The Boulevard, formerly a cafe/restuarant, has been completely revamped into what we'd consider one of the top Thai restaurants in Colombo. With chef Mama (former head chef at Royal Thai) at the fore, as well…
Over a year since first opening its doors Tsukiji Uoichi is still going strong. They've got one of the most impressive Japanese menus in Colombo and they're execution is excellent. Their prices are on the higher…
Just 30 minutes away, Reef's Edge is the perfect weekend getaway or extended lunch for the city-worn Colombo dweller. It's got a great beachfront location, dedicated staff, vibrant decor, and…
A well run Burger King franchise with a nice location (second floor balcony) in Colpetty. They also have interesting local options like spicy chicken and rice now.
The new Mama's remains a good spot for a beer or lime soda, but for rice and curry it's below average.
The Kingsbury buffet is pretty good. It's the best in terms of salads and veg, highly competitive in seafood, and good for everything else. It's Rs. 3,500 all in. We think it's good value.
One of Colombo’s prettier urban escapes, Colombo Courtyard is a boutique hotel in the heart of Colpetty. As it avoids the usual business hotel tag, the vibe is entirely different.
Lighthouse is one place that we actually felt bad leaving. The hotel is really connected to its location so you feel quite comfortably wrapped in the sunset and beach. Truly an iconic hotel.
The Verandah Bistro is a lesser known hotel restaurant on the third floor of the Hilton Residences. It does average hotel food with a nice poolside view.
The new address they relocated to is easily accessible and there is plenty of parking. From a food POV, it may not impress everyone but the place sure is somewhere we can all relax at.
One of Sri Lanka's original South Coast boutique luxury hotels.
If you're staying in Batticaloa town itself, this is the spot (as long as you don't mind basic accommodation). It's cheap, the staff are insanely nice, and the lawn and location can't be beat.
YUMI is Taj Samudra's resident Japanese restaurant. What they lack in terms of variety they make up for with some delicious, specialized sushi in arguably the best setting for a Japanese restaurant…
Whight & Co is amazing for coffee. They've got Cold Drip down to a science. The food is alright, too.
Uga Bay is one of Passikudah's hotel giants, located on a vast property spanning a significant breadth of the town's broad and beautiful beach. It's a five star, so you can expect good food, comfy…
Palm Villa is one of the best places to stay in Mirissa, if you can get it. Reasonable room rates, interesting rooms, swimmable beach and a reasonable distance from the main strip.
Talpe Beach Resort serves tasty, intelligent food in a beautiful location on the beach. We're calling this beach fine dining cause the food has high attention to detail and you can wear a swimsuit.
Kingfisher remains a culinary hotspot in Unawatuna, though it's not the hidden gem it used to be. It's now an extremely popular beachside restaurant serving up reliably good fare.
(Reopened) Gloria Jean's has made a comeback despite the scandals surrounding their local franchises. They're at Horton Place now where the old Barista used to be, a few steps across the road from Coffee…
Kash's Kitchen is a very clean restaurant and pastry shop in Ambalantota. It serves great rice and curry and short eats at affordable prices.
Fortaleza is a nice modern addition to the Galle Fort. They have simple and tasty food, excellent service and a beautiful, hip location. We wish it was in Colombo.
The Nail Anatomy is a nail salon on Reid Avenue, located inside Lakpahana, just opposite the Colombo Racecourse. They offer highly professional service nail and spa services.
Mitsi's Cafe was one of those hidden gems we uncovered in 2013. One year down the line, the food is still good, the service is friendly and the desserts are exceptional.
The Wallawwa is one of the nicest hotels near the airport. It's an elegant family house converted into an excellent boutique hotel. What sets it apart is the proactive staff and the fact that it's…