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spicehill Sep 15, 2006 03:53 PM

Hi again - Well we finally booked a table for 10 at Sigiri. I know there's a liquor store nearby that sells beer, but I was hoping for a bar or lounge where we could meet before dinner for a cocktail. Any suggestions? Also, some people in the group don't enjoy beer. Any suggestions on types of wine that would compliment Sri Lankan food? I'm in the dark on this one. Thanks.

  1. waxyjax Mar 15, 2007 10:59 AM

    kind of a late reply here....

    i spent a couple months in sri lanka last year and what the locals normally drank with their meals was beer. the local brand is called Lion Beer--if anyone knows where i can get my hands on some in the city please do let me know! Lion is also a brewing partner of Carlsberg, which can also be found in Sri Lanka.

    if you want to go the liquor route, the local booze in sri lanka is Arrack, which is distilled from coconut sap. the flavor is a cross between rum and whiskey. of course generally only saw the locals drink it before or after their meals. again, if anyone can get ahold of sri lankan arrack some info would be greatly appreciated!

    by the way, i went to sigiri a couple months ago and thought it was really good!

    1. bolletje Sep 18, 2006 12:46 AM

      I had an amazing pumpkin dush when I ate at Sigiri

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        anil Sep 17, 2006 12:00 AM

        Do order Appams - These are thin crepe to eat with stews and curries. I also have one or two egg appams (I guess one comes with the order)
        have kotthu Roti and a fish curry.

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          spicehill Sep 16, 2006 07:28 PM

          Thanks Anil -
          I'm going to attempt to pre-order a selection of foods so we don't have to deal with ordering as a group when we arrive. The person I spoke to on the phone seemed very accomodating with this, and I look forward to the whole experience. None of us have ever eaten Sri Lankan food before. If you have advice on what we should try I'd love to hear it. I guess I'll try to bring some kind of white wine as an alternative to beer. Maybe the Gewurztraminer Tamasha recommended - if I can find it.

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            anil Sep 16, 2006 12:41 PM

            Depends on wha you are ordering - With stews I'd have arrack (Oops, :) ) Hard Lemonade/Vodka-spritzer
            With Appam and curries Beer or Light bubbly white wine. Some how, I've tried Shiraz,Chianti etc. with spicy south indian non-vegetarian and it kind of did not jell with me :(

            1. tamasha Sep 15, 2006 10:12 PM

              I usually find that a spicy Gewurztraminer goes well with Indian food. Might work well with Sri Lankan as well.

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                spicehill Sep 16, 2006 12:57 AM

                Thank you Tamasha - appreciated. I'll give it a shot

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