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The Best Sri Lankan Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / July 25, 2012

Sri Lankan restaurants TorontoThe best Sri Lankan restaurants in Toronto are often overshadowed by those serving up food from its neighbor to the north. But as good as Indian food is in Toronto, cuisine from this beautiful island nation shouldn't be missed. In its most traditional form, Sri Lankan food brings to mind a plate of rice served with several curries served on a banana leaf. Popular dishes include string hoppers, roti, pittu, and appum. Kothu roti--a seasoned blend of thinly sliced roti served with chicken, mutton or vegetables--can be nothing short of life-altering if prepared right.

With its large Sri Lankan community, Scarborough is home to the greatest concentration of Sri Lankan restaurants in Toronto although it is possible to find the cuisine in Cabbagetown and other areas of the city.

Here are the best Sri Lankan restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best Indian restaurants in Toronto
The best Indian buffet in Toronto
The best Indian restaurants in Mississauga

Writing by Pira Pathmanathan

Babu Catering

Babu Catering

You can't talk about Sri Lankan food without bringing up this Toronto gem. Established two decades ago, Babu now has locations in both Scarborough and Markham. With a wide array of tasty Sri Lankan fare, lineups tend to be perpetually long but the efficient staff ensures swift service. Be sure to pick up some patties and sweets from their bakery section too. More »

Hopper Hut

Hopper Hut

Located at Kennedy and Ellesmere, Hopper Hut is a go-to for Sri Lankan Torontonians. Their kothu roti is something to write home about and for a special dessert treat, try their appam, a crepe-like dish with a soft, sweet centre made from coconut milk. For an incredibly cost-effective meal, simply pick up a heaping box of string hoppers served with spicy sambul for about five bucks. Don't forget to also order a few delicious samosa and crunchy vadais. Unlike many other pickup counter-style Sri Lankan restaurants, Hopper Hut has a seating area. More »

Rashnaa

Rashnaa

Found in Cabbagetown, Rashnaa feels slightly more formal than most spots on this list. With many entrees listed under $10, Rashnaa offers an inexpensive entry to the world of Sri Lankan eats for those wanting to dine south of Eglinton. Be sure to order the masala thosai, a popular Sri Lankan dish (similar to South India's masala dosa) consisting of a lentil rice and wheat flour crepe filled with potato curry. Rashnaa also offers take-out and delivery. More »

Gasa

Gasa

Known for its spicy kothu roti, Gasa is another east Toronto mainstay for Sri Lankan cuisine. Gasa has two locations. One at Kennedy and Finch in Scarborough and the other on New Delhi Drive in Markham. Be sure to try their nandu (crab) curry but also be prepared to sweat! If you aren't gunning for a spicy feast, ask the staff to recommend a few milder options. More »

Suvaiyakam

Suvaiyakam

Located at Birchmount and Finch, Suvaiyakam is another Sri Lankan takeout joint that offers the usual fare. Like many of its rivals, Suvaiyakam serves up a great variety of roti, string hoppers, curries, noodles, and short eats like mutton rolls, patties and the like. More »

Amma Take Out and Catering

Amma Take Out and Catering

Amma Take Out and Catering at Markham and Steeles is fairly new to the Sri Lankan scene but it has quickly gained a loyal following. Try their variety of lamprais or just some basic rice and curry. Amma also offers a variety of snacks including the ever-popular mutton roll. As the name suggests, be prepared to accept your food in a plastic bag. More »

Araliya Takeout and Catering

Araliya Takeout and Catering

Relatively new to the scene and located on Markham Road in the Woburn area of Scarborough, Araliya delivers with tasty Sri Lankan fare. Araliya has already established a following, with diners coming back for rice and spicy curries. More »

Abbirami Catering

Abbirami Catering

At Brimley and Eglinton, Abbirami is your best bet for lamprais, a traditional dish that consists of rice and various curries baked inside a banana leaf. For about $7, this dish can easily serve two. Be prepared to be adventurous as Abbirami lacks menus. Luckily, as with most Sri Lankan takeout counters, food is readily available in front of you so simply point to what you want to order. More »

Ceylon Flavor

Ceylon Flavor

Ceylon Flavor is not your typical Sri Lankan takeout-counter-style restaurant. Located at Markham and Steeles just a few steps from Amma, Ceylon Flavor is also relatively new and boasts a sleek design and comfortable seating area. They offer a large selection of vegetarian and meat dishes including mutton rolls and chicken curry. More »

