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“Brilliant Concept in a Splendid Hotel”

Nuga Gama at Cinnamon Grand Colombo
Ranked #12 of 649 Restaurants in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/GrandNugagama.htmIt has authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and its soo good!!! Best meal we had in Sri Lanka.
Reviewed November 30, 2013

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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Reviewed November 18, 2013

To get to this outdoor restaurant you walk through a garden lined with flame torches before coming out to an intimate outdoor dining area. The food is very tasty, cooked in the traditional village way

Thank Andrew F
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

I took a friend who was visiting from the UK because she wanted to try Sri Lankan cuisine. It was a fun way to show her what a Sri Lankan village looked like.

The was a wide selection of authentic dishes and the hoppers were to die for. Even the drinks were truly original.

The service was very good and we were given drinks on the house because it was raining that day and we were unable to sit out under the tree.

It was a very enjoyable evening and a real treat for my friend. Keep up the good work.

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Thank CMBTraveller_85
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We really enjoyed our dinner at Nuga Gama . After two-weeks travelling through Sri Lanka and two-days in the city, this was a great antidote to Colombo. The curry selection was huge. They were a bit spicy, but lots of rice helped with that. The deserts were fantastic.

The village recreation looks very authentic to a Western eye. The cow is very friendly. The 250 year old banyan tree along is worth the visit.

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Thank Wolin
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Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

I have taken couple of my business delegates from European country to get real treat of Sri Lankan dinner and we all very much liked and enjoyed the meal and the ambience. Recommend for any one the best 5 star Sri Lankan resturant.

Thank Randyex
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