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Royal Dutch Cafe

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72 Leyn Baan Street fort | Srilank, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
+94 77 177 4949
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Nice place to stop for lunch in Galle and watch the world go by. All the food is fresh so you will need to leave time for it to cook. Nice curry and sambal. Their iced tea was also lovely! We heard that the cake is delicious. The owner talked to us and showed us pictures of the town after... More 

Thank Beckyems
Cologne, Germany
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I did not enjoy eating in this restaurant at all. The service was very unorganized and unfriendly, the food was below average and everything was overpriced. Can't recommend to go there.

1 Thank Katrin G
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

The cafe is cheappest in Gale fort. The food is very tasty. Tea is also amasing! The owner showed the photoalbom with pictures of cpnsewuencies of tsunami.

Thank Alexandr S
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101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We went for dinner one night since we liked the reviews on Tripadvisor. It is a very cosy little place with only four tables. The food and drinks were very nice and the mango Ice cream and cardemum Ice coffee was to die for!

Thank Karin F
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were alone for breakfast here, pretty pricey tea 180 for a plain cup of black tea but the food is good and affordable. We had a special serving of homemade chutney which was delicious.

Thank Kylie B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is really a hidden gem! It doesn't look like, but you get wonderful meals there - the place looks like a tiny cafe, but don't get fooled. First of, the owner prepares meals himself, from scratches, yaaaay! So if you are rather a fast food fan, don't go there. Be prepared to wait a while for your meal, but... More 

Thank Magdalena M
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

It might have been the historic scenery we came for, but it will be Fazal and his cafe, we'll remember. I could hang out here forever, chatting and listening to his stories while sipping on yet another delicious cinnamon ice coffee. Go there. Just go.

Thank Sofie P
1 review
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

It is a good place to take a break for some snack. We had a mango lassi , cardamom tea and some roti with prawns masala. The owner Fazal was full of stories and showed us some of his photos he had taken during the tsunamis. His talks are interesting to hear abt the life in galle. Overall good experience.

Thank Dyselixic R
Chelsea, Canada
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147 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We had dinner there with a couple of friends who ordered the tandoori chicken. They got two small pieces of chicken with a few vegetables wrapped in foil. We thought it was one portion but were told it was for two people. Disappointment! Normally we find Sri Lankan portions over generous, but this was mean! My chicken curry was OK... More 

Thank Mona L
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The owner is a real character full of stories and provides and album of photos of the tragedy of the tsunami. Service a little all over the place but great tea and cake! And super cheap!

Thank MabelJane

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72 Leyn Baan Street fort | Srilank, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Galle District  >  Galle
  • Phone Number: +94 77 177 4949
Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is a well known story teller about Galle. Serves the "best tea" in town as weel
Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is well known for his stories about Galle Fort. Serves the "best tea in town" as well as lunch and dinner.

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