Discussion

39 Comments

Dennis / July 25, 2012 at 03:14 pm
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Looks like Babu got his immigration woes figured out and even got back into the restaurant business. Good for him!
LMA / July 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm
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Rashnaa, hands down, is the best. Have been dining there for over twenty years. There is so much care that goes into this incredible cuisine. Always best when shared with a friend.
Gobi / July 26, 2012 at 07:11 am
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Hands down Rashna, for a resturant downtown very cheap. Been to few other places, I wouldn't put hopper hut in top ten.
Keith / July 26, 2012 at 02:25 pm
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Thai Restaurant on Midland Eglinton, is number #1 compared to all the listed once above! Just go and see for your self, 2480 Eglinton Ave E, unit 3+4, Scarborough , Ontario M1K 2R4!!
maity / July 26, 2012 at 04:35 pm
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These shops sells Tamil's food. Not Sri Lankan Food. They do sell Sri lankan food. but the food and culture of these restaurants differs from original Sri Lankan food. These shops serve Traditional Tamil food.
sanchez replying to a comment from maity / July 26, 2012 at 05:15 pm
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Well I'm glad at least they aren't eelam foods. Cus that would suck!
Kumaran / July 26, 2012 at 06:59 pm
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In the this month of Black July 83 pogrom that started the expedited exodus of Tamils, some comments unrelated to the cuisine is here, sadly. Thanks Blogto, its a wonderful post to commemorate the uprooted Tamils finding their new home away from in this beautiful city, and gratitude is all what I. An say to the people and spirit
Parthi / July 27, 2012 at 08:37 am
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I will also add Nandhaa catering...Canbe Foods, Ravi's Soups to the list they have some great food as well!
sanchez replying to a comment from Parthi / July 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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How can they miss Canbe Foods? that should have been #1 followed by the bakery at markham and ellesmere
nathamuni replying to a comment from maity / July 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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Don't talk rubbish. If Tamils are NOT Sri Lankans who are they then?

Weather Indians, Bangaladesis, Nepalese, Pakistanies run a curry house, they generally say 'Indian Curry'.

The fact is curry is a Tamil word.

Get your fact correct and learn when to talk what. This column is talking about food.
Jony Manon / July 27, 2012 at 01:43 pm
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Good reviews. Even thought I like most of them, I visit to Babu most of the times.
Bird Deterrent / July 27, 2012 at 02:16 pm
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I love Indian food but I've yet to try Sri Lankan food. I actually drive past Ceylon Flavor everyday on my to/from work. I'll be checking it out over the weekend.
eelamview / July 27, 2012 at 05:51 pm
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all these are tamils restaurants and tamil foods not represent the whole srilankan foods

srilanka has three different types of flavor of foods by each ethnics of tamils , singales, muslims



Raja / July 28, 2012 at 01:01 pm
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Sri Lankan food include Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim food. Most of the food and flavors are common to all three communities. For example rice and curry, Pittu, String hoppers are common to all three communities. The curry flavors could be a bit different here and there. But there are a also few dishes specific for the different communities. In Toronto Since most of the restaurants are owned by Tamils, curry flavors tend to more reflect Tamil cooking.
Rajendran Aruliah / July 30, 2012 at 07:22 am
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It would be nice if there are also some Sinhalese and Muslim owned restaurants to round up the "Sri Lankan" varieties. Perhaps they are well hidden. Also heard that there are mobile units that will come to your house and prepare hoppers for a gathering. Appreciate contact info.
Sathi / July 30, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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Article should say best Tamil food instead of Sri Lankan food
Gluten free? / August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am
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I read on the hopper hut review that most of the items were made with rice flour, does anyone know if there are other flours in the mix? And is it common that most Sri lankan food is made with rice flour? Thnx
eelamaran / August 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm
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we strongly condom this article

IS A PAID ADVERTISEMENT

There are so many restaurants is Scarborough ?

how this writer ranked this 9 restaurants only best ?

and also writer purposely ignore those one are Tamils restaurants why ?

NOT EVEN A WORD OF TAMIL

This website against Tamils identity and culture ?


