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best places to find middle eastern food in sri lanka

Best places to find Middle Eastern food in Sri Lanka

We love to travel and see places, and yes, are up for experimenting on new cuisines as well. But people tend to crave for the food they grew up on if travel gets long.


Sri Lanka is one of the sought after holiday destination for people living in the Middle East, thanks to its proximity and easy visa application process.  This article is dedicated to all the lovely people in the Middle East.

Because we know that you love your food as much as we do, we have come up with a list of restaurants you need to hit up during your trip to Sri Lanka. Feel at home, away from home. There are Halal options here. You can thank us later!


August By Mama Aida, Colombo;;

One of the authentic places to find best Lebanese food in Colombo, August By Mama Aida offers excellent service on a beautiful outdoor setting. Picture yourself dining under a mango tree gorging on   a variety of mezze platter and fresh salads? Their all-time favourites are the slow cooked lamb and beef shawarma. Make it authentic by finishing your meal with Arabic coffee, with some cardamom may be?Must try

Beef Shawarma


Chambers Restaurant, Galle

Chambers is a good quality restaurant in Galle which might not be as lavish as Mezz2. This little restaurant is located in the centre of Galle Fort. They serve amazing wraps, mezzes and tagines at a reasonable price. Great service, lovely staff, food is fresh and arrives on time. Do order the Moroccan tea with your meal.  A word of caution – Avoid the mutton tagine as mutton in this part of the world means goat.

Must try: Chicken Tagine


Mezz2, Beruwela

Located at the Cinnamon Bey Beruwela, this restaurant serves authentic Arabic food. In Mezz2 they offer two variety of hummus for starters, Don’t be surprised if they offer you more even without asking. The service here is brilliant. The prawn grill is a must try. The restaurant is situated on a rooftop guaranteeing stunning views of the Indian ocean. Now that’s a pretty picture.

Must try: Hummus


Ceilao Gosto, Kandy

Ceilao Gosto is a coffee shop & restaurant in Kandy that offers range of coffee, food, cakes, beverages & ice cream. Ceilao Gosto is not an authentic Arabic restaurant. They have their grilled seer fish with butter fried herb vegetables and mashed potato in the side drizzled with lemon butter sauce which will make you want to go back again.

Must try

Mashed potato


CIOCONAT lounge, Colombo

A fusion restaurant of sorts, CIOCONAT caters to a variety of taste buds, thanks to their International and Arabic cuisine options in their menu. Think of Kabsa rice, hummus, tabbouleh mixed grill and dates! Drooling yet? We have more. This place has a shisha lounge which is by far the best you can get in Colombo. Don’t miss out the Paan Rasna flavour. Arabic food is available from Thursdays to Sundays. 

Must try: Tabbouleh


Pink Elephant, Unawatuna

Located in the heart of Unawatuna, a stunning beach town, Pink Elephant is a family style restaurant that offers a good spread of Arabic food alongside Sri Lankan local dishes. The food is of generous helping and filled with flavour. Service is great here! Here we can get their Arabic bread, hummus, mixed grill platter and kebabs. And not to forget – they do serve shisha and authentic Turkish coffee!

Must try: Turkish coffee

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