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“Original and inspiring!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Unawatuna

Unawatuna
8 Caledonia Place, St. Helier JE2 3NG
+44 1534 888430
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Ranked #19 of 174 Restaurants in St. Helier
Price range: $16 - $31
Cuisines: Sri Lankan
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: This is the cooking that chef Sudu learned as a child. Armed with his mother's homemade spices (she sends them over every two to three weeks) Sudu set to work, introducing a slice of Sri Lanka, and the cuisine he loves, to foodies around the island. The authentic decor - a team effort, which both Sudu and his partner worked hard to create, sets the backdrop for his first big adventure - Unawatuna - an original name to represent the unique cuisine.
Poole
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Original and inspiring!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

This newly opened Sri Lankan restaurant in sunny Jersey brings a novel twist to sub continental cooking. Instead of the predictable 'Indian' menu Unawatuna ( apparently named after one of the founders home village in Sri Lanka) has a menu of Tapas styled Sri Lankan dishes which are different, novel and present a range of tastes which are markedly different to the one sauce base of so many restaurant curries. Seafood and vegetables feature strongly as do the traditional meat options, but all with an original authentic flavour so different from the run of the mill curry houses. A great way to sample and share a myriad of flavours and textures. We dined with friends and the fun was in the sampling of the various choices of each member of the party.
Young people and families will love this place as well the the oldies looking for something different. The decor is appealing and staff attentive and knowledgeable. A must for all those who love the taste of the East but want something different and interesting.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UnawatunaRestaurant, Manager at Unawatuna, responded to this review, October 25, 2014
It is very nice to see that you have enjoyed our cuisine and have tried it the way it is meant to be eaten ( Sharing and mixing the dishes/flavours). I hope you will get the chance to come back and try more of our menu.
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Excellent meal.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

A lovely, authentic, Sri Lankan meal in a friendly restaurant with pleasant staff. The fixed price menu was very good value and offered genuine choice. You will enjoy it.

Visited December 2013
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UnawatunaRestaurant, Manager at Unawatuna, responded to this review, October 25, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. Hope you will visit us again soon.
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“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Really enjoyed our meal here. Decor is great and the staff are really friendly.
The food is excellent! Delicately flavoured, with a nice spicy kick and generous portions!
Definitely give it a visit, you won't be disappointed!

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UnawatunaRestaurant, Manager at Unawatuna, responded to this review, October 25, 2014
Thank you very much for your review.
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Jersey-CI
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Very good experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Interested in a different experience (Sri Lankan), we were pleasantly surprised by the décor and instant welcome. The menu is small but on a something-for-everyone selection. Sudu went the extra mile on a request about the strength of the curry and came out with a tasting dish.
Fish cakes were very good although the prawns breadcrumb casings were slightly hard. The main chicken curry with coconut flatbreads was sublime.
Decent price and good selection of lagers.
Another welcome addition to the new restaurants on the block.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UnawatunaRestaurant, Owner at Unawatuna, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for your review.
We always try to go the extra mile to suit everyone's taste buds and I am happy to hear that your curry came out the way you wanted it.
Hope to welcome you here again.
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Jersey
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“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

After hearing good things about this restaurant and seeing positive reviews on tripadvisor I visited with my partner. We tried the fish curry and pork curry, very nice! Lovely decor, and reasonable prices added to a great night

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UnawatunaRestaurant, Manager at Unawatuna, responded to this review, October 25, 2014
I am pleased to see that you have had a great evening in our restaurant and hope you will have many more to come.
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