2018 May 15
We get it. You are thousands of miles away from Sri Lanka, reading this article, and craving for some hoppers and mutton curry. Have no fear because Pulse is here.
We empathize. We feel your pain. We all know that mash potatoes and steak can get pretty boring after sometime and thus, we have put together this article to help you Sri Lankans living all over the world satisfy that hole in your soul and get yourself some spicy, savoury, wholesome dinner that reminds you of home.
We’ve got 8 countries lined up: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Dubai, Qatar, India and Malaysia. Let us begin.
KEEP IN MIND: This article is based purely on personal preference, opinions and feedback from loved ones.
Now if you live in Australia, you probably don’t crave Sri Lankan food that much because there are so many Sri Lankans, you could just walk next door and have some. Still, while there is a large Sri Lankan population living in Australia, especially in Melbourne & Sydney, it helps to have a couple of restaurants handy for when that craving hits or when you want to introduce your Australian friends to a little bit of home.
Cinnamon’s Restaurant and Bar
Located in Melbourne, Cinnamon is run by a Sri Lankan family, headed by Chef Patricia De Silva who specializes in home style Sri Lankan cooking, characterized by her spicy curries and flavours. They serve traditional rice and curry, offer takeaway and even have a (wait for it) Saturday buffet with live music, because us Sri Lankans love buffets, right? Find out more here.
Location: 474 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004
Upali’s by Nawaloka
Yes, this is actually a branch of the very famous Upali’s located in Townhall, Sri Lanka! A must-go spot in Sri Lanka for Sri Lankan food, Upali’s has built a solid name for itself for Sri Lankans living in Melbourne and tourists alike in Australia as well. Serving traditional favourites like Jaffna Crab curry, Chicken devilled, Idi Appa, and even Egg Hoppers, Upali’s has scored some great reviews on Zomato & Trip Advisor. So do check it out to get your Lankan fix.
Location: 248 Blackburn Road, Glen Waverley, Australia
Dish in Glebe (Dish Dining & Events)
Bringing Lankan street food to Sydney, Chef Manjula Fernando honed his craft working alongside reputed chefs in Australia. He opened a series of restaurants which were pretty successful, propelling him to launch Dish in Toongabbie which won him a Gold Accreditation. He then opened another branch in Glebe, serving Lankan street food in all its glory, including favourites like Hoppers, Kottu, Mutton curry, Lamprais, and so much more.
Location: 381, Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Australia.
Here are a couple of restaurants for all you Lankans, partying in the USA.
With a tagline, ‘Sri Lankan food the way it’s meant to be’, Sigiri has three branches open in Manhattan, New Jersey and Staten Island to cater to the cravings and whims of a Lankan living away from home in the US. They even cater if you fancy a proper get together! You can check them out here.
They have three locations in New Jersey, Manhattan, and Staten Island
From the half a dozen Sri Lankan restaurants in Staten Island, New York, Lakruwana really stands out. From their olden day décor and styling of wood and terracotta to pictures and crafts of the Perahera elephants, Lakruwana takes you on a trip in time to the old castles of the Sri Lankan kings, where one savours the spices and earthy feel of food cooked in clay pots. For just $13.95, you can enjoy a proper Sri Lankan buffet, from Brinjal Mojuto Kaha Bath to Chicken curry to Alateldala and other Lankan favourites both on Saturdays and Sundays as well.
Location: No 668,Bay Street, Staten Island, New York, NY- 10304
3. United Kingdom
You know how a lot of people laugh at tourists who travel to another country and go and eat very normal food like pizza or eat something from their own nationality? If I ever travel to London, I would intentionally make a fool of myself by doing just that because eating at Hoppers is a part of my bucket list.
Perfection in all its glory!!! Hoppers serve both South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines and they even do a mean Polos Biriyani for all you vegetarian foodies. Just checking out their Instagram page will have you drooling. So if you are in London, don’t waste any time to get your fix. Check them out here.
They have two locations: 77 Wigmore Street, London W1U 1QE & 49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
Winning awards for their homely, delicious curry, Jaffna House brings you a whole heap of flavour from the beautiful, northern city of Jaffna. If you are in London and missing the rich mutton curry and Idli from back home, don’t forget to check them out.
Location: 90 Tooting High St, London SW17 0RN
One of the most popular countries that Sri Lankans migrate to is Canada. Luckily there are many, many Sri Lankan restaurants because of this. Here are two to get started.
Hopper Hut has been around for more than 25 years, serving delicious, amazing Lankan delicacies, among the very few Sri Lankan sit-down restaurants in Scarborough.
Location: 880 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, Ontario M1P 2W6, Canada
Saffron Spice Kitchen
Run by Chef Johnne Phinehas and his wife, Saffron Spice Kitchen is a takeout shop that specializes in Kottu, wraps, salads and soups and is focused on being healthy whilst maximizing flavour.
Location: 459 Queen Street WestToronto, Ontario M5V 2A9
Looking for more places to grab Lankan food in Canada? Check our full list right here!
People are travelling a lot to the Middle East these days in the pursuit of work or simply to visit. Although Shawarma may be amazing and God’s gift to mankind, it can only pale in comparison to pangs of longing for your mother’s home cooked meals.
Ayubowan is the best Sri Lankan restaurant in Dubai. Not only is their food amazing, but they also do numerous events, whether it’s ‘Dining with the Stars’ featuring Lankan celebrities, Paan Parties, All you can eat Hopper nights, and other themed nights and celebrations, allowing you to meet your fellow country friends and mix and mingle. Check them out here.
Location: R2A, Lake Point Tower, Cluster N, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
New White Oceanic Restaurant
Don’t be deceived by the size of this restaurant; this place definitely packs a punch. Possibly the only Sri Lankan restaurant in Qatar, New White Oceanic Restaurant delivers the best, most mouth-watering Sri Lankan food I could imagine. It’s been years since I stepped there to enjoy their Hoppers and delicious, delicious mutton curry and I still long for it. They even have Kibula banis, rolls, patties, cutlets, malu paan and other iconic bakery items as well!
Location: Beside Safir, Najma Street, Najma, Doha
Now Indian food tastes very similar to Sri Lankan, the main difference being their use of curd, ghee and flavours of masala and their food not being as spicy, while we prefer the use of coconut milk, coconut oil and red chilli flakes to amp up the spice. Still, although there are many restaurants that serve Indian in Sri Lanka, there doesn’t seem to be many Sri Lankan restaurants in India.
Foodwalk – Flavors of Lanka
Considering this, Foodwalk-Flavors of Lanka is a rare find. Located in Chennai, Foodwalk serves all kinds of Lankan food, from Kottu, finger food to Pittu, made by Lankan chefs and praised for its healthy touch and homely feel.
Location: 1/C1, KambarSalai, Mogappair, Chennai, above the KFC
For all you students travelling to Malaysia, we’ve found two restaurants for you as well
A LI YAA Island Restaurant and Bar
With a diverse and rich menu, featuring Lankan favourites like Crab curry (Both Colombo and Jaffna), Mutton curry, Chicken devilled, and their specialty, Sweet Appam (or Appa), A LI YAA is a must try for all Sri Lankans stuck in Malaysia and longing for home.
Location: 48 G&M Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 KL
With regular events and theme nights, Rasai Machan is a popular place with the locals and with Sri Lankans alike.
Location: 14, Jalan 1/64d, Off Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
We hope this article helps with those midnight cravings. Let us know your go-to restaurants in your area!