That's what I thought as I cut into the piece of old shoe leather and placed the first bite in my mouth.
The nice guy in me smiled and said "lovely" to my host who was looking intently for my approval. It seems that the dubious honor of "the worst steak I have ever eaten" goes to none other than the bayleaf Colombo. I had heard that the food here was not the best but I never expected it to be this bad. Specially when you had to pay 1600 bucks for it. Even the size of the piece of meat was paltry. Maybe the chef was having a bad day because the onion soup I had as my starter felt like water from the sink once the dirty dishes had been dunked in it. Infact I think that might have tasted better. Fortunately I did not have to pay for it.
Quite a difference to my experience at the German Restaurant the other day I must say. I have had good steaks at Echo, German Restaurant and Summer Garden.
However the best steak I have ever eaten was not at a big classy restaurant with qualified chefs but a small unassuming little hotel called "Hansa Surf" in Hikkaduwa. Made by a normal Sarong clad "Koki" I wonder if it was because they made it at nearly 12 midnight for me or because I was completely stoned out of my mind when I sampled it. It was absolutely heavenly. The memories of its juicy succulence still makes my mouth water. Hmmm now I am hungry.