Restaurants

Top Choice South Indian in Jaffna

Mangos

With an open kitchen, lots of space and outdoor seating, Mangos is an atmospheric place to dine and wildly popular with extended Tamil families. The South Indian food is exceptional with around 20 dosas (try the ghe…
Top Choice North Indian in Jaffna

Cosy Restaurant

Cosy now has two locations. This (non-vegie) branch has a lovely open courtyard seating and subdued lighting. The big attraction here is the tandoori oven, which fires up at 6pm daily and pumps out delicious naan br…
Multicuisine in Karaitivu

Fort Hammenhiel Resort

A kilometre west of the jetty, inside the naval base itself (present a copy of your passport for access), is part of the spectacular new Fort Hammenhiel Resort. Right on the shoreline, with amazing sunset views, the…
Sri Lankan in Jaffna

Malayan Café

Highly authentic and atmospheric old-school eatery in the market district with marble-topped tables, wooden cabinets, swirling fans and photos of holy men illuminated by lime-coloured fluorescent tubes gazing down o…
Indian in Vavuniya

Royal Garden Restaurant

This large restaurant looks impersonal from the street (thanks to its huge wedding hall) but persevere and you'll find a rear dining area that's unexpectedly intimate, with tables set in alcoves around a little gard…
Indian in Jaffna

Green Grass

The garden restaurant here, with tables under a mango tree and around the pool, is a good spot for Tamil, Indian (try the crab curry) and Chinese dishes, and also for an evening beer. Avoid the unappealing indoor di…
Sri Lankan in The North Coast and Keerimalai Spring

Sri Murugan Café

The excellent, old-fashioned Sri Murugan Café is 3km west of Puttur and serves rice and curry.
Supermarket in Jaffna

Food City

Modern supermarket for international and local foods.
Indian in Jaffna

Jaffna Heritage Hotel

For a refined ambience, the restaurant at the Jaffna Heritage Hotel is perfect. Offers excellent (veg-only) Indian and Sri Lankan food including wonderful coconut rotti and delicately spiced currries. Also a good ch…
Sri Lankan in Mannar Island & Around

Colombo Pilawoos

Pilawoos, right at the main roundabout, has lots of rice and curries, kotthu and delicious hoppers (bowl-shaped pancakes; be sure to get the ‘sugar sambar’ to go with them).