I spend 6 months of the year in Sri Lanka (and 6 months in the UK) and although I generally spend most of my time in Bentota, I make a point of visiting Asian Jewel for a meal whenever I am in the Hikkaduwa area.
I have known Dale & Tanya, the Asian Jewel owners for quite a few years and I can only say that their restaurant has constantly surpassed most of the restaurants in Sri Lanka for quality, freshness and presentation. The usual tourist restaurants are very "samey" but Asian Jewel has a lovely menu that will please both European & Asian food fans.
You can have a fantastic lunch at a reasonable price such as the fresh chicken burger (prepared completely from scratch with home-made chunky chips...the wait is worthwhile!!), the thai green chicken curry (so delicious and different from Sri Lankan style-curries) or even a freshly prepared home-made prawn and mayo sandwich. For those with bigger appetites - the Sri Lankan curries are wonderful and you can specify exactly to which degree of spiciness you want it. The extra plus is that you can use the pool to swim off your excesses after eating :-)
For special occasions, the Asian Jewel is at the top of my list of places to eat. The fresh sea food dishes are extremely good. Make sure that you inform Dale or Tanya in advance if you want to order large quantities so that they can source the seafood fresh from the market just before you arrive. It's a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or even a wedding!
I'm going home in a month and will be sure to return for a last bite & drink (they have a great wine menu too!) so see you soon.
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