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4/5

Yaal Restaurant

No 56 Vaverset Place, Colombo 6


Yaal has stood steady in the same, stoic building down Marine Drive. They've managed to thoroughly maintain their quality of food and service over the years.



Yaal vs Yarl (they both mean Jaffna)

Another day another crab. Today I hit up Yaal Restaurant the cleaner, brighter better ventilated rival of my beloved Yarl Eat House for my fix. Now I don't generally believe that scrupulous hygiene adds too much to food. Passable hygiene, solid customer demand and fresh food is usually enough for me. If you do like your tables gleaming, your waiters unstained and your food in a fancy metal thali and not plonked straight onto a banana leaf Yaal Restaurant is the place for you. It offers Jaffna food in Wellawatte without Yarl or Maiyuri's er... authentic? atmosphere.

The food is actually quite good - the set mutton lunch Rs. 450 was tasty but again not necessarily better than the same at a more street Wellawatte eatery. You're paying for the cleanliness and view of the sea but with good service and a fair amount of variety on the menu I didnt begrudge them their extra rupees. The prawn curry was actually very good but the real test was always going to be the crab. Would it really compare with my Yarl Eat House archetype?

A single specimen slathered in a rich and piping hot gravy was produced. Once it cooled to a finger friendly temperature I set to work and actually it was pretty yummy. Sweet flesh and perhaps a better sauce than Yarl however the crab just didnt have the succulence of the Eat House on a good day- and no roe. Why don't more people understand the indispensable tastiness of those delicious eggs? Still it was a respectable effort though at Rs 450 somewhat more expensive than the Eat House. However you do sweat less during a lunch time meal (when Yarl turns into a sauna) so I'm going to note this as a worthy lunch time crab stop.

The quality of the other dishes was also pretty high so I'd say definitely worth a visit for more than the crab.

TIP

The prawn string-hopper biriyani is fantastic. So are their lunchtime thalis.

Address

No 56 Vaverset Place, Colombo 6

Directions

Vaverset Place is a road just before Delmon Hospital on Galle Road, go down this road to Marine Drive and you'll find Yaal on your right.

Contacts

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Cuisine

Jaffna

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Crab

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4

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2/5

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Nalaka Fernando

Good place. But not satisfied with the food and cleanliness

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3/5

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Fawshan

not the exact jaffna flavors ,, but the food is good and the service level is good ,

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1/5

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Jathu(rootlk)

Stealing the name "Yaal" and giving indian foods :( :( (these guys are the Marrybrown chain, they have set of shops along Marine Drive Eg Chennai restaurant, Indian Spice, Arabian restaurant)

most of tamils who comes from foreign goes for the name and they expect the same taste what there Grandma cooked for them in small age which they dont find here :P :P

typical cheating place with the name (y)
Buriyani in a shop name called Yaal restaurant :P :P

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2/5

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Nalaka Fernando

Good place. But not satisfied with the food and cleanliness

F
1

3/5

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Fawshan

not the exact jaffna flavors ,, but the food is good and the service level is good ,

J
1

1/5

1

Jathu(rootlk)

Stealing the name "Yaal" and giving indian foods :( :( (these guys are the Marrybrown chain, they have set of shops along Marine Drive Eg Chennai restaurant, Indian Spice, Arabian restaurant)

most of tamils who comes from foreign goes for the name and they expect the same taste what there Grandma cooked for them in small age which they dont find here :P :P

typical cheating place with the name (y)
Buriyani in a shop name called Yaal restaurant :P :P

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4/5

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Haja

Very good food absolutely love the flavors

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