Archive for November 22nd, 2010

American Chef Indika’s All -American Thanksgiving at MLH

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Chef Indika with turkey

North and South America’s best flavors come together (with a few Spanish accents) in chef Indika’s menu, centered around a glorious turducken and sweet potatoes topped with Chorizo and Corn Hash …..

Chef Indika at Mount Lavinia Hotel who is now known as the “The American Chef in Sri Lanka” has been influenced by the Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Washington Square in the US, his stint at Ecuadorian American Chef Jose Garces’ Nuevo Latino restaurant: El Vez (both in Philadelphia), Chef David Felton at the Pluckemin Inn in New Jersey, gives him the edge over others to bring to Sri Lanka an authentic American Thanksgiving on the 25th of November 2010 for LKR2950/- nett for dinner.

My devotion to experiencing new culinary techniques and pushing those boundaries to surface new and exciting flavours using influences from many cuisines is the foundation of my love and passion for cooking and let me tell you your Thanksgiving meal will be outstanding.”

Indika’s Thanksgiving menu reflects his background as well as the culinary focus of his forte of cooking and indeed his influence from the US.

Thanksgiving is Indika’s favorite holiday, and his expertise will be ignited on the 26th of Nov at the Governor’s restaurant. There’s deep-fried turkey and a potluck of side dishes that reflect the diverse cultures in his cookings and the American delectables that make Thanksgiving the most thankful of times.

On Thanksgiving Day, Indika starts the meal with Fall Spice Pumpkin Soup that’s Chef Indika’s favourite. Chef Indika won’t compete with other food outlets buttery mashed potatoes, so he reimagines and makes a Herbed Mashed Potato and to top it off a Chorizo and Corn Hash. American and South American traditions: Whole Roasted Turkey and Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta shared the table with Green Bean Casserole and Sage and Sausage Stuffing. Indika prefers to incorporate Latin-American and Spanish ingredients into his recipes.


Whole Roasted Turkey


Roasted Lamb Leg

Glazed Studded Ham

Bread Station

Country Corn Bread

Herbed Cheese Biscuits

Assorted Breads


Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Green Bean Casserole

Glazed Sweet Potato

Sage and Sausage Stuffing

Traditional Herbed Stuffing


Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Jelly

Turkey Jus

Rosemary Jus


Pecan Pie

Caramelized Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Fall Berry Mousse

The official release of the new Beaujolais in Sri Lanka was a resound success at MLH

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Bistro Lavinia

Mr ANura Dewapura with Mr and Mrs Anoop Kundanmal and family

The Lillimarch Jazz quartet sponsored by Qatar

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 with a night French culinary extraordinaire and indeed re-creating the French ceremony in the heart of Colombo: Bistro Lavinia. The frenzy the Beaujolais Nouveau’s arrival generated a guest count of over 300 is almost as high as the build up for a major award show. The hotel featured French culinary delicacies, and live music by Lillimarche and French Connection. Mr Dewapura avers, “Guests were not only able to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010, but also explore great food, dance, have fun, and enjoy what Mount Lavinia Hotel loves to boast wine, food and ambiance.”

A variety of dishes ranging from the Burgundy region will scintillate your senses Les escargots de la region (Burgundy Snails with melted butter spiced with garlic), Le Potage du Vigneron(wine harvesters style vegetable soup), traditional specialties of Bourgogne like Le Boeuf Bourgnignon(Traditional Burgundy beef stew), and even La Charcuterie Montaguard de Bourgogne – Selection of local ham, salami and sausages from the region and much more will be yours to fancy and it indeed calls for celebration with wine and great food.

The wine supplier France Earl Pierre Durdilly was awarded the grande medaille d’or in Lyon on 14th Nov for the wine in domaine les gryphees cuvee 1.

The event partners were Alliance Francaise de kotte and Qatar Airways.