The best places to find Middle Eastern food in Sri Lanka

The best places to find Middle Eastern food in Sri Lanka

People who love food are generally happy people. I guess I know now, why Sri Lankans have the big warm smile everytime I meet them. They love food, just like a lot of us 🙂 We love to travel and see places, and yes, are up for experimenting.

We also love to travel and see places, and yes, are up for experimenting new cuisines as well. But people tend to crave for the food they grew up on if travel gets long.

Sri Lanka is one of the sought after holiday destination for people living in the Middle East, thanks to its proximity and easy visa application process.  This article is dedicated to all the lovely people in the Middle East. Because we know that you love your food as much as we do, we have come up with a list of restaurants you need to go to, if you visit Sri Lanka.Feel at home, away from home. There are Halal options here. You can thank us later!

You can also hit us up for holiday packages to Sri Lanka with local experiences.

August By Mama Aida, Colombo

One of the authentic places to find best Lebanese food in Colombo, August By Mama Aida offers excellent service in a beautiful outdoor setting. Picture yourself dining under a mango tree gorging on a variety of mezze platter and fresh salads? Their all-time favorites are the slow cooked lamb and beef shawarma. Make it authentic by finishing your meal with Arabic coffee, with some cardamom may be?

Chicken Tikka - August By Mama Aida, Colombo
Must try

Beef Shawarma

Mezz2, Beruwela

Located at the Cinnamon Bey Beruwela, this restaurant serves authentic Arabic food. In Mezz2 they offer two variety of hummus for starters, Don’t be surprised if they offer you more even without asking. The service here is brilliant. The prawn grill is a must try. The restaurant is situated on a rooftop guaranteeing stunning views of the Indian ocean. Now that’s a pretty picture.

Must try

Humus from Sri Lanka.

Chambers Restaurant, Galle

Chambers is a good quality restaurant in Galle which might not be as lavish as Mezz2. This little restaurant is located in the center of Galle Fort. They serve amazing wraps, mezzes, and tagines at a reasonable price. Great service, lovely staff, food is fresh and arrives on time. Do order the Moroccan tea with your meal.  A word of caution – Avoid the mutton tagine as mutton in this part of the world means goat.

Must try

Chicken Tagine

Chicken tagine at Chambers, Galle, Sri Lanka

Ceilao Gosto, Kandy

Ceilao Gosto is a coffee shop & restaurant in Kandy that offers a range of coffee, food, cakes, beverages & ice cream. Ceilao Gosto is not an authentic Arabic restaurant. They have their grilled seer fish with butter fried herb vegetables and mashed potato on the side drizzled with lemon butter sauce which will make you want to go back again.

Must try

Mashed potato
Pan fried chicken breast at Ceilao Gosto, kandy
CIOCONAT lounge, Colombo

A fusion restaurant of sorts, CIOCONAT caters to a variety of taste buds, thanks to their International and Arabic cuisine options in their menu. Think of Kabsa rice, hummus, tabbouleh mixed grill, and dates! Drooling yet? We have more. This place has a shisha lounge which is by far the best you can get in Colombo. Don’t miss out the Paan Rasna flavor. Arabic food is available from Thursdays to Sundays. 

Must try

Tabbouleh at Cioconat, Columbo, Sri Lanka

Pink Elephant, Unawatuna

Located in the heart of Unawatuna, a stunning beach town, Pink Elephant is a family style restaurant that offers a good spread of Arabic food alongside Sri Lankan local dishes. The food is generous in portion size and filled with flavor. Service is great here! Here we can get their Arabic bread, hummus, mixed grill platter, and kebabs. And not to forget – they do serve shisha and authentic Turkish coffee!

Must try

Turkish coffee

Food in Sri lanka, Pink Elephant, Unawatuna

If you love food and are from the Middle East, tell us if you found this article useful. If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka this year, here is an elaborate guide on the Best time to Visit Sri Lanka –

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