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“The best food experience I had in Sri Lanka” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ahinsa restaurant

Ahinsa restaurant
Inamaluwa-Sigiriya Road, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Sigiriya
Cuisines: Sri Lankan
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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“The best food experience I had in Sri Lanka”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The quality of the food is one of the reasons I chose Sri Lanka for my summer holiday this year. It's hot, it's distinctive, it's typically home-cooked, and you can't get it readily back in England (not without a fair bit of searching).

Ahinsa was a small unassuming restaurant that my friends and I stumbled upon during our first night. We had an excellent rice and curry there (the typical - a hot meat curry served with a vegetable dish, rice, coconut sambol, devilled greens, a pineapple salad...), and we were served by a family team who ran the restaurant like a family, almost as though this was an extension of their living room.

Nera, the male owner, offered to open early for us as we were planning to climb the rock the following morning before it got too hot; he duly opened at 6.30am for us, with a fantastic daahl curry, string hoppers and roti waiting for us, plus plenty of fruit, tea and juices.

It got better - that evening, he allowed us to join him in the kitchen to cook our own curry, fortunately under his very hands-on tutelage. He subsequently charged 2,000 rupees for all five of our meals. To spell that out, at 400 rupees (just over £2) per person, we had an hour's cooking lesson, a thoroughly tasty curry (of various sorts), and an evening that I will never forget.

Please, if you are going to Sri Lanka, go to Sigiriya because the rock is truly spectacular. And get your breakfast and evening meal at Ahinsa, because it will be just as rewarding.

Visited July 2013
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Madrid, Spain
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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“Great restaurant & great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were for two days in Sigiriya and this restaurant was like our home. Good food, simple and generous dishes. Prices are low, but the best of all is the owner.
The owner is a great person and helped us in our visit to Sigiriya, giving us good advises.
We arranged with him some visits around Sigiriya, getting save money & time. He can get some beers for you if you need!
And at the restaurant you can buy handmade coconuts carved as monkeys, elephants...a impressive souvenir!
In conclusion, the best place in town for rest, eating, having a beer and chat, after a hard and hot hike!

  • Visited May 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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“Nice little place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is a great little road side stop with really good food served by a very friendly staff. If your touring around the lion rock area and want a good place for food, this is the right place.. Cheap, fresh and very tasty local foods.

Visited May 2013
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