Strawberry fiesta | Sunday Observer

Strawberry fiesta

‘#EatDrinkHilton’s seasonal produce theme and flavour is strawberries. Executive Chef Robert Mujagic together with his team is churning out a variety of strawberry infused dishes that will be available at the restaurants at Hilton Colombo.

Botanically, a strawberry is not really a berry or a fruit, the result of a fertilised plant ovum. A strawberry is actually an aggregate fruit containing the real fruit, the strawberry seed called ‘Achenes.’ There are 200 seeds on an average strawberry. You can enjoy the special dishes at Hilton’s dining outlets, Graze kitchen, Ikoi tei, Lab and Café Kai.

To kick off the season, a Strawberry High Tea Buffet was held at the LAB (Lounge & Bar) recently priced at Rs. 2500 nett per person. A special 3-course strawberry infused menu will be available at Graze Kitchen – Appetizer; Watermelon Carpaccio, pan-seared scallops with strawberry salsa and chutney. Tea smoked duck breast with strawberry braised red cabbage, green pea mousse and balsamic garlic for mains and for dessert a meringue shell with strawberry crème, chocolate ganache quenelle, almond crumble and fresh strawberries.

IKOI TEI will feature a mini a la carte menu consisting grilled strawberry and chicken skewer with yakitori sauce, a sweet strawberry sushi roll coated in roasted coconut and strawberry Mochi; Fresh strawberry wrapped in sweet red bean paste for dessert.

At LAB at a must try is the Strawberry Sensations, a strawberry decadence with macaroon, strawberry compote, cream quenelle on chocolate soil and meringue! Strawberry cocktails and mocktails are also on the menu.

The Strawberry and Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding at CAFÉ KAI amongst the many other luscious cakes and gateaux, pralines, truffles and macaroons will definitely tempt you to visit more than once! In addition, there will also be a strawberry trolley serving some healthy options like strawberry yogurt oat protein bars with wild honey, strawberry and quinoa protein bars with lime, strawberry granola protein bars with coconut and cinnamon, homemade strawberry chia seeds jam and strawberry – coconut jam.

‘Wafflicious Madness’ at CAFÉ KAI was held from September 3-12, 2018. Taking waffles to the extreme, different treats in the form of savory and sweet will be available to drive the entire family wild with happiness!

The savory selection ranges from the breakfast waffle ‘Wake n Waffle’; a Kai waffle with two fried eggs, hash brown potatoes, bacon, homemade pork sausage and BBQ apple sauce to ‘Bacon and Egg Melt:’ Kai waffle, pancetta bacon, two scramble eggs, maple-glazed and cheddar cheese, ‘Sloppy Joe’ – waffle sloppy joe slider with ground beef, greens, onion, jalapenos, baked beans, tomato and grated mozzarella cheese and the ‘Chicken and Waffle Sandwich’; buttermilk-fried chicken, caramelized onion, bacon jam and rocket on Kai waffle.

For those with a sweet tooth, the ‘Banana Foster’; a sweet waffle sandwich with banana, walnut, peanut butter, topped with wild honeycomb and chocolate is a must try. For berry lovers the ‘Berry Medley’; Kai waffle with strawberry coulis topped with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream or the ‘Bounty Island’ – Kai waffle with roasted young coconut, mixed beery compote, cream and a lot of icing snow is sure to take your taste-buds on a wild spin!

Hilton Colombo won Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel award for the second consecutive year at the World Travel Awards 2018 held in Hong Kong recently. Described as the ‘Oscars of the Travel and Tourism industry by the Wall Street Journal, it is one of the most sought after events in the Tourism calendar.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Commenting on the hotel’s great achievement, the proud General Manager Manesh Fernando said “We are honored to have been chosen as Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel once again, at one of the most prestigious events in the world. We sincerely take this opportunity to thank all our guests who have been supporting the Hilton Colombo over the past 31 years.”

Hilton Colombo won this award in 2009 and 2017 and also ‘Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel’ award, consecutively from 2005 – 2008 and again in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Pix: Saliya Rupasinghe