I had a little of everything—rasam, a spicy soup as a starter; pilau rice flecked with fennel seeds and peas; nan; puffy poori bread; fried chilies; paneer korma; mushroom masala; crispy chili and yellow dhal. Not only did my plate look good, but everything had it’s own unique taste, playing together like a symphony of flavors on my tongue. I never once thought I was eating vegetarian food—just good food—and if the people in southern India are eating like this everyday, it’s no wonder they remain vegetarians. (Rice And Curry)
Go for the Dosa, stay for the Thali.
One of Colombo's oldest South Indian restaurants, Mathura serves reliable pure-veg fare in a middle-class environment. You can, however, get better quality if you're willing to eat in more working class settings or pay a bit more elsewhere.
Mathura is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Sri Lanka. The tomato soup is excellent, as is the paneer and naan. It's located just off Havelock Road, near the Royal Institute.
සිංහල Mathura is a decent Indian vegetarian restaurant that has been around Colombo for years, but now at a new location.
தமிழ் Mathura is a decent Indian vegetarian restaurant that has been around Colombo for years, but now at a new location.