While Sri Lanka’s reputation as a tropical paradise attracts plenty of surfers and beachgoers alike, travelers – especially the particularly culinary-conscious – would be remiss not to indulge in the island’s diverse and delicious cuisine. Drawing from its multi-ethnic makeup, rich history, and abundance of fresh, flavorful ingredients, Sri Lanka’s food is as colourful and fascinating as the island itself. Read on to see SISL’s top 10 reasons why Sri Lanka is every foodie’s dream!
Since opening just a few months ago, Galle Things Roti in Galle Fort has already become one of my #1 Sri Lankan foodie spots in the whole of Galle Fort. Despite most places reducing the spice levels of local cuisine to become ‘tourist friendly’, this charming little restaurant which is managed by Galle Fort Hotel…
Remembering a time when there were just a couple of small cafes and one or two restaurants, the foodie scene has really flourished over the past couple of years in Galle Fort. With an evenly diffused combination of both local and ‘luxury’ shops & restaurants around every cobbled corner, more places have sprung up in the past few years…
As a keen crab curry foodie, I was looking forward to trying the ‘Kalkudah style crab curry’ at Sun Aqua in a province abundent with some the freshest, tastiest seafood on the island. The succulent crab in a perfectly balanced creamy/spicy coconut sauce tasted incredible and after trying it myself, couldn’t help but request the recipe to share…
I recently embarked on a trip with the Sri Lankan Tourist Board and 4 other travel & lifestyle bloggers from the UK. From the capital of Colombo to the ancient cultural triangle, hill country ‘Little Britain’Nuwara Eliya, Uda Walawe National Park and beach town Mirissa, this route is perfect for travellers wishing to experience and explore local culture (and soak up some rays if so inclined!) for a couple of weeks. I present to you, my top 10 photos from the trip that make me fall in love with Sri Lanka all over again.
Nestled along the coast of Hikkaduwa lies Villa Saffron, an architecturally striking building designed by one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned architects, C.Anjalendran. The harmony of interiors with Sri Lanka’s incomparable nature sets the perfect scene of peace, calm and beauty overlooking the Indian ocean.
There is some truly mouthwatering cuisine to be enjoyed amidst the ever growing restaurant scene in Colombo; from a diverse fanfare of international favourites to Sri Lanka’s specialty of rice and curry (both traditional and fusion), there’s something to stimulate everyones senses in the big city.
Fresh, local produce is plentiful and widely available in a variety of mouth-watering dishes across Sri Lanka. There are also likely to be many foods you haven’t tried or perhaps even heard of before which alone is one of the many highlights of visiting this beautiful country; making your joyful way through the diversity of indigenous foods & local cuisine.
Next up on my top Sri Lankan recipes is an absolute favourite of mine; Jetwing’s mouth-watering chicken curry. It’s surprisingly straightforward and works alongside any vegetable dishes in addition to a side of Pol Rotti bread- us Brits like something to dip!
Being ‘in the know’, what a wonderful thing. I find it a little daunting visiting a new country to begin with- as much as I want to partake in a couple of tourist related activities I don’t want to be sent on a full blown tourist trail without seeing a more authentic side to the country too.