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Best Places for Lamprais

Looking for some great lamprais? Check out this list.

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A popular dish amongst us Sri Lankans is the famous lamprais; one of the last imprints of the Dutch empire. We have compiled a list of the best places that serve this great delicacy. Bon appetit!

VOC Cafe (Dutch Burgher Union)
114 Reid Avenue Colombo 4

The All Meat Lamprais (Rs. 545) is a delicious portion with flavorful curries like an excellent moju and a deliciously spicy and sweet seeni sambol. The mixed meat is perfectly cooked and full of flavors. It's still one of the best places to grab a pack.


The Fab
474, Galle Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo 3

The Fab has successfully delivered a modernized take on the traditional lamprais with boneless chicken, bigger portion size, and a deep-fried egg. At Rs. 370, this is well worth your money with perfectly cooked rice, flavorsome spicy chicken and well seasoned with the blachan. 


Kaema Sutra
Shangri-La Hotel, 1 Galle Face, Colombo 2

The Lamprais (Rs. 640) although quite expensive is still one of the best out there.The mixed meat option comes with pork, beef, chicken, mixed with stock-soaked albeit oily rice, brinjal pahè, and frikkadels. The portion is enough for one person and according to their blurb, their chefs were personally trained by a couple of Burgher aunties until they got the taste and feel right, which is pretty cool.


Pagoda Tea Rooms
105, Chatham St, Fort

Pagoda Tea Rooms is one of Sri Lanka's oldest establishments. Later on, the company branched out to start up The Green Cabin, one of Colombo's most successful bakeries up to date. The Lamprais (Rs 350) here definitely makes the list as it was succulent and flavorful in itself. It consists of frikkadel, blachan, a good piece of chicken, plus a tasty dollop of seeni sambol. 


Rasa Bojun
62, Havelock Road, Colombo 5

The Lamprais (Rs. 410) is definitely one that you will not forget for quite some time. They serve a big portion of rice with authentic flavors and a deliciously spicy chicken, along with a superb moju. It might be on the spicier side so be warned. 


There you go. Of course, there are many other places serving great versions of this delicious dish but these are the ones we recommend you try at least once.

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& Co. Lamprise also delicious.