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Feb 27, 2009 06:39 AM

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 :)

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: tvdxer

      Update: Sambol has been closed for quite some time.

    2. 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:


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      1. re: AnneInMpls

        Thank you so much for your info Anne!

        1. re: rjayasuriya

          I still dream about the Sri Lanka Curry House and a meal I had there years and years ago. I'd do anything to have that again.

      2. I think we need to convince chef Heather that she needs to open a Sri Lankan restaurant. I know I will be there at least once a week!

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        1. re: rjayasuriya

          I see she does small group classes, and dinner party classes. Hmm...

        2. 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.

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