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Best Places for Wining and Dining with your Partner

Is food actually the language of love? We think so! Food has transcended the realm of necessity; it has become art through which you could convey intimate thoughts or express your innermost feelings.

From candlelit dinners with live bands providing the soundtrack to the night to quiet meals interrupted only by the occasional sounds of nearby waves, here’s a list of great places to wine and dine in Sri Lanka.

1. Paradise Road Tintagel

Built in 1930, Tintagel has quite a history involving key figures in Sri Lankan politics. Now a boutique hotel in Colombo 7, Paradise Road Tintagel has much to offer the discerning couple. It’s one of the finest spots in Colombo to wine and dine, and its Courtyard Restaurant is highly recommended. The al fresco restaurant is adjacent to the main lobby, and serves a range of international cuisine à la carte. It’s a quiet spot in the heart of Colombo’s most exclusive neighbourhood. The patio is furnished with chic polished concrete tables, umbrellas and woven chairs, ideal for those who prefer a comfortable and open dining experience.

2. King of the Mambo, Galle Face Hotel

Walking in, you’ll notice the sepia-tinged restaurant is highly influenced by South American styles. From the furnishings to the bar, everything seems almost out of place in Sri Lanka, yet somehow quite fitting. If you’re looking for excellent seafood with a nice view of the ocean, King of the Mambo is the right choice for you. Most food items on the menu are based on Cuban/South American cuisine, and the cocktails, too. The restaurant is open till 1-2 a.m. throughout the week with a live band providing music.

3. August by Mama Aida’s

Middle Eastern cuisine in a flower shop, just like the fairytales used to describe. August is located beside Shirohana, a flower shop down Dudley Senanayake Mawatha. This open air restaurant is the definition of quaint yet chic, and opens at around 7 p.m. every day. The wooden furniture adds to the natural aesthetic, giving it a pleasant and comfy atmosphere. If you’re looking for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, then this is a good choice to start with. From the Arabic coffee to the mains and even dessert, they’re made to perfection.

4. Nuga Gama, Cinnamon Grand

What Nuga Gama offers is a form of escapism from the hullabaloo of its urban surroundings. Nuga Gama invites guests into a rustic, authentically Sri Lankan setting. The buffet-style lineup consists of traditional Sri Lankan food made with locally sourced ingredients, such as village chicken. Even the tea (known as yaara the) is made the traditional way. Sheltered under roofs of hay are wooden tables with tabletop lamps for lighting. If a touch of wilderness is warranted for the night, Nuga Gama is the ideal spot.