IL Cielo has an impressive food menu, varying from Italian-style salads, soups, pizza, and pasta to a range of meat-based mains. You don't necessarily have to be at IL Cielo to order from their menu, as the Berlin Sky Lounge accommodates the same menu whenever required.
Lured by the promise of mushroom, garlic, olive oil, onion, cream and parmesan, the Fettuccine Alfredo (Rs. 827.73) was quite lovely. The fettuccine was cooked al dente, and the serving was generous too, while featuring a heap of chunky mushroom bits to go with every forkful. A bit more sauce in the mix would have made it even better, but the nutty notes of the parmesan certainly made it interesting.
The IL Cielo Special Pizza (Rs. 1063.64) was an assortment of bacon, chillies, bell pepper, garlic, onion, oregano and mozzarella, presented on top of a light, crispy crust. Spicy, salty and tangy, there was a good balance of flavours. A few more pieces of bacon in the fray could have definitely improved it, but we're not complaining. It had a lot going on for that price, which we appreciate.
IL Cielo shares the same drinks menu as Berlin Sky Lounge, which features a collection of beers, spirits, cocktails, juices, mocktails and shakes.
The Lime & Soda (Rs. 327.27) delivered the promised elements; lime and soda. Fizzy enough to keep your refreshed, it had a swirl of sourness running through. If you're not a fan of the sour flavour, make sure to ask for a spoonful of sugar.
This glass of green is known as the Paradise (Rs. 618.18), a blend of Green Curacao, Triple Sec and ice. Sweet with boozy hints pulling through, it's a simple thirst-quencher, which is quite solid for the mere Rs. 600 you pay for it.
Perched on the 6th floor of The Goldblock building down Hunupitiya Lake Road, IL Cielo is covered with giant glass walls, so it's like you're inside a glass box. While you're there, you'll be able to gaze upon the sky, to observe how it changes colours from blue to creamy yellow to orange and then red, as the sun sets in the horizon.
The light waves of the Beira Lake reflect these colours too, and amidst that, the sight of the hansa boats cruising down the lake is something to watch as well. As the night grows, the whole city and its elements are illuminated with lights, and you can catch a 360 view of that if you're willing to step into the highest vantage point of the building; the rooftop of the Berlin Sky Lounge.
We had no issues regarding their service. Our server was a very helpful gentleman who was quite happy to have us there, keen to make recommendations whenever it appears like we need any and get the food out without any delay.
Despite being a fine-dining Italian restaurant that couples good food and vistas of the city, IL Cielo is very reasonable on the wallet. We highly recommend it for a calm and cosy date night.
Italian food with a view.
Il Cielo is the new Italian fine dining joint hidden behind Gangaramaya Temple. Run by the team who do Tsing Tao (which we rated well), we went in hoping for good things. Unfortunately, the contemporary theme and stylish ambiance didn’t match the quality of the food or the service.
After passing Gangaramaya Temple on your left going towards Beira Lake, take the first left after the temple. Head down this road and it's opposite a warehouse with a colourful mural.
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