Tea Factory Restaurant: Nuwara Eliya
The restaurant is spectacular: it was once the room where tea was sifted and graded, and wood abounds in the decor. The nearby kitchen is where the tea factory's engine room was.
Favorite Dish: There are two menus: a sri-lankan buffet or a-la-carte western food. The buffet is the most expensive of the two. We had some a-la-carte meat - I don't even remember what it was, although it was pretty good. What I'll never foget is the desserts, and in particular the ice-creams... to die for!
Sigiriya Village Restaurant: Sigiriya
The food at the restaurant of the Sigiriya Village Hotel is very beautiful... it's actually more than beautiful, it's spectacular. It's a buffet, of course, but the chefs have taken their time in carving and decorating some pumkins and squashes. Very eye (and photo) catching.
Favorite Dish: Despite its beauty the food looked like all the other buffets that we saw across Sri Lanka... talk about a serious lack of imagination at very high prices. We opted for a-la-carte: we had delicious king prawns at a much
Il Ponte: Colombo
It's one of the restaurants of the Hilton Hotel, and it's located across the road, by the swimming-pool. It serves nearly authentic italian food and it's truly delicious. The dress-code is casual, and the place is very relaxed.
Favorite Dish: Some seafood tortellini.. to die for! Lobster and king prawns were ok, but not memorable. We went back a second time for pizza with parma ham - and the ham was authentic! We were amazed. The tiramisu was sour... so forget about desserts.
Hopper is Sri Lanka's famous food. It's a kind pancake made into shell shape and can be enjoyed with chilly onions or other things you may prefer.
I found it to be like Indian uppam, and was not so amazed. You can find them in many places though. It makes a good breakfast or snack rathern a meal.
Sri Lanka is world famous for its tea. You must try drinking tea whilst you are in Sri Lanka - it definitely competes with Darjeling te from India.
Most of small tea shops and restaurants have good quality tea served with or without milk.Related to:
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Sri Lankan meal
If you are confident of withstanding spicy food, try local restaurants. Strangely, meals are served on plate covered with plastic. Rice is served with really spicy vegetables, fish and chicken. It is alot like South Indian food but there is only chilly flavor.
gimanhala transit hotel: Dambulla
It's a nice hotel and restaurant set in a park, not far from the rock temples. I think it's mainly geared for tour buses, only we did not see any when we were there.
Favorite Dish: The usual buffet food - quite uninspiring, with no particular qualities or demerits. particularly good was some grilled tank fish - and really horrible the buffalo curd
Hotel Sudu Araliya Restaurant: Polonnaruwa
Let's face it - I'm not a fan of buffets.. usually the food is very indifferent and of no quality at all. Sadly this restaurant was not the exception. I guess I'll never understand why Sri Lankans are so fond if buffets
Favorite Dish: The usual buffet-style Sri Lankan dishes - hot, spicy and not very good tasting. There must be better Sri Lankan food than this. We were saved by some pasta. As for real Sri Lankan food... I'm still hoping to get around to atste it locally
Soft Drink: King Coconut Mad!
King Coconut Juice is available all over Sri Lanka in restaurants, hotels and, best of all, from stalls by the side of the road.
We stopped at such a stall on the way from Colombo to Sigiriya. The vendor simply took a coconut each from a big pile, lopped off the top, put in a straw and handed them to us. Simple, easy and very, very refreshing.
It cost us about 10 rupees each from the stall. Double, triple or quadruple the price if you have the same in a restaurfant or hotel. mind you mixed up with some other fruit juice and a generous dash of arrack it makes a mean cocktail!Related to:
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Hotel Suisse & the Pub: Kandy
Two very different restaurants for two different experiences: at the restaurant of the hotel suisse, located inside the hotel's ballroom, you go for the excellent food - at the Pub, in Kandy town you go for the atmosphere and for the beer, but the food isn't that amazing (it's still edible, though)
Favorite Dish: Hotel Suisse: the flambés... everything flambé on the menu is delicious!
The Pub: we had some pasta carbonara... edible. The kebab isn't so.
Just like being a kid again!
The traditional Sri Lankan way of eating is like much of South Asia (and two year olds in Britain!) - with your hands, playing with the food and mixing it into a ball with your fingers. The theory behind it (other than saving on washing-up) is that this makes you more involved with your meal and makes the food taste better - but I haven't really been convinced!
Personally I think it just makes a mess and stains your fingers with curry. Some cafes will have spoons and forks if you wish but you'll have to ask. All reasonable restaurants give you cutlery and Sri Lankans are expected to use it when eating out, which suggests they're not entirely convinced that finger-eating is the best way to go either! Personally if I'm with Sri Lankan friends I use my fingers like they do, but nobody will be offended if you pull out a spoon.
Various: Small family restaurants
Along the coast, especially areas where travellers stay, you can find simple, family run restaurants. Usually just a small room in a house with a few tables, they can give you a chance to sample good traditional food. The selection is whatever they have on hand at the time...typically fresh fish, lamb, vegetables, curries etc. Finish off your meal with a lassi blended with milk and some of the local fruits.
Favorite Dish: The fish is always goodRelated to:
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Hard Rock Restaurant: On the Beach
This is one of many restaurants along the beach front in Unawatuna. The 3-wheel driver reccomended it to me. The tables or on the sand, with the surf not far away.
They serve a good variety of food and drinks. The service is good, as is the food.
Favorite Dish: Devilled Chicken
Sovereign German Restaraunt: German Feast!
Just returned home from a restaraunt ive been dying to visit for over a year! The Sovereign German Resaraunt, which is located in Nawala (Just a few metres away from my house) is simply sublime! I had my favourite, which is Chicken Cordon Bleu, and my Hubby enjoyed the Pot-roast Pork. Our dishes were accompanied with Mashed Potato, Mushroom and carrots. We also ordered a buttery rice on the side.
Drinks of choice was Mexican Beer! Unusual, i know but quite good. Much like Corona actually! They even popped a wedge of lime into the bottle :-)
About USD 12 per person, but fully worth every cent :-)
Favorite Dish: Chicken Cordon Bleu with buttered rice accompanyment.Related to:
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Singharaja: Lovely Local Food
This is a local place above a bakery in Aluthgama, it is owned by a German man and the food is excellent,from the outside it doesn't look very much ,but don't let that put you off. It is very cheap and the portions are enormous!!
Favorite Dish: Mixed Fried Rice, absolutely delicious.
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One of the colonial type of hotels situated in Mt Lavinia about 40 minutes drive from the Colombo...more
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