Kaema Sutra of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo teamed up with its sister property Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London to present their first ever pop-up restaurant in mid April 2018.
The pop-up restaurant showcased the finest of native Sri Lankan delights with Celebrity Chef Dharshan Munidasa and his team, consisting of Chef Gehan Polgampalage and Chef Amith Gamagedera. The pop-up took place at the TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.
The celebratory opening night had twelve leading media from the UK attend including popular publications such as The London Foodie, Spear’s, Brummell and SPACE magazine. AdriaanePielou and Jo Foley, both highly-respected freelancers in the luxury travel sector, also joined the dinner.
To add immense value to the evening, the press were joined by Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, the Sri Lankan Acting High Commissioner, Nalin Perera, Tourism Promotion Officer of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board based in the UK, Manoj Gunawardena, Sri Lankan Airlines Regional Head of Europe & Americas, and Jeremy Soertsz, UK Sales Manager.
Shangri-La hosts included Greg Ward – Vice President Sales – Regional Sales Office for Europe, Paul Brackley – General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London and Juliet Fallowfield – Director of Public Relations for Europe based in the Regional Sales Office in the UK.
Chef Dharshan and Chef Gehan welcomed guests interacted with them to explain the various dishes, ingredients and preparation methods used, ensuring the finest showcasing of Sri Lankan cuisine. Highlights of the dinner menu included egg hoppers, spicy avocado salad, tuna ambulthiyal, rustic coconut roti and crab kottu.
Kaema Sutra’s signature What The Hopper, a decadent dessert of crunchy honey hopper filled with whipped cream and freshly chopped strawberries finished with a drizzle of kitul treacle was a delicious way to end the meal.
To make the evening more memorable, a prize was extended of a four-night holiday for two to Sri Lanka with two nights at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo and two nights at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, including return air tickets graciously provided by Sri Lankan Airlines. This prize was won by Matthew Hardeman, Senior Researcher at Spear’sand presented by Greg Ward and Manoj Gunawardena.
Kaema Sutra is part of the six innovative restaurants and bars make Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo the dining and social hotspot of the city. Table One, the all day dining restaurant serving market style world cuisine; Shang Palace, Shangri-La’ signature Chinese restaurant; The Capital Bar & Grill that serves the finest steaks and seafood grills with an range of specially crafted beverages; Sapphyr Lounge serving exquisite light eats and beverages, are all praised amongst local and international diners.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, a lifestyle destination in itself, offers a fantastic line up of live entertainment by evening, an elevated swimming pool with stunning views over the Indian Ocean, a serene atmosphere to relax at CHI, The Spa and a 24-hour Health Club.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.