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“Stop over for food”
Review of Ambepussa Avanhala

Ambepussa Avanhala
Ranked #4 of 7 Restaurants in Ambepussa
Cuisines: Sri Lankan, Asian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Kochi (Cochin), India
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Stop over for food”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Its a nice stopover for food between Colombo & Kandy. The buffet spread for lunch was just average but food was nice. Try out the different Srilankan snacks. Its a bit crowded but food is worth the money you spend.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank SarathSubash
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Best halfway stopover place between Colombo and Kandy.”
Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We always stop here when traveling between Colombo and Kandy. Very tasty snacks and tea coffee at reasonable prices. The buffet is good value for money. Very courteous staff. Bonus is very clean toilet facilities.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank SpareAnimalsGoVegan
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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111 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Not what it used to be...”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

It is sad when 'landmarks' slack in their standards - and the 'Avanhala' sadly is one of them. The food is still good - and the hoppers in particular is still excellent - but the service sucks, and the place looks run down. It took nearly 20 minutes to get a cup of tea - I DO accept that it was busy - but waiting that long for a 'cuppa' - specially when you are on the move with family is not on !

Still one of our favourite stop overs - but unless things improve - will certainly not bother stopping any more !

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Vidusha N
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“The No. #1 Pit Stop on Kandy Road”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

Ambepussa Avanhala (stands for canteen in the Sinhala language) is visibly the most popular pit stop on the Kandy Road in Sri Lanka. Many have tried but failed to capture this opportunity. Perera & Sons nearby has edged closer but the future of how this restaurant is managed will decide on its position as the number one!

To begin with, this is managed by Galle Face hotel thus you can expect some standards. It is the cynosure on your drive along this road and the vehicles pulling in and out bear witness to its popularity. Two security guards are placed on the roadside parking so your pulling in and out are responsibly guided for your safety and convenience while ensuring the safety of your ride while you relax inside.

The interior is clean and the design contributes towards a relaxing and comfortable stop over. Restrooms are clean and you are required to pay a nominal fee if you are not a restaurant customer. My favorite is their stuffed capsicum and kids would love the marshmallows cut in uniquely large squares! Many love their milk tea but I would prefer if they used fresh milk instead of the powdered variety.

They serve a popular breakfast buffet with a selection of traditional items on the table. You really cannot find a better service so early on the road. Lunch is not my favorite but dinner is probably better. They run out of the hot selling short eats at times but you get your reward the next time around.

Weekends are busy woth local and foreign travellers heading to and back from their weekend escapades. There is a three-piece Calypso band in attendance on the weekends and they always succeed in extending my pitstop by at least thirty minutes.

While the Avanhala is your choice for a quick stop over, their sister property across the road named Heritage Ambepussa provides a quieter and laid back aura. There is an amateur flute player perched atop the tree house and he never fails to fill your soul with a soothing melody! I always give him a tip for the melodious gift in return.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Vonfidel
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Colombo
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151 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Crowded but Good”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

This is a restaurant on the Colombo / Kandy / Anuradhapura main road. It tends to be crowded because of the location, but really worth a stop. The best is the breakfast buffet with a large spread. The hoppers are very very delicious and soft. The tea served here is very good.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Mahinda W
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