Tartaruga Restaurant (Unawatuna).

After 60 seconds of serious pondering in Unawatuna, Tartaruga was the spot chosen for lunch. And the swift decision wasn't regretted.


The drive to Unawatuna can really work one's appetite up and Tartaruga restaurant's extensive menu was clearly not helping us decide. So, with the help of the friendly dude who was serving us, we opted for seafood rice, devilled prawns, calamari with hot garlic sauce and devilled kangkung.

The seafood rice was spot on! Unlike the dry seafood rice that one would find in most places, this didn't really require any side dishes to complement it, but we ordered them anyway. The rice had a tonne of carrots (Vitamin A. Yay!), and two portions (priced at Rs 690 each) were enough to be shared among four hungry mortals.

With an underlying subtle taste of garlic, the Calamari (Rs 970) was beyond your ordinary good. It was really good. Neither too spicy nor too bland, this curry hit the right spot with its flavour and level of spice. Most places tend to go overboard with their chillie, but Tartaruga had it under control.

But what they didn't have under control was the number of chopped capsicum and onion in their devilled prawns.

More capsicum and onions than prawns = not cool.

The "devilled" flavor didn't really come off as strong, but was satisfactory. However, if I were given another chance, I wouldn't bust Rs 890 on their devilled prawns unless I was dying and the prawns were the only option.

The Devilled Kangkung (Rs 390), on the other hand, was tasty, retaining their crunch and garlic flavour. The only disappointment was the size of the portion which was disastrously small. A small portion scattered on a large plate wasn't the most visually appealing thing to see. 

For dessert, banana fritters awaited me with a scoop of vanilla ice  cream (upon my request). These were, hands down, the best banana fritters I have ever had. The batter was not lumpy. Fried to crisp perfection, the warm bananas teamed with the honey and ice cream were a gastronomical delight. Worth every single cent of my 400 bucks!

Service and Ambience

It took us a while to be attended to, but the food didn't take that long to arrive. If my stomach weren't rumbling, I'd have happily waited for a longer time while soaking in the beautiful view of the sun, sea and sand.

We were served by a cordial man named Ajit who was well versed with the items on the menu and made the right recommendations for the lunch options. The food took exactly 30 minutes, as Ajit said it would. With friendly and well-trained staff, the service is up to standard. 


If not for the average prawns and small portioned kangkung, lunching at Tartaruga was a pleasant experience! Would definitely go again. For the banana fritters. 

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Top Burger Joints of 2024

Written by Fathima Rukaiya, Who doesn't adore a juicy, mouthwatering burger? But finding the ideal

Highlights Kamu

Ramada Colombo: Break Your Fast in Style with a Luxurious Iftar

Written by Shamrina CIt’s that holy month of the year again for all Muslims around

Highlights Kamu

A blissful evening at The Sheraton Colombo

https://www.tiktok.com/@yamusrilanka/video/7350182026114338050 Nestled in the heart of Colombo, the Sheraton Colombo hotel epitomizes luxury and sophistication.

Highlights Kamu

Iftar delights at The Banyan, Heritance Negombo

Iftar delights at The Banyan, Heritance Negombo Written by Fathima Rukaiya, Mad Dogs Bodega, Banyan

Highlights Kamu

A Culinary Journey Through the Middle East: Ramadan Iftar Buffet at Cinnamon Grand Courtyard 

By Shamindri De Sayrah Embark on a culinary adventure through the Middle East this Ramadan


Budget-friendly Iftar spots 2024

Written by Fathima Rukaiya, In our previous article, we highlighted some exquisite and upscale Iftar

Highlights Kamu


MSI Unveils New Laptops Tailored for Content Creators: The Content Creation Series

MSI has unveiled an updated range of laptops designed specifically for content creation, introducing new


Unveiling the Latest MSI Gaming Laptops: A Detailed Look at High-Performance and Mainstream Options

MSI, a distinguished name in the world of laptop manufacturing, has recently unveiled its latest


MSI Unveils Waves of AI-Ready Laptops & Its First Gaming Handheld at CES 2024

Powered By The Brand New Intel® Core™ Ultra & Refreshed 14th Gen HX-series processors With the zeitgeist


Sun Siyam Pasikudah announces exclusive offers for locals and residents this Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Guests are in for an unforgettable experience this Sinhala and Tamil New Year at Sun


Bombay Borough Introduces an Exciting Culinary Chapter with Its New Menu Launch

Bombay Borough, an all-day Indian Bar & Eatery known for emphasising hyperlocal and regional Indian


Sri Lankan Nights every Wednesday at Radisson Hotel Colombo

The Dine Restaurant at Radisson Hotel Colombo recently saw the launch of ‘Sri Lankan Nights’


Yamu Guide.

Steak Bar: A Grand Sunday Brunch at Kingsbury, Colombo

Written by Shamrina C Welcome to the ultimate brunch experience! Nestled in the heart of

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

9 Special Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

By Fathima Rukaiya Are you trying to find the perfect way to show your special

Highlights Yamu Guide

9 Special Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her

Written by Fathima Rukaiya The season of love is upon us once more, and opinions

Highlights Yamu Guide

Romantic Dinner and High Tea date spots for Valentine’s Day  2024

Written by Shamrina C 1. Via Torino Indulge in a fine dining exclusive 3-Course meal

Highlights Yamu Guide

BYOB Bliss: 16 Places to you can Bring Your Own Bottle!

Written by Shamrina C 1. Giovannis Indulge in Italian flavors, grooving music, pet friendly, and

Highlights Yamu Guide

Unveiling Ramada’s Festive Christmas High Tea Extravaganza!

Written by Shamrina C Mark your calendars for the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of December,

Highlights Yamu Guide