Having read all the reviews on TA we had pretty high expectations. Diya Sisila did not disappoint us. In fact we were blown away by the friendly relaxed atmosphere, the fantastic food and the lovely setting. Nandana the host was very friendly and easy-going. We're staying in one of the 5* hotels in Bentota where the staff are lovely but very yes-sir, please-sir etc which is great but it was nice for a break. Nandana is the kind of person you can have a normal chat with.
The place was spotlessly clean and with it being right on the lake/river it has the perfect location.
The restaurant is a short tuk tuk ride (5 mins) inland from the coast road. Take your own alcohol from one of the wine shops in nearby Aluthgama (they don't have a license yet) and don't eat much the meal before. We had the prawns and chicken - both packed with subtle slow-cooked flavour. An excellent restaurant.
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