Location: 126, Havelock Road, Colombo 5
Tel: .94 (0)11 2508887
Hours: 10.30 am to 2.45 pm and 6 pm to 10.45 pm
Overall: 4 Food Quality: 4.5 Service: 4 Ambience: 3
The Xilaton is conveniently located in an upscale neighbourhood with ample parking. The restaurant employs 3 Chinese chefs and is a favourite of the residents of Chinese origin in Sri Lanka. The Xilaton has oodles of space and can accommodate 280 people. It has 5 separate rooms upstairs for private dining. Whilst they have a well-stocked bar, patrons can bring in their own hard liquor at no extra cost. They also have a good collection of wines costing about USD 15 and above.
All of their main dishes come either large or small. Their portions are very big and 2 small main dishes accompanied by some plain rice will be ample for two people. Some of the local favourites are hot butter cuttle fish, hot garlic prawns, crispy roast chicken and fried roast pork, whilst the Chinese patrons go for pork knuckles, Sri Lankan crab and Groupa fish.
Xilaton is one of the few restaurants that serve Peking duck, a large portion of which will put you back about USD 55!! The menu features a very wide selection of hot and cold starters, clear and thick soups, virtually all kinds of meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, and various different rice and noodle preparations.
With enough notice, usually one week, they will do exotic preparations such as barbeque piglet, braised dried abalone and Emperor’s wok style chicken. They have recently started out door catering with special menus for a minimum of 35 pax.
The food is generally delicious and the service very friendly, attentive and quick. The interior decor is rather plain and the lighting too bright for our liking. Xilaton is the place to go for anyone looking for authentic Chinese cooking in Wonderful Sri Lanka.