I must make a rather drastic confession. I truly am a food aficionado. An aficionado to the point of being embarrassed, when stepping into restaurants, since nearly all the waiters know me by my first name. This according to a friend of mine should be re-christened “Pigorius”. But that’s alright. I embrace my lust for food wholeheartedly, even if my waistband makes its protestations known verbally. Alas, this may happen sooner than later, since I have discovered the “The Sizzle”.
On the kind invitation of Mr. Tushar Amalean, one which I was not about to decline, I ended up at the dinner table at “The Sizzle” to experience this new concept in Sri Lanka. To describe it simply, it’s a concept that is quite zany and let’s just say, rather “inimitable”. Just imagine a restaurant that serves you drinks, main meals and desserts that literally sizzle.
The place per se is quite aesthetic, with handcrafted clay cutlery and Barefoot-esque colours adorning the dining area. Authentic in its approach, “The Sizzle” maintains this particular promise when it comes to the Indian chefs and the cuisine that it offers. Always smiling amiably, my gentle host traversed the challenging task of elucidating the menu whilst it took a herculean effort from me not to salivate onto the table cloth. Having been told to order whatever I desired, I set about with gusto to make my choices.
The beverage list boasts a plethora of mocktails which sends you to dizzying heights, even though there are no alcoholic concoctions available. I ordered a “Sizzling Ashley’s KO”, which according to the beverage list is a bubbling orange juice and grenadine syrup mixture with lime juice and lemonade. It was served, as promised sizzling with fervor. Being afraid to even take a sip lest I burn my tongue, I was gently prodded by my amiable host to take a sip of faith. It turned out to be refreshingly cool and tangy, sending my saliva glands into overdrive. The mocktail, I could swear seemed to be a thing that was alive, pulsating and blushing orange as bubbles emanated from within.
Whilst still recovering from the shock of seeing a volcanic drink, I moved onto the main meal. My host was telling me that this is one place where the menu constantly evolves in order to be more interesting to its clientele. Being very family oriented and Halal friendly, the ambience and environs are mild and pleasing.
As extensive as the beverage list, the main menu offers a veritable buffet of dishes that are sure to find fans everywhere. Every meal is a “pick and choose” affair, with a choice of Starch (fries, potatoes, potato wedges or baked potatoes), Carbs (rice, noodles, spaghetti or pasta) and Sauces (pepper, garlic, hot chilli, ginger or oyster). I opted for “Mohammed Ali’s Choice”. It was grilled boneless chicken with baby corn, mushroom, cheese and fresh cream. Grilled vegetables are offered on all the dishes. And yes, this too was delivered sizzling! There is no instant fast food gratification here, just a pure indulgence in fine food. And indulge I did. The meat was tender having been grilled perfectly with the fresh cream adding a tangy fillip to each mouthful. Mushrooms have always been a favourite of mine and this preparation does it honourable justice. The addition of sweet baby corn just goes to prove that the chefs know the perfect balance of tastes when it comes to a meal. Other fresh condiments served on the table such as chillie paste, adds that spicy element which we locals love so much. Proper care though must be taken when eating, since unlike the mocktail, this was one warm meal with the sizzling aspect assuring you of burning your tongue if not treated with respect.
Finally it was time for dessert. Having been a chocolate addict, it was no surprise that I chose “Katie’s Favourite”. It was a heavenly chocolate almond brownie with vanilla ice cream dressed in chocolate sauce. Served sizzling yet again, the extreme opposites of hot coupled with cold cream sent my senses out of kilter.
For Mr. Tushar Amalean, this venture was certainly a labour of love, and that is evident in every corner of this place.Boasting 80 odd dining seats, 3 private dining rooms with star class meals that are truly economically priced, “The Sizzle” is the perfect place for a romantic lunch or dinner or even for a gastronomic family outing. With a solid infrastructure where the establishment provides ample parking and are constantly eager to please, one would dare say this certainly is a place that has no equal in the dining haunts of Colombo.
32, Walukarama Road, Colombo 3
Hotline 0716 888 777
Lunch: 12.00 Noon – 3.00pm
Dinner: 7pm – 12.00 Midnight
Note: This review was previously published in the Esteem Magazine.