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Bread Wars, biriyani and booze – it’s been a busy week. While were elated by the discovery of Amaravathi’s excellent mutton biriyani, we were disappointed with BreadTalk’s overpriced, over sweet buns – and fierce debate ensued on the site when we said so. We also found some rather dubious ra at a Toddy Tavern in Kotahena.
Biriyani – the ever contentious food. While many swear by Big Bite or Raheema’s, we’ve found our favourite version of the Mughal masterpiece at Amaravathi. We also love New Banana Leaf’s non-authentic take on the classic.
- Amaravathi: This South Indian Restaurant has been serving idlis, vada and dosa to hungry Colombars for years – but it still remains something of an insider’s secret. We’re convinced they make one of the city’s best mutton biriyanis (Rs. 590 – can serve two), and if you’ve never experienced the wonders of crispy Chicken 65, this is the place.
- New Banana Leaf: New Banana Leaf doesn’t quite serve the authentic biriyani, but their version is good – not to mention different. Heavily spiced grains of yellow rice are accompanied by a whopping portion of masala smothered chicken (Rs. 350). While we wouldn’t call it a biriyani, that’s what it goes by. Definitely worth a try.
- The Toddy Tavern: We include the Kotahena Toddy Tavern as a one off bar experience – this isn’t a place we’d recommend frequenting. Packed to the brim with toddy slurping men, you can get a taste of Colombo’s vibrant underground drinking personality – as well a bowl of some sweat soaked ra (Rs. 10!). It’s an interesting experience, and you’ll be guaranteed an audience of politely curious men. They might even offer you free kokis.
BLOG – Bread Wars
Our unfavourable review of BreadTalk sparked wide debate and division across the internet, so we sent a writer to the source of the franchise in Singapore to see what the fuss was all about. You can read the original review here, and our Singaporean findings here.
TL;DR BreadTalk just isn’t that good.
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