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“Local food and good value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Kandy Garden Cafe

The Kandy Garden Cafe
9 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #7 of 75 Restaurants in Kandy
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Local food and good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Half the price of the bigger tourist restaurants and same quality for the Sri Lankan food. What you don't get is WiFi, padded chairs or away from the busy road. Kids devoured the chicken legs which were not too spicy, curry was pretty good. They do cater a bit for the tourist crowd and can do mild, handy as normal local food is super hot. If you are happy with hot then any busy local restaurant would be a match.

Close to the lake and just round the corner is a kids playground.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Where the locals go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

If you want authentic Sri Lanka cuisine, head to the Garden Cafe. It is located just by the lakeside and is a tiny little place (so seating is limited). Many of the locals use it for take away. The food here is very good (albeit spicy - so take care if you are sensitive to spices) and very affordable for any traveller. The menu is quite large, although they may not have everything on the menu towards the later evening. Try the Kotthu here - it's very nice.

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Best Sri Lankan food in Kandy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

OK, this place doesn't look like a fancy restaurant. But the food is extremely good and we kept going back; some of the best curry's we had in Sri Lanka and the devilled chicken is indescribable good. We asked the waiter to pack a lunch for the next day since we had a long train trip to Ella. Apparently a cold chicken biryani from this place is still very good and something I would definitely recommend - if you have a fridge in your hotel room :). The prices are to Sri Lankan standards, so very reasonable. Also a lot of locals go here to eat or take away.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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RYD
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“BAd Location”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Food is OK though served cold, very very very bad location on the side of the road. bad ambience it feels like cheap downtown food for people on the go not a meal to be eaten on a vacation.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Delicious local food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Had a fantastic lunch of chicken biryani for only 350 rupees. Huge portions and excellent service. It's not a place to hang out and relax as the traffic is terrible just beside the seating area but if you want good local eats this is the place.

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