Situated on the stunning shoreline of Mount Lavinia, Loon Tao stands out for its deliciously authentic Chinese seafood. Living true to its tag line — Chinese seafood on the beach — the restaurant promises a memorable dining experience on the beach where its patrons can indulge in tongue tingling seafood delicacies. Serenaded by the lull of the Ocean and kissed by the balmy sea breeze, guests can embark on an exciting culinary journey beneath the thatched canopies of Loon Tao. With a stringent health and safety protocol in place, Loon Tao has reopened its doors to the public.
Spread across an expansive land area on the shoreline of Mount Lavinia, Loon Tao serves the finest Chinese seafood dishes originating from the four provinces of Sichuan, Shanghai, Peking and Canton. The ambience at Loon Tao is tropical, a combination of Balinese style and modest elegance. The restaurant opens to the beach that transforms the mood into a delightful liveliness with the pleasant tumult of the sea. As dusk slowly settles in ushering the twilight, Loon Tao becomes a magical place. The soft jazz tunes enhance the magic and charisma of the night while the waves gently wash the shore. The guests sit back, unwind and wait for Loon Tao to create a one-of-a-kind epicurean experience for them.
Loon Tao takes pride in serving freshly caught seafood from the Indian Ocean just steps away. The restaurant has been known for its delectable crab and lobster dishes, cooked to perfection and savoured by many who have patronised Loon Tao over the years. The menu features a range of dishes originating from the Land of the Red Dragon, which has been perfectly recreated by the master chefs of the restaurant. Begin your seafood feast with an array of starters including Prawns with Avocado Salad, Fried Crab Claws with Hot Garlic Sauce and Vegetable Spring Rolls, to whet your appetite. Loon Tao offers its diners both thick and clear soups. The signature Singapore Style Chili Crab is a delicious dish prepared with the famed Sri Lankan lagoon crab. Hot Butter Cuttlefish, Steamed Lobster in Soy Sauce and King Prawns with Black Pepper Sauce are yet other delectable dishes available at Loon Tao that guarantee to have diners craving for more. Classic Chinese delicacies such as the traditional Hot Pot, Steamed Garoupa with Lime & Chili and Cantonese Style Stir-Fried Prawns are also inclusive of the menu.
Apart from the seafood dishes, there’s an array of meat-based mains including Deep-Fried Chicken in Szechuan Style, Wok Fried Beef with Kangkun, Hong Kong Style Spicy BBQ Spare Ribs and Wok-Fried Lamb with Zucchini XO Sauce. Loon Tao also prepares a range of traditional Chinese rice based dishes including Pineapple Fried Rice with Prawns, Kim-Chi Fried Rice, Fukui Fried Rice with Crabmeat and Yangchow Fried Rice. Guests can treat themselves to delish desserts ranging from Sago Cream with Honeydew Melon to Longan in Syrup.
Commenting on the reopening of the restaurant, Eksath Wijerathne, Group General Manager, Browns Hotels and Resorts said, “We are pleased to reopen our doors to the public as Loon Tao is following strict health and safety measures, in line with the Government regulations to ensure the cleanest and safest possible dining and working environment for our patrons and associates. We have already accepted the new norm and are optimistic about the future. With its excellent service, mouthwatering Chinese seafood, great beverages and uninterrupted sea views, Loon Tao has earned a name for itself in the local dining scene. I would like to invite everyone to visit Loon Tao and enjoy a wonderful dining experience with your friends and loved ones. The restaurant is open daily, from 10.am to 10.pm.”
Operated by Excel Restaurants Ltd., together with Browns Hotels and Resorts, which is a part of the Browns Group, Loon Tao is one of the best authentic Chinese seafood restaurants in Colombo. The Browns Group is one of Sri Lanka’s largest diversified conglomerates which manages a fast growing and valuable portfolio of brands across several key industry sectors, such as power generation; home and office solutions; agriculture and plantation support services; pharmaceuticals; investments; marine and manufacturing as well as leisure and hospitality.