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“Not far from the real thing”

Ceylonta Restaurant
Ranked #219 of 2,766 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Sri Lankan
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Not far from the real thing”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have been to a lot of Indian restaurants both in Ottawa and all over India and although this falls under more Sri Lankan style food there are a lot of similarities with respect to ingredients and how they are prepared. I have frequented this restaurant on many occasions and have always had a great experience. The food is great and the atmosphere is great as well. If you have a group of ten or more you can do an all you can eat menu where you just order whatever is on the menu for as many times as you like. The beef vindaloo is great for the spice lovers and man it does not disappoint on the vindaloo scale. For the brave you can even ask for it to be hotter. Great food great place and worth the visit, especially if you can take advantage of the all you can eat menu with then or more people. Its a great way to try dishes you would never normally try.

  • Visited July 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
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“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

I live one block from the Carling Avenue location of this restaurant and I really like it. I am originally from South India, and Sri Lankan food is the closest thing to South Indian food that I can find in Ottawa. Mind you it's not really hot, like Sri Lankan food in Sri Lanka, or South Indian food for the matter of that, but it's very good. (When I get takeout from here, I add hot sauces to it.)

There are lots of different ways of making biriyani, but the way they make it here is closer to South Indian biriyani than actual Indian Restaurants in Ottawa.

  • Visited June 2014
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Gatineau, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Flavourful, heart warming food!”
Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

If you are not seasonned enough to order plates in an Indian food restaurant, Ceylonta is the place to go! They offer what I consider the best Fix-price Group Diner in Ottawa. For 25$/person, you and your guests will indulge in a Sri Lankan feast comprised of a mix of appetizers (Mutton Roll, Ulunthu Vadal, Kadalai Vadai and vegetable Samosa), followed by Devilled & Curried Dishes ( Chicken, Shrimps and vegetables curried Thali), basmati and vegetable rice, roast beef and Tandori Chicken, than Kothu Dishes! I can assure you that at the end, you will be so filled that you won't almost be able to move, hihihi.

Service might be a bit slow, so don't get there if you are in a hurry but the beautiful smile of Tamara, server, will make you forget all the little inconviences. Reservation recommended.

An evening to renew many time!

Visited May 2014
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Thank YvesD261
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Taiwan
Level 5 Contributor
32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“authentic and hearty flavors”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

We've been to Ceylonta Restaurant a couple times and always liked their buffet there. This time we decided to go to another location: 2920 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON (613) 828-7812
It was very satisfying. They offered weekend brunch, which was a very delicious dosa, fresh and crispy. I loved the soup of the day, (that day, anyway) Tamarind Rasam, I just wanted to go back for more.
The staff was friendly & efficient. It is a small restaurant with very cozy decor & a peaceful atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic but not for all dishes”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

I've had the chance to try almost all their dishes through out the year. I've found the taste to be unique when compared to other south asian restaurants in the city. Ottawa is mostly occupied with north indian style serving restaurants and Ceylonta isn't among one of them. It's Sri Lankan cuisine and most of the dishes I've ordered had the aroma and taste you would expect to find coming from that region. The samosas and mutton rolls were quite good as well as their biryani, which had a chicken drumstick and egg topped on…a nice addition. Their chicken and mutton curry however, I'm not a fan. It tasted more like soup or stew rather than a rich thick sauce that most curries tend to deliver. Kothu rotti wasn't too bad, though it was a little stringy. I have mixed feelings about their cuisine and I feel as though not everyone may find the taste suiting. However, I'm not discouraging anyone to go out and try Ceylonta. Give them a try and see for your self if you are the type of person that is accustomed to the usual north indian cuisine thats filled the entire city.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Tony M
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