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Mathura Restaurant

16, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04

Mathura is a decent Indian vegetarian restaurant that has been around Colombo for years, but now at a new location.




This new location is much better than the old one. Two spacious rooms. quiet, clean and not too busy. Open only from 11 am to 3 pm and then again from 6.30 pm for dinner.

The staff are unsophisticated but down to earth. Not very attentive but helpful. All the basic South Indian vegetarian dishes are available: from Tiffin items, Dosai, Poori to two types of lunch time Thalis. The food is mild and moderate, avoiding the spicy and bland extremes. The Madras coffee is very nice.

However if you order a Thali you have to be assertive. The bowls on the tray are very small and they don't offer refills. Not even a first round of rice. They pretend it is a limited Thali without refills. You have demand your money's worth to get the refills.

Gulab Jamun and Kesari etc are available as desserts. Average cost per head for a drink, meal and dessert is Rs. 1,000/-

They have also thrown in a few Chinese and North Indian vegetarian dishes for good measure, but stick to what they are good at - South Indian fare. There is no alcohol here and they wont let you bring in even a bottle of wine. But the signage here clearly says that it's a "Pure Veg" Restaurant , so that's no surprise. It's to be expected when you walk into such a place.

Anyway, the prices here are the best attraction. The prices are extremely reasonable.

Also the prices on the menu are fairly close to what you finally pay. There is no 30% addition as a surprise.

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16, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04


Located down Melbourne Avenue and opposite Siam House.


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Open 11:00 AM to 3 PM, 6 PM to 10:30 PM


Indian South Indian

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Vegetarian Dosa Naan

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