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Paiva's Restaurant

37 Yatinuwara Vidiya, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #51 of 69 Restaurants in Kandy
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- Jun 17, 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Paiva's have been a name in catering in Sri Lanka for over 50 years. They have a restaurant in Kandy, serving typical Sri Lnkan food. The place is for locals and can be hot and typical. However the food is excellent and is ideal to take away. Light snakcs for lunch or for simply sitting by the lake is ideal.... More

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Colombo
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was one of the Oldest surviving Restaurants in Kandy. It was owned by the Paiva family and moved to various members through about 3 generations, ( started off as Paivas Tea Room) It was more renowned for their good pastries. Alas the restaurant is no more, on my last visit to Kandy I missed this landmark.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Visited on a Sunday and we were the only people in there! Ordered two curries and although mine was fine my girlfriends Paneer curry had no paneer and potato instead! Curries were ok, reasonable but with no atmosphere I would suggest there's better places to visit.

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Montreal, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Was there recently and even though the place is ordinary as many others in this country;the grub is good and reasonably priced.In general in Sri Lanka food will never be a great chip in your walllet.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

we had a great Kuthu Rotti here but it isn't on the menu (!!!) we asked the waiter what Sri Lankan food they do as the menu is just Chinese and European. Very tasty and very well priced.

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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

I had a Paiva's special. It was the stinking dinner I ever had in my life. Service is also very poor. Don't ever go...

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London, United Kingdom
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167 reviews 167 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012 via mobile

After a good review in the guide book we went here, what a mistake the indian food was just awful, nothing like authentic, just terrible. I cannot recommend this place for dinner.

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Hemiksem
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

if you don't mind being stared at a bit this is a nice place to eat in the city center. Locals clearly are not used to seeing too many tourists here and tend to stare at you a bit but the staff do everything to make you enjoy your visit. As this is clearly not purely a tourist spot food... More

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California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

We have been traveling for several months and eat at food stalls, basic restaurants, cafes and 5 star establishments. For us its all about the food! We also know better than to eat somewhere which is empty, doesn't have several menu items available, advertises tandoori food but doesn't have a tandoor and where the menus are dirty and sticky. Quite... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

good quality food/small prices safe place to try Kottu Rotti

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