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“Old vegetarian place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Greenlands Hotel

Greenlands Hotel
3A Shrubbery Gardens | Bambalapitiya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
(011) 258 1986
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Ranked #172 of 323 Restaurants in Colombo
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Rome
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53 reviews 53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Old vegetarian place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Grew up eating thosaid and sambar at this landmark place in colombo. now they have gotten a facelift and the menu is much improved. excellent value for money.

Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Kotte, Sri Lanka
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

the place is run down, the service is very poor takes ages to get the food, lacks variety. This is used to be a sunday morning breakfast haunt for many sadly most guests dont bother going there anymore.

Visited January 2013
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Colombo
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“How Times Have Changed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

My memories go of this place to the mid 1960's when I used to visit this restaurant during schooldays.

Upto the mid 80's this was 3 of the best Restaurants for South Indian Food of wich other other 2 Saraswathi restaurant in Bambalapitiya and Indo Ceylon Cafe on Colombo 3 are still excellent. It was bustling with guests and one had to wait for a table during busy dinner or lunchtime.

Greenlands food quality and started declining after the mid 80's, after new players entered the Indian Food business with quality fare. Greenlands perhaps elected to sit on their laurels a bit too long.

I visited this establishment last week, the bustle was gone so were the customers. The place presented a very doleful look, and I had no service for about 10 minutes, and left the place.

So that tells a story of how the years have treated Greenlands.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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“Great place in nice part of Colombo with AMAZING food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The hotel is great, tucked away 50 meters from the beach, 200 meters from Bambalapitya railways station (20 mins to city, 30 rs or 90 mins to airport via rail for 150rs). The rooms are quiet and clean, The staff are fantastic and helpful. This food really makes the place. By far the best meal i had in 3 weeks in Sri Lanka, try the sweets after your meal they are great as well.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“good value!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

visited twice now .. v yummy masala dosai with loads of different sauces. cost me 150LKR now thats what im talking! ..70p for dinner, sorted! Aslo got plate of string hoppers for 18LKR not what i expected..basically pile of noodles but still ! ..defnitely good backpackers destination, usually full with srilankan families that stare at you but getting used to that now... It is southern indian cuisine, very yummy n cheap will defnitely be going back .. but might get a little chubs

Visited September 2012
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