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“Oysterssss!!”
Review of Cafe Ceylon

Cafe Ceylon
Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Koggala
Cuisines: Seafood, International, Fusion, Sri Lankan
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed July 9, 2014

The lagoon oysters are highly recommendable. So is the Bonito burger.

Sadly during my last visit the chocolate brownies were not up to their usual standard but I hope this will change. One of the best restaurants in the region and the ambience in the evenings is fantastic. Shame its not beach-front though!

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1  Thank danielfernan7
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Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were staying in Koggala at The Fortress. Eager for a change of food choices and looking to mark our final night we read the good reviews and headed over to Cafe Ceylon, a short spin down the road.

It's a really lovely setting with al fresco tables. We were the only diners there (out of season)

However, with the exception of the Prawn Gyoza appetisers, which were delicious, the food was appalling. Their menu must be a dozen items total and is two pages only. There is no alcohol served on the premises so after the appetisers we ordered two Fantas, the Cafe Ceylon Burger and the Fish and Chips;

The burger was advertised as tenderloin but was the size and consistency of a 1980 Birds Eye burger. It came served between two slices of white bread like a sandwich.

The chunky fries were black; obviously deep fried in dirty oil. The fried fish was quite good but again the chunky fries that came with it looked like they had been cooked in Castrol.

We picked a bit, then, keen to make a quick exit, we got the check which at R2,750 would have been a good price had the meal been edible.

The waiter didn't say anything when he saw the full plates coming back, it probably wasn't a surprise.

The service wasn't bad but it was clear nobody would be that bothered had we complained.

Their credit card machine wasn't working properly (probably same problem as the deep fat fryer) so we paid in cash.

Luckily our tuk-tuk driver had waited so we walked down the dirt track in the pitch black illuminated only by my mobile phone and were up and away.

Total round trip from our hotel and back just under an hour.

1  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

delicious food! espacially sea food and the prices are very liberal) the have russian menu) if you order sea food, they bring it to show you and then they cook it

Thank Yuli4ka98
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great food, presented like in a top class restaurant, highly recommend the tuna in sesame and the banana pudding, you won't regret a visit here!
Plenty of staff and quick service.

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1  Thank Samuel W
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Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Visited Cafe Ceylon with the wife about a week ago. The restaurant is set back in a large garden with coconut trees with a winding path across the lawn. spacious and open restaurant with additional outdoor dining area. Very clean and spotless bathrooms. Slatted tables with wooden chairs, white linen and Wait staff dressed in color coordinated blue tshirts and sarongs.

Oysters were very large, juicy and came in an Asian flavored sauce. Delicious. The shrimp dumplings and pumpkin soup was equally tasty. Would have preferred the soup without the seafood and crab legs but that was a personal choice.

Ordered lobster prawns and the steamed whole fish. The manager convinced us to share a portion of crabs in ginger sauce which was the daily special. Prawns were lobster like in proportion, firm and buttery . Steamed fish was tender, moist and slightly spicy. Crabs were meaty and had a deep crabby flavor which I found lacking in many crab dishes that I ate here.

Dessert was brownie with vanilla ice cream and hakuru bananas. Brownie was thick, warm, and moist. Hakuru bananas is the Sri Lankan version of bananas foster, the signature dish at Eileen Brennan's in New Orleans. This version had smaller bananas, palm sugar instead of brown sugar and flambeed with arrack instead of banana liqueur. The end result was outstanding and perhaps even better than the original.

The service was very attentive and the staff smiling and friendly. When calling for a table was told that there is no bar license so had to bring our own which was a slight bit of a bother as Ahangama area has only one small wine shop with almost zero choice of wine.

Last but not least, our compliments to the person who compiled the music playlist at Cafe Ceylon. Instead of the mind numbing techno or the ubiquitous Bob Marley, it was a pleasant change to listen to some carefully chosen jazz classics. In the two hours we spent there we were serenaded by everybody from Dave Brubeck, Modern Jazz Quartet, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton and Hank Mobley!!! Eat your heart out DJ Tiesto!!! :)

The check was 9,000 ruppies ($70) for two persons which is very reasonable for food of this standard. Overall, my impression is the restaurant deserves the high ratings it has got so far on tripadvisor. I would state that Cafe Ceylon ranks as the best meal we had in Sri Lanka. Highly recommended for anybody in the Galle Ahangama Koggala area. I will most certainly return to this memorable place.



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