Nuga Gama, the model village under the Banyan Tree is truly an unique concept conceived by the leadership team at Cinnamon Grand. It is a sure surprise that awaits those that dare explore it. The atmosphere is rustic and privacy dominates amidst the dim light of the coconut oil lamps.
The ancient Banyan tree, the cynosure of this unique restaurant provides shade and character to its concept. Seating is predominantly outdoor with some indoor seating arrangements. You have to dress appropriately to be comfortable here as there is no air conditioning. The ground has been prepared by laying sand and pea gravel.
There are vegetable plots, hens (in pens at night), a compost pit and there is even a dairy cow in a shed tucked behind. The walls are made of brick and mortar and cleverly hand rendered with clay to give the ancient village theme. If you enjoy night photography, here is a chance to bring along your rig with a tripod to indulge.
The rural Sri Lankan cuisine here is cooked in clay pots on firewood stoves. The smoky flavor is unique and leaves a lasting impression. The women in the kitchen too are of rural origin in sharp contrast to the hotel school graduates, thus underscoring the extent of its authenticity! They were taking a rice dish off of the fire. When asked if it was Biryani, they said it was "Madakalapu Batha", or Batticaloa rice. One does not get to taste such dishes long lost in the annals of history in the regular restaurants! We wish Nuga Gama the very best in progressing from strength to strength!
The music is traditional Sinhalese and is complete with the bamboo flute and tabla drum. The music is provided from under a clay hut. This is a compulsory visit for the Sri Lankan expatriate on visit.
The staff have been very hospitable and nice. We recommend this unique restaurant styled a village in the city!
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