Sri Lankan food in Minneapolis/St. Paul?
Does anybody know of a Sri Lankan restaurant in Minneapolis?
I'm originally from Sri Lanka and I'm craving some good Sri Lankan food but I haven't been able to find any.
Sambol in Eagan states that they are a Sri Lankan restaurant but that doesn't cut it for me. To be honest I can make everything on their menu better than they can. The main reason for this is that they don't have any Sri Lankan chefs there - just Indian chefs attempting to cook Sri Lankan :)
I was going to say Sambol, but apparently you've been there.
I went there about a year and a half ago after a long day of driving, first to Minneapolis, then throughout southern Minnesota, and back again to Minneapolis. I wanted to try Sri Lankan food. When I got there, they only gave me an INDIAN menu, and I thought it was a bit sub-par by my standards.
There used to be a "Sri Lanka Curry House" in Mpls, but it no longer exists.
There *is* a good Sri Lankan chef in town, but she's not currently at a restaurant. Her name is Heather Jansz, and she was the chef at the Sri Lanka Curry House in Minneapolis and the Curry Leaf Deli in St. Paul (both wonderful and both long closed). I think she does catering and personal chef-ing, in addition to other things.
For more information, see Jeremy Iggers' article from last April:
And Heather's web site:
There was a Sri Lankan grocery in Richfield on Nicollet Ave. that served homemade food. It was a great palce, but it's been gone a couple of years or so, and I don't know if the owner(s) relocated or what they're doing now.
Have you found any Sri Lankan restaurants in Minneapolis yet? I just returned from Sri Lanka, where I at rice and curry every day, and I miss it so much!! Or does anyone know if the grocery mentioned still exists? The food at Sambol is not the same as what I had in Sri Lanka...
emilyh88 - glad to hear that you liked Sri Lanka! Where did you go in Sri Lanka? I grew up in Galle.
Unfortunately I have not been able to find a Sri Lankan restaurant here. Whenever I feel like Sri Lankan, I cook at home since I consider myself to be a better Sri Lankan cook than whoever is cooking at Sambol :). The Sri Lankan grocery store that was in Richfield closed.
You can get Sri Lankan spices, relishes, frozen appitizers (e.g. Sri Lankan egg rolls, fish buns, etc) at some Indian stores. I normally go to TBS Mart on Portland ave in Bloomington. You can also check out Patel Groceries on Central ave in Minneapolis.
Staten Island, NY and Tarzana, CA (about 45 minutes west of L.A I think) have some great Sri Lankan restaurants.
Hopefully somebody will open up a Sri Lankan restaurant here. I always joke with my wife that when I quite my full time job I would open up a Sri Lankan restaurant.
Maybe y`all could drive up to Winnipeg for your fix. There is a Sri Lankan place called, appropriately enough, Taste of Sri Lanka.
Hey, I drive all the way to MSP for my Mexican and Middle Eastern fixes, so it`s not an entirely far-fetched idea!