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Colombo’s latest restaurant cum rooftop bar that also doubles as a lifestyle lounge is attracting a wide variety of Colombo’s elite. With offerings to suit a cross section of society Elevate, dubbing itself Colombo’s highest rooftop bar and restaurant is certainly an interesting multiplex. Housed on the 28th, 29th and 30th Floors of Access Tower II Elevate boats a fine dining restaurant, rooftop bistro, sky high bar, member’s lounge, banquet hall and even a fully-equipped gym.   Although we caught a glimpse of the exquisite lounge and the rooftop bar, the reason for this visit was to try out the gastronomical wonders that Elevate is dishing out, while taking in the exquisite 360 degree view of the city of Colombo. We chose to dine on the patio overlooking the Beira Lake and the star-studded city. The best way to start off the night was with mocktails and Elevate certainly has a colourful bunch. We chose a royal purple Elevate Signature and a bright Green Fizz. The Elevate Signature is a concoction of Blueberries, Lychee, Orange juice, fresh Mint and topped off with Lemonade. This is definitely a very sweet drink and more likely to be a favourite among the ladies. The Green Fizz on the other hand reminiscent of something out of a Green Lantern movie is made of Nelli, fresh Lime juice, Mint leaves and Ginger Beer. The tangy flavours we felt go better with the inter-continental menu that Elevate offers.   From the warm starters menu we ordered Vegetable Spring Rolls and Lamb Satay to start off our dining experience and were immediately taken up with Elevate’s plating skills. The portions are shareable which was also a pleasant surprise considering that the pricing is not overly expensive. The spring rolls were crispy and not dripping with oil and went well with the Sweet Chilli Sauce. The Lamb Satay however we felt was a little under done and was redeemed by the on-point Peanut Sauce.   A warm Asparagus Soup and Chicken Ceasar Salad was next on the list and again the serving dishes that Elevate uses are quite novel. The salad bowl in particular really took our fancy as did the actual salad served in it. Again the hefty portion of iceberg, poached egg, chunks of chicken and chicken ham was a meal in itself but it was the soup that we really loved. It was perfect with every warm spoonful, especially with the wind blowing and slowly cooling it down.   Elevate’s extensive menu spans the continents but we settled for some Italian and Chinese for our mains. Inspired by Italy the pasta dish was again a magnanimous portion with tons of seafood including full Prawns, Cuttle Fish rings and chunks of White Fish perfectly marinated in Tomato Concasse and shredded Olives. Best eaten piping hot the rectangular serving dish was again enough for two. In order to try out various flavours we ordered a portion of Steamed Rice to go with Stir-fried Mixed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce, Sweet and Sur Pork and Chicken in Black Bean Sauce. The distinct flavours of each dish was very evident and the vegetarian dish in particular we really liked but the downside was the extreme dryness of the steamed rice. It felt like it was overcooked in a microwave and was brittle rather than being perfectly steamed.   The hefty portions of our starters and menus meant we didn’t quite have room for dessert, but we tried out one option that kind of sang to us out of the menu. The Hazelnut Praline Mousse is hard to describe with just one word mainly because of the different elements of the Pistachio bar, Milk Chocolate sauce and the decadent Basil and Ivory Ice-Cream that played on so many different taste-buds. For those who don’t like desserts that are too sweet, this is a definite must-try.   Our entire dining experience at Elevate was a good one but we did feel the staff could have paid a little more attention to patrons sitting outdoors. It was a little difficult to get anyone’s attention even for a re-fill of water and Elevate may want to even consider a bell system for the tables so as not to inconvenience diners. Apart from that Elevate itself is a unique dining experience in Colombo not to be missed.    So here’s our rating…  

Location         ***** (Conveniently located at the new Access Tower!)

Ambiance   ****   (Multiple seating options and the view of Colombo is quite exquisite!)

Service           ***     (Service is rather slow especially if you sit outdoors!)

Food               ****   (Great presentation!)

Overall         ****

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