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Top restaurants to try in Colombo- A taste of the island paradise

Sri Lanka is home to some of the most scrumptious cuisines in the world. Each dish is an explosion of flavour that one must experience. Here are a few places to enjoy some of the best dishes.


Ministry of Crab

Sri Lanka, being an island is blessed with an abundance of seafood. While lobsters, prawns and fish varieties are given more importance, this restaurant centres around crabs and strives to consistently serve it. A venture started by two former national cricket players who are also passionate about food, Ministry of Crab has earned a spot in the list of Asian's top 50 eateries. Thus, making it a distinguished restaurant in the city. It serves crabs in an array of thrilling flavours. The customer gets to choose their crab, the biggest one being the Crabzilla! Many tourists, famous icons and the locals head here as a mandatory place to dine in.



Situated opposite the lush spread of the Viharamahadevi Park in the heart of the city, Upali's has consistently been one of the top choices that serve amazing local cuisine. From Jaffna mutton curries to the popular southern dishes, it has every regions' favourites and therefore, provide the customer with a one-stop experience of the island's flavours. You will be spoilt for choices and if any doubt arises, the waiters who possess good knowledge about the dishes will help you choose and suggest how and what each dish should be paired with. The best way to further enhance your experience is to use your hands to eat instead of cutlery.


Kaema Sutra

Kaema Sutra, which translates into "the art of food" is a restaurant that takes some of the local traditional food and cleverly incorporates a twist that takes the dish to extraordinary heights. For example, the traditional milk hopper that is usually found in many shops has been revamped to make a giant milk hopper with strawberries, cream and kithul treacle- a dessert that to date is a popular option. It is fusion fine-dining restaurant that is decorated with colonial artefacts and traditional cooking-ware like the "miris gala"- a grinding stone that is functional adds to the already charming ambience of the restaurant.


The Peacock

This particular restaurant is part of the dining scene offered by the Berjaya Hotel Colombo and offers the guest a variety of dining experiences- be it an intimate dining setting or a family dinner, it accommodates all. Out of many a restaurant in Mount Lavinia, this particular one offers a variety of both authentic local and international flavours throughout the day; from 6 am until 11 pm) thus making it a convenient option for those who can't decide which cuisine to settle for.


Raja Bojun

This has been a favourite among the tourists and locals for a very long time and rightfully so as it boasts authentic Sri Lankan cooking. They serve a variety of dishes; crabs to shrimp to vegetarian and vegan options. Furthermore, the restaurant completely avoids the use of any artificial flavours and additives and promote the use of organically grown products from local farmers.

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