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36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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354 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
2 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

a truly tamil place with wonderful rice and curry for lunch, serverd on a banana leave, we loved it!

Thank Markus S
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We visited based on previous reviews, and we were not disappointed at all. Food is inexpensive, tasty, and the 'Nescoffee' as it is called is to die for! ...er..so long as you don't if there is milk and sugar in your coffee!

Thank citysweeper
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The food here at this local cafe is incredibly fresh, very delicious, with generous portions. There's not much english spoken so we did lots of pointing but our kind waiter understood us enough to have lots of roti, lots of veg curry, lots of everything really. Be warned this will involve your hands!! Totally worth it.

Thank Rhodesy78
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

The best place for street vege food in Jaffna. Love the mouthwatering tastes of traditional local food with cultural heritage. Just want to eat more and more...

Thank ThiLi-DS

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?