of the best ways to propose to your loved one would be to order a `Stilt
Fisherman Indulgence' at the Fortress Hotel, Galle and you don't have to
bring a ring! Not sure if ordering the world's most expensive dessert
would do the trick to get someone to agree to marry you but it's
certainly worth a try! It's no surprise that the latest word on the US$
14,000 dessert is that nobody's still purchased it but the good news is
that you can take it home if you can't digest all.
Says PR Manager Shalini Perera Bandaranayake, "The `Fortress Stilt
Fisherman Indulgence' is a dessert created beautifully with a gold and
silver leaf Italian cassata flavoured with delicious Irish cream, served
with a mango and pomegranate compote and a champagne sabayon enlighten".
dessert is decorated with a chocolate carving of a fisherman clinging
onto a stilt which is a local fishing custom practised for generations
with the most expensive gem of it an 80 carat aquamarine stone mined in
Obviously, the dessert is pricey because ingredients like Dom
Perignon champagne, the gold and silver leaf and an 80-carat aquamarine
which make the diameter of the head of a soup spoon is set into the
dish. Shalini said, "We call it `The Fortress Stilt Fisherman
Indulgence' because we wanted to give visitors at our boutique resort in
Koggala, Galle a one of a kind experience".
In another sense of the word, in a bid to keep the ball rolling for
generating interest, the Fortress Hotel really wants to get people to
visit the snugly-located private retreat which is close to the museum of
Sri Lanka's legendary literary figure - Martin Wickramasinghe. People
from far-flung parts of the world like Japan have professed interest in
it but have never actually bought it yet.
General Manager of the Fortress Steve Delefortrie said, "We need to
know 48 hours in advance in order to make the creation because we have
to obtain the special aquamarine stone that is infused in the dessert".