Sri Lankan restaurant

One of my favorite things about living in Silicon Valley is the availability of food from the Indian subcontinent, the southern portion in particular. Saravana Bhavan is my favorite restaurant. I jump at the opportunity to try something new in this vein, e.g., the short-lived Charulata (Bengali), the excellent Green Lettuce (Indian-style Chinese in Vancouver, BC — the local Passage to India has a Desi Chinese menu), and perhaps the best restaurant meal of my life at the departed Surat Sweets (Gujarati, also in Vancouver, BC).

Recently I saw Curry Leaf advertised as the only Sri Lankan restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area and tried it out this afternoon. I vaguely expected something like South Indian cuisine plus fish. I was wrong. Sri Lankan cuisine heavily uses spices associated with India but is otherwise distinct. I don’t have vocabulary to describe it well, so see A Taste of Serendib. I had vegetarian Kottu Roti, with Jackfruit chunks standing in as meat. Pleasantly spicy. I recommend the place. It is of course in a low rent strip mall.

4 Responses

  1. Peggy says:

    My Sri Lankan friend, an excellent cook describes her cuisine as a blend of Indian and Thai. I think that says it nicely

  2. Don says:

    Curry Lefe was closed down few years ago. but I had Srl Lanken food from That was the best so far.

  3. I heard much about south Indian food on discovery channel the likes of Dosa sambhar and all. I belive me i was amazed to see the diversified culture in India. Varied food culture for different states. Really India is a nice country for food too. Yummy !

  4. […] Sri Lankan restaurant closed not long after I praised it, and I have not eaten at a Sri Lankan restaurant since. […]

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