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Sri Lankan rice and curry is the traditional cuisine in the island nation, but influences of the colonial era can also be seen in many of the typical dishes.

If you want to try a typical Sri Lankan meal, Nuga Gama at Cinnamon Grand is ideal. You can have a taste of the freshly made hoppers, the string hoppers, milk rice, sea food and other meat dishes and of course the delicious sweet meats, all in a village setting. In addition there are many Sri Lankan restaurants too serving the most delicious traditional food. Some of the hotels can even organize an excursion where a family in one of the villages will cook a meal especially for you and show you what Sri Lankan hospitality is like. It is unmatched.

Dining in Sri Lanka however is by no means restricted to local cuisine. In addition to the popular fast-food chains including KFC, Pizza Hut, Mc Donalds and Domino’s, you can have a taste of the best of international cuisine.

Mango Tree, Agra and Navaratna at Taj Samudra serve some of the best Indian dishes while 168 Seafood Palace, Peach Valley, Emperor’s Wok at Colombo Hilton and Flower Drum serve Chinese food at its best.

If you are in the mood for a healthy Japanese meal, Nihonbashi and Sakura would be ideal. London Grill at Cinnamon Grand and Spoons at Hilton will give you an exquisite experience of fine dining. In Sri Lanka , there are also many options for semi-fine dining at numerous restaurants spread through the island including La Rambla at Mount Lavinia, the Amanwella Restaurant at Tangalle, Gallery Café at Colombo, Casa Colombo, Lemon Bar and Kitchen at Colombo, Waves Restaurant at Club Hotel Dolphin in Waikkal, Kalu Diya Restaurant at Heritance Kandalama and the Black Coral Restaurant at Jetwing Beach in Negombo.

Shanmuga’s Restaurant, Greenlands, Mathura Madras Woodlands Restaurant and Sri Vihar are some of the best vegetarian restaurants for dining in Sri Lanka and serve delicious vegetarian cuisine.

Options for dining in Sri Lanka further include Thai, German, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine among many other options. Every city will have plenty of outlets and restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes unique to that area. They are a must try! There are also many other restaurants serving phenomenal desserts that will tingle those taste buds.

For a Sri Lanka Restaurant Guide and for further information on what might suit your palate, you can find some insightful information in the Living Colombo Guide available at almost any book store.

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