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.
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