If you are vegetarian or vegan or have friends that are, it's often hard to eat out together in a group. These are some of Colombo's best spots to get a good meal that sates everybody, leaf lover or not. For a full list of veg spots, head here.
Calorie Counter is an excellent spot for beautifully planned, carefully thought out, healthy meals. Both their vegetarian and meat options are superb, and the best part is they deliver via YAMU delivery, making this one of our favourite office lunch choices!
Kumbuk prides itself on its variety of options for different dietary requirements. It's a short menu, but your meat-eatings, pescetarian, and vegetarian friends will all be appeased.
Curry Pot is our resident office vegetarian's go-to lunch spot. You get around four veggies of choice and one meat option according to their set prices, but can choose more or less what you want if you pay a bit more. Even so, you can easily choose like six different things and still keep it under Rs. 200!
If you're a fancy sort of person, with enough money to fund your dietary requirements, organicoguru.com is your saviour. We decided to order in some healthy products like Salted Caramel Brownies and Falafel Chips - all 100% organic and vegan. It's all high quality imported (read: expensive) stuff, delivered to your doorstep.
Kumbuk Kitchen is a vegetarian and vegan's dream come true. With carefully curated bowls, salads, and meals, this new little restaurant caters completely to non meat eaters. Despite this, our office carnivores enjoyed their experience there, so that's saying something!
This saivar-kadey vegetarian eating house is a popular stop on the Galle Road in Bambalapitiya for those who want to spend a little and eat a lot. The menu offers hefty servings of typical Indian food like chapatti, string hoppers, dosa, vada and uthappam, along with a bunch of Indian sweets.
Vasantha Bhavan is the pure-vegetarian neighbour of Ponnusamy Non-Veg Restaurant at Horton Place. They specialise in authentic North and South Indian cuisine and have an absolutely massive menu.
Dolce Italia's new spot and menu has a full selection of vegetarian dishes, pastas, and pizzas. You won't feel like you need to hold back even if you're not a meat eater here!
The RE.PUB.LK is a dark horse here, because as Sri Lankans we generally associate bar bites with meat (devilled pork, HBC, etc). Their tapas and snacks menu actually has a lot of vegetarian options, from their cheap and delicious veg momos to their cheese-topped fries!
If you're in the Beira Lake environs, head to Life Food for your health-food fix. Super popular with the yogic crowd, Life Food serves up a range of healthy juices and delicious granola cups, along with interesting vegetarian dishes like French Toast and non-vegetarian dishes like spiced chicken sandwiches.
Probably one of our favourite vegetarian restaurants in Colombo, Sudarshan's vast menu has a bunch of thalis, biriyanis, and more. It's also quite nice and well-appointed inside, unlike your average in and out saivar.
A very reasonable vegetarian restaurant in Colombo 12's Armour Street, Shri Vani Vilas serves up both South and North Indian fare like Lucknowi biriyani, tandoori paneer, and some of the best vadais we've had in the city.
A classy saivar if there were one, Sri Suryas is a respectable vegetarian joint on Sea Street that disarms you with its general cleanliness.Their a la carte menu of dosas, vadais and other snacks are Pettah staples, but their lunch-time vegetarian thali is the one to write home about.
Serving both north and south Indian thalis in addition to a la carte dishes and snacks, this Colombo 5 all-vegetarian eatery is authentic, affordable and central!
Milk & Honey Cafe is one of the few awesome health-food options in the city. They've got an impressive menu of healthy sandwiches, wraps and smoothies - and some amazing home-made cakes and brownies. It was the cafe's lovely garden-side ambience that we enjoyed the most though.
Navratna is probably the priciest spot in the city to get some quality Indian food (at least around Rs. 8000 for two). Despite this, food is generally excellent and the ambience is regal. You'll also find a decent selection of vegetarian fare (like their blissful garlic naan), but in all honesty the stars of the show here is generally the tandoori. Opt for the paneer tandoori if meat isn't your thing.
Jeewa's Polos & Kuma's Natural Foods is a very affordable Sri Lankan food stall at Saturday's Racecourse Good Market. They do roast paan sandwiches, kurakkan burgers and roti wraps, along with a range of burgers, wraps and sandwiches, with ingredients beloved by Sri Lankan tastebuds - like fish ambulthiyal, pol sambol, jack fruit curry and devilled cuttlefish.
Chutneys serves good South Indian fare, with a menu neatly divided between the four Southern states'(Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala) vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. The food is quite authentic, with brilliant quality and questionable quantity. The best part is that it's one of the few local Indian spots that does a vast variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes in one place.
Shanmugas is one of the oldest and most reputed South Indian restaurants in the city. They're comparatively pricier, but the food is very good and the service is excellent. They offer a varied and extensive vegetarian menu with pretty much all the classics.
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