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“Went from bad to excellent in two meals in one day!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of White House Restaurant

White House Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 138 Restaurants in Kandy
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Asian, Sri Lankan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: White House is a unique, concept restaurant in the heart of Kandy, a beautiful heritage city in the hills of the Central region of Sri Lanka. White House is a Bakery, Café and Restaurant all in one. The café is modern & trendy compared to the laid back, cosy, wooden themed first floor restaurant. White House serves up a multi cuisine menu including some of the best steaks in town. We also have a real Tandoor to delight all those who love their meats char grilled. What’s more, the fresh bakery & pastry products are a real treat to those who crave for indulgence.
Pilton, United Kingdom
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269 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Went from bad to excellent in two meals in one day!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

By accident we ended up here twice in one day. The contrast between visits was incredible! Lunchtime's choices, food and service can only be described as shambolic but by nightfall, the frenzy of the day had given way to a more peaceful calm. The service was slow but attentive and our choices of Indian curries, the best we've had in Sti Lanka. There is no wifi as stated in previous reviews and you cant get alcohol. It seems to be a hot and miss Adair, but the Indian (evenings only) menu is well worth the visit after enjoying maybe a cold beer in the pub across the road. 

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Baja, Hungary
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“place to Eat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2012

very good food at the white house. also quick service. thats very important.

Visited December 2011
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Good Indian food in Kandy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

While at first the name Whitehouse could make you think that this could be a bit tacky, it’s anything but that. On the ground floor there’s a bakery which looks most inviting and scrumptious, and onthe first floor is a most cozy restaurant. The soft lighting, classy chandeliers and décor seemed to suggest that there was a certain hole to be burnt in the pocket. To be fair to the hotel, when compared to the prices that we had paid in other places, it was far from that. Two dinners, both of which were neither very light nor very heavy cost us less than what one dinner did in Unawatuna. The Indian food tasted genuinely Indian. The problem though is the spice measurement. Given the scare that Sri Lankan food had given us in terms of spice, we ordered for an aaloo jeera (potato with cumin) for dinner, with a lessened amount of spice. Unfortunately it came with no spice whatsoever. It was primarily roasted potato with some turmeric, salt and cumin. The starters on the other hand, grilled vegetables on skewers were perfect, with not a hint of excess spice. We also indulged in some dessert from the bakery below. My orange mousse cake was divine. Unfortunately my wife’s mocha cake seemed not so fresh. Nevertheless, it didn’t deter us from coming back for another dinner, the very next day.

So for dinner 2 we ordered dal tadka (lentils made in an onion tomato base) with medium spice and some curd/ yoghurt for good measure. The food came out alright and the curd added to the flavour. We skipped dessert since we were just happy with the food. A must visit if you are Indian and you are craving home food in the middle of your Sri Lankan holiday.

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“Go to the White house - great food,welcoming staff! The place to be!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2011

We were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon the white house in kandy! We were looking for a place we could sit for a while, enjoy good food and rest our feet and the white house was the perfect place. Offering cakes and bread buns on the ground floor, upstairs is a wonderfully colonial restaurant that was buzzed with atmosphere!
The staff are very friendly and helpful- we stayed for a while ordering more tea and lassi!
They also have free wifi! The only place in kandy!! For that alone we give them top marks!
The menu caters for all tastes from western to indian. The portion of rice biryani was delicious however the portion could feed 4 people and there was only me to eat it! Not one to see food go to waste we got it nicely packed up!
Great staff- the manager ishane was super helpful giving us tips for our trip n made us feel at home. Go to the white house and you wont be disappointed!

  • Visited December 2011
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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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“Star class dining experience in the middle of Kandy City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

We went to Kandy on the 24th December and was looking for a good place to get dinner and after going through some websites (mostly Tripadviser) found this restaurant.

The first impression about the location was not really good as it was in the second floor of a bakery store in the middle of the town. After entering there was lot of people having there meals in the ground floor and we thought that this was the place (and only set menus were there) However we got to know that the place we are looking for is in the second floor. So we went up and was greeted with a smiling face and he showed us a table and the atmosphere was really good with dim light and light music.

After that we were given two choices of meals, as it was the day before Christmas they had a special 4 course set-menu and the standard À la carte menu. So we selected the special Christmas set-menu which looked good.

The food was really good and really worth the money we spend. Really tasty and the presentation of food is really good. And the service was also really good they were quite fast in there job. After having meals a person from the restaurant (think he's the manager there) came up and inquired us about food and service which was really a good time to give some feedback to the management.

We were really happy to have a place like this in the heart of Kandy which gives people the dining experience in a star class hotel in a simple friendly atmosphere.

I should say again if you are looking for good food in a simple place this is the place for you.

  • Visited December 2011
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