Restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Negombo

Lords Restaurant

By far Negombo’s most creative eating experience, with dishes that are a hybrid of Western and Eastern flavours. Martin, the British owner, is a rare thing among expat restaurant owners in that he actually works on …
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Hikkaduwa & Around

Home Grown Rice & Curry Restaurant

Half-buried under palm trees and flowering plants, this is a sweet little garden-terrace restaurant on a quiet (at least compared to the main road) side street. The family who run it are as lovely as the setting, an…
Sri Lankan in Negombo

Petit Restaurant

Potted plants and flowers surround the entrance of this suitably small, family-run restaurant. The menu serves up most of the Sri Lankan classics, but is especially strong on seafood; there are some more unusual dis…
Seafood in Hikkaduwa & Around

Cool Spot

This family-run place has been serving up fresh seafood from a vintage roadside house at the northern end of the strip since 1972. There’s a cool veranda where you can peruse the blackboard menu that details the mor…
Italian in Negombo

Dolce Vita

This casual Italian-owned beachside cafe and restaurant is the kind of place where people end up frittering away half a day sitting in the breezy shade drinking real espresso and tucking into pizza, caprese salad an…
Sri Lankan in Hikkaduwa & Around

Bookworm

For some of the best home-cooked curries in town order dinner in this family-run place a couple of hours in advance. Dinner is upstairs; downstairs the family lends books (Rs 300) and rents out motorbikes (Rs 800 to…
Italian in Hikkaduwa & Around

Spaghetti & Co

The lush gardens that surround this colonial-style villa go some way to hiding busy Galle Rd, which helps enhance the enjoyment of the ultra-thin-crust pizzas and creamy pastas this spot serves.
Sri Lankan in Hikkaduwa & Around

No 1 Roti Restaurant

Away from the beach restaurant scene, this local roadside joint sells over 60 kinds of rotti (folded crepe-like pancake), ranging from garlic chicken to banana and honey. Two make a decent meal. There are also fresh…
Seafood in Negombo

Tusker Restaurant

The airy, elephant-lined Tusker is one of the smarter places to eat in town. Although its menu is wide-ranging in its geo-culinary diversity, its real strong point is seafood. Expect a warm welcome from the expat ow…
International in Bentota, Aluthgama & Induruwa

Amal Restaurant

The restaurant of the Amal Villa is a deservedly popular place, with both interior and beachside dining options. The attached beach bar has live music and bonfire parties on the first Saturday of the month.