Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya
I am heading to Sri Lanka on Saturday and am looking for some restaurant recommendations. I have had a look on the internet and it seems there are very few foodies out there writing about the places I am going in Sri Lanka.
Does anyone know about any secret gems hidden down back alleys? I am visiting Sigiriya, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, All I can do is wish you good luck. We visited Sri Lanka in the early 80s (Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya), and we had some of the worst food of our lives. In most places the only thing on offer was something called "rice with curry". In Nuwara Eliya we stayed in a fancy lodge that used to be a British club. The food there was a little better. And one hotel had a special buffet dinner on Christmas Eve, or maybe it was New Year's Eve. That was good. And in Colombo we had a good meal at the Galle Face hotel. But the rest was pretty bad. Good luck.
The best meals we had in Sri Lanka were in a guest house in Sigiriya, it is called Thick Forest and is a short drive from the rock.
The Sri Lankan owner was extremely gracious and had worked for many years in 5 star hotels. A few years ago he set up his own guest house in the jungle and built the bedrooms as tree houses(so as they would be protected from elephants(I have attached a photo of our room)).
This guest house is by no means a 5 star hotel, but it it is clean, the food was very tasty and our stay was memorable.
Unfortunately, the rest of our trip is rather a blur of non-descript curries and grimy restaurants.
I must acknowledge however, that we spent most of our trip inland and missed what culinary delights the coast has to offer.