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Jul 2, 2005 03:38 PM

Sri Lankan in Santa Cruz?

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Santa Cruz seems to be Ceylon central for Northern California, home to Malabar, Asian Rose, and Sri. Unfortunately, none of them seem to serve stringhoppers. Comments on other favorite dishes?

Malabar Cafe
(831) 423-7906
1116 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Asian Rose Cafe
(831) 458-3023
1547 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 457-2350
736 Water St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


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  1. I think they have fans in the UCSC crowd. I have stayed away since I have always perceived the food to be SC Hippie fare more than an actual ethnic restaurant. But then, I have never been to Sri Lanka so perhaps they really did invent Camembert fritters and Steak Diane :)
    I place hippie food a few rungs below fast food but Malabar and Asia Rose have been around so those that enjoy this regional american cuisine might be more receptive than I am.

    1. I haven't tried any of them, although they are all on my chow radar in this order from most to least interested: Sri, Malabar, Asian Rose. If I had to guess which place has the most "authentic" Sri Lankan offerings, I would say Sri. Of course, I've never really had pure Sri Lankan food before (Indian comes closest), so don't really have a point of reference.

      They have an ad in the Good Times mag this week. Add says 90% of food is vegan (is that more Santa Cruz than Sri Lankan?). I know they have a few chicken dishes. Lunch and dinner entrees all served w/ rice, dhal, papadam, and carrot salad (lunch) or chutney (dinner).

      Sample items listed: eggplant moju, cauliflower cashew curry, broccoli and tofu, Sri Lankan mango curry, kale w/ coconut, curry chicken, triple mushroom curry, deviled chicken. They have some weekend specials that sound interesting like a Sri Lankan platter w/ choice of two toppings and fish curry ($14) and meal slow-cooked in banana leaf. Chicken can be included ($13). Prices for lunch range from $5.50-7.50 and dinner entrees run from $9-14.

      I will report back after I try it sometime one of these coming weekends. BTW, Melanie, what are stringhoppers?

      Tues-Sun lunch 11:30-2:30
      Sun-Th dinner 5:30-9
      Fri-Sat dinner 5:30-9:30
      Closed Mon

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      1. re: Carb Lover

        Note Malabar & Asian Rose have closed down.

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