We loved the Loon Tao. As an open air restaurant on the beach at Mount Lavinia, you shouldn't go expecting plush surroundings and white linen. This place carries off a genuine, relaxed beach bar/restaurant style really well. The service was exceptional and the staff very friendly and attentive.
The food was all lovely and the portions were huge. We ordered the small portions of the starters and can't imagine what the large ones would have been like. Everything looked and tasted as it it was prepared on site - something you rarely see in the UK.
I accept this is not the cheapest place to eat but we felt it was worth the money. The food was fresh, tasted great and was filling. We genuinely contemplated coming back for dinner.
I'm not sure why Mt Lavinia restaurants are not included on the main TA listings for Colombo. The Loon Tao was better than any of the places we ate at in Town and with Mount Lavinia only being a 15/20 minute ride by Tuk Tuk it is definitely worth a visit.
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