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“Always the best in food and service”
Review of LOON TAO

LOON TAO
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: LOON TAO was rated the 3rd Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka for 2011 ! We are located right on Mount Lavinia Beach giving one of the best views of the Indian Ocean. The Restaurant is built over the Golden Sandy Beach of Mount Lavinia few meters away from the Ocean Waves ! This is an open plan eco friendly architecture with thatched roof deriving from Bali. Guests have a choice of indoors or outdoors seating. Our aim is to make every Guest's visit a memorable experience !We serve catch of the day Seafood supplied to us all 7 days of the week. All our vegetables and Fruits are sourced daily and are Organic where possible. Our meat is non frozen and fresh sourced every other day for freshness and better taste. All our meat is HALAL. Our culinary Team is headed by a Master Chef from mainland China. Most our ingredients are hand picked by the Master Chef and imported directly by us from China. This is our secret that makes our food better tasting bursting with authentic flavours. We dish out the best of Chinese Cuisine in Sri Lanka. We serve authentic Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan and Shanghai Cuisine. We entertain all our Guests with Live Acoustic Music performances with some of Colombo's Best Loved Artists from 7.15 pm daily.Secured Parking. Kids play area. Come experience LOON TAO hospitality......We are passionate about what we do......!
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Loon tao has always been my favorite as their black pepper crab has always been the best. My kids love the hot butter cuttlefish and the black pepper chicken. The service has always been good. Its a great place to chill out

Thank Lukshan F
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GoldblockRestaurants, Manager at LOON TAO, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Dear Guest,

Greetings !

Thank you for the visit and review.

We look forward to welcoming you again.

Warmest regards,
Manager.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Be cautious about the Reviews here because Negative Reviews seem to be removed by the Owner. My previous Review has disappeared and only positive reviews remain.

Loon Tao is basically a shed on the beach with shabby old furniture and the prices do not justify the ambiance or the quality of the food. The food is not at all Chinese. Its all sauce & curry dishes as sold on Sri Lankan streets as Chinese food.

The location is on the beach, but its set back from the beach and all fenced in, the floors are cemented and tiled and there is no sitting on the beach as such and the wall at the back blocks the sea breeze. At The Station, Barracuda further up on the beach and even Shore by O and Brejaya next door has propere beach seating where you can bury your toes in the sand while you dine.

BYOB is said to be allowed at Loon Tao, but when you go there they say that only some Imported spirits are allowed and they either try to sell their own liquor or slap a stiff corkage charge on the bill.

They also add a 10% on to the menu prices and call it Service Charge. If it was a takeaway counter and serving the ordered food was requested as an additional service, then such a charge can be justified. But this is a Restaurant and if its not for serving the food that we buy, then why is it called a Restaurant? The 10% additional charge is not even a Tip because the restaurant pockets it and does not give it to the staff as done elsewhere. At Loon Tao it's a sly method to take an additional 10% from the diners.

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Thank Gayan P
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GoldblockRestaurants, Manager at LOON TAO, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Dear Guest,

We don't agree with your comments below.

We are not a shed. It's a mainstream restaurant with great atmosphere with a capacity of 400 pax in total with upstairs seating included. If we serve curry sauce street food dishes the way you describe in the so called shed then we would not have been able to be among the top 3 and top 5 restaurants in the country, twice separately rated by prestigious LMD business magazine on their annual rating system.

We are very much on the beach. Customers can obviously soak their feet in sand if they like to. But you are talking otherwise.

Our corkage is Rs1000 per bottle. This is cheaper than most places.

We charge 10% as stipulated by the government like any other restaurant do. If you are a local you must be aware, this nothing new just for Loon Tao.

Regards,
Manager.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Went back to Loon Tao after a year, during a dive trip to Colombo between 24 Febraury - 3 March 2018. I had warned my friends, a group of 12, that they would find the food good and service slow. The food was excellent, and, perhaps driven by the threat of a friend that the group would leave is service took longer than 20 minutes for a dish, they served up a delight. Not a single complaint that evening, from service, taste and value for money. A change from the time a year earlier when I nearly missed my flight on account of slow and stressed (harried waiters) service. Keep it up.

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Thank DivecrazyGoa
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GoldblockRestaurants, Manager at LOON TAO, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Dear Guest,

We are delighted to hear your comments. Thank you. We appreciate your continued patronage.

Looking forward to welcoming you again on your next trip.

Warmest regards,
Manager.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Purely amazing food and a good location to dine and to relax with some food and couple drinks with the sunset over looking the mount beach. Prices are and bit high but enjoyed. Helpful staff.

Thank thanura P
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GoldblockRestaurants, Manager at LOON TAO, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Dear Guest,

Greetings !

Many thanks for your visit and review.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Warmest regards,
Manager.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We loved this restaurant on the beach, the owner/manager was fantastic - friendly, relaxed but professional, very attentive and helpful.

The food great, it’s fresh and tasty and comes in small or large sizes. Best prawn toast ever (not normally something the catches my attention).

Live music was interesting, pretty much a 70s and 80s pop catalogue, but songs we all recognised.

Once you get over having to walk across train tracks to get to the beach, it’s a really good choice

Thank AshBush
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GoldblockRestaurants, Manager at LOON TAO, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Dear Guest,

Greetings from team Loon Tao !

Thank you for the visit. We value your comments.

Looking forward to welcoming you soon again.

Warmest regards,
Manager.

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