Ahilan / August 8, 2012 at 03:33 pm
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Some important points have been pointed out by 'SRILANKAN'supporters.If they doesn't like to call these resataurant products as SriLankan food, that's good and fine. Then, better to call it as 'TAMIL EELAM'food. How is this suggestion!
niru / August 15, 2012 at 01:08 am
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cancy resturant is one of the worst and unhealthy food serve resturent. lots of cocorouch alive overthere.
vanakkamweightloss / August 19, 2012 at 09:27 pm
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oh my god what happen to my number one nice and clean, spicy land take out and catering with fresh meat and fish. try their koththu rotty. it will remind our backhome.
raja / August 22, 2012 at 01:13 am
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it is true niru, i went to CANCY resturany\t,very dirty ,health canada should check over there,and any tamil resturant should serve clean and healthy food ,and obeay the canadian rules and lows.
jason / September 5, 2012 at 02:00 am
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cancey not a tamil resturant 'uthaibava'food serviceses 12$ koddu roti stupid anybody buy overthere,NO TAX
Austin Lehman Adventures / September 26, 2012 at 03:17 pm
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Love reading about all the great foods that different locations have to offer! Part of the adventure of traveling is getting to delve into some of the most amazing cuisines that different cultures have to offer. Looks like Toronto and it’s Sri Lankan cuisine could give me a real run for the money.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm
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Rashnaa, hands down, is the best. Have been dining there for over twenty years. There is so much care that goes into this incredible cuisine. Always best when shared with a friend.
chandra / January 19, 2013 at 07:46 pm
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Araliya restaurant serves raditional Sinhalese food . They have delicious rice and curry there. curries change on a daily basis so you get something different everyday. They also have pol roti and kiri bath that i love. You should all go and give it a try.
yaalini / February 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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How about spicey land restaurant at markham and steels food are fabulous and the bread is really good. so tasty and god
Tinesh Andread / February 7, 2013 at 04:40 pm
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GASA has the BEST KOTHTHU ROTI Handa Down!!!!
FoodOracle / February 10, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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Agree with Chandra, great Sinhalese food, homemade with care. Flavours that will surprise those that have never tried this cuisine before. Small daily menu and excellent value. Must try.
Vel replying to a comment from sanchez / March 6, 2013 at 06:35 pm
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You seem to make a negative comment about Tamil Eelam but mention Canbe and the bakery at Ellesmere and Markham, both of which are Tamil Srilankan in nature as good place to find food. You must be a Sinhalese person.
MJ / May 15, 2013 at 03:08 pm
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Babu catering's sign board doesn't even have Sri lankan on it. It says "the taste and flavour of Tamil Eelam". People tend to mistake Tamil Eelam as part of Sri Lanka because of the illelegal occupation of land by the Sri lankan government.

The correct term for these restaurants are " The best Tamil Eelam Restaurants in Toronto"
Roja / June 2, 2013 at 06:35 am
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I'd put Ceylon Flavor at the no.1 spot for great tamil food! I've tried all these places and now I only go to them for great tamil food! I love the fact that each individual dishes are prepared to order & you definitely can taste the difference between freshly made dishes. Would highly recommend to anyone!
Tamil Directory / August 31, 2013 at 08:04 pm
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Babu is also located in Markham.

http://engha.com/listing/results.php?keyword=babu
リモワ スーツケース 格安 / October 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm
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sam / January 24, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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Sri Lanka Shopping
Suran replying to a comment from Vel / February 4, 2014 at 12:39 am
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We cater a variety of Sinhalese foods. (Hoppers/Lamprice? Curries etc. Our background is also Sinhalese and have been in the Business for over 15 years. We had a restaurant in Brampton, which met with an unfortunate fire. Now we are operating as a Catering Company which can serve individuals, or groups of up to 1000+
we can be reached at 647 460 1823

Thanks!
Suranjith
Judy / March 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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We used to frequent a tiny take-out place called Manikandan on Military Trail, which closed due to fire and changed hands, and is no longer nearly as good. Manikandan made a kind of egg roll, a larger, more complex mutton roll, that was out of this world, and we have yet to see them anywhere else. Can anyone suggest another take-out restaurant that makes these?
JOn Devu / June 18, 2014 at 11:04 am
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All are rotten over salted over oiled greasy junk!. buy fresh stuff and cook at home.
Caramancha / June 20, 2014 at 11:46 am
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With some heavy investigations, most of these sri Lankan restaurants get cooking oil from previously used places like McDonalds and KFC who use excessive amount of cooking oil.

BEAWARE!

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