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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 is a great place to get tasty, affordable Sri Lankan food. It's incredibly busy these days, so reservations come recommended. Actually, using YAMU's online reservations system is recommended, just click 'Make Reservation' next to the phone number.

The Food

It's weird that there wasn't a place to get quality, affordable Sri Lankan food in a restaurant setting before Upali's, but there really wasn't. Yes, there have been buffet places like Raja Bojun and Akasa Kade, but nobody had really done a full Sri Lankan menu in a place you could take your family to. Upali's has now occupied that niche, and been wildly successful.

For us what matters is the taste and the price, and in that regard Upali's has never disappointed us. This time we tried basically everything possible for eight people and the bill, minus beer, came to less than Rs. 1000 per person. While this is admittedly more than a buth kade, we did get a wide range of stuff - hoppers (Rs. 220), string hoppers (Rs. 220), pittu (Rs. 220), pol roti (Rs. 240), plus a whole lot of curries - boneless mutton (Rs. 800), chicken (Rs. 290) and a whole range of veg (Rs. 100-350).

The food is full of delicious classic Sri Lankan flavors. The mutton curry was the most expensive thing, but it was amazingly tender and spicy and went really well with pittu and generous amounts of coconut milk.

We honestly had too much food in the end. Upali's is a great place to go for this sort of family dining, where you can get way more curries than you'd make at home. Another bonus is that you don't have to clean anything up. 

The Location/Ambience

That said, you can sometimes get a huge range of curries at your local buth kade for less than 200 Rupees. The difference with Upali's is that you can sit at a comfortable table, you can bring groups, and you can come for dinner as well as lunch. 

This sort of restaurant dining experience has been established for Indian food but Upali's is the first to do it for Sri Lankan fare in a big way.

Their location at the Nelum Pokuna Roundabout (Town Hall side, just after Horton Place) is quite central and, in our experience, is always packed. You're lucky if you can get parking, otherwise try to park on Barnes Place and walk.

The main restaurant is actually quite busy these days, we ended up being seated in their new coffee shop next door (which still uses the same kitchen). As mentioned above, reservations are highly recommended. You can make online reservations here.

Service

We haven't had a bad service experience here. The staff is fast, efficient and since it's Sri Lankan food, they understand the menu. The main thing here is that people want orders taken efficiently and for food to come out fast. That gets done.

Conclusion

Upali's is probably the most successful new restaurant in Colombo, because they occupy an obvious niche. Good Sri Lankan food in a comfortable setting at an affordable price. We love it.





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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1

5/5

1

Tharini Welikala

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

M
2

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.

T
1

5/5

1

Tharini Welikala

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

S
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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

P
2

5/5

0

Pramodth Sahabandu

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

N
1

5/5

1

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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1

3/5

1

Thiyagu

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

M
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4/5

1

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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