meal in Bangkok
starved for a Sri Lankan meal in Bangkok ?
With all the
exotic food around one does sometimes really long for local food
in a foreign land. That is exactly what happened to Palitha Wijeratna
sometime ago in Bangkok which resulted in a Sri Lankan restaurant
right in the heart of the popular shopping area Pratunam.
determined to have the food that he is used to at home when he was
in Bangkok next time. The Sri Lankan restaurant was set up with
the help of one of his Thai friends. Located on Soi Wattanawong
- the road that runs from Bangkok Palace hotel to Rajapararop Road
ending near Indra Regent hotel the restaurant is in an area most
Sri Lankans inevitably go through.
is run by three of his relations, Anjana, Chandana and Dinesh. The
three young cousins have taken the task of building up the business
seriously, decorating the hotel with familiar Sri Lankan scenes,
talking to everybody making them feel at home and attending to any
They plan to
add more dishes to the existing array of common Sri Lankan dishes.
Rice and curry with Chicken, fish or egg are accompanied by popular
dishes of lunumiris, pol sambol, dry fish fried, dhal, potato tempered
or mallum cooked in the most authentic way utilizing Sri Lankan
curry powder popular fried rice and other western dishes too are
and string hoppers are for the morning with that ever loving hot
cup of pure Ceylon tea, prepared with the right amount of "kahata"
for the milk tea or plain with ginger which is hard to get in many
other parts of the world as is made in Sri Lanka.
not the main meal though, Dinesh said because most of the hotels
in the area are on a bed and breakfast basis and they concentrate
on lunch and dinner. Dinner however is the most popular and the
crowded time, as many people tend to have a bite on the run during
lunch. The prices are moderate and the portions are generous. Their
idea was to have a place where the average Sri Lankan on holiday
food is delivered at your hotel, if you wish to have it in the hotel.
You can order by phone and pay on delivery. Yet it is a nice experience
to be in the home atmosphere, listening to familiar chatter and
The three young
hoteliers are ready to help the Sri Lankans finding ecomomical hotel
accommodation and organized tours to other areas of Thailand at
moderate rates through the network of contacts they have built.
One can make the first stop at the Sri Lankan restaurant, have a
meal and wait till they help you find a hotel.
happenings at Tea Factory, Kandapola
of giving and a time of celebrating is what the festive season is
all about. The Tea Factory, Kandapola has made every effort to make
this possible in their own special way with their specially designed
festive plan for the holiday makers.
looking forward to get away from busy Colombo and enjoy a cool,
relaxed holiday, the Tea Factory Hotel is the place. Its romantic
setting amidst a tea plantation makes it the perfect place to unwind.
The cozy ambience of this unique theme hotel can be enjoyed by the
whole family and friends.
The Tea Factory
also has many wonderful plans for the holiday makers this festive
season. There's the traditional Christmas eve dinner with live entertainment
to make the festive celebrations as memorable as possible. A sumptuous
holiday feast from around the world with festive delights will give
the true spirit of Christmas.
appreciation to loved one, colleagues, business associates and show
the affection to the family and friends. Treat them to a X'mas day
lunch with extravagant buffet of Christmas turkey with stuffings,
Christmas pudding and complimentary glass of wine or Champagne will
be on offer.
This year too
the gourmandises at the Tea Factory have a sensational array of
Christmas cakes, cookies, plum puddings, yule logs and delicatessen
items as take away right throughout the festive season.
Get ready for
another big bash, usher in the New Year and join the all night party.
Live intertainment, grand dinner buffet, complimentary champagne
at midnight, fireworks display will make the evening just perfect.
party will come alive onthe December 25 at 4.00 p.m. with lots of
entertainment and a snack buffet will be laid out in the Children's
playground. Santa's arrival as always be a surprise for all the
Children. The planters in the area are welcome for special offers
throughout the festive season with special Christmas parties, family
get togethers, take-away Christmas goodies and even home-made buriyani
board boosts CHSGA
Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) had its Annual General
its executive Committee members for 2002 /2003 at this meeting.
Adrian Kulatunge, the General Manager of Blue Waters was elected
as the new president of the Association.
Here are the
other executive committee members of the CHSGA.
Front row from
left : Ravi Divitotawela (Past President)-Management Consultant,
President's House, Sumithra Gunesekera (Past President)-Managing
Director, Ceylon Cold Stores Ltd., Nishantha Manawadu (Treasurer)
-Associate Consultant, Triconsult, Palitha Wijemanne (Vice President)-General
Manager, Club Palm Garden, Adrian Kulatunga (President)-General
Manager, The Blue Water, Upul Atapattu (General Secretary)-Catering
Manager, Unilever (Ceylon) Ltd., Lionel Koralage (Co-Editor)-General
Manager, Hotel Mermaid and Club, Malin Hapugoda (Past President)-Managing
Director, Hospitality Mgt., Consultants, Amaranath Mahawaduge (Past
President)-Director, York Hotel Mgt., Services Ltd.
2nd row standing
left Upali De Silva (Area Rep.South)-Manager, Hotel Horizon, Gemunu
Srilal (Area Rep. Beruwela)- Manager, Tropical Villas Hotel, Samantha
Gunaratne (Area Rep. NCP)-Manager, Le Kandyan, Mohan Panabokke (Area
Rep. CP)- Director/General Manager, Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Christo
De Saram (Co-Editor)- General Manager, Kani Lanka Resort & SPA,
Saman Devasurendra (Asst.Secretary) Lecturer, Sri Lanka Institute
of Tourism & Hotel Management, Wimal Dassanayake (Area Rep.
Negombo)-General Manager, Ranweli Holiday Village, Charinda Witanachchi
(Area Rep. Bentota)- General Manager, Hotel Serendib, Ronald Perera
(Area Rep.Colombo)-General Manager, Hotel Sapphire, S. Anandaraj
(Area Rep.Colombo)-General Manager, Galle Face Hotel, Chandana Amaradasa
(Asst.Secretary)-Asst.Front Office Manager, Taj Samudra.
3rd row standing
Roshan Perera (Area Rep.Kandy)- General Manager, Hotel Thilanka,
Dilan De Silva (Batch Rep.1998)-Training Manager, Trans Asia Hotel,
Manjula Rajapakse (Area Rep.Kalutara/Wadduwa)- Restaurant &
Bar Manager, The Blue Water.
Not In Picture
Jehan Karunaratne (Immediate Past President)-General Manager, Hotel
Reef Comber, Bandula Ekanayake (Asst.Treasurer)-Director General,
B.M.I.C.H, Kumar Senaratne, (Past President)-General Manager HRD,
Jetwing Hotels Ltd., Gajendran Nadesan, (Batch Rep.2001)-Restaurant
& Bar Executive, Tea Factory Hotel.
Food Festival at Trans Asia Hotel
Extravaganza of Thailand goes on with Spiced Vibrancy in the form
of a Northern Thai Food Festival, which is now on till December
23 at Royal Thai, the specialized Thai Restaurant of the Trans Asia
The Lobby lounge
of the Trans Asia Hotel, is a showcase of rich cultural heritage
of Thailand. Classical Dance Music will mesmerise and the gracefulness
of the two beautiful musicians dressed in traditional attire will
fascinate all Thai food lovers.
The Thai twins
Nutthaporn and Khanitha Homchaem are now in Colombo to perform their
traditional song and music. These two sisters have performed in
most of the cultural shows around the world. Laos cultural festival
in Laos, Music Festivals in Cheze Republic, Austria, The Netherlands,
Germany, Belgium, Malaysia and Global Festival in Dubai are some
of the countries they have performed.