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When they said the restaurant had no reservation system, my cousin and I were mentally prepared to wait for some time before getting a table for two on a Saturday night.The decoration with real food was quite entertaining. We took quite some time to look at what type of food these cans contain, and were genuinely surprised! Also, the old-fashion TV on the top right hand corner is real and still functioning!It took about 30 minutes of wait as there was a big group inside the restaurant. We wished
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When they said the restaurant had no reservation system, my cousin and I were mentally prepared to wait for some time before getting a table for two on a Saturday night.
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The decoration with real food was quite entertaining. We took quite some time to look at what type of food these cans contain, and were genuinely surprised! Also, the old-fashion TV on the top right hand corner is real and still functioning!
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It took about 30 minutes of wait as there was a big group inside the restaurant. We wished to take the seats at the bar table where we could see the chef cook, however, we might need to wait for even longer for those seats, so we took the table for two near the entrance.

We were both newbie to Sri Lanka cuisine, as we haven’t visit the country nor try anything Sri Lankan yet, we were definitely stunned reading the menu, as we had no idea what “Kothu” and “Hoppers” mean, I only know about Dosa and Kari. But our worries were swiped clean by friendly staff, who explained the menu to us and gave us some of her favourite dishes as recommendations. We took her advice in getting one short eat, one kothu, one dosa, and one kari with a hopper side, which made a perfect portion for dinner.
Masala Dosa
$58
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This Masala Dosa with Sambhar and coconut chutney kicked start our awesome Sri Lanka dinner. It was similar to those Indian dosa, just that the sauce and dip made the dosa even more enjoyable with the hot potato inside.
Chicken Kothu
$98
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This Chicken Kothu was definitely a nice surprise. We didn’t expect stir fried vegetables could taste so good!
Bone Marrow Varuval, Pol Roti
$88
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Highlight of the meal is definitely this Bone Marrow Varuval with Pol Roti, which was strongly recommended by the waitress as her favourite dish. I am not a person that would normal opt for bone marrow nor internal organs of animals, but trust me, you got to try this, it was so so delicious that we were speechless! The meat on the bone was like slow cooked meat, very tender and flavoured, yet still very juicy. Best part was the white “marrow” stuff, which was like the fat of A5 wagyu beef, so rich with fatty aroma (if you know what I mean, I could hardly describe how delicious it is
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Lamb Kari
$118
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Hopper
$48
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Lamb Kari with Hopper was another delight. Hooper is new to us, it is somewhat like Chinese white sugar cake in the middle, and is made into an inverted hat shape. It had a nice and rich sugary rich cake flavour, which wasn’t even masked when I dipped it in the curry!

The curry itself was fantastic too! The lamb was thoroughly cooked, it was meaty yet very tender. So so enjoyable indeed! We were too busy savoring the dish and hardly talked!
Complimentary Drink
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A complimentary drink was provided to help digestion after we settled the bill. We were so satisfied with this dining experience, friendly and helpful staff, vibrant dining environmental, delicious dishes with all the spices and coconut products. Best of all, the dishes are of really affordable price! How could we not love Hotal Colombo?

I sincerely wish that one day when I visit Sri Lanka, the local cuisine wouldn’t disappoint me after having such a fantastic meal at Hotal Colombo!
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DETAILED RATING
Taste
Decor
Service
Hygiene
Value
Date of Visit
2019-02-02
Waiting Time
30 Minutes (Dine In)
Spending Per Head
$250 (Dinner)
Recommended Dishes
Masala Dosa
$ 58
Chicken Kothu
$ 98
Bone Marrow Varuval, Pol Roti
$ 88
Lamb Kari
$ 118
Hopper
$ 48
Complimentary Drink