''Warm Sri Lankan hospitality and authentic food at The Coconut Tree!''
Walking into The Coconut Tree feels like you’re transported to the coastal city of Galle in Sri Lanka. With palm leaf ceilings and displays of colourful, traditional wooden masks, the restaurant has stayed true to its Sri Lankan heritage.
The menu was filled with tapas-style street food options made for sharing with friends and family. We especially loved that they had several vegetarian and vegan options – not just for Veganuary. Shout out to Georgie for walking us first timers through the menu!
Inspired by the Malay settlers, the pickle made with banana peppers, sliced onions mixed with carrot, dates and a touch of chilli and apple cider vinegar was sweet, tangy and completely delicious. We also recommend the polenta battered, spicy button mushrooms with caramelised onions (vegan aaand gluten free!)
The hoppers are a must, of course! These bowl-shaped coconut milk pancakes served with coconut sambal, seeni sambal (caramelised onions with cinnamon) and lunu miris (salsa) are definitely not meant for sharing (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise…)
Saving the best ‘til, the vegetarian kotthu was a classic example of what hybrid Sri Lankan street food has to offer! Made of finely chopped rotti and vegetables, don’t forget to ask for the cheese. Super delicious, no wonder it’s served all over the country.
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