culture and the vibe of dazzling Sri Lanka in mouthwatering tastes. 1st of July diners will not only taste delicacies from the culinary legend himself: Chef Pubilis, but experience first hand the vibrant voices of Sanath Nandasiri, T M Jayaratne, Ishaq Begg and much more.
The menu is inspired by the local ingredients of Sri Lanka and served degustation style complimented with live oriental music by Manoj Pieris- A significant name in the oriental music arena of Sri Lanka.  Every Sunday night “I think the fact that the dining experience is accompanied by Sri Lanka’s marvels who are popular in their disciplines and also shows Sri Lanka’s culture in one night is indeed an experience that should not be missed,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager MLH.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A French Wine Dinner at MLH for Celebrons le Francaise

Every so often the culinary skills of a renowned chef are married to the extraordinary experience of the best wines from a country, at MLH. The month of June was host to many innovative events at MLH and one indeed was the French Wine Dinner that MLH celebrated as the French Spring in Sri Lanka was at its peak. With amazing wines and delectable cuisine prepared by Chef Jerome and Laure-line Gros the evening was exalted at the Maitland State Room.

They marked the occasion with some of the world’s finest wines and the amazing menu inspired collaboration between Chef Jerome and Executive Chef Indika of MLH was truly tasty.

The experience began at 7.30pm at the Maitland State Room with wines and an introduction to the food of the evening, presented by Chef Jerome and Mr Anura Dewapura – General Manager of MLH, followed by a five-course dinner served at 8.30pm. Each course of the dinner was introduced by Chef Jerome which added a nice touch to the already wonderful evening.

The Menu Gastronomique was the following that was served to the wine dinner enthusiasts:
Asperges Royale
Asparagus Custard with Crab

Arlequin de Langouste, Vinaigrette au Miel et sa petite salade
Chilled Shoe Lobster with Honey Vinaigrette and Petite salad
Rouget En Croute de Pomme de Terre, reduction de Bouillabaisse
Potato Crusted Rouget with Bouillabaisse reduction
Sorbet de Mangue au Piment et Coriandre
Mango and Chillie Sorbet with Cilantro

Magret de Canard, Pommes de Terre aux Truffes,
Quenelle de Champignon et Son Jus au Poivre Long
Seared Duck Breast with Truffle Mash, Quenelle of Mushroom and Javanese Pepper Infused Jus

Le Caprice de Laure
Whipped Ganache, Rum-Coffee Granite and Chocolate Ice

With great wines as stated below, to complement the meal:
·         Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010
·         Domaine Schlumberger Reisling 2006
·         Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse 2010
·         Maison Louis Jadot Brouilly 2008
·         K.W.V. Tawny Port N/V

“World Volkswagen Day” celebrations a spectacular success

In all probability it may be the only automobile brand that has been given the worldly “honors”. And indeed it was 200 participants made the event a spectacular success. This year, the Club “spotlighted” two great personalities who brought fame to the VW Beetle, one in the race circuit being Mr.Upali Kapilasena who for many years thrilled the speed fans in his delightful Bug. The other is a personality from the ”fairer” gender who was somewhat an ardent supporter of “women liberation” right from her days at University who carries on her social activities to date. Mrs Kamini Vitharana was a pioneer Lady VW Driver from the early fifties who too took onto the lectern to speak a few words of the delights of the Bug.       

This was a very nostalgic event to the VW Family as it brings out fond memories that many owners have shared in their little Bug and to most from their childhood. VW owners of all ages come together to make this event “warm and friendly” in true form of the “Peoples Car”. The event began at Independence Square and ended at MLH.

The General Manager of MLH, stated “MLH has always been supportive of events as such and we are privileged to celebrate it at our premises and we will continue to celebrate the events of the Peoples Car.”

Those who are interested to join the many celebrations that are yet to come please contact the Club Secretary Mr.Nalin Perera on 077-0333444, of the VW Owners Beetle Club.