As you reach the rooftop of The Kingsbury, a lively atmosphere greets you. The music is contemporary and the décor is chic and elegant. Reflecting their global signature style, CÉ LA VI Colombo provides unique experiences that display the exuberance of life.
Words Udeshi Amarasinghe
Photographs Vishwathan Tharmakulasingham
CÉ LA VI Colombo, the latest restaurant serving modern Asian cuisine with Japanese influence and lounge of the international brand, has created excitement in the nightlife of the city. The rooftop of the The Kingsbury has been transformed into a vibrant and exotic lounge, stylishly furnished with dark red and beige. This outdoor yet partially covered area is the ideal space to enjoy an evening amidst the glamourous views of the city at night.
CÉ LA VI focuses on four pillars, namely cuisine, mixology, entertainment and venues & vistas. The music is specially curated for the lounge and is subtle in its volume so that guests can revel in the elegant setting. From classic modern music representing both past and present as well as RNB, Funk, Hip Hop and House with vocals, each night has a theme. The weekly mixes include Sunset Sessions everyday in the evening from five to nine, Classics Past & Present on Wednesday, Social Function Fridays and Sky High Groove House Music All Night Long on Saturday. In order to ensure the CÉ LA VI ‘genre’ is maintained, DJs have been handpicked for the lounge.
As the sun sets over the Colombo skyline, glittering lights as well as the chic bar together with the up tempo music creates a glamourous ambience. With uninterrupted, stunning views of the ocean and bustling Colombo as well as the cooling breeze, CÉ LA VI definitely creates the perfect space to unwind.
The lounge offers an extensive selection of signature cocktails and tapas menu that have been specially created for Sri Lanka. Innovative preparations utilizing tropical fruits and the perfect pairing of liquors, has enabled concoctions by CÉ LA VI mixologists. Other beverages include mocktails, hot coffee and classic cocktails as well as a plethora of different spirits and drinks to select from. While sipping on a cooling and rejuvenating beverage, guests can peruse the tapas menu.
For a more formal dining setting, the restaurant at CÉ LA VI serves modern Asian cuisine with Japanese influence. A bright corridor decorated with a beautiful bamboo feature wall and miniature glittering lights on the ceiling draws one from the stylish lounge to the elegant restaurant. Serving bold textures and flavours in delectable cuisines that are uniquely CÉ LA VI, the restaurant presents a culinary adventure.
The menu has been developed by the master chefs of CÉ LA VI. And, the dishes served are identical to those served in Singapore and Hong Kong. Thus the cuisine is imbued with flavours that are quite novel to Sri Lanka. The best of ingredients from around the world including Sri Lanka are used to prepare the most authentic of dishes. The variety is absolutely diverse with perfectly curated dishes of beef, tuna, scallops, clams, softshell crabs, duck and many more. Being a Japanese restaurant, sushi and of course teppanyaki are part of the exquisite offering. The teppanyaki grill is on a higher elevation, almost theatrical in its presentation.
The views from the restaurant are truly breathtaking and enhance the elegance of the interior thereby creating the perfect setting for an exuberant dining experience.
CÉ LA VI Colombo, the latest chic restaurant and lounge has introduced a novel concept to the city, where elegance and exquisite cuisine as well as refreshing beverages together with a perfect blend of stylish ambience has enabled a journey of discovery.
CÉ LA VI Colombo, The Kingsbury
48 Janadhipathi Mawatha
Colombo 1. (+94) 761 110 110
Opening hours: Restaurant
Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm, daily
Dinner: 6.30pm to 11.30pm, daily
Lounge: 11am till late, daily
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