Bamboo Garden (slightly chilled lounge bar: Chinese but no garden
There is only a terraced area no actual garden at this restaurant but it has a fairly nice view and quite stylish. Finding licensed restaurants in kandy can be a bit hard to find so the ones that are usually are fairly busy with tourists.
We came to enjoy a few beers with Albert Kumar Rochet from solidestinations travel he runs Eco friendly tours and home stay accommodations for his guests and flys the humanitarian flag a lovely guy. The large beer bottles are about lkr400 so a bit expensive also you cannot get strong beer here.
We ordered a beef fried rice and chicken fried rice asked for soy sauce and chilli paste, it was tasty a bit small for lkr 550. Albert had a beef burger which thankfully was a homemade patty but not very well seasoned.
I did not feel the waiters English was brilliant he had to ask someone else to clarify what kind of burger patties it was this was also with the help of my Sri Lankan friend.
Open daily 11am to 11pm with no alcohol served on Poya (maybe in a teapot if you are lucky)
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Royal cafe: Botanical Garden cafe
The atmosphere is quite nice located on the side of the big circle where the Javan fig tree is the main attraction being the largest tree sort of like an umbrella. This is run by the Royal Mall group I cannot comment on the food as we did not eat here. They offer a rice and curry buffet which includes soup and dessert coffee tea for lkr800 or menu items for about lkr700 including a soup and dessert. The buffet looked a little tired but then it was later in the day around 2.45pm. They had roast beef on the menu which was rather interesting.
Anyway we had a sit down and ordered some cokes and a pineapple juice, the cokes were an expensive lkr180 and the pineapple juice looked to be more froth in a smallish glass so not what I would have expected from a high establishment.
There is indoor and outdoor seating and clean toilets.
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Royal Mall Food Court: Food Court
There are several chains of Royal Mall in kandy the food is designed for takeaway but at this establishment there is also a food court.
We both ate from the set menu for LKR600 and enjoyed a dinner of vegetable fried rice with a spicy deviled chicken, fried egg (which was a bit rubbery) vegetable chocuey and chilli paste. A very acceptable meal. They have a restaurant that serves liquor but you will pay more for the same menu and it upstairs dining. The courtyard has its own little royal mall supermarket and other shops.
Be careful in the parking lot as I almost got mowed down by a white van man.
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Green New: Tasty takeaway
Only 10-15min walk from the train station is the delightful green new café well its more of a catering place although there is a table and few chairs inside. So takeaway it is and they really do make delicious food. Two brothers work here and they are always smiling and eager to please. My standard request is for chicken salad and egg fried rice so tasty and really reasonably priced this will feed 2 people for LKR450. Other dishes I have tried have been equally yummy fried or devilled mushrooms, devilled chicken and chopcuey.
They are very presentable young men and their shop is extremely clean full marks for takeaway.
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Green Garden Cafe: Local food
This is a fantastic place to come for breakfast , lunch or dinner when you want to try local dishes. The rice and curry is available at lunch time only and will come in a takeaway box but you can dine in as well. I usually select the set meal of devil chicken, fried rice, sambol, boiled egg and vegetable chopcuey and then my friend takes the roast chicken, bryanni, pineapple and mango chutney, boiled egg for LKR 350 its super cheap.
All the food is very tasty, reasonably priced and clean. A rice and curry is below LKR200. Do leave a small tip for the staff.
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The Pub: Beer Terrace
Some people may think this is the only place in town to get a drink with their meal not quite correct but it is a popular place. There is a small terrace with tables for dining outside and you can enjoy a beer except not on Poya days and not at lunch times on Sundays.
In terms of drinks they are on the expensive side for a large bottle of Lion beer being 400 - 500 plus service, they do have draft beers. The service is slow which can be a bit annoying as it is not that big a restaurant but they kind of make it a thing to just ignore your cries for service. The food I must say is quite delicious I usually go for beef in a cave which is beef stroganoff served with pasta and vegetables. They do bits off the barbeque being kebabs served with potato, salad and garlic bread. The portions are large even enough for 2 not so hungry persons to share.
The location is upstairs above the Bake House they have music there but it seems to be a karaoke video that plays to old music whenever I have been but they have a big screen so I would think sports are shown also probably just cricket.
Mahaweli Reach Hotel: Mahaweli magic
Christmas is not especially celebrated in Kandy not to mention that on the actual day you can’t get a drink anywhere. I opted to enjoy the celebrations on Christmas eve at the Mahaweli Reach hotel and I must say was not disappointed at all.
As it was a special evening our meal cost Rs4000 a head net with a bottle of wine being almost as much (wine is expensive in sri lanka) We were seated on the outside terrace near the fishpond all prettily lit up, treated to a band, Christmas carols and santa claus even gave us all gifts I got a box of mackwoods tea and my date got a 50ml shot of international booze in a little bottle.
