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Malayan Cafe

36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
+94 21 2 222373
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“masala dosa” (16 reviews)
“curries” (12 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Indian, Cafe, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
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11 - 20 of 160 reviews

Reviewed October 21, 2017

We had paper dosi, masala dosi, masala wada - everything was served with coconut and vegetable sambal all eaten off a banana leaf. Reasonablely priced for a vert satisfactory meal.

Thank Nigel G
Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

In a very original setting we had wonderful curries on banana leaf. It was packed when we were there so we were seated somewhere between some families and had great food there. Seems to be busy all the time but food was fresh and delicious.

Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

Good place to eat any kind of food. Service is good and the servants are kind. There are lots of delicious food. So go and enjoy!❤️

Thank dinith d
Reviewed September 23, 2017

I entered at lunch time and was directed towards the back. Tables and floors were all very dirty, with food leftovers everywhere, very dirty tables and a dirty floor. I could not find one cleanish table. I did not stay for food and left.

Thank Issy09
Reviewed September 22, 2017

I went to Malayan Cafe with no expectations and was completely blown away! Great food served in an unpretentious restaurant which is super popular with locals Amazing Thali served on a banana leaf! Get ready to use your fingers! Incredibly delicious and dirt cheap!

Thank MrMolotovMax
Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

Given the good reviews we went here for lunch. A great experience and be prepared to use your fingers Sri Lanka style. Given that the staff had limited English somehow between head nodding and charades we got exactly what we want and more. 2 meals...More

Thank CatTurnTrav
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

We went for breakfast what an eye opener. Queues of people waiting to be served, they do heaps of take away as well as eat in. The service was terrific, they helped us choose from what was on display. Such fun to eat at a...More

Thank Bozo C
Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

Decent food rice and curry comes with four vegetables and papadam. Food was decent.... 7 of us ate rice and curry wade had fresh milk as well as few Indian sweets and it cost us 1500 which was quite cheap... place gets super crowded...

Thank savi_4ever
Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

Oh Really, for authentic Tamil cuisine; enjoy the hustle and expected bustle of this main market street. Smile and smile again to the harried waitress....... then sit back, breathe in and enjoy this authenticity delivered with a grimace to your very own banana leaf. This...More

Thank Walkley123
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

Just a quick one here, this place was a lonely planet recommendation. Not helpful! We could not find any decent coffee inJaffna. I purchased two "with milk" and ended up with two small sickly sweet cups of something, but it wasn't coffee. We won't be...More

Thank Bruce_Andrew_Thomas
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November 15, 2017|
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Response from Annasdotter | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't think so. It is a basic vegetarian café. closed in the evenings
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Northern Province  >  Jaffna
  • Phone Number: +94 21 2 222373
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