We order from McDonald's far more than we probably should, but that's because their delivery is efficient, reliable and quite fast!
The Tuna & The Crab is a mainly Japanese restaurant run by Sri Lanka's top chef Dharshan Munidasa in the Galle Fort. The quality is reliable but not game-changing, and the prices are high.
Cafe Francais is the only and best French restaurant in Colombo. It's expensive but really high quality dining.
Sweet Layers is a home baker based in Piliyandala. They offer a range of baked goods, but their pastries are what really sets them apart.
Anzu's restaurant on Marine Drive (Colpetty) is a new and authentic Chinese eating house. While it may not suit everyone, it's a good option for those looking to experience Chinese home cooking.
Mayura Hotel serves great rice and curry on banana leaves, and excellent Jaffna crab.
Mamas Guest House is a decent place to stop by for rice and curry and other meals in the Galle Fort. It's cosy and you can meet Mama herself.
Cafe Hula Hula near the ramparts of Galle Fort serves good kottu, tasty seafood, and - yay! - we found great eclairs here.
Peking Palace in Nawala serves up some decent Sri Lankanized Chinese cuisine at an accessible location.
Their coconut chutney lifts to high heavens an otherwise mediocre array of South Indian staples.
Dairy King is a good place to stop by for ice cream - and fat chocolatey brownies - if you're in Galle Fort.
Rocket Burger is the Galle Fort's only burger specialist. The patties are well ground and they're usually very generous with stuffing - you're going to spend Rs. 900 minimum for a burger here though.…
A Minute By Tuk is a little eatery in the Galle Dutch Hospital. The ambience is cool since it's up on a deck, but the food is pricey and just okay.
The Hammock Cafe in the Galle Dutch Hospital has a great location and cool seating, but the food is pretty expensive and mediocre.
Foodie-Colombo is a home baker that's good at creamy chocolate frosting cupcakes, and cake popsicles.
The Travelling Food Tuk is a lunch-delivery place - the food is home-made, gourmet even, and the prices not too bad.
Peace Villa is a little restaurant down Lewis Place, Negombo. The food was actually kind of underwhelming, but they serve a great glass of 'All Milkshake'.
If you're looking for a clean, charming and authentic meal in Jaffna, we highly recommend the vegetarian Malayalan Cafe.
China Town is a little restaurant on Marine Drive that serves big sloppy portions of spicy Sri Lankan-Chinese and even some Indian.
Ambrosia does baked goodies, but they're not a home baker. They're a company, but the stuff we had was made by a very skilled hand and given the special attention that only home bakers are known to…
The Sweeter Side is another home baker - the prices are fine, the cakes are a bit bread-texture, we like the fudge brownies.
Top Secret is a very cool beach hangout in Hikkaduwa. We loved the ambience and the food is good without being too pricey.
We dropped in at the Java Lounge in Bambalapitiya the other day, and it's actually pretty good. They've got an accessible location, good coffee and some awesome desserts.
CuppaCrème is a home baker who is amazing at choc biscuit pudding and red velvet cupcakes.