Restaurant Reviews Where to get Authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine

Where to get Authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine

2019 Jun 29

Sri Lankan food is known to be spicy, but while this spice might be too much to handle for first-timers, we Lankans are more than accustomed to it. Along with the unique flavours and textures of pol rotti, string hoppers, hoppers and pittu, Sri Lankan cuisine offers vibrant and aromatic curries which, simply by the looks of it can get your mouth to water. Not to mention, our staple of rice and curry is to die for! 

So for those times you are craving some yum Sri Lankan food, here’s Pulse listing out places you can get Sri Lankan cuisine!


Gami Gedara

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Serving up flavoursome rice and curry right out of clay pots, Gami Gedara has loyal customers constantly flowing in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer rice and curry for all three meals, out of which we specifically recommend their mango curry.

Address – 150, Piyadasa Hewavitharana Building, High Level Road, Nugegoda
Contact Number – 0112 821 377


Culture Colombo

Culture Colombo

As the name connotes, this restaurant is all about Sri Lankan culture and heritage. A meal here is truly an aesthetic experience and on top of that, they offer a variety of food ranging from parata, accompanied by Jaffna style curries, to kotthu and even dry seafood curries! 

Address – 25, Kensington Gardens, Colombo 04
Contact Number – 0774 422 448


Upali’s by Nawaloka

Upali’s by Nawaloka

Possibly the most popular restaurant to host a gathering in which Sri Lankan food is served is Upali’s. They do not disappoint in terms of flavours and textures but don’t take our word for it! Head over to Upali’s and try their crunchy roast paan and softly kneaded pol rotti.

Address – 65, C W W Kannangara Mawatha, Colombo 07
Contact Number – 0112 695 812


Raja Bojun 

Another famous spot for Sri Lankan cuisine is Raja Bojun which is ideal for a good lunch or dinner buffet costing under LKR 2000. With ample seating and a rooftop lounge, Raja Bojun is more than equipped if you are looking to host your non-Ceylonese friends.

Address – Liberty Arcade, 282, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03
Contact Number – 0114 716 171


Nuga Gama (Cinnamon Grand)

Offering a delicious Sri Lankan buffet and a truly authentic and rustic ambience, Nuga Gama is a traditional escapade with sombre lighting. We recommend dining here at night for a heightened meal.

Address – Cinnamon Grand, 77, Galle Road, Colombo 03
Contact Number – 0112 497 468


Thuna Paha (Waters Edge)

Thuna Paha

An incredibly unique dining experience awaits you at Thuna Paha. The restaurant offers an extensive Sri Lankan buffet and even a range of tropical cocktails to choose from. The icing on top is the beautiful view from the restaurant. Definitely a treat for the eyes!

Address – 316 Pannipitiya Road, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Contact Number – 0112 863 863


Curry Pot 

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While Curry Pot offers an array of dishes to choose from, for your rice and curry, they also have milk rice, string hoppers, hoppers and savoury rotti available, along with accompanying curries and sambols guaranteed to make your mouth water!

Address – 25, Clifford Avenue, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03 (they have two more branches in Colpetty and Fort).
Contact Number – 0112 573 800


Curry Leaf 

Serving up local cuisine in all its splendour is Curry Leaf at Hilton Colombo. While they are open throughout the day, their dinner buffet is what you must look out for. Pair their scrumptious and spicy seafood curries with their pittu and thank us later!

Address – Hilton Colombo, 2, Sir Chittampalam Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 01
Contact Number – 0112 492 492


Palmyrah Restaurant (Renuka City Hotel)

Specialising in Jaffna fare is Palmyrah Restaurant located at Renuka City Hotel which offers a wide range of Sri Lankan dishes and maintains its stellar standard to date. Their milk hoppers, another Lankan favourite, are a must try! 

Address – 328, Galle Road, Colombo 03
Contact Number – 0112 577 345


Kaema Sutra (Shangri-La Hotel)

Kaema Sutra at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo

Conceptual dining at its finest; Kaema Sutra takes Sri Lankan cuisine to new heights ensuring their dishes are intricately detailed in terms of flavour and are also visually appealing. Their cocktail bar is home to a wide selection of aesthetic locally themed drinks.

Address – 1, Galle Face, Colombo 02
Contact Number – 0117 888 288


New Banana Leaf

Who doesn’t love an authentic rice and curry experience where you dig in on a – you guessed it – banana leaf? Their lamb and crab options are absolutely delicious and although the restaurant doesn’t solely offer Lankan food, it should definitely be on your radar.

Address – 720, Galle Road, Colombo 03 (they have another branch in Maharagama)
Contact Number – 0117 316 666     


Praneetha Foods 

Praneetha Foods – Meat Dishes

Known for their incredible Sri Lankan rice and curry, Praneetha Foods had to be on this list! Serving up curries as diverse as turkey and duck curries, the restaurant has truly upped its game over the years. Head over for a different take on your mundane local cuisine! 

Address – 201, Muhandiram’s Road, Colombo 03
Contact Number – 0112 333 399

That’s the list folks! Take your pick and revitalize those taste buds with some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.   

Is there anything we’ve missed out? Let us know in the comments!


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