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Nov 10, 2005 02:22 PM

Sigiri Sri Lanka - any reports?

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Just heard about the opening of a new Sri Lankan restaurant near Manhattan's Curry Row--"Sigiri Sri Lanka," on First Ave just below East 6th St.

Didn't find any reports on the Manhattan board. Has anyone been? It's definitely on my to-check-out list, but I have so much business travel coming up that it may be January of next year before I get there, and as a fan of the cuisine my curiosity is piqued.

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  1. I haven't been there yet, but 2 of my friends are Sri Lankan and they love it. (Be advised that part of that may be because they no longer have to trek to Staten Island just to find Sri Lankan food!!!)

    1. Food is super quality. Interior is beautiful. Somebody should check it out.


      1. Might as well rehash an old thread instead of starting a new one.

        Had dinner here last night - amazing as usual. Sri Lankan crab curry, while not as good looking as Anthony Bourdain's experience from last Monday's episode of No Reservations, was amazing - one of the most flavorful curries I've had. The Dutch (really?) chicken lamprais is brilliant - broken rice with chicken, fish cakes, etc. steamed in a banana leaf hit all the right notes, and the hoppers (dome shaped "pancakes, one served with a sunny-side up egg in it) were fine as usual. The "devilled" (grilled) prawns in a spicy sauce were outstanding, but the medium was incredibly spicy - on par with "American spicy" at Sripriphai. I fear what we would have gotten if the waiter had honored our original request for spicy. A side of white rice and a BYO bottle of zinfindel (bad choice) rounded out the evening.

        $19 a person for 4 people including tax and tip. Brilliant.

        91 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: lambretta76

          This sounds incredible...Been on the hunt for Sri Lankan cuisine ever since I saw Anthony Bourdain's experience there. Thanks for the info.

          1. re: lambretta76

            FYI...there is a six-degrees of separation connection between Sigiri restaurant and Bourdain's recent SL show. His sidekick/guide in the Sri Lanka episode, Skiz, has published a cookbook on Sri Lankan foods that I just bought. The book credits recognize Sigiri for some of the food photos! Small world?

          2. I'm not an expert of Sri Lankan cuisine, but I really like this place too. The chicken lamprais is delicious, my girlfriend and I spent a week playing with home replications of it after we first had it here. Per the BYOB, Tinto Fino is a great spanish wine store just down the block on first ave--the proprietors are super friendly and knowledgeable, and they have great stuff-- I'm sure they would be delighted to help pick out a bottle with a meal at Sigiri in mind.

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            1. re: brettnyc

              Too right you are. In fact, right when you walk in the door at Sigiri there's a menu from Tinto Fino that offers wine pairing suggestions for different dishes on the menu. Brilliant idea from both parties.

              I had brought one from home which I thought should work, but it didn't (too sweet).

              1. re: lambretta76

                Cool, I didn't know that they had already linked up for the pairing suggestions!