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“Better than it looks”

Rawana Holiday Resort
Ranked #32 of 76 Restaurants in Ella
Cuisines: Indian
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Description: Lonely Planet, p.197, 2009 edition Note, this is in Sri Lanka, not Kentucky
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We visited in the afternoon to order dinner, and were somewhat surprised by the generally scruffy and dirty approach and run-down nature of the place. Returning after dark we found a transformation to a candlelit dining terrace with beautifully laid tables. Yes, the curry and rice is as good as you will find anywhere, and the staff efficient and friendly. The restaurant was full, so there was a pleasant buzz and everyone seemed more than satisfied with their meal. Bring your own drink and be pleasantly surprised by the smallness of the bill.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful experience. The rawana resort is a bit hidden (turn right after the curd shop and walm uphill), but it's soo worth finding it. We paid 1060rs for a delicious meal for 2 people - awesome rice plus curries (aubergine and okra were my fave), papadams, sambol, pickled mango and water (no alcohol, but you can byob). The food was the best we've had in sri lanka, simply mouthwatering!! The staff is super friendly and explains all the dishes. A must if you're in Ella!

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1  Thank maggieeramone
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

This place looks very basic and when we visited earlier in the day to book a table (recommended) I did wonder if it really was going to be as good as we had heard. We were more than delighted with the food we were served. It was a vegetarian sri lankan feast. We had heard about the garlic curry which lived up to expectations but was almost eclipsed by a stunning aubergine dish. Everything we tasted there was excellent and we went away wishing we could go back. Reviews we had read had also recommended the Ella Village Restaurant but having visited there the next night we were disappointed and had wished we had gone back to Rawana. Ignore the slightly basic and rundown appearance. Make sure you visit this place for very authentic sri lankan cuisine.

1  Thank nickyg0606
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

For a mere $4 you can get and amazing spread of white rice, brown rice, 3 vegetables, 1 lentil dish, curry, salad and papad. All the dishes had distinct flavors and each morsel was a treat. The staff was friendly and polite.

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1  Thank Johny_daniel
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Our dinner was included with our room (reviewed separately). The meal was FABULOUS! Huge portions of tasty rice and curry. The rice was perfectly cooked, and the dishes just kept coming. I think we ordered #1... it had so many choices that were all tasty. The garlic curry was absolutely amazing! The "drumsticks" were also super tasty. I'd go back just for the food - it's worth the short walk from the centre of town.

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1  Thank PrincessGolden
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