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“culinary gem!”

The Sun House Restaurant
Ranked #87 of 139 Restaurants in Galle
Cuisines: Sri Lankan
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“culinary gem!”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Dinner for 4 and a half (being my 2 year old daughter) was reserved and as we entered the sheltered courtyard, we were transported back in time - whitewashed walls, a library, a large courtyard and the requisite colonial era charm and ambience.

The service was exemplary, in spite of there being a couple other tables occupied. It is a rather small outdoor area but beautifully terraced landscape leading down to what was an inviting pool (given the humid night).

The menu is truncated and included only two options for main course. I ordered the Mahi Mahi but the rest of my group requested the chef to prepare a Sri Lankan chicken curry. My daughter ate a pasta (well part of the bowl as my wife devoured the rest) - the claim was made that it was the best made pasta she had had during our fortnight trip............this bode well for the adult meals which were yet to arrive.

Drinks were very good, and the wine list rather more robustly populated than the spartan grape offerings of other restaurants in the area. We enjoyed an Italian red, although it could have used some time to breathe - the idea of a wine decanter was lost on the staff so we forged on in keeping with the cheery spirit of the night.

The food when it arrived was extremely well prepared with due care given to the produce and its preparation. My mahi mahi was perfectly cooked, while the others declared the chicken curry to be a heady concoction of spices and chicken that tantalised the taste buds - also a winner.

The prices are set per person and slightly higher than other restaurants in the area but no quibbles given the overall experience.

We enjoyed the ambience more than dessert and were content to sit out on the patio cooled by the occasional zephyr. This place definitely got points for romantic venue - although the wailing of my daughter might have detracted from that slightly ;)

  • Visited July 2013
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New York
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Probably the best in town
having tried other this is the place to dine whether it is lunch or dinner

Visited July 2013
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
671 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 431 helpful votes
“A small peace of heaven”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

If you read your Lonely Planet it will tell you that Sun House and Dick's Bar are expat favourites and great places to be. When we went we were the only ones to be there and treated as long lost friends.

We had drinks on the terrace, watched the monkeys in the trees and enjoyed the wonderful ambience. This is an old planter's House and it has kept that feel. The rooms are good, the staff are very welcoming and the atmosphere excellent - even though we were the only ones there we made a point of deciding we were coming back.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank ESVincent
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Bowral, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Have a drink at Dicks bar then enjoy a lovely dinner on the terrace.”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

My daughter and I had perfect g&t at dicks bar followed by a delicious meal on the terrace.
The food was fresh and prepared beautifully. We enjoyed every minute of our evening at Sun House. I'd love to go back and stay at sun house and try the meals served during the day.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank melinda075
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110 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

We were staying at Why House and this was our first night eating out so we chose The Sun House from the various guide books we had consulted.

We arrived early and sat on the terrace outside Dick's bar for cocktails before going into dinner which was very civilised. Dinner itself was out on the veranda overlooking the pool and we were pleased to find that they had given us the table in the best position to admire the view. The food was excellent and incredibly good value. As a starter we had a prawn salad, the prawns appeared to have been marinated in something and had a wonderful smokey tangy flavour to them. There were two choices for the main course, a classic Sri Lankan curry or Mahi Mahi (a local fish with quite a firm chunky texture). We all chose the Mahi Mahi which was steamed and came with an oyster butter sauce, simple but most effective and perfectly cooked. We enjoyed several bottles of a French Sauvignon Blanc called 'Kiwi' (from the taste we assume it was produced by a Kiwi) which was the cheapest on the wine list at RPs 3,250 per bottle.

If we come back to Galle this will be our first port of return.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Tom D
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