27 June, 2022


Floor By GO (4 Minus 1 Is 3)

By Udan Fernando –

Udan Column Name PicThe foodie in me often takes me to places where people meet, chat, drink and eat. One of those hip places is ‘Floor by O’, a bar-restaurant located down Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7. ‘Floor by O’ offers some 1,000 cocktails as well as a variety of bites, some of which are slightly political. One such bite is ‘Grease Yakaa‘, an extra-devilled dish served with your choice of meat. 

There’s another Floor in Colombo which offers a different culinary experience: the Fourth Floor.  You cannot get in on your own reservation, though. Instead, the experience is only offered by invitation. The Fourth Floor is known for its gourmet cuisine of which the standard is consistently maintained irrespective of the changing regimes and Chefs.

Former Beauty Queen and Sri Lanka’s pride in Bollywood, Jacqueline Fernandez will fly in this weekend to Colombo for the opening of her restaurant, ‘Kaema Sutra‘ on the ground floor of the Independence Arcade. ‘Kaema Sutra‘ is a collaboration between the Beauty and the Chef, Darshan.   Jacqueline will take a few days off her super busy schedule in the wake of  the upcoming release ‘Kick’ where she has been paired opposite Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Jacqueline told a Bollywood news website about ‘Kaema Sutra‘:  “The place is quaint with a homely vibe. A few items on the menu are from my grandmother’s recipe book. I have fond memories of her kitchen.”

But the Beauty seems to face another formidable competitor in the culinary business – ‘The Third Floor’, a new restaurant to be opened shortly. The National NGO Secretariat functioning under the Ministry of Defense is located on the Third Floor of the Sethsiripaya Building in Battaramulla.  The NGO Secretariat is not a new creation. It was originally constituted during President Premadasa’s era, following the Presidential Commission to inquire into NGOs. For most part, the NGO Secretariat was nothing more than a ‘petti-kade‘, a small way-side kiosk that sells haelapa and tea. But now, this kiosk seems to have been refurbished and upgraded to offer a total culinary experience to the discerning connoisseur.

The NGO Secretariat, in a letter dated July 1, issued by the its Director D.M.S. Dissanayake, has requested all NGOs in the country to refrain from indulging in holding news conferences, conducting workshops, training journalists, and issuing news releases, which is considered beyond their mandate. Mr. Dissanayake goes on to say, “We reiterate that all NGOs should desist from such unauthorised activities with immediate effect.”

So we will have a new place to eat, and yamu.lk can do a review of it very soon. Perhaps the marketing gurus will advise the Third Floor to be re-branded as Floor by GO! We are yet to know the Menu of the new restaurant. But the vibe of it can be anticipated – it won’t be as quaint as the Beauty’s. I am confident that Floor by O will soon be overtaken by Floor by GO.  There will be better bites than Grease Yaka. After all, the original recipe of Grease Yakaa is said to be an invention of the Chef de Cuisine. As such, Mr. Dissanayake will only be a Commis in the new restaurant.

Bon appétit !

PS: An unrelated poem I composed is presented below as a ‘starter’ before a main meal is to be partaken from the proposed ‘Floor by GO’ 

First they came for the NGOs, and we did not speak out—
Because we are not an NGO; we are registered as a Company, you know..

Then they came for the Civil Society folks, and we did not speak out—
Because we don’t consider ourselves part of Civil Society; what’s that anyway?

Then they came for the advocacy-activists, and we did not speak out—
Because we are not such Activists who are shouting slogans at Lipton Circus

Then they came for us—and there was no one left to speak for us.

(With apologies to Pastor Martin Niemöller, 1892–1984)

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  • 0

    Machang Udan ,

    sigh of relief man ! first it was Ganja and then Beer , now food and what is next ?????

  • 0

    Udan thanks but instead of beating about the bush with allusions to Kamma Sutra and cafe talk – say it straight please!

    1. NGOs in all parts of the world have a mandate to EDUCATE and INFORM citizens of a country on the true state of Economy, Governance, Culture etc. This can only be done by holding seminars, workshops, conferences etc. Since the Sri Lanka education system has been destroyed by the clowns who are Ministers of Education -Bandula and SB and there is no RIGHT TO INFORMATION in the Miracle of Sinhala Modayas.

    2. The primary primary role and objective of NGOS and other civil society organizations is to educate and train people to hold government ACCOUNTABLE. This role has been high jacked by donors to carry out their “development” work and local NGO karayas who are on the gravy train.
    NGOs especially in this Miracle of Corruption masked by govt. spin have a obligation to educate people and organize them to ensure transparency and good governance.
    3. It is the paranoid Dictator GOON Gotabaya Jarapassa who is violating the mandate of NGOS by asking them not to have conferences, press briefings etc. and this should be CHALLENGED in COURT. BASL has already pointed this out.
    4. Mahinda Jarapassa so-called Education HUB in the Miracle of Modayas is really a HUB of Sinhala Buddhist IGNORANCE – a joke of the highest order since education requires exposure to new ideas – including from NGOS, internet, free media and universities.
    5. Mahinda and Gota wants to keep the Lion Race a Moda Race and hence, SInhala Modayas have NO RIGHT TO INFORMATION and EDUCATION from diverse sources, whether the university or NGO seminar, lectures, training programs.
    6. The Jarapassa regime has systematically attacked freedom of CRITICAL THINKING and Right to Information in the Sri Lankan university system which is full of uneducated Jarapassa goons masquarading as lecturers and Profs.

  • 0

    Ho Ho,
    If it is “Kaama Sutra” no need to worry.

    “Former Beauty Queen and Sri Lanka’s pride in Bollywood, Jacqueline Fernandez will fly in this weekend to Colombo for the opening of her restaurant, ‘Kaema Sutra‘ on the ground floor of the Independence Arcade”.
    Good news for Jarapassa Clan.
    Definitely That will be water hole for politikkas, Their Brats and Goons,
    We have Jarapassa clique going for lust, and lot of Bailed out Sex maniacs from Provincial councils.
    They may try to Have a mixed taste of Bollywood and Collywood.

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