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“Very impressive Sri Lankan food. For British or Chinese” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Upali's

Upali's
Ranked #12 of 550 Restaurants in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Sri Lankan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Upali's with its array of dishes with the best of Sri Lankan flavours offers you a truly local and unique culinary experience. Our well-seasoned signature dishes which are par excellence, other local dishes and desserts will keep you singularly satisfied. We create that sense of fulfillment in you with every meal you indulge in at Upali's and our menus are incomparably rich vis-a-vis taste and quality. Located in the heart of Colombo, Upali's affords breathtaking views of tranquil Viharamaha Devi Park, the majestic Nelum Pokuna Theatre and the iconic Town Hall. In addition to the restaurant, we serve locally brewed coffee, snacks and pastries at the coffee shop. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Colombo life, Upali's offers you perfect escape from the daily routine and satisfy your taste buds. The elegantly furnished interior decorated with alluring paintings adds a touch of artistic sophistication to the place. As you sit down for a hearty meal you can revel in the elegance and charm we have created for you. The garden ambiance, a hallmark at Upali's, complements the view of Viharamaha Devi Park. We have especially designed space to host events ranging from birthday parties to important company meetings. Free WIFI access and other amenities are at your disposal to ensure you encounter no hassle whatsoever. The temptingly delicious meals at Upali's will redefine your food indulgence.
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Very impressive Sri Lankan food. For British or Chinese”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

Brilliant!!! Just arrived in Colombo from Maldives. It was our first meal in Sri Lanka.
Nice location, good eating environment (well it is not for romantic).

Went with my parents (Chinese...who are extremely loyal to authentic Chinese food) and my husband (British... who is extremely open to all kinds of cuisine). Normally it is really really hard to make everyone satisfied but this time is definitely an exception.

Although the price is expensive compared with the local expense (I heard Rs. 20 can buy a portion of roti on street), it is seriously cheap for anyone from Europe or from far east.


All curries we tried are very very nice. My parents normally cant get used to any curry dish until tried the dishes here. Their comment is that "never thought Sri Lankan curries can be so delicious."


For starter:
Mulligatawny soup
Elu Mas soup
Upali's Combo

For main:

Fish Head Curry [huge portion] <---- My husband's favourite
Jaffna Crab Curry [huge portion]<---- My dad's favourite

Hathmaaluwa (Veg) Rs. 390 <---- My mum's favourite

Isso Beduma (Lagoon prawns tempered with spices, Ginger, Garlic, Onions and Tomato) Rs. 500 <---- My favourite!!! I ordered another portion after everyone finished... i am still sooooo full and the prawns are swimming in my brain...

Surprisingly the portion for the curry is pretty small. Normally 4 curries for 2 men. The exception is the signature curry which is huge, e.g. the fish head curry, the Jaffna crab curry... No matter whether it is big or small, the taste is superb.

My personal suggestion is that order Roast Pan (i.e. bread) for curry instead of rice, if you normally prefer rice with curry like me.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Zhaojiajia
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CathyCruse, Manager at Upali's, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Hi Zhao,
Thank you so much for your great review. We are so glad everyone managed to find something they enjoyed, especially your Mum and Dad.
We make a point of sourcing only the best ingredients and using only traditional recipes for our dishes, we believe this is why the taste is so unique.
So glad it was a memorable experience for you.
Regards
Cathy
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
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English first
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
852 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
“Good Food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

A lovely place for authentic Sri-Lankan food.A good place to bring foreigners or Sri-Lankans from abroad for a meal.
I have to specify that this is the only restaurant I have been, that gives drinking water free of charge, which is so very good of the management.
The service is very good, only thing the desserts which are delicious are far too small in size.Several people who have been here commented on this lapse.
Well worth visiting this place.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank DilrukshiH
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CathyCruse, Manager at Upali's, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear Dilrukshi,
Thank you so much for your recent review of Upali's Restaurant.
We're very pleased you enjoyed your visit. Our aim is to serve good wholesome food, that tastes great, in pleasant surroundings. Nothing too grand, just somewhere the locals can come every day, or somewhere you can bring guests and know they will be looked after.
Your comment on the desserts are noted and we will look into that.
Please ensure you visit us again.
Kind Regards
Cathy
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Great Sri Lankan Food, Good Atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

Travelled to Sri Lanka in June / July and enjoyed more than one meal at Upalis Colombo. The Food being traditional Sri Lankan with lots to choose from, the serves/ portions were generous to say the least and the value for your Rupees was excellent, as an Aussie you could eat there most days and it would be hard break the travel budget. (Very inexpensive)
The drink selection was really great too and being able to get a COLD Lion Lager was really what many travellers dream of, often it is a problem to get a Cold Beer but this was not the case at Upalis they were ICEY COLD just how we like them. Nice wine selection too at reasonable prices.
The entree or short eats were very tasty too. Sweats well I was too full and sadly never got there but what I saw and heard from others they are great too.
I had Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at various times at this restaurant during my 3 weeks in Sri Lanka.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Yarra V
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CathyCruse, Manager at Upali's, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear Yarra V,
Thank you so much for your amazing review. We're so pleased Upali's almost became your home away from home whilst you were in Sri Lanka.
A cold beer and a hot curry, what more do you need in life !
Make sure you visit us when you are back in town.
Regards
Cathy
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Belfast
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Ate here on our last night in Colombo. The food was authentic and delicious. Its fair to say its more expensive than your average street cafe or 'hotel' but still great value for the standard of food, huge portions and lovely setting. Added to that the staff are brilliant and the owner was so friendly he spent most of his time chatting to customers he really made a lasting impression. Would recommend to any travellers to Colombo in a heartbeat.

Helpful?
Thank cbill1985
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cathycruse2014, Manager at Upali's, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Thanks so much for your great review, we really appreciate you taking the time to tell others about us.
We are working really hard to ensure our customers enjoy their experience at Upali's and it looks like its working.
We hope you will come again if you make it back this way.
Best Wishes for the rest of your travels.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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159 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Good place for Sri Lankan food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

This is located In a convenient location near viharamahadevi park and famous for Sri Lankan food. The staff is really nice and the place is very clean. They also serve food very quickly . You can find a good selection of Sri Lanka food here. However , the prices are towards high end.

Helpful?
Thank mahesh9910
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CathyCruse, Manager at Upali's, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Hi Mahesh,
Thank you for your review of Upali's. We have tried to ensure not only is the food great but the environment is pleasant. Your comments on the service are also appreciated. We are well aware this can be a problem in some establishments and it is something we work hard on, from the top down. I will pass your comments onto the staff.
Please let us know if you come in again,
Regards
Cathy
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