Having spent my early childhood in the southern part of Sri Lanka, it has always been a place so close to my heart.. it is so over whelming to feel the sea breeze on my face and feel the fresh air creeping through the cooling trees every time I travel to this part of the country..
Thanks to the southern express way, it only takes about an hour to reach Galle and about 2 hours to reach Matara. I wish I could have a getaway every weekend exploring the beach side and so many restaurants and I’m sure even then I will never get enough of this blissful experience as I am always excited as though it’s the first time!
Many times we have driven passing the sign post “café ceylon” and me and my sister has been eyeing on visiting this place for quite sometime. So last weekend we decided to pack our bags for a girl friends’ getaway and we ended up at Café Ceylon.
Once you exit from the southern expressway at the Galle exit point, it is only about 30 mins drive and the you wouldn’t miss the whole gate wall which has been painted with their sign board on the left side of the road.. Café Ceylon is a sea food restaurant and a gorgeous small colonial villa situated together on a land full of coconut trees and many other trees native to the area allowing you to have a peaceful time whether you decide to have a meal or overnight…
We reached around 7 pm after a sensational five rhythms yoga session at the Sri yoga shala close by and we were quite famished looking forward for a great dinner.
When our table started getting too crowdie with each order been served, the foodie inside me was having a bright smile on her just by seeing the awesome presentation of food and the yummy smell.
So we started off with prawn dumplings which were served hot hot and tasted yum yum! I was told that the dipping sauce is made in house which shows the extent they go to make their food so unique and delicious… Apart from the taste of prawns, I could taste the freshness of vegetables stuffed inside the dumplings.
I’m such a sea food lover and I don’t take any meat items.. so when it comes to the main menu, I decided to go for the Sesame crusted Tuna. You better be a sea food lover, if you are travelling to the southern coastal area. If not, you will have no idea what you will be missing out in this food heaven in Sri Lanka!
Sesame crusted Tuna
So the yellow tuna was well coated with the sesame which creates a great flavor and underneath the tuna was soy grilled snake gourd which was super tasty. Snake gourd is usually not one of my favorites, but the fact that it was grilled with soy just gave it a beautiful touch. The Pol sambol (coconut sambol) on the side might give you a strange felling, but trust me it really pulled the whole dish together with a great fusion.
Mahi- Mahi fillet
This dish surely looks awesome and taste good too!
The fresh crispy fillet delicately touched with sweet potato and wasabi mash is an excellent combination for a hearty meal which also comes with some vegetables and a mango salsa… Yumm yummmmm…
Tropical juices: Green goddess
It’s the month of March which is a super hot season in this part of the world. So a real cooling juice takes a long way! When I say cooling I don’t mean having ice in the juice, its about the ingredients which can be cooling for your system.
The green goddess is made with fresh gotukala, banana and passion fruit in king coconut juice. Can you feel the freshness in your mouth!!!! Gotukola is filled with antioxidant power and king coconut is an excellent drink to refresh the system to beat the tropical summer thirst. This is the only drink I had several times during my stay so I cannot really comment on the taste of other drinks which I don’t have any doubt about …
Here comes the “how sweet is” dessert!
Café Ceylon hakuru bananas & chocolate brownies
You might think of the amount of calories adding in after such a great main course.. well not exactly. The chocolate brownie at Café Ceylon is made with dark chocolate and Kurakkan flour instead of the unhealthy wheat flour! Who will think that this substitute will work so well to create such sweetmeat that melts in your mouth!
After the main meal two can easily share the dessert if you are not too greedy for too much of sweetness! Hacker bananas at Cafe ceylon comes with caramelized Bananas with Jaggery, Nutmeg,Vanilla Ice Cream and you can skip the old arrack to make it a virgin dessert 🙂
More yummy food….
If you travel in Galle, Unwatuna or Ahangama, Abalangoda area, you would find that the sea food is so fresh and tasty in most of the places. But here at Café Ceylon I found awesome food which is so high in standard compared to a five-star restaurant in Colombo!
Wanna know who is behind these awesome food??? Chef German who is a four star rated chef from Melbourne is heading the restaurant adding his own unique touch and detail to each dish. Also they have their own beautiful garden at the back yard to make fresh and yummy food.
Him and his wife Fiona are running the café Ceylon restaurant, Café Ceylon guest house and Jasmin cottage which is right next to the café.. If you get there while the couple is around and you get to have a chat with them, you would definitely fall in love with these two beautiful souls.. They will also fill you up with things to do around the area such as surfing, body boarding or even yoga..
Both places guest house and the cottage are super cosy for a relaxing beach stay…
Here at Café Ceylon I wouldn’t say that you would find cheap sea food.. Good things don’t come cheap don’t they! Each dish will cost you something like USD 10- 18 ( LKR 1300- 1800) and I can guarantee that you are getting value for money. Dinner time is the best time to get there to listen to some light music and enjoy the cooling breeze in their open restaurant. The place gets quite busy with the tourists and I hardly saw any locals while I was there..
You are not only paying for yummy food, you are paying for a fresh meal which is made either with freshies right from their own garden or picked up from the neighborhood where the freshness is sealed!