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“Mediocre”

Gecko Restaurant and Rooms
Ranked #42 of 82 Restaurants in Arugam Bay
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

Can't comment on accommodation. Quite a nice vibe by the beach but food is less than average... Melted ice cream and overpriced burgers. Would chill and have a beer but wouldn't be back for food.

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Thank Ohoho
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

I know the Sri Lankans are notoriously slow for service but waiting 2 hours for your food is ridiculous. We were starving and I found the food over priced for what we got.

When we first got there we were impressed by the owners (family owned, English woman, Sri Lankan husband and their cute kids.) The menu looked promising and is an Eco place.

But unfortunately the waiting let us down. We thought it could have been a one off as they were busy but our friends went the next day at lunch time for just a drink and waited 45 minutes for a coke! The waiters didnt even apologise.

Thank kleewaylee
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We ate here for breakfast and one dinner, the food was great although beware it can take an age to get it, which seems to be the case across all Sri Lanka. Very chilled atmosphere and great for just a drink as well as the food.

Thank Monkey3162
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We visited Geckos on 3 different occasions during our week in Arugam Bay and had a different experience each time so they lack consistency. The owner Liz is very friendly and welcoming to everyone and has the personal touch which is lovely, the local staff were also friendly and helpful too however the length of time it takes to have a quick sandwich at lunch, a fruit plate at breakfast or evenng meal was crazy even by local standards. The quality of the food was very good (which you would expect for the premium you pay going there) however we ended up waiting over an hour and a half for dinner one night and after working up an appetite on the beach during the day we were really miserable by the time the food arrived. Also seeing everyone else's food come out before ours was quite disheartening - I would have ordered a burger had I known as they also looked great! Despite this we didn't complain and they did apologise to us when we left as they knew we had a bad experience - to be honest I think it would have softened the blow if they had either offered us a discount or a complimentary coffee / dessert the following day as a nice gesture - but they didn't. Recommend the food and friendliness, not the price you pay for the delayed service.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

good place for those feeling homesick for burgers, burritos and non-curried food. hammocks are a nice relaxing touch. Service is very slow - but that's just the way it is in Sri Lanka

Thank Brooke2802
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