Galle Face Hotel
2 Galle Road, Colombo
T: +94 011 2541010
An experience to be cherished
The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel features a wide variety of cuisines and settings – three restaurants serving Western, Sri Lankan and Asian cuisines, extensive wine lists, outdoor areas, and several other dining options.
When in a good mood Chef loves to experiment, using the members of the local Chaine de Rotisserie as taste testers! Constant innovation in Haleesha's drive to create cuisine with pure and simple flavours is the hallmark of The 1864. There is also a simplicity of menu: from over 19 years of cooking Chef has chosen recipes that are proven favourites – but always with a twist. He strives for constantly creating new dining experiences. For example, salmon is accompanied by gazpacho relish and reduced balsamic with honey and red-wine, instead of the usual horseradish. A signature dish is lamb shanks cooked in a red wine and pure vegetable stock, a novel twist on the traditional heavy gravy.
Though the taste, texture and simple and pure flavours of the Restaurant’s dishes are all important, the presentation is also seen as a critical element for its fine dining. Dishes at The 1864 Restaurant are magnificently presented, for as Chef states “presentation is the first impression – it must stimulate the palette, setting the stage for a great gourmand experience.” Similarly the Restaurant’s décor sets a mood of expectation and refinement. The entrance is through the elegant yet relaxed Lounge Bar, and the 1864 Restaurant features timber floors, historic teak carvings and murals and soft and romantic lighting.
From the Lounge Bar is a winding staircase leading down to the original 1864 Cellar - where guests delight in selecting their preferred vintage. The wine list is impressive, with a carefully selected range of labels from around the globe – from the old world France, Spain and Italy to New World Australia, New Zealand, California and Chile.