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As patron of the elite dining club The Nth Degree, headquartered in London, Niranjan Deva Aditiya MEP (Nirj) has always felt particularly blessed.

As the only dining club associated with the world’s leading chefs, Nirj has had the unique opportunity to mix with and observe the best of the best - as Nirj explains - “I have always had a passion for food, and it is through my association with the Nth Degree, and its Chairman Robert Walton MBE, that I have been able to immerse myself in the world of fine dining - to fully experience not only the best the restaurant world has to offer, but to also share the experience with top chefs and other food lovers”.

Regrettably, this opportunity is not currently available in Nirj’s ancestral home, Sri Lanka. “Sri Lanka has an abundance of great produce - richly flavoured and exotic ingredients which are simply crying out for use in the best traditions of the holistic fine dining experience”. In this context , Nirj  launched “Grand Gourmet at Nirj’s”, Sri Lanka’s first French fine dining restaurant, which was opened by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prof Maithree Wickremesinghe.

“Whilst wishing Grande Gourmet and my childhood friend Niranjan every success, I hope this is a harbinger to Sri Lanka being a fine food destination”, said the Prime Minister.

The aims of Grand Gourmet at Nirj’s are simple - to present fresh, local and seasonal produce in the very best possible light, utilising the traditions of the French fine dining experience.  “While our intention with Grand Gourmet at Nirj’s is simple, it is also boundless, in the sense that we want to achieve Michelin Star status and put Sri Lanka on the world gourmet map.  The finest ingredients are only part of the step - we want to provide an internationally recognised and immersive fine dining experience”, said Nirj.

Grand Gourmet at Nirj’s will also be innovative and keep itself on the food industry’s cutting edge by flying in leading chefs.  By introducing “guest stars” in this way, Grand Gourmet at Nirj’s will combine the best produce, service and atmosphere with a firm focus on customer experience and an openness to fresh and unique approaches to traditional French cuisine - setting it apart from anything else Sri Lanka has to offer.

“We want to share with our guests our passion for food and nourish them in both body and spirit.  I think that is the true meaning of fine dining”.

Grand Gourmet at Nirj’s will be complimented by “Encore”, a sophisticated bistro-style restaurant / bar serving breakfast, lunch and high tea, before offering dinner to its exclusive invitation-only membership.  From 7.30pm onwards, Encore aims to provide an enclave for the leading lights of Sri Lankan industry, society and politics.  A place where like-minded individuals can network, socialise in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.
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