58 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hopping on Sri Lankan cuisine
It's my first time trying Sri Lankan cuisine, or is it Sri Lankan inspired cuisine as the Sri Lankan diners next to me were saying it's more a fusion/modern take on Sri Lankan food. I'm no expert so have no reference point to compare but they highly recommended me venturing out to Pendle Hill where many Sri Lankan eateries exist including an unusually named Sydney Marina as one of their main foodie tips. 1 plain & 1 egg hopper set with green pol sambol & kata sambol ($18 on menu, $16 on bill) seems best eaten by hand. The sambols adding a tasty hit to pieces of hopper you tear off. Fairly crispy around the edges and a thinnish sponge crumpet like centre. Hot butter cuttlefish - Turmeric battered cuttlefish stir-fried with shallots, red onion & chilli ($18) was recommended by Helen Yee of Grab Your Fork and a favourite of mine now. Lots of flavours hitting the palate with enough challenging chilli heat for me to satisfy and entertain the tastebuds. There's an enjoyable slight batter crunch around the pieces of cuttlefish to add some texture. Steamed Lankan Rice ($6, not charged) comes in a colour I wasn't expecting but goes well with the cuttlefish although would match better with a saucy curry. Acharu - Slightly pickled & slightly sweet pineapple, carrot, onion & cauliflower ($8, was served complimentary) had the right amount of pickle and crunch. Bookings can't be made for under 6 people so a long 38 min wait isn't fun as a solo luncher, especially when you see a couple of diners who arrived long after me being invited in and seated first to make you feel forgotten. It's early days but a fairer and clearer queuing system by service would go a long way in my books. Solo dining seems a challenge here and the bill will add up quickly so I'd recommend at least 2-4 people to share a few dishes.
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