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5/5

Fortaleza

9 Church Cross Street, Galle


Fortaleza is a nice modern addition to the Galle Fort. They have simple and tasty food, excellent service and a beautiful, hip location. We wish it was in Colombo.



Fortaleza is a boutique hotel which also runs an excellent restaurant in the Galle Fort.

Many Sri Lankan boutique hotels tend to have better food (and service) than a lot of restaurants. That's why it's nice that the Fortaleza restaurant is open to anyone in the Galle Fort. It has excellent, modern food, a great ambiance, and good service. Not cheap, but it's about average for the upscale Fort.

The Food

The Mezze Platter The Mezze Platter

We've tried a range of things here, the soups we can say are excellent, as is the fresh bread that comes with. We also tried a mezze platter which, while not cheap at Rs. 1000, was a quite delectable selection of hummus, olives, roasted peppers, baba ghanoush and more (all served with pita).

The Dorado (Rs. 1,500) The Dorado (Rs. 1,500)

For mains we tried mainly fish items, what with it being close to the sea and all. They do have a range of roll your own fajitas (Rs. 1,100 - Rs. 1,300) a Singaporean chicken burger (Rs. 1,100) as well as BLT, chicken and other sandwiches (around Rs. 950).

What we tried was the pan fried dorado with pumpkin mash. Never had a pumpkin mash before. This one was nice, mashy with a bit of bite in it. The fish was perfectly cooked, meaty and flavorful. It's simple ingredients well done. It's not cheap, but for the dining experience we think it's a good value.

Seared tuna with wasabi Seared tuna with wasabi

We also tried the seared tuna with wasabi (Rs. 1,500). Again, a simple dish carried by quality ingredients and good preparation. The tuna was fresh, well cooked (just raw in the middle) and served with a simple sauce and wasabi. It worked.

Banoffee Pie Banoffee Pie

For dessert we tried a banoffee pie which in hindsight I shouldn't really comment on cause I'm not crazy about banana. Should have thought about that before ordering. They make a solid espresso.

Location

Fortaleza Courtyard Fortaleza Courtyard

Fortaleza is down a side street from the All Saints Church right within the Galle Fort. You actually step down into the restaurant, which is basically a courtyard with seating in and around. It's a nice space with exposed coral visible in the walls. It's different from the usual colonial style places in the Fort, more open and modern.

There's cool music and a really hip ambience there.

Service

The service is excellent. We were in Galle with our big drooly dog and they actually let him hang around. We wouldn't necessarily recommend doing this, but they were quite nice about it.

The staff knows the menu and how to serve courses, etc. They're well trained and quite nice.

Conclusion

Fortaleza is a nice modern addition to the Galle Fort. They have simple and tasty food, excellent service and a beautiful, hip location. We wish it was in Colombo.


TIP

The sodas are nice, try the Elderflower.

Address

9 Church Cross Street, Galle

Directions

Enter the Galle Fort and turn left at the roundabout (you have to). Continue down Church Street past Amangalla, PAST the Dutch Church and turn right before the All Saints Church. It's at the end of that road.

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Open 12 AM to 3 PM, 6:30 to 9 PM

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
5
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
5

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Eshana

Sesame encrusted tuna was kind of a let down. Didn't really have any flavor and the grilled jumbo prawn was slightly off which led to my mother having an allergic reaction. Also the panacotta was more blamage than creamy. A bit of a let down

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imajeed

They deserve five stars.

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thushantha

been there twice.fantastic and probably the best among the other joint in fort which we had hit

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Eshana

Sesame encrusted tuna was kind of a let down. Didn't really have any flavor and the grilled jumbo prawn was slightly off which led to my mother having an allergic reaction. Also the panacotta was more blamage than creamy. A bit of a let down

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imajeed

They deserve five stars.

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thushantha

been there twice.fantastic and probably the best among the other joint in fort which we had hit

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