Matey Hut

Top choice cafe in Ella

A neo-rustic log cabin that looks suspiciously like a backwoods hipster hang-out but is actually just a simple, very cheap roadside joint run by a jovial, talented chef. You can't go wrong with a rice and curry (which might take in mango, pumpkin and okra dishes and a dash of coconut sambal). It's tiny, so be prepared to wait for a table.

They also offer excellent cooking classes here.