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“Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Governor's Restaurant

Governor's Restaurant
Mount Lavinia Hotel | 100 Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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Cuisines: English
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
2 reviews
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“Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Superb selection and quality throughout our stay and excellent introduction to Sri Lankan food. Neeting Chef Publis was a highlight

Visited July 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Simply wOw”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I have had breakfast here more than about 10 times!(during a period of 2 years) and everytime it surprises me with the delicious food!
Excellent buffet.There's nothing you can't find here.Let it be Sri Lankan or International.
The staff is very polite and helpful.A very romantic setting outside, facing the lovely sea.
Once is just not enough!
The have such an extra ordinary spread even at lunch.So tempting, Unlimited choices staring from the soup till the deserts.only regret is that due to many varieties it's often difficult to select.
Awesome food.Great service.
Keep up the god work!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dehiwela
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Mother's Day Bliss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The Western buffet was really good. I never liked their Asian buffet - too bland for my taste.

The welcome drink of melon and orange (not sure) was great.

But the dessert chef had outdone himself. There must have been around twenty to thirty mouth watering desserts. We managed to sample six each, and regretted that we could not have added in some more into our stomachs.

The price was quite high - worked out to approx. Rs.3,000/- per person, but given the array of desserts and the presentation, I feel that it was a worthwhile visit.

Visited May 2013
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Worcester
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“The best ever Sunday buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We arrived in Sri Lanka for our annual 3 month winter break this January. My brother who resides in S.L. took us out to the Mount Lavinia hotel for for their Sunday brunch buffet, what an experience it was the best buffet I have been to, the choices were endless. For starters poached salmon, smoked salmon, live oysters,freshly prepared crab, prawns, mussels and many more items were on display. Go very easy here as you are in for a surprise as to what you are going to have for your mains. The bounty comprises of a Sri Lankan rice curry with about 20 accompaniments absolutely delicious and that's not all the western food was medium rare roast beef, roast lamb, various grilled meats, freshly prepared fish, Italian, Indian and south American delicacies all served with freshly prepared vegetables, salads, chips and roast potatoes. We had a long break before we attempted to try a dessert there was at least 20 to choose from including hot and cold western and Sri Lankan classics not forgetting the fresh mouth watering tropical fruit.
We have been to many a buffets around the world but this is the real deal costing around £12 per head we were so impressed that we visited the hotel on 3 different Sundays. "Bloody good".

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great ambiance, average food, excellent dessert!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We visited the Governor’s Restaurant at the esteemed mount Lavinia hotel recently and found it quite to our liking. We chose the buffet menu which had quite a spread ranging from salads to meats to desserts.

The salads menu was quite average and we found the non-veg items specially the smoked salmon lacking in freshness. There was also only one option for the soup. We also sampled some fresh fruit juices which were out of the main buffet menu and found the serving size to be rather small. Moving on to the main dishes, there was quite a spread that included sausages, beef kebab, grilled pork/chicken and prawns. There was also the ever present Sri Lankan cuisine counter which was well represented. The best item was the grilled pork which I loved.
The desserts also had a good variety and I though the crème brulee was out of this world. Special commendation to the team on that and would definitely recommend that you visit even just for this.

The ambiance and setting were also very nice with the option of sitting inside or in the porch or even on the pool terrace. The service was also quite reasonable though the front desk had not marked our reservation. We also found out that the theme of the night which was “Australian BBQ” was not well represented in the menu as a whole.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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