Friday, November 30, 2012

Fusion and flavourful theme nights dawns at the MLH

What happens when East and West, North and South all come together in the kitchen at MLH? Unique dining nights emerge at the Governor’s Terrace. LKR2600/-nett per night and over fifteen dishes are celebrated each theme night to satisfy one’s tastebuds.

Monday : Indo-Caribbean

Caribbean starchy roots are a great substitute for noodles and rice as they are perfect for soaking up East Indian spice- and the spicy sauces and the French Creole flavours and British touches.  And the love for hot chili peppers is common amongst traditional East Indian cultures. A culinary evolution—Authentic East Indian dishes and recipes brought to these Islands over a hundred years ago, gradually evolved with the continual addition and subtraction of ingredient into drastically different, deliciously innovative dishes we enjoy today.  The Indo Caribbean theme night will highlight dishes across Caribbean; Hot curry stewpots of beef, poultry, game, goat, and lamb is ubiquitous in the Caribbean.

Tuesday : Pacific Rim Fusion

Truly a cuisine of medleys, Pacific Rim cooking combines Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking techniques, California freshness, and a host of other cultural and culinary influences. You'll find everything from seafood tacos and shitake mushroom quesadillas to Japanese potstickers and seared fish with peanut coconut sauce.  Wonderfully fresh, "Asian fusion," "Euro-Pacific," or "regional Hawaiian" cuisine, it's a way of cooking that enhances a great diversity of beautiful fresh foods with healthful cooking methods, like grilling, wok stir frying, and steaming.

Wednesday : Fiesta Iberico

Exquisite and finest dishes of Portugal, Spain and south western Europe. Fresh vegetables, herbs such as saffron, cumin and coriander are ingredients of this haute cuisine. otaje de garbanzos, potaje de lentejas, fava rica, and favas con coentro. Are typical in the menu. Sweet rice puddings (arroz con leche and arroz doce), soups such as ajo blanco (a white garlic soup), the original gazpacho, gazpachuelo (a fish and egg soup), and various almond soups. Wednesday nights will ignite with Andalusian flavours.

Thursday : United States of India

Relish the opulent tastes in the many regional cuisines native to India. The menu authentically uplifts cuisine from the North, South, east and west of India while offering guests the additional delight of cuisines shaped by Hindu and Jain beliefs, in particular vegetarianism, and the influences of cultural interaction from other societies that has spiced up dishes to suit any palate. Over twenty varieties of regional dishes synonymous to India will be the night’s focus. Regional dishes like Pork Vindalo: popular curry dish in Goa, Kadhi: a spicy North India dish, Rogan Josh is a popular Kashmiri dish, Spicy fish from Kerala, Chungdi Jhola is a spicy gravy based prawn curry with different flavours of spices, Momo is served in a tomato-based broth from Nepal, are a few to mention

Friday : Great Aussie BBQ

A real Aussie BBQ is simply a matter of taste. Flavourful, sizzling BBQ specialities from Aussie are the menu of the night. Boiled n Baked Baby back Ribs that are a signature. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are exactly the way ribs should be. Succulent and saucy, each rack is smoked, grilled to perfection and brushed in a sauce that is seasoned with spicy mountain pepper, bush tomatoes, garlic and hickory. Smooth in texture and full bodied in flavor, Aussie Fries, Shrimp on the Barbie, Crab and Avocado Stack, Buffalo Styled Grilled Chicken Wings, Braised Beef Brisket, Seafood Mixed Grill, Sweet Glazed Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Artichoke Flatbread and don’t forget the Chocolate Thunder from Down Under are some of the dishes in the menu

Saturday : Chino Latino

Latin American Chinese Food or specifically Cuban Chinese and it is a spicy food addiction. Habanero Hell Poppers: Diabolically spicy deep fried habanero peppers with a molten habanero cream cheese filling, Chinese Bbq Spare Ribs: Five-spice honey glaze, Lo Pans Crispy Pork And Crab Rolls: Served with thai bbq sauce, Peasants Chicken Satay: Coconut curry marinated, served with peanut sauce, Chipotle Teriyaki Salmon Satay: Pineapple salsa, Pinoy Paella:  Jumbo shrimp, adobo chicken, mussels, chorizo sausage, calamari and saffronannatto rice  are some of the items in the menu.

