Suman Hotel.

This little buth kade on Sri Saranankkara Road in Dehiwala is a hidden gem. It doesn’t really have a signboard and seats only a cramped eight people, but the family running it serves up consistently tasty rice and curry.

There’s a posted menu, but this is largely irrelevant. They’re open for breakfast and lunch and serve whatever’s available. For breakfast this means paan, parata, or roti with sambar (vegetable curry), purrippu, and a great red chili paste. Breakfast is rarely much above Rs. 100.

Lunch is rice and curry, the curries including two or three vegetable and the choice of fish, egg or chicken/whatevers-available. Note that the chicken will usually run out by 12:30 or so. Sometimes instead of chicken they have crab or soya meet, but never beef or pork. The place seems to be functionally halal. Lunch will rarely set you back more than Rs. 130.

Besides that it’s a regular hole in the wall buth kade, but the food really is quite excellent. Check it out before it changes or disappears.

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