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“Discovering a hidden gem in Kabalana, Galle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Ceylon

Cafe Ceylon
Matara Road, Kabalana, Koggala, Galle 0000, Sri Lanka
+(94)773860086
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Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in Koggala
Cuisines: Seafood, International, Fusion, Sri Lankan
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Discovering a hidden gem in Kabalana, Galle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Discovering Cafe Ceylon in Kabalana in Galle was a highlight of a working visit to the area. The place came highly reccommended by a famous culinary expert in Sri Lanka and we decided to pay Cafe Ceylon a visit. We were in gourmet heaven when we tasted the delicious prawns and fish from the lagoon and sea which was offered to us. The freshest of fresh fish and prawns prepared using local produce was a delight to sample. The desserts were an absolute treat especially their mango poached in star anise and cinnamon was absolute fabulous. The property itself is beautifully laid out with good use made of the sprawling gardens. The staff were great and helpful answering our many questions about the locality and the food on offer! A great discovery which I hope many more will have the pleasure of discovering!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

One of the best restaurant in Galle. Very friendly staff,good variety on the menu. Food was fresh and tasty. The service on top and reasonable price. Highly recommend.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong, China
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“Fantastic & great alternative to Fortress lunch/dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

My wife & I ate there yesterday given the recommendations from Trip Advisor and it more than matched those high expectations. The decor was very cool - great open outside dining space (there isn't really an inside from what we could see), more of the retro chic Ceylon tourist posters we'd seen in other new places and a beautiful view into the garden. The manager was extremely friendly as were the rest of the staff and he seemed genuinely passionate about the food and making it the number one ranked Tripadvisor restaurant in Galle which from a quality/value/experience standpoint should not take long having made no.3 in 2 months! The food was superb - perhaps the best we had in Sri Lanka and perfectly combined local flavored and ingredients in a more modern/western style. Having eaten a ton of curry in the last few days it was a welcome and healthy-ish change. I had the oysters which came in huge shells - not perhaps the best I have had ever but certainly extremely tasty and incredibly priced. Lagoon prawn/lobster to follow (excellent) and finished with the brownie which disappeared between the two of us in about ten seconds. Superb meal, extremely reasonably priced and given it's location provides an excellent alternative to lunch / dinner if staying at the nearby Fortess Hotel. Worth knowing, they also have guestrooms for those wanting to stay in the area. Keep up the great work!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Healthy/Yummy Food & Great Place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I am very happy Cafe Ceylon has opened. The food is really good. The steamed fish with ginger and coriander is to die for - really yummy. The oysters - unreal. They have really tasty smoothies. ALSO BEST COFFEE IN SRI LANKA. OH and the desserts, which I dont generally eat, are seriously tasty.

The place itself is open, casual, and airy, with a big garden in front. I really recommend this spot for lunch, coffee, or even dinner.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canmore, Canada
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“Awesome!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We LOVE this amazing place… great food, thoughtful chef, lovely people, wonderful service and peaceful setting!!!! The menu is different and a wonderful change. Ranked #1 inour minds!!!! Very reasonably priced!!!!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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