Sunday : Ape Kema

Chef Publis surfaces food synonymous to all communities of Sri Lanka. With the many fragrances and spices parallel to South Indian food, it remains distinctly its own form of cuisine. Throughout years of colonization and influence from other countries, Sri Lanka has adapted its food culture into a blend of different curry concoctions and dishes which is ready to be experienced with authenticity and traditions entwined. Dishes like Chicken Dummassa, Maldive Fish Sambol, Beef Cutlets, Ghee Rice, Pork Black Pepper, Mutton Chutty Roast, Dolos Mahe Salad,   Waraka Gini Sisila (flambĂ©) are some of the items in the menu.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A tribute to Sidney Bechet by Olivier Franc Jazz ensemble 24th November at the Governors Terrace after 7.30pm, priced at 3500/= nett

26th December at the Terrace Boxing Day with Gospel and Jazz Brunch Eshantha Pieris and his Jazz Ensemble & Nuovo Vita priced at LKR 2900/=nett, children LKR 1450/= nett

Iconic Traditions epitomized this Royal Christmas

Want to feel and experience iconic traditions that surface the true spirit of the season without visiting the specific countries? MLH’s Royal Christmas and the gamut of dining experiences will easily take you across the globe and through the ages with unique traditions being highlighted.

Exceptional amidst traditional entertainment is the idea behind the seasonal entertainment at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. The Royal Christmas at MLH this year continues to tell the story of the many cultures and traditions that have shaped the spirit of Christmas throughout the years and the unique initiatives added to the season that strengthen bonds and links epitomize MLH’s hospitality throughout the nation.

One of the defining characteristics of this year’s seasonal line-up is St Lucia’s Day celebration on Thursday, 13th December 2012 which surfaces the message of light and hope. A popular festival mostly celebrated in Northern Europe or a Scandinavian tradition proclaiming the message of light and hope. This festival will be celebrated in style with traditional music and Scandinavian delicacies and beverages at the Courtyard of the MLH. Ranked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world, VOICE PRINT who have enthralled many an audience both in Sri Lanka and abroad will team up with Coro CantAmici, a choral musical ensemble to ring in the Christmas spirit.
It's easier than ever to get lost in the materialism of Christmas and lose touch with the true meaning of Christmas. Well MLH regained some of that lost Christmas spirit this year when the mystery, magic and mirth of Christmas is indeed captured on the 24th and 25th of December at the Governor’s Restaurant, the Terrace and the Seafood Cove. And remember the surprise visit from Santa in the most unusual manner maybe a sight to see!
Two traditions merged into one dining initiative is the idea behind Gospel and Jazz Brunch on Boxing Day(26th December 2012). Eshantha Peries and his Asia Pacific Jazz ensemble will jazz the day whilst Nuovo Vita will show off Gospel that took shape in the early twentieth century from the old spirituals that gave hope and strength to many.

All this and more will be offered by the hotel this festive season, so if you are looking at celebrating a culmination of Christmas festivities with a difference, a theme in order to build a greater understanding on the spirit of Christmas or appreciate a tradition that influences on the present, Mount Lavinia Hotel should be your number one choice this season.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gospel Pianist from Harlem New York to enlighten Thanksgiving celebrations

As Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and known for being the celebration for the harvest of the year, MLH has taken the same notion to thank all their patrons for a good year. Yes, 22nd November 2012 – Thanksgiving will be celebrated with a Gospel Pianist from Harlem, New York: Allan Tate will celebrate the day with gospels specifically written for the occasion, serving as a reminder of the significance of thanks. The entertainment for the evening at MLH will be provided by Sri Lanka’s much sought after all boy acapella group VOICE PRINT along with the Olivier Franc Jazz Ensemble and the sultry voice of beautiful Gabrielle Jeanselme, too.

Allan Tate
A master of Gospel and Blues music. Very moving singer and virtuoso piano player. He started to play in churches across the US in places like New Orleans in the late 50's and stayed there up to the 60's.

He played for a while in duo with the Legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Then he moved to New York City, where he is based nowadays. His career took a new direction in 2011 with successful European concerts and festivals in France and Germany.

Thanksgiving Dinner – LKR4000/-nett

Cheese with Apple Salad
Vegetable Chop Salad
Cold Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce
Assorted Sausage Salad
Apple and Potato Salad
Red Cabbage and Apple Summer slaw
BBQ Pork Salad with Fruit and Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Ranch Style Chicken Salad
B.L.T. Salad with Basil Dressing and Croutons
Spicy Corn and Pepper Salad

Whole Roasted Turkey with Natural Jus and Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Lamb Leg with Rosemary Jus
Glazed Studded Ham with Grain Mustard Sauce

Fall Spice Pumpkin Soup

Bread Station
Country Corn Bread
Herbed Cheese Biscuits
Assorted Breads

Bourbon Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Green Bean Casserole
Cinnamon & Honey Glazed Carrots
Chorizo and Corn Hash
Sage and Sausage Stuffing
Traditional Herbed Stuffing
Herb Smashed Potato with Country Gravy
Baked Sweet Potato

Pecan Pie
Caramelized Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Fall Berry Mousse
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Cake
Traditional Spiced Carrot Cake

Allan Tate and the Olivier Franc Jazz Quartet along with Gabrielle have flown in on SriLankan Airlines. Call the Special Events desk at 2711 711 ext: 420/455 for reservations.