Lamprais

Here's a list of places where you can get your Lamprais fix.

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One of the last remaining traces of the Dutch empire's imprint on our nation, lamprais is a delicacy that refuses to budge from our viciously patriotic hearts. Why? Maybe it's the slow preparation, maybe it's the variety of ingredients, maybe we're all secretly colonial sympathizers, who knows?

Here's our list of Colombo's top lamprais! Go wild.

Note that we're not including home cooks that undertake mass-catering for lamprais. You can add your favorities in the comments, but this list is places where you can walk in and get a lamprais immediately/place a minimum order of 2 parcels to get lamprais delivered.

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

The VOC, tucked inside the Dutch Burgher Union, is a very popular stop around the area, best known for its lamprais. So if you're a big lamprais fan, this is still one of the best places in town to get yours. Just make sure you get there early at about 11 AM before it's all gone.

Price: Rs. 545


The Fab
474, Galle Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo 3

The folks at office seem to really like The Fab's lamprais. The rice is tasty and you'll have a better chance of actually snagging a parcel for yourself since we have a lot of Fab outlets scattered about in the city. 

Price: Rs. 400


The Leaf Lamprais

Don't let the apparently small portion size put you off, because the serving is perfect. You can expect lamprais regulars here: blanchan, frikadels, ash plaintain, brinjal pahe, and chicken-stock cooked samba rice. This had the Sri Lankan addition of seeni sambol as well, and the vegetarian packet had an ala baduma and soya meat to boot.

Price: Rs. 375


Big Mama's
Off Chandra Wettasinghe Mawatha, Koswatte Road, Nawala

Big Mama's is a home cook specializing in Dutch food, particularly lamprais. We're pretty serious about our lamprais, so we were very intrigued to see where Big Mama's offering would stand amongst the stalwarts of DBU and the like. You can get either pick up or delivery, as long as you order at least a day in advance.

Price: Rs. 500 but delivery is extra.


Townhouse by &Co
282, R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03

For 500 bucks, we don't think the lamprais was worth it because the flavours didn't really come through. The main ingredients (well, most of) checked out, with there being a decent frikkadel, ash-plaintain curry, a somewhat okay brinjal pahe, and a very flavoursome blanchan, along with a boiled and fried egg, and dry chicken curry within. However it was rather underwhelming, and we've tasted better.

Price: Rs. 500


Green Cabin
453 Galle Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo 3

We found their lamprais to be far better with most of the key elements - frikkadel, blachan, a good piece of chicken, plus a tasty dollop of seeni sambol which though isn't in your typical lamprais was still welcome.

Price: Rs. 350


Pol Sambolaya
Galle Road, Colombo 03 (Next to the Post office)

Pol Sambolaya serves up an amazing lamprais. The rice was far less oily with the proper light yellow colour and the flavour of the ghee coming through well. The blachan was also added which made it a bit more authentic. The chicken was cooked well and the flavour was top-notch.

Price: Rs. 350


Perera & Sons
2, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 3

The lamprais from P&S didn'y really deliver in terms of flavour, It was more of a biriyani than an actual lamprais. A few of the key elements were missing, but that's okay. It's been a while, so they might have improved. If you like taking chances then head over to your nearest Perera and Sons outlet and let us know how it went.

Price: Rs. 320


Don's Deli
53, Haig Road (Marine Drive), Colombo 3

The lamprais at Don's Deli is a pretty satisfying meal, especially if the meat in your lamprais is important to you. Just make sure you get here by about noon because as with all big lamprais contenders, the packets are quick to disappear. 

Price: Rs. 475


Sugar Bistro & Wine Bar
89 Galle Road, Crescat Boulevard (adjacent to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel), Kollupitiya

If you choose to ignore the ridiculous price tag on Sugar's lamprais, you can enjoy a blissfull meal without having a coronary. The rice was pretty good, and the ash plantains were quite tasty. The letdown here was that the meat which, while cooked well, lacked balance of flavour and tasted a bit too peppery.

Price: Rs. 920


Check out our Lamprais taste-off for a second opinion. Bon appetit!

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Jeeshan

I would recommend Lamprais at Elite, which is half the price of most listed in this article. Sometimes its hard to get hold of it, because it gets sold out fast-they make limited quantity.

The one at Malay Restaurant is also decent-although with a more Indian/Muslim touch. Their Lamprais is a pretty large portion, which can easily fill two people.

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if it isn't from Mrs Warusuwitharana, it is not going into my mouth

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DavidBlacker

If Townhouse and Perera and Sons arent very good, why include them in your top 10?

Also you say the criteria is that you can walk in and order or call up for delivery, yet you include a place that needs a days notice.

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ToeKnee

The only LAMPRAIS worthy of being called a Lamprais is the VOC cafe. The other places that have eggs and pieces of chicken etc are very tasty "Buth (rice) Packets"

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Kenny

For your information an original Dutch. Lamprai does not consist of. Ash. Plantain. Boiled or Fried. Egg

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Bechamel

Yet anther review by Yamu which can be best described as elephant poo! Classifying half the items reviewed here as "Lamprais" is like calling a Tata Nano a luxury car!

Pray tell me, where is Mrs Warasuwitharana's Lamprais on this list? Undoubtedly one of the best Lamprais in town.

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I mean I'd count my blessings if I had a Tata Nano ;)