Japanese Master Chef, Hikaru Takahashi

If you’re looking for a nice place in Colombo, around Fort, to grab a quick lunch– or a nice restaurant to take your family out for a dinner, look no further because Ikoi Tei at the Dutch Hospital Precinct is the ideal place for you. The specialty about this place is that it greets its guests with a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere and unfolds for them a piece of Japan right here in the busy heart of Colombo. Also, every item in their menu is prepared to perfection by the master chef of the pub and restaurant who is a Japanese national himself.

Speaking to Nation, Chef Hikaru Takahashi said that the restaurant, despite having opened only recently, is fast becoming a favourite hangout and ‘chill out’ place among those of all walks of life alike. According to him, Ikoi Tei means ‘chill out’ in Japanese. Hailing from Osaka, Takahashi said that he has been in the business of hospitality for the last 16 years now and loves his job utterly and absolutely.

Following its refurbishment, this restaurant’s interior has been designed by striking the right balance between contemporary western and traditional eastern; representing accurately the concept behind Ikoi Tei – the one place that caters to the urban taste with its Japanese culinary brilliance. The menu features an assortment of Japanese dishes and beverages as well as innovative options for the adventurous. All seafood items here are made by using fish sourced from Negombo, while most other ingredients are imported from Japan.

The members of the staff were supportive and friendly and another plus about the place was their fast and efficient service which didn’t keep the guests waiting for long until the food they had ordered arrived on the table. The three dishes ordered arrived in less than 15 minutes and in terms of taste too, Ikoi Tei did not at all disappoint. Ikoi Tei also has an interesting range of desserts to choose from, including the tempura batter-fried ice cream served with ‘kitul’ treacle and the green tea Swiss roll that comes with a scoop of green tea.

Items on the menu of Ikoi Tei are all reasonably priced and the quality and service of the staff was on par with the international Hilton standards as one would expect.
The restaurant is open from 11am till 11pm every day.

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