Our meal here was comprised of Chicken Fried Rice (Rs. 640), Pork Stew (Rs. 860) and Hot Butter Cuttlefish (Rs. 860).
The Chicken Fried Rice was huge. Three people can easily share it. With a sprinkle of eggs, carrots, with a sprinkle of spring onions, the rice was cooked well, not oily, and had a tinge of saltiness to it – which is probably something that comes from a flavour enhancer. However, more chicken could've improved it. Featuring chunks of pork, soaked in a peppery gravy, this Pork Stew is a must try. The gravy was rich with all the tangy goodness squeezed from the pieces of tomato and capsicum, while the pepper spikes up its flavours to another level. There was a lot of meat too, and a few fatty bits, if that's what your heart craves for.
This one was the undeniable star of our dining experience. I mean, look how gorgeous it is! Massive rings of cuttlefish encased in a thin batter coating with the perfect crisp, and spiced to high heaven – this one can make you cry. It could be because it's spicy as hell, or probably because it causes great happiness to find some good HBC. No one will know, so cry as you like – and that's totally worth it.
They were out of mutton on the day we visited, and we were craving for another curry. Our waiter recommended this Kalupol Pork Curry (Rs. 860), and it delivered. Kalupol is a delicious blend of roast coconut scrapes, and a number of spices (cumin seeds, dried chillis, and mustard seeds etc.). In Lankan culinary fare, it is used to thicken the gravies while adding so much flavour and texture to the dish.
The Kalupol curry we tried at 1979 was well-executed, and having a good amount of nicely cooked pork pieces made it even better. This one works as a good tapa to go with your beer too.
Service & Ambience
This restaurant lies on the upper floor of the building, and has a semi-indoor setup. It's not air-conditioned, but the ceiling fans cool down the place, with the help of natural breeze that seeps through the bamboo blinds.
The service was nice, but a bit slow – they took around 20 – 30 minutes to deliver the food, probably because they had customers coming all afternoon. The staff knows the menu well, so you can ask for recommendations if you don't know what to choose.
Sometimes, in life, you encounter some of the best food you've had, in the most unexpected places. That's what we feel about 1979, especially regarding their Hot Butter Cuttlefish. Rs. 1000 per head is all you need to survive here.