The food was unbelievably good we started with salads and cold meats and yes they even had non processed cheeses wow I went mad. There was a good range of sushi & seafood although its not quite my thing. After 2 rounds of starters and worrying I had eaten a roll too many we decided it was time for the main affair. The carvery selection had beef, lamb, gammon, turkey and duck surprisingly no chicken but who cared it was all so tasty. I wish I had space for round 2 but sadly the 7 tables of desserts awaited us. Bon Bons, Christmas cake, mince pies, strudel, fruit salad, pettit fours, French fancies, mousses, lemon meraingue, shot glasses of tasty treats, trifle and more and more we never even got to sample the crepes and icecream.
We plan to visit again soon I believe the usual buffet is around Rs2200 to Rs2500 per head. This time I will starve myself all day.
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Kandy Muslim Hotel: Cheese Kottu & Roast chicken
Upstairs is the dining area and downstairs you can order takeaway roti or short eats.
They close reasonably early in the evening and quite often run out of foods so do go early if its dinner you are after.
I went for lunch and ordered beef macaroni as my friend is not too partial to beef and we are always eating chicken, I must say it was delicious and a great portion. After that we have had many takeaways of roasted chicken and chicken palandi curry which is fairly mild.
The prices are incredibly reasonable and its clean and friendly service.
Favorite Dish: Their roast chicken cheese roti is very tasty but normal chicken should be just as great.
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DJ's Restaurant: Good authentic Sri Lankan fare
If you're in Kandy, don't miss out on the great Sri Lankan cuisine at DJ's Restaurant (Don Jerome Codippily). Next to the Ayurveda Wedagedara in the Deveni Rajasingha Mawatha area, it's a unique opportunity to experience authentic local fare. The distance from the city may be around 4/5 kms.
We had gone there for lunch. So had quite a few tourists. You can either sit in an open but sheltered area or inside the restaurant. We chose the former and requested for a regular meal. We got coconut sambol, jackfruit, ochre, banana flowers, white radish, 'dal' (lentils), baby jackfruit, rice and chicken. It was a sumptuous spread. Along with a beer and a coke, the bill (2 persons) came to a mere LKR 1,430 or roughly US $ 14. There is a 10% Service Charge added to the bill.
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- Food and Dining
The Bake House: Cheap, good local food
According to the Lonely Planet, The Bake House only has counter-service of pastries etc. But, there is actually a restaurant if you go inside.
It seems to be very popular with locals. I had the best mango juice ever here - it was like putting a straw into a mango!
They have several local dishes.
Like in most places in Sri Lanka, service was very friendly.
Favorite Dish: Devilled chicken - (It is quite HOT, but great!)
- Budget Travel
DJ's: Good Local Rice and Curry
My 3-wheeler guide and driver reccomended this very nice restaurant.
It is a bit out of town, situated next to Wedamedura Auyerveda.
I had a very good Rice and curry with chicken, at reasonable prices and good service. I can recommend this restaurant anytime!
Remember when ordering Rice with Curry, you get about 6 side dishes as well - so it quite a big meal!
The waiter took time to explain each dish to me.
Worth going there!
Favorite Dish: Rice and Curry
- Food and Dining
Pinnalanda Restaurant: Watch the elephants bathe
The Pinnalanda Restaurant at Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage is a great place to go and watch the elephants bathe while you enjoy a bite to eat.
It is located just across the road from the main entrance of the park and caters to the hoards of tourists who stop for lunch at the park.
A lunch buffet is laid on daily and has the usual array of curries and rice and fruit to follow. I chose a sandwich from the menu which was tasty enough and around the same cost as the buffet.
Prices are reasonable and staff are friendly.
Favorite Dish: Buffet looked ok, sandwich was tasty.
Bougan villa Restaurant: Off the beaten track
Great food, rustic surroundings, quiet ambience. If you want a restaurant that is far from the madding crowd, and serves great food, try the in-house restaurant of bougan villa guesthouse.
You will eat in a light and airy dining room overlooking long verandahs, lawns and paddy fields beyond. You might even be eating rice from the paddy field you are looking at, as this place grows their own paddy. Much of the produce is local, and fresh.
The cuisine is international--lots of pasta and rice dishes, with some very interesting asian/fusion appetisers.
The location is about 7 miles from Kandy, off the Kandy-Gampola-Nuwara Eliya road, close to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens and the Gadaladeniya and Embekke temples. A good place to stop for lunch if you are taking in these sights, or on your way to Nuwara Eliya from Colombo.
Favorite Dish: The avocado and shrimp appetiser--the flavours were subtle, and the avocado was just right--not too raw or too ripe. And it looked good too.
Eatmore: Halal Food
I got a bored of eating veggies and it isnt that Im a veggie, but I had to look for a restro that served halal meat. I had a tough time finding this one, but it was worth it.
Favorite Dish: I tried so many local dishes, similar to Indian curries and the way the rice is made aswell.
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The Pub: The Pub
Needless to say, the Pub is a most welcomoing places for English or expat. It is pricy and a glass of beer RS200. The balcony is a great place to unwind and meet other travellers. See more pics for street scene.
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