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36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
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Hobart, Australia
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had rice and curry on banana leaves. Tasty vegetarian curries with top ups if wanted all for 250 rupees for two of us. Seem clean and food was fresh and hot. Quite spicy for those not used to it

Thank Gloria575
Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Especially ulunthu vadei is very tasty with pol sambol, superb jaffna milk Tea. located in grand bazaar market so many groud.

Thank SDDe78
Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for traditional Sri Lankan food. No menu in English, but staff helpful. Essentially you have choice of Rice and curry, Thosai (A fermented lentil and rice flour pancake) and curry, Idly (savoury cake made with fermented lentil and rice flour). Their wadei are among the best we've had in Sri Lanka

Thank alexanderbienfait
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely needs an upgrade, a lot of people recommended this place, the food is nice and fresh but for the amount of clientele they get they could update their decor and make the place a bit cleaner.

Thank Thomas A
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

1st day i had masala those and wade. 2nd day i had rice Always it is busy but staff is doing their best to give good service.

Thank Jinna A
Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

After nearly four months in Sri Lanka, this was possibly the best food I'd eaten. The curries were delicious and the fresh masala dosa was out of this world. I ate second helpings with a bottle of coke and it came to around £2. It's a true local experience eating with your hands off a banana leaf, which you have... More 

Thank Kev B
Watford, United Kingdom
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359 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Attractive atmosphere, with old wood panelled dining room. Very popular with locals for South Indian vegetarian food, served on banana leaves and eaten with your hands. Remember to deposit your leaf in the used banana chutes at the back of the dining room next to the wash basins. Recommended, especially if you are looking for somewhere to eat near the... More 

Thank MikeWells90
Athens, Greece
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161 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

An interesting vegetarian local restaurant, where you eat food with your fingers on banana leafs, ideal for a snack and see the local culture. The milk tea is a must, and the sweets are excellent. Forks also available for more western-minded people.

Thank Ανδρόμαχος Δ
1 review
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The place is not good as before (decade ago), Things changed a lot and the flavors too, they should rethink about their past history and develop the taste, staffs are not good as before too, sometimes unpleasant! Lots of things to improve from upto bottom!

Thank Sathieeswaran M
Paris, France
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This place is the real jaffna food experience. Nothing is written in latin alphabet there, there are only sri lankan people, you eat with your hands. Such a typical experience, and food was amazing !

Thank Clem D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Cafe, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Northern Province  >  Jaffna

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?