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    Sri Lankan meal

    by yumiyun Written Mar 9, 2003

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    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.

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    gimanhala transit hotel: Dambulla

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 18, 2004

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    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

    at the buffet

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    Hotel Sudu Araliya Restaurant: Polonnaruwa

    by call_me_rhia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    at the restaurant

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    Soft Drink: King Coconut Mad!

    by mightywease Written Oct 18, 2003

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    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!

    Wease and a Coconut
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    Hotel Suisse & the Pub: Kandy

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 18, 2004

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    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.

    our chef

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    Just like being a kid again!

    by mafi_moya Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    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.

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    Various: Small family restaurants

    by lemondrop Updated Jun 25, 2006

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    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 good

    Eat local
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    Hard Rock Restaurant: On the Beach

    by PierreZA Written Jan 3, 2010

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    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

    A view from Hard Rock Restaurant

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    Serendipity Arts Cafe , GALLE

    by elsadran Written Oct 8, 2014

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    Its artistic environment invites you to come in. I just came in for a moment to have a look at the books and ended up eating and talking to the owners. I had a big chicken sandwich wrapped in some kind of pita bread, enormous and delicious. I paid 660rps.
    You are likely to meet with other art lovers and locals around the travelers' table surrounded by colorfully painted walls and a lot of interesting books.
    You can try spicy and delicious traditional or western dishes with freshly picked vegetables from the back garden and fish caught from the sea behind the ramparts.
    And relax in an inspiring arty atmosphere, enjoying a cup of ginger tea and listening to music.

    65 Leyn Baan Street, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka
    entrance also on Hospital Street

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    The Bake house, KANDY

    by elsadran Written Oct 8, 2014

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    If you feel like just having a bite visit the famous Bake House on Dalada Veediya, the main street. It has a lot of baked delicacies to try. The sweets and different kinds of bread are displayed in the glass windows and the whole place smells so good that it is difficult to resist even if you are not very fond of fast food, like me. There are also burgers and sandwiches with every kind of filling and fancy bread with pieces of fruit or chocolate and of course tea , coffee and soft drinks.

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    Kentucky Fried Chicken

    by elsadran Written Oct 8, 2014

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    Although I hate this kind of food, I tried once and found it delicious, because it seemed a real chicken I was eating and had the slightly spicy taste of Sri Lankan food. I am not sure if it's healthy but I 'd like to hope that they are using real walking local chickens ....
    However it was very tasty.
    You will find it on Dalada Vidiya street, the main road near the lake.
    A quarter chicken cost 540rps and the french fries 150rps

    tel 0812202251-2

    Dalada Vidiya street, Kandy

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    DEVON Restaurant . KANDY

    by elsadran Updated Oct 8, 2014

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    A very organized and neat restaurant. Food is very cheap but still of good quality and well cooked and decorated.
    I enjoyed my meals in Devon because it was tasty and the service is excellent. The menu is huge with international and local cuisine. There are even Chinese dishes. Fish and meat and chicken are about 400 - 500rps. The rest are much cheaper. Plain rice or noodles are at 80rps for example. The helpings are not very big but for me it was perfect.
    The manager came to my table to introduce himself and explained that they do their best for the good quality and satisfaction of their clients. DEVON is a group of business involving hotels, bakeries and restaurants.
    It is on the main road near the lake.

    No 11, Dalada Veediya, Kandy
    tel 081-2224537 / 081- 2223947 Fax 081 2229110
    email devonskandy@sltnet.lk

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    Sovereign German Restaraunt: German Feast!

    by DrunkenTraveller Written Apr 22, 2012

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    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.

    Chicken Cordon Bleu with Mushroom & Mashed Potato Pot-roast Pork Cheers! A big Gulp! Mexican
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    Barista Coffee: The best brownies in Sri Lanka !!!

    by elsadran Updated Oct 8, 2014

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    This is on the corner of Lighthouse and Pedlar streets. It is an elegant coffee shop with a romantic environment.. It belongs to the Barista Lavazza international chain. It serves the perfect coffee and tasty sandwiches and other beverages as well as delicious salads and other tasty dishes.

    Tel : 091 2233099 mob: 077 6973218

    The pastry shop attached to it produces some irresistible, and unforgettable brownies and other delicious sweets.
    It is called:

    The Heritage Cafe
    No.53, Light house Str
    Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka.
    091 2246668
    mob: 077 6973218

    email: theheritagecafe@hotmail.com

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  • Singharaja: Lovely Local Food

    by Jeananne Written Apr 15, 2008

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    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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