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Sinhalese food in Toronto?

emcclory Mar 5, 2013 08:24 AM

I've just returned from 3 weeks in Sri Lanka and want to see how Toronto's restaurants compare. When searching for restaurants, it appears that pretty much all of the Sri Lankan places are Tamil (which I have yet to try, and am excited to try). Does anyone know of any Sinhalese places?

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  1. happycamper RE: emcclory Mar 5, 2013 10:09 AM

    Hopper Hut in Scarborough. Delicious appams!

    Canbe Supermarket also serves no frills cooked food at the counter. You can also get one of those crazy sweet cream sodas from them.

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      timeo RE: happycamper Mar 5, 2013 02:15 PM

      I'm not well versed in Sri Lankan food but isn't Hopper Hut more Tamil Sri Lankan than Sinhalese Sri Lankan? Not that I know the difference.

      BlogTO has a write-up about best Sri Lankan but I don't know how much you should trust it: http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

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        emcclory RE: timeo Mar 5, 2013 02:20 PM

        Hopper Hut was among the places that people have said is Tamil, rather than Sinhalese...

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          emcclory RE: timeo Mar 5, 2013 02:21 PM

          And Canbe appears to be Indian, with a large Tamil following...

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            nevrenuf RE: emcclory Mar 7, 2013 06:17 AM

            this is the spot right here - http://babudelivery.ca/index.php

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        warlock RE: emcclory Mar 7, 2013 06:38 AM

        Try this...its a home delivery...my Sinhalese friend always orders from here ...says it reminds him of home cooked food
        ..I have tried it a few times...less spicier than the Tamil places


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          emcclory RE: warlock Mar 7, 2013 06:43 AM

          Thanks! Looks like just what I was looking for!

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            warlock RE: emcclory Mar 7, 2013 07:35 AM

            Just a heads up though....You have to call on Friday to order and then he delivers on Sunday....Thats the only day he delivers....

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              emcclory RE: warlock Mar 7, 2013 07:39 AM

              Thanks for the tip - I tried sending an e-mail but it bounced back. Happen to know the extent of his delivery area?

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                warlock RE: emcclory Mar 7, 2013 08:08 AM

                I know he does downtown and scarborough area....and to be honest whenever I want anything I ask my friend to order and I pick it up from my friend...Best thing would be to call him...also he does not have it showing on the the menu but he does a very stellar pork curry....which is what I order even if it is not on the menu....Now you got me craving for it :-)

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                  emcclory RE: warlock Mar 7, 2013 08:11 AM

                  Thank you so much for all of the details! I'll call him for sure in the next few weeks!

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            happycamper RE: warlock Mar 7, 2013 08:00 PM

            Wow Thank you for the link warlock! I have been looking up the difference between Sinhalese and Tamil cuisine, and it seems the most distinguishing difference is the use of goraka in Singalese cooking? (http://www.theworld.org/2011/02/sri-l...


            Thank you for the suggestion. Will give it a try and report back!

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              nevrenuf RE: warlock Mar 8, 2013 07:01 AM

              just looked at the menu...although i can't speak to quality...selection is minimal....trust me...the selection at babu's rocks...crab curry's so good.....and btw, i'm mixed sinhalese and tamil...

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                warlock RE: nevrenuf Mar 8, 2013 09:02 AM

                You’re absolutely right….It’s a very limited menu….this is a home catering style of a business….

                OP was asking for Sinhalese and I know for sure this is Sinhalese run…..

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              jayzen25 RE: emcclory Mar 8, 2013 01:35 PM

              I'm not sure if they are Sinhalese. But if you like Masala Dosa

              Is nice and clean, with good food.

              also Madras Palace, (the scarborough location is kind of lackluster on the decor.) But good food.


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                helenhelen RE: jayzen25 Feb 10, 2014 07:41 PM

                have you been to madras palace recently? i am curious about whether it is good? i just saw some terrible reviews here so it makes me nervous:

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                Natsilva RE: emcclory Mar 7, 2014 04:04 PM

                You should try Araliya Takeout and Catering. It's located at 832 Markham Road (Markham and Lawrence). I go there pretty often. This place is like a hidden gem in Toronto. Their food is delicious and it's authentic Sinhalese food (tastes just like the food my mom used to make when I was in Sri Lanka). I would recommend their fish lamprais or the hoppers. It's best if you just eat the hoppers there because it's meant to be eaten hot right when it's made. They have other things on the menu as well but those are my favourites! Enjoy!

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                  vivo RE: emcclory Mar 9, 2014 05:16 AM

                  Aayubowan! Interestingly enough, this year I've just returned from 4 weeks in Sri Lanka, and although there are similarities, there are also marked differences between the Tamil and Sinhalese cuisines - I started from the south and headed towards Jaffna.
                  Have you tried Lanka Home Foods? If so, how big are the dish sizes? I would love to be able to assemble a rice and curry meal of 10 dishes or so. Sthoothi!

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