Since we first visited Gami Gedara, we've been loyal patrons of the place. Nearly every day, we've sat down for a stellar rice and curry lunch.
As of late it's pretty evident that although still constantly crowded, Gami Gedara has chosen to completely disregard their patronage via the measly portion sizes. Their fanbase ends up here by default anyway, so that's probably why they've decided to be scarce with their portions.
The Rice and Curry
They've dwindled in terms of variety and switching up curries every now and then. I cannot lie, their spread is still healthy and delicious, but on some days it can get a bit tedious. Their meats include chicken curry, pork curry, fish ambulthiyal, and the occasional cuttlefish/prawn curry. The reason why we got the fried chicken instead of the chicken curry is because you get a measly wing or whatever to go with the rice, unless you awkwardly ask for a bigger piece.
Also, no more kaha buth or nasi goreng. RIP. Whatever photograph you take here will always look good because of all the light this place gets. So if you take a closer look you'll be able to see exactly what the rice to curry portion is really like. This is the Fried Chicken Rice (Rs. 300). The chicken is alright, it's soft and tastes like generic sauce-coated, pan-fried chicken. The white rice was well-cooked and fluffy.
The curries here are: dhal, manioc, curried mango and a potato+cabbage mix. I can't lie, the curries tasted alright. They don't possess the zing they used to have, and the near-microscopic portion sizes just add to the disappointment. The Cuttlefish Rice and Curry also costs Rs. 300. The cuttlefish curry was the best part about this experience. The cuttlefish cuts like butter, is spicy as heck and if they simply measured out a decent portion, it'd have been much better.
Service & Ambience
They've still got like, 500 people over the counter to serve you. The usual fellows are friendly and courteous, but on occasion you'll run into an outright creep. Ambience hasn't changed one bit. The AC is still leaky. It's definitely a lot more crowded now and they've got a lot of people still spilling in even after they've run out. People seem to really like the place, so I guess they've got that going for them.
Honestly, just go somewhere else for lunch. Better than having to awkwardly keep saying 'thawa wadiyen dahanna' and being met with fixed gazes.
Gami Gedara (ගැමි ගෙදර) offers a buffet-style dining experience. From Mixed Rice to Biriyani to Rice and Curry, their food is as fresh as it is good.
"But Sarah, what's so special about this place? It's just another buth kadey. Stick to food videos, please."
What makes this place special is it's rather mod interior and their smart use of compartment-trays on which your food is served. It's the little things that make something stand out.
The Rice and Curry (Rs. 160 for the veg option) is served buffet-style. You get to pick and choose what curries you want, what rice you'd prefer etc. Our curries of choice consisted of polsambol, polos, beetroot, dhal, onion salad and of course; poppadoms. Each curry was fresh and seasoned adequately.
The red rice had a rich, nutty flavour coming through which complimented the add-ons.
It's healthy, so that's an added bonus.
The Mixed Rice (Rs. 350) was basically bits of sausage, chicken and vegetables incorporated into fried rice. By default you are served portions of chop suey, coleslaw, gravy and chilli paste but you can switch them up as you wish and also pick your meat of choice.
Vishvi opted for a hefty helping of pork and her verdict was positive. She says the pork was soft, spicy and there was actual meat as opposed to the usual chunks of fat. The Biriyani (Rs. 350) isn't traditional biriyani, but it's still very good. The rice tasted like chicken stock, came with chopped cilantro and plenty of caramelised onions scattered about. The chicken was a little tough on the outside but soft on the inside.
It didn't shine and was rather bland but we're not complaining.
The egg was just added on for decorative purposes as it was extremely rubbery, so we didn't bother with that.
Service & Ambience
Service is pretty much DIY. You order over the counter, help yourself to drinks from the fridge and pay at said counter once you're done eating. Mysteriously enough there are a LOT of people hanging out behind the counter so they aren't under-staffed.
The place is cute, with wooden tables and chairs painted bright colours like blue and green. The counter is presented in true local style with clay pots and banana leaves used as utensils.
It was unbearaby hot and stuffy inside, but they fixed that by turning the AC on. The AC was leaky but they fixed that by not acknowledging it.
If you're ever in Nugegoda around lunch time, head to Gami Gedara. Their food is top-notch and you'll get your money's worth.