After travelling around most of Sri Lanka, there were a few foodie spots that stood out in our minds as memorable. We’ve listed them all here for you and we can’t recommend them all highly enough.
- Matey’s Hut, Ella
Go here for lunch. This place is as humble as it gets, situated in between a busy bridge, road and railway line. But the food is hands down the best we had throughout our entire journey in Sri Lanka. They offer cooking classes which are booked out weeks in advance. After eating their food (particularly their whole curried mangoes) I was devastated not to be able to get a spot in their cooking classes.
- Sha Sha Seafood Shack, Marakolliya Beach
Go here for a sunset dinner. It’s a simple shack that only cooks whatever the day’s catch is. Don’t expect fancy seafood options, it’s usually just a few different types of fish that they will bring out and show you before cooking beautifully. Tell them if you want it spicy or not. We had a whole red snapper flavoured with spices and fresh ginger for a super reasonable price.
- Mama’s, Galle ForteGo here for lunch. Finally, something Lonely Planet got right. This cooking class and cafe establishment serves really tasty vegetarian curries. Get there for an early lunch and reap the benefits from their morning cooking classes. They do a very special jack fruit curry which is an amazing texture and flavour to try. Park up on the humble street side tables, grab yourself a Coca-Cola and dig in.
- 98 Acres Resort, Ella
Go here for brunch. This is one of the lushest resorts in Sri Lanka and comes with the hefty price tag to match. Thankfully, you can try their amazing breakfast buffet at a reasonable price that won’t break the bank. If you’ve had enough curry, you’ll be glad to know you can eat your heart’s content of croissants and banana bread. It tastes even better after you’ve climbed Little Adam’s Peak! The view while you’re enjoying brunch is breathtaking.
- Poonie’s Kitchen, Galle Forte
Go here for lunch. After you’ve had your fill of rice and curry, you will probably be craving some clean tasting healthy salads. When travelling, we tend to avoid fresh salads unless we feel we can trust the preparation of the fresh ingredients. This place is definitely one of those good spots that you can trust. Poonies is run by an Antipodean team and the kitchen itself is an open air room that you can look straight into. People come here for the Salad Thali which changes daily depending on what’s fresh! Everything served in one dish with rye crisps. Delicious! They also do a great flat white (thank goodness) and the setting of the cafe is tranquil and peaceful.