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The Best Sri Lankan Restaurants in Toronto

The best Sri Lankan restaurants in Toronto are often overshadowed by those serving up food from its neighbour to the north - though India's island neighbour is home to its own delicious culinary traditions that should not be overlooked. At these restaurants, you'll find Sri Lankan specialties like curries and rice wrapped in banana leaves, string hoppers, roti, pittu, and Kothu roti - a seasoned blend of thinly sliced roti with chicken, mutton or vegetables.

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 samosa in Toronto
The Best Dosa in Toronto



Babu (Scarborough)
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Babu (Scarborough)

Locations in Scarborough and Markham offer up a wide array of tasty Sri Lankan delicacies including fresh baked goods and sweets, ‘short eats’ and snack foods, roti, lamprais and rice thali combos. Lineups are to be expected but service is swift.

Hopper Hut
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Hopper Hut

Located at Kennedy and Ellesmere, Hopper Hut is a go-to for Sri Lankan dishes like kothu roti, samosa, crispy vadais, string hoppers with spicy sambul and crepe-like appam, with sweet coconut milk centres. Unlike many other pickup counter-style Sri Lankan restaurants, Hopper Hut has a seating area.


Samosa King
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Samosa King

Don't be fooled by its name, this restaurant at Finch and Middlefield offers more than just samosas, though these are not to be missed. The samosas here are among the tastiest and cheapest in Toronto - the vegetarian variety sells five for $1.00. Other menu highlights include the mutton biryani and various kothu rotti flecked with chicken, lamb or egg.


Gasa Restaurant (Scarborough)
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Gasa Restaurant (Scarborough)

Spicy mutton kothu roti and nandu (crab) curry dish are house favourites at this popular purveyor of Sri Lankan cuisine with locations in Scarborough and in Markham. The takeout counter is well loved for generous portions and spicy foods that deliver real heat.


Ceylon Flavor
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Ceylon Flavor

A bountiful selection of vegetarian and meat dishes can be found at this casual, contemporary Sri Lankan outfit on Markham Rd. Signature seafood platters and homestyle curries include specialties like mutton rolls and chicken curry. This takeout counter also offers a comfortable seating area.

Kairali
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Kairali

Traditional Travancore style cooking in a contemporary setting is what makes this Kennedy Rd. restaurant unique. Find specialties of the the South Indian coastal state on the menu including selections like Nadan fish curry, mutton curry, and weekend exclusives like Kappa biriyani made with mashed cassava and flecked with pieces of beef short ribs.



Abbirami Catering and Take-Out
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Abbirami Catering and Take-Out

Located at Brimley and Eglinton, Abbirami offers a well stocked hot table where ordering is as simple as pointing. The casual takeout counter and catering operation is an excellent source for valai ilai food, including lamprais, a traditional dish that consists of rice and curry baked inside a banana leaf.

Canbe Foods
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Canbe Foods

Count on Sri Lankan staples ranging from “short eats” to customizable boxed lunches at this Indian takeout counter on Ellesmere. The sizable selection on offer can be overwhelming, but it's hard to go wrong when ordering samosas four for $1 by the bucketful, or hearty favourites like kothu roti, briyani or curry.


Lingan Cream House
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Lingan Cream House

This vibrant Indian snack and dessert bar in the Markham Road and Steeles Avenue East plaza offers crispy vadai fritters and other bite-sized nibbles, along with more substantial fare like chicken kothu roti. The frozen dessert selection is a highlight, offering cream sherbet sundaes, milkshakes and homemade ice creams in flavours like mango or pineapple.

The Best Sri Lankan Restaurants in Toronto


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