5 best restaurants in Sri Lanka
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
For the best buffets
Trying every traditional Sri Lankan dish will take a while unless you treat yourself to the brimming buffet lunches and dinners at Colombo’s colonial Mount Lavinia Hotel. Named by Newsweek as one of the world's best gathering places, The Terrace is a popular dining venue for locals and travellers, offering tables under the stars and beside the beautiful pool. Enjoy the soothing sounds of live music while sipping a cocktail over dinner, or jive to jazz while sampling Sunday brunch. A real favourite.
Mount Lavinia Hotel, 100 Hotel Road, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 10732
Tel: 94 2711 430/446 www.mountlaviniahotel.com/front/restaurantandbars/
Feel the heat!
Enjoy the Sri Lankan heat at The Sizzle, where every meal is served to your table on a sizzling cast-iron platter. Conveniently located in a quiet street in central Colombo, the restaurant offers creative cuisine and authentic Halal recipes. Enjoy herby, Eastern specialities including mouth-watering meats, seafood and veggie delights. Followed up with a wide array of desserts, you’ll struggle to choose between brownies laced with ice cream or the Philadelphia Cream Cheesecakes… all sizzling of course!
32, Walukarama Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Tel: 47 16 888777 www.thesizzle.lk
Tel: 057 222 8794
Rawana Holiday Resort Restaurant
For curry-lovers and cookery classes
Take a break from trekking while staying in the little highland village of Ella, and have a memorable meal at the restaurant at Rawana Holiday Resort. Specialising in authentic Indian cuisine, the skilled chefs run cookery classes from the kitchen, so you can help prepare a banquet of curries before trying them out! If cooking’s not your thing, just turn up for dinner and sample such delights as sweet-and-sour aubergine, spicy potato curry, and the signature garlic curry made with whole cloves.
Rawana Holiday Resort, Wellawaya Road, Ella, Sri Lanka
Kandy Muslim Hotel
Street food in style
Not actually a hotel at all, this popular eatery is always busy with tourists watching the outdoor theatrics involved in the making of traditional kotthu rotti (doughy pancake chopped and fried with meat and vegetables) and other Sri Lankan street foods. As well as light-as-a-feather naan, you can sample authentically spiced curries and the best samosas in Kandy, all accompanied by the bustle of the city outside.
Dalada Vidiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Tel: 94 81 2 232036
Fantastic fine dining
Located opposite the charming Galle Face Green, 1864 is appropriately named - an elegant restaurant with a decadent old-world feel. Feast on fine-dining specials in a grand historical setting, from warming soups to devilled prawns and chicken in traditional Sri Lankan spices, and wash it all down with a glass of wine. Perfect for lunch or a romantic evening meal, this is Colombo’s classiest venue.
Galle Face Hotel, 2, Galle road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
Tel: 94 12541010/16 www.gallefacehotel.com