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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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