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The Dutch, Portugese, British, and now native Sri Lankan’s have all loved Mount Lavinia, and you will too. But it’s the food that will surely grab your heart. This busy city has so many places to eat that you won’t be able to stop at them all, but it sure will be fun to try!
1. Governor’s Restaurant, Mount Lavinia Hotel ($$$)
Mount Lavinia Hotel, 100, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia | 011 2711711 | www.mountlaviniahotel.com/dining/governors-restaurant
Governors Restaurant serves up an authentic experience with a little bit of fusion thrown in for adventure. They have live counters making Sri Lankan dishes, and the aromas wafting from it is heavenly. The colonial setting, comfortable seating, charming hosts, and fine dining experience is exactly what you need for a perfect vacation.
2. Loon Tao ($$$)
Beachfront, 43/12, College Avenue, Mount Lavinia | 011 2722723 | www.loontao.com
Staying true to its name, Loon Tao serves only the best of Cantonese food. Their fried rices and succulent meat dishes are the talk of the town. The fact that you overlook the sea as you dine is just icing on the cake. Their fresh fruit salads are pure joy and a must try if you ever venture in.
3. La Rambla ($$$)
69, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia | 011 2 725403
This Italian restaurant focuses on seafood, and if reviews are anything to go by, they serve the freshest catch in town! La Rambla prides itself on fine dining with a flourish. Their decor is minimal yet impressive. It is the place to be in if all you love is great food that takes you out of this world.
4. The Shore by O! ($$$)
Beachfront, 43/14, College Avenue, Mount Lavinia | 011 4 389428
This casual yet fine dining resto bar is the ultimate vacation meal destination. The tables overlooking the sea, coconut trees waving about, and the wind whistling around you is all you need. But wait, there’s more. This place has the best cuttlefish fries and their seafood starters are praised often.
Family and Casual Dining
1. Jo-Jo’s Place ($$)
Beachfront, 43/6A, De Alwis Avenue, Mount Lavinia
Set up right on the sands of the Mount Lavinia beach, this is indeed a sight to see. Good food, a great view, and a calm atmosphere awaits at Jo-Jo’s Place. Their cuisine is a fusion of Sri Lankan and Chinese foods, a very commonly sought after taste in the island. At this eatery, you can bring your own beer and just pay corkage charges.
2. Chinese Dragon Café ($$)
203A, Galle Road, Ratmalana Dehiwala, Mount Lavinia, Colombo
Known around Mount Lavinia as being the best place to eat nasi goreng, this Chinese cafe is a fusion of the locals favourite international cuisines. Be it authentic Chinese dragon chicken or Sri Lankan rotis, this eatery serves it all at a very reasonable price.
3. Queen’s Cafe ($$)
198, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia, Colombo
Focusing on American, Chinese, and North Indian cuisines, this place is a well-known hangout for local youngsters. Usually not very crowded, you’d be shocked when you taste the food and wonder why there isn’t a line flocking up to the door! Their milkshakes are well known around town, and if you want a good spot to wind down, this is it.
4. Bixton Street Café ($$)
9, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia, Colombo
A very casual sort of dining place, this cafe is well sought after for its laid back ambiance and great food. The most raved about is their burgers and fresh juices. This will be a refreshing change from the spicy local cuisine, and is an ideal spot if you want a break and chill after a day out in Mount Lavinia.
Budget Friendly Dining
1. Little Star ($)
274, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia, Colombo
This bakery is a great breakfast stop for those travelling within a budget. They offer a variety of cakes and pastries. Cheap, quality food at a convenient location, Little Star is worth a visit.
2. Hotel De Pilawoos ($)
275, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia, Mount Lavinia, Colombo
This restaurant prides themselves on being the best in the island for kothu rottis. Their most raved about dish is the delectable cheese and chicken kothu—which you can get at a very low price. The upside is that they serve huge quantities.
3. Big Bite Biriyani ($)
485, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia, Colombo
A simple hole in the wall type of place known for its biryanis, Big Bite prides itself on serving the yummiest in town. For a very low cost, one parcel of biriyani brings you spices and aromas that are hard to compete with, even by the high standard restaurants in Mount Lavinia.
Mount Lavinia is a hot spot for many reasons, and many of them are the food! This busy place offers plenty of variety for even the pickiest palattes, and soft prices for the pickiest wallets! Enjoy Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Western food, and more! You can pick fine dining, budget, or standard options. Grab a napkin and tuck in!