10 Best Places To Eat In Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is regarded by many as a paradise for tourists. This beautiful port city features exotic markets, exciting tourist attractions, plenty of shopping options and last but not the least, unlimited fine dining options. In fact, the choices are innumerable and so it was a tough time for us to pick the finest places to enjoy your food while you are visiting. Here are our recommendations on the ten best places to eat in Colombo.

1. The Lagoon

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Colombo boasts of several good seafood restaurants but dining at Lagoon is a novelty in itself. The Lagoon has been specifically designed to enjoy lively banter and pleasing chaos and looks somewhat like a seafood market, but with a five-star ambiance. It is difficult to find an eating joint like this where there are one hundred and fifty different ways of cooking delicious hot fish curries, lobster Thermidor and raw sashimi. The place is graced by not one but two specialty chefs who blend thirty different sauces into five styles of specialty dishes offering an unmatched experience to patrons.

The Lagoon

Address: 00300, 77 A2, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

Website: The Lagoon

2. Rare at Residence

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The restaurant’s cuisines are inspired by Sri Lanka’s rich flavors and are an attempt to create contemporary international dishes that put an emphasis on the authentic ingredients of Sri Lanka. Rare at Residence’s signature cuisines have a delightful gastronomical and unique flavor, presentation and aroma. You will experience one of the best fine dining experiences in this restaurant in Colombo, which is both innovative and inspired.

Rare at Residence

Address: No 20, Park Street, Colombo 2 02000, Sri Lanka

Website: Rare at Residence

3. Ministry of Crab

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One of the special features of this restaurant is that it is located in Colombo’s four-hundred-year-old ancient Dutch hospital and features an open kitchen format with minimalistic decor. Ministry of Crab offers innumerable varieties of crab meat and its sole decor is the arrangement of crab-claw plants.

It was Chef Dharshan Munidasa who had set up this restaurant along with Sri Lankan cricketing legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. You can understand from the name of this restaurant that it serves endless varieties of crabs. Choose from dishes like pepper crab, chili crab, Sri Lankan or garlic crab curry, along with chicken fried rice or clay pot prawn for all those diners who are looking for a change.

Ministry of Crab

Address: Old Dutch Hospital, Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Website: Ministry of Crab

4. Paradise Road the Galle

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Paradise Road is an internationally acclaimed restaurant and should feature on the to-do list of any traveler who comes to Colombo. The restaurant’s menu features international as well as local dishes. Additionally, there are more than 30 tempting dessert choices, with a special focus on irresistible chocolates.

Paradise Road the Galle

Address: Alfred House Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Website: Paradise Road the Galle

5. Burger King

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If you are visiting the city of Colombo, you just cannot afford to miss Burger King, one of the most famous street side haunts in the city. It is popular for its affordable, delicious and mouth watering fare. You can enjoy a great lunch in an exotic ambiance at a pocket-friendly price. You can try out their value pack, which consists of a Pepsi, accompaniments and King Rice. Enjoy tasty and great food that will definitely not make you feel disappointed. The joint has now been renamed as Fazly’s.

Burger King

Address: Slave Island, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Facebook: Burger King

6. Hotel De Pilawoos

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The restaurant is called Pilawoos by many. This restaurant at Hotel De Pilawoos is famous for perhaps the finest cheese kottu in the city, which is a roti that is sliced up with a variety of fillings and cheese. Kotthu is a special dish of Sri Lanka that is made from Godhamba roti, meat or eggs, and exotic spices. Cheese Kottu was later added in its menu and was an instant hit dish in the restaurant.

Hotel De Pilawoos

Address: 417 Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Website: Hotel De Pilawoos

7. Fat Panda

Editor’s note: Establishment is Permanently closed.

This is a small eatery in Colombo where you will be offered gastronomically pleasing and freshly prepared fusion food of Asia. Fat Panda has a surprisingly welcoming and pleasant upstairs dining space with an aesthetically pleasing environment. The staff is warm and hospitable making your dining experience here an extremely pleasant one.

Fat Panda

Address: 31a, Sea Ave, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Website: Fat Panda

8. Momo's by Ruvi

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Momos are becoming an extremely popular dish in many parts of the world and it is high time to add them to your list of must-have dishes when you are in Colombo. Momo’s by Ruvi is located on Majestic Avenue near the famous Galle Road. The eatery serves a delightful collection of traditional flavors of South Asia that have been wrapped in an exotic momo batter. Mob Alias, who is of an Indian origin, is the owner of this restaurant and always had a dream to open an exclusive momo joint that is a reflection of her most loved flavors from her childhood years and has also been influenced by Chinese ancestry.

Momo's by Ruvi

Address: Majestic Ave, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka

Facebook: Momo’s by Ruvi

9. The Sizzle Colombo

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A sizzler consists of a main dish along with different sauces and different accompaniments. The Sizzle offers a fresh choice of cuisines that fuse local palettes and Halal recipes with a creative touch. The result is delightful and innovative recipes and delectable combinations where exotic herbs and eastern flavors are blended, resulting in an irresistible aroma and a fusion in taste. Enjoy mouthwatering platters of veggie delights, seafood, and meats that will come sizzling to your seat.

The Sizzle Colombo

Address: 32 Walukarama Rd, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

Website: The Sizzle Colombo

10. Upali’s By Nawaloka

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If you want to enjoy an authentic and enriching dining experience that reflects the real palate of Sri Lanka, Upali’s is the place to be. Moreover, the good news is you can enjoy a fine dining experience without breaking the bank. While the price tag could be higher than the usual chicken curry you get in some restaurants, the distinction is that this is not a street side joint, but a great restaurant that offers excellent service.

Upali’s By Nawaloka

Address: No. 65 C W Kannangara Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Website: Upali’s By Nawaloka

Enjoy delicious cuisines in Colombo

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So, if you want to go back home with a memorable dining experience in Colombo, you can try out a few of these places with your dear ones and satisfy your gastronomical desires.

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