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You should check out following places for a really cheap but quality evening meal.
a. Burgers King - A road side burgers joint closer to Galle Face green at Slave Island which sells tasty and cheap Fanan Burgers, chicken and Beef burgers at prices ranging from Rs. 180 to 300 served with french fries. Take away or eat seated at the small table arrangement. Ask a Three wheeler (Tuk Tuk) driver to take you there from Galle Face green. Cost will be approx Rs. 150 for the ride.
b. Light House Galley - Slightly upmarket yet affordable quality stuff at Colombo Light House. Run by the Sri Lanka Navy as a community project, therefore really value for money. You can get Hoppers, Kottu, Sri Lankan Rice and Curry and Chinese fried rice at very inexpensive prices and eat at the open air setting. Walk towards Colombo light house from Galle Face green past the Ceylon Continental hotel. Light house is at the sea side. Galley is opposite the lighthouse on the right hand side. Just one km from the Galle Face hotel.
c. Pilawoos - Famous Kottu joint for Club goers which is open even at 2 in the morning. The Chicken and Cheese Kottu is the trade mark dish. Priced from Rs. 400 onwards. From the Galle face green Pilawoos is towards south may be 3 kms. Best way to get there is by Tuk Tuk.