The Pub is Kandy's tourist hangout - similar to bars you find in Southeast Asia. There's even a wall with names and messages of visitors written on it and outside there's a sign with the infamous words: 'as recommended by Lonely Planet'. It's nothing special but nice enough and although not cheap, nor is it overly expensive. The food's generally pretty good and is mainly a mix of international dishes. The main restaurant/bar is quite smart (a good place to get a special giant glass of beer and watch the cricket on the big screen), but outside there are a few tables on the balcony overlooking Kandy high street. You're above the noise and chaos and it's a good place to watch the world go by and meet other tourists - but get there early as the balcony fills up quickly at night time.
Not actually in Kandy but found on the Kandy road between here and Colombo, the cashew nut girls are a bit of a legend among Sri Lankan men. From wooden huts at the side of the road, the mostly young and very attractive girls sexily wave their bags of cashews at cars passing by, smiling and flirting with anyone who looks remotely interested. Dressed up in brightly coloured dresses, as though they're going out for the night rather than selling nuts, they make quite a bizarre and welcome sight! Some of the girls supplement their incomes by offering, err, 'other services' to passing drivers, but most stick to good-natured flirting, batting their eyelashes and big smiles.
The Kandy Road is also good for picking up pineapples and king coconuts along the way. The sellers are happy to chop it all up for you. Beware though, you'll pass about 20 stalls all selling the same thing right next to each other and then you won't see another one for an hour.
Favorite Dish: The pineapples for the taste, but the cashew nuts definitely have the best service!
There are lots of places to eat in Kandy,mostly in the Town center,in the main Town you will pay the same as the locals,also the lion beer is really nice as well. Alot of the places to eat normally have a price list outside.
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!)
When we first arrived in Kandy our room was not yet ready, and it was lunchtime, so we decided to have something to eat in the hotel's restaurant before settling down and going out to explore the town. We found the restaurant located in the old ballroom. Impressive.
Favorite Dish: The food turned out delicious: on the menu there were both wester and Sri Lankan dishes, including some flambé dishes and desserts, which we obviously had to taste. As everywhere in Sri Lanka, there was also a (neglectable) buffet.
I like this restaurant so much that I went back for 2 nites. The prices is very reasonable. Chicken tikka Rs200 with a piece of nan, Lion Lager Rs140, nan Rs60. Masala curry Rs90. A very good dinner costs with 2-3 dishes witrh beer abot Rs500.
It is clean and quiet on the 2nd floor. See more pics of the food.
I'm still not sure if the Pub is really a pub or a place to eat. There did not seem to be too many special beers to justify it as a watering hole, and to be honest all the people who were there were more interested in their food than in their drinks. Still the decor was pretty nice.
Favorite Dish: We had some italian food - pasta alla carbonara - which was definitely more than overcooked. We also had some kebabs - spicy as hell - far from the real thing. What can I say' i was less than impressed - and service was extremely slow.
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
One guidebook described the decor as colorful. That doesn't really do it justice. They don't allow pictures inside so you'll have to visit yourself.
They didn't offer silverware so we took it as a challenge and didn't request any (I bet they would have provided them).
Favorite Dish: The food was excellent. Some things were expensive by local standards like Rs. 285 for palak paneer. Diners on a budget would likely enjoy the vegetable curry sampler for Rs. 135. We were going through a bit of chocolate withdrawl so splurged for the very nice ice cream desserts.
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.
Not knowing the restaurant, my driver drove me there so he could have his free meal, of course. A tourist oriented restaurant with inflated prices, food quality was alright. Rice and curry Rs400, Coke Rs60. It has excellent river view, a good lunch to celebrate my own birthday! :-)
First of all it's a south indian cuisine, it is delicious, it's just damn good! For a very cheap price you are able to have a big full meal.
Warning, don't order to many of it, as it was a big meal
Favorite Dish: Pepper Chicken Dosa and Banana Lassi
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.
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.
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.