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4/5

Upali's

65 CWW Kannangara Mawatha (Town Hall), Colombo 7


Upali's does affordable and tasty Sri Lankan food.



Upali's has fast become the best place to go for Sri Lankan food in Colombo. It's weird that this niche wasn't filled for so long, but they've filled it. They've got all your Sri Lankan favorites - rice and curry, hoppers, roast paan, string hoppers - and a big, professional restaurant to serve it in.

The Food


We've had rice and curry at Upali's before, this time we wanted to try the hoppers (and string hoppers). They didn't disappoint. The hoppers are made fresh right at the front of the restaurant and they're the right mix of crispy and soft in the center. You get three plain and one egg hopper for Rs. 200 and it comes with lunu miris, katta sambol or pol sambol. We got some chicken curry (Rs. 270) and purippu (Rs. 220) and gotu kola sambol (Rs. 150) to go with, which ended up being too much food, but tasty nonetheless.


The string hoppers (Rs. 200) also came with a coconut milk curry and pol sambol and were quite nice.

This is all comfort food, and it plays to Sri Lankan strengths. They know how to cook it, how to serve it, and we know how to eat it. Everything we've tried at Upali's has been good (rice and curry, vegetarian options, etc). It's a place we always recommend to tourists.

Location & Ambience


What sets Upali's apart is that it has professionalized Sri Lankan cuisine. You can get good Sri Lankan food all around Colombo (obviously), but not in many restaurants. Our restaurants tend to be either middle-class places serving westernized or Chinese cuisine or street eateries serving Sri Lankan food. Since the long closed Peninsula restaurant in Nawala, no one has put Sri Lankan food in this sort of setting.

It's sorta like a mid range Indian restaurant, except they serve Sri Lankan. Obvious, and brilliant. The place is almost always packed.

The Service


We can't fault the service, it's been consistently good for us. When we went there was actually a white lady at the door. Kinda amazing.

Conclusion


Sri Lankan food in Sri Lanka should be a no-brainer, but Upali's are the first to do it successfully and well. They offer good renditions of classic dishes in a comfortable (and busy) environment. The prices are reasonable as well.


TIP

The veg set menu is a good deal for lunch (Rs. 250). The cardamom tea is very nice.

Address

65 CWW Kannangara Mawatha (Town Hall), Colombo 7

Directions

Upali's is on the road to Town Hall past the Alexandra Roundabout (where Horton Place and Nelum Pokuna meet).

Contacts

E-Mail

Report Inaccuracy

Open 11 AM to 11 PM, till Midnight on weekends

Cuisine

Sri Lankan

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Rice And Curry

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
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5/5

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Maheshika

First time I went, I loved the food! The atmosphere was laid back and homely. Almost as if you went to your grandparents bungalow and the appu cooked up some wonderful curries and filled your tummy with authentic Sri Lankan home cooked food. I had the mutton black curry (superb) cuttlefish curry ( good), pol roti and katta sambol (great), godamba roti (good) and was stuffed to the brim. The server was very friendly and his service was excellent. Went there again with my boyfriends family and his little nephew and was extremely satisfied with the food. Loved the whole experience. This is defiantly home away from home.

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5/5

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Tharini Welikala

The food was very tasty. I loved it. Also I love to visit there more…

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5/5

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Maheshika

First time I went, I loved the food! The atmosphere was laid back and homely. Almost as if you went to your grandparents bungalow and the appu cooked up some wonderful curries and filled your tummy with authentic Sri Lankan home cooked food. I had the mutton black curry (superb) cuttlefish curry ( good), pol roti and katta sambol (great), godamba roti (good) and was stuffed to the brim. The server was very friendly and his service was excellent. Went there again with my boyfriends family and his little nephew and was extremely satisfied with the food. Loved the whole experience. This is defiantly home away from home.

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5/5

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Tharini Welikala

The food was very tasty. I loved it. Also I love to visit there more…

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2/5

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Shazmin M

we experienced a fried worm in today's lunch. they accept the issue and the reply was "we cook more than 15 kg a day so there can be a worm".

the restaurant manager was missing in action, after we reported the issue and we called the chef to complain this. These kind of irresponsible behaviors cannot be accepted by these kind of restaurants.

Seems like a good business strategy by Nawalaoka, eat from Upali's by Nawaloka admit to Nawaloka hospital 😤😤

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5/5

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Shajeeth

My Wife introduced me to this place, and i have always been thankful to her for it :). The Best place for AUTHENTIC Sri Lankan Food. no Pish Posh Prices either

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5/5

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Pramodth Sahabandu

Classic chicken Kotthu ,non of that cheese beese and milk ,rotti platter was warm n not heavy ,Pol sambol was Dope

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5/5

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narengunasekera

Went in recently on a recommendation and found the place really good. Portions were decently sized, two of us had one cuttlefish dish with the set lunch and we were full. They don't give the typical mountain of rice which all the kades give which was a welcome relief. Well done!

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3/5

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Thiyagu

Went for dinner today. Was disappointed with the portion sizes but the food good Sri Lankan style food, but not worth the money.

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4/5

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maheshd_23

If you have any feedback or complaints, please be sure to email it to us: upalis@nawaloka.lk and send us a message and keep in touch via our FB page https://www.facebook.com/upalisbynawaloka

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