Mount Lavinia is a city outside Colombo famed for its Golden Mile of beaches. There are a lot of beachfront restaurants over there – the sun, the surf, the sand all around you while you dig in to some fresh fish caught straight from the ocean.
I’m telling you, the waves in Sri Lanka are awesome! It’s an island surrounded by the ocean so the impressive surf is like nothing else. The sea spray alone is enough to whet the appetite.
I went to this place called Boat Hous Café. It was decimated by the tsunami several years ago and rebuilt from scratch.
I ordered Hadella which is sprats…
…and some kind of butterfish that the proprietor recommended. It’s served with a side of salad and plenty of spices on the fish.
The meal was topped off with some Sri Lankan fried rice. The food here is cheap, inclusive of beers (5 x large local lagers) it came up to LKR 2,700 (about USD 27 or RM 90).
I was amazed by the freshness of the fish. The sprats were deep fried and served with some kick ass chillies and the butterfish is tender and succulent. I noticed that the people over here love their red onions – it comes as a side dish, spiced with pepper and makes an awesome condiment for the fried rice.
(and ignore the Naval base with armed military by the beach – it’s a common sight in Sri Lanka)