24 Hours In… Colombo.
11:30pm, A Second Dinner – Usually, after a few drinks, everyone heads to Hotel de Plaza – which isn’t actually a ‘hotel’, but a roadside hole-in-the-wall popular for kottu roti, a hangover cure according to the local belief. Kottu roti is a chaotic mess of leftover flatbread, combined with a meat of your choice, eggs, fresh vegetables and cheese (optional). If kottu is messy, its preparation is messier: all the ingredients are diced on a large metal griddle with two metal spatulas, letting out a unique tak-a-tak-a-tak sound that keeps the midnight streets alive. I personally enjoy Plaza’s masala chicken cheese kottu. [Photo: Hotel de Plaza]