Hungry for a bite in Galle? Here’s a round up of some of the best dining spots in the city:
Fresh seafood fare, a lovely beachfront setting and romantic ambience makes Thaproban a top choice for travellers looking for a place to wine and dine near Galle. Start the evening with a plate of starters at the intimate, candle-lit dining area overlooking the flickering lights of the harbour. For your choice of mains, take your pick from a variety of Western and Asian seafood delights, or opt for local Sri Lankan items. Round out the evening by knocking back a few beers; diners who like their alcohol to be lighter or sweeter will have a selection of wines and cocktails to choose from.
La Mer wins over a stream of diners with its beachside setting and scenic views. A meal here promises to be a tasty affair, made up of plates brimming with Sri Lankan and Western items. Vacation makers who have had one too many curry dishes will be pleased to find a good variety of alternative options here, like salads, pastas, pizzas and steak. Tickle your tastebuds with the tangy fisherman’s catch of the day, served along with coriander and lime salsa, or tuck into savoury slices of spicy prawn curry pizza. This dish brings some heat to the palate, so cool down the spicy tingle with a rich, creamy milkshake.
Pink Elephant‘s colourful and cosy setting transmits an eclectic and lively vibe. The casual and unpretentious atmosphere makes this a welcome spot for vacation makers in search of a fuss-free spot for a relaxing evening. Lounge back against the cushions splayed out around the tables, and kickstart the evening with a delicious-sounding Passion Mojito. The kitchen churns out an array of tasty fare, so stave off hunger pangs with toasty wraps, juicy kebabs and Thai-inspired fusion dishes. We have been told that the drinks here are amazingly good, so it will be a shame if you do not end your night with a second round of cocktails.
STARBEANS OCEAN RESTAURANT & CAFE
When the craving for a good ol’ chocolate cake and coffee hits, make your way to Starbeans Ocean Restaurant & Cafe. Once you are there, it is highly likely that you will be tempted to stay on for a meal. Not only does this hidden gem dish out some of the tastiest plates in Galle Fort, it also provides stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean. Try the seafood rice; if you can handle heat in your food, we recommend ordering a serving of the sumptuous prawn curry.
Set within the compounds of a Dutch colonial house, Mansion Café features spacious interiors and an expansive courtyard. Quiet and tranquil, the restaurant offers a perfect spot for holidaymakers to tuck into a leisurely meal. The menu throws up a good selection of mains, ranging from hearty options like chili seafood fare and curries, to lighter dishes such as a refreshing avocado salad.
LE CAFE FRANCAIS BAKERY & BOUTIQUE
Who in their right minds would say no to feasting on well-made breads and sipping an aromatic brew? Charming Le Cafe Francais Bakery & Boutique offers these, and more. Make this your regular hang out for decadent brunches and afternoon high teas; the cafe’s extensive selection of buttery croissants, crumbly tarts and irresistible cakes will keep you coming back for more.
A MINUTE BY TUK TUK
For a warm and homely setting, mesmerising sea views and refreshing breezes, venture out for a meal at the quirkily-named A Minute By Tuk Tuk. Diners can expect to savour a range of well-loved western fare, such as burgers, seafood mains and salads. A perfect meal always ends on a sweet note, so complete your dinner with a decadent hot chocolate brownie or banana honey pancake.
DECO ON 44 RESTAURANT
Can’t decide if you prefer local or international fare? Get the best of both worlds by going for a scrumptious fusion meal at Deco on 44. Popular favourites, like the Sri Lankan staple of rice and curry, or western delights such as seafood linguine and fish and chips are given a delightful fusion twist. A playful approach is also taken when it comes to dessert creation, so look forward to sampling innovative treats such as the ginger panna cotta.
Take a break from a day of sightseeing, and make a stop by at Elita Restaurant. This spacious two-storey restaurant boasts stunning views of the lighthouse and harbour, and offers comfortable indoor and outdoor dining settings. Seafood lovers will have to exercise a decent level of self-restrain here, for it is easy to go overboard with the luscious seafood fare that the restaurant churns out. Look forward to filling up your table with plates of succulent garlic tiger prawns, tuna steaks and generous sashimi platters. Yum.
This cosy little eatery offers diners with a selection of local dishes and Western fare. Each and every meal is prepared on the spot and served swiftly. Extra brownie points goes to Punto Cafe for its excellent service – the owners and staff are friendly and affable, and take pains to ensure that diners enjoy a leisurely and pleasant dining experience at the cafe.
PEDLAR’S INN CAFE
Situated along a quaint little street, Pedlar’s Inn Cafe charms diners with its tasty fare and friendly service. The extensive menu lists a wide selection of dishes, ranging from salads, sandwiches and Western main courses, to local delicacies and desserts.
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