Note: This review is for the RESTAURANT only. If given the option, I'd call it "good" rather than "very good."
We stopped at the Avenra a few times during our short trip to Negombo. Once, because my other half had a late meeting and I was on my own, so our lovely homestay hosts took me here and made sure I was well taken care of by the staff. I was, and had a quiet dinner outside by the pool one evening. The next morning we both stopped for coffee and fruit juice to break up the long walk into town.
To be honest, I'm not sure we'll return very often, as there are so many other places to eat with much more memorable food. But the Avenra has its advantages: for starters, it was CLOSE to our homestay, so extremely convenient when we were too weary to face even another kilometre into town! It was also a good stopover on the way into town, as the hotel is just about at the halfway point between our temporary home and central Negombo. And the setting really is lovely, particularly at night -- nicely lit garden by the pool and just far enough off the Mirigama Road to be tranquil.
The service was a bit slow at times, but generally friendly (there was one fella who didn't seem to want to smile very much), and ladies dining alone will feel quite secure.
There are two types of chips on the menu:
"Home-made chips" and just plain old "chips." If you like stodgy (and soggy) English-style chips, order the first. If you want something more like what you'll find in Belgium, go for the unmarked chips (which happen to be frozen, but they're brill).
The mixed salad is nice and fresh and has a lovely mix of flavours and textures, and they do a good masala omelet.
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