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The Best Sri Lankan Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 13, 2015

sri lankan restaurants torontoThe 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

Babu

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. More »

Hopper Hut

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. More »

Samosa King/Embassy

Samosa King/Embassy

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. More »

Gasa

Gasa

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. More »

Ceylon Flavor

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. More »

Kairali

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. More »

Abbirami

Abbirami

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. More »

Canbe Foods

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. More »

Lingan Cream House

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. More »

Discussion

20 Comments

Fod Rord / April 13, 2015 at 01:39 pm
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WHAT?! A BlogTO list where the majority of places aren't west of the DVP? I'm surprised that there wasn't a crappy token Queen West place added, since most of the time, that's how BlogTO usually chooses the places for these type of lists.
S replying to a comment from Fod Rord / April 13, 2015 at 02:05 pm
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BlogTO lists aren't editors picks - they're voted on by readers. The fact that most locations are downtown Toronto are most likely attributable to most of the readers of this site being from downtown Toronto. For example, I'm not going to try a single one of these places because they're all over an hour away from me via TTC.
Guest / April 13, 2015 at 03:01 pm
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Love Sri Lankan food. I wish there were better options for this cuisine in downtown Toronto.
Chris / April 13, 2015 at 03:09 pm
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What? No downtown locations? You're really letting your suburban bias show, BlogTo.
Stu.B. / April 13, 2015 at 03:37 pm
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Try Rashnaa at Parliament and Wellesley 'S'.

Not the BEST Sri lankan, but good and downtown. (I like the devil beef and chicken A LOT..... really, really spicy though)
Joe Bow / April 13, 2015 at 03:43 pm
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The lead picture doesn't look at all appetizing...


Better luck next time.
miya / April 13, 2015 at 03:44 pm
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Kairali is not even Sri Lankan, it's a Malayali restaurant. Who comes up with these lists??
Tulse replying to a comment from Stu.B. / April 13, 2015 at 05:11 pm
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Rashnaa is excellent -- the space may be a bit fusty and in need of redecorating, but the food is great.
The Chekan replying to a comment from Guest / April 14, 2015 at 12:29 am
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But there are none, and most of the condo building is to blame.
Princess / April 14, 2015 at 08:26 am
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Never tried Sri Lanken food but would think it's similar to Malaysian food which I love!
ash / April 15, 2015 at 05:51 pm
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this a great comprehensive list of Sri Lankan's Tamil flavor
Ann / April 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm
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Why is Kairali listed? The State of Kerala is in south INDIA, not Sri Lanka!
Lol / April 17, 2015 at 08:54 pm
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Lol its tamil food, you idiots and keep eating your french fries and hotdogs for those of you who think the food is ugly enjoy your proccesed garbage that looks good
Durendal / April 21, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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So, any decent ones that are actually downtown and easily accessible?
sam / April 23, 2015 at 01:00 am
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A lot of these places look great but they are all Tamil restaurants which only represent an aspect of Sri Lankan food. Sinhalese, Moor and Sri Lankan Malay cuisine can vary greatly from Tamil dishes which have a lot of influence from south Indian cuisine. Anyways I agree, the main picture does not look appetizing because of the composition on the plate. Those fried Maldive fish taste divine!!!
sam / April 23, 2015 at 01:00 am
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A lot of these places look great but they are all Tamil restaurants which only represent an aspect of Sri Lankan food. Sinhalese, Moor and Sri Lankan Malay cuisine can vary greatly from Tamil dishes which have a lot of influence from south Indian cuisine. Anyways I agree, the main picture does not look appetizing because of the composition on the plate. Those fried Maldive fish taste divine!!!
sam / April 23, 2015 at 01:01 am
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A lot of these places look great but they are all Tamil restaurants which only represent an aspect of Sri Lankan food. Sinhalese, Moor and Sri Lankan Malay cuisine can vary greatly from Tamil dishes which have a lot of influence from south Indian cuisine. Anyways I agree, the main picture does not look appetizing because of the composition on the plate. Those fried Maldive fish taste divine!!!
dian / May 16, 2015 at 08:42 am
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Most of the srilankan restaurnts in Brampton are expensive.
meatgrinder replying to a comment from dian / June 4, 2015 at 03:04 pm
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Brampton is mostly Punjabi.. there is only 1 sri lanken place...
Keith / September 1, 2015 at 10:45 pm
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Sri Lankan food is not just Tamil food. Sinhalese style food is very much different as well as Moor and Burgher. Whoever did this list did no research at all.

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