Chef Lanka Chef Lanka

Sri Lankan food in Karama Reviews

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009

You get plenty of bang for your buck here, as daily lunch and dinner buffets offer red-hot Sri Lankan curries of potato, meat or fish, plus plenty of pickles and loads of bread.

Try the string shoppers (a circular steamed red rice meal), or the kingfish curry and koththu roti (soft, chopped roti bread stir-fried with chicken, leeks, tomatoes and carrots), all deliciously spiced and presented.

We also recommend the breakfast, see box below, which is sure to wake you up in the morning. Takeaway and delivery are available too.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Karama, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 335 3050
  • Travel: Karama Park, opposite Lulu Supermarket

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: ali on 19 Jun ' 13 at 12:36
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

chef lanka have opened their branch in discovery gardens and i had to try it (being a die hard srilankan food fan)!!!

was not dissappointed at all, the beef curry (you can even opt for a 1/2 serving which i did) was just amazing. it was spicy to the extent that i had sweatbeads on my forehead but it was too delicious to stop eating!! the godambi roti (like a paratha) was fresh, hot and had just the right amount of oil to make it pliable without being oily.
we also had the prawn curry which had a delicious gravy with fresh spices and curry leaf and the shrimps were large and juicy.

the goodness of the meal was topped off with the amazing feeling that it set us back by a mere 48 dhs!!!

I walked out telling myself that this was one of the best meals in a restaurant i have had in a long long time and like i mentioned to the smiling cashier as i left...."i will be back."

i have already decided from the menu what i will sample on my next visit!!! which incidently is going to be very soon.

Posted by: Sree on 02 Aug ' 11 at 07:47
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The restaurant serves Sri Lankan and Chinese food. The food is tasty, portion size is generous and the service is fine. Overall its worth the money you pay. I would definitely like to go back to this restaurant.

Posted by: Sumi on 25 Mar ' 11 at 09:52
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

OK place to vist once in two or three months .Or you will surely get bored with the food.

Posted by: Priyantha on 26 Feb ' 11 at 09:31
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Good place because it is one of the few places for Sri Lankan food. definitely does NOT represent the traditional Sri Lankan standards of hospitality.

hope they are given better competition to motivate better service.

Posted by: Dilrukshi on 16 Jun ' 10 at 11:58

We ordered New Year sweets (oil Cakes, Kokis, Athirasa) in the month of April (for New Year Festival) and this order was being made well ahead and Chef Lanka was supposed to deliver it on the day before at 8 pm on 13th April 2010. Time was ticking and no sign of the dilevery guy and once we inquired as to why the delay was they mentioned to us that Oil Cakes are over and there are few left overs of different kinds of sweets!!!

This message is for Sri Lankans don't ever order from Chef lanka for New year sweets.. They ditch you last minute...

Posted by: Phie Outram on 15 Mar ' 10 at 10:02
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The first SL restaurant i visited in Dubai, and was delighted by the quality and value of the food. The restaurant offers both a la carte and a buffet service and you can see some of the chefs cooking the food live near the buffet. Service is generally good, though have had to wait a while on busy evenings in the past. Unfortunately, some of my favourite dishes are only available on the Friday specials, and the mixture of chinese food detracts from the SL menu. Portion sizes are generous and a couple of curries, kothu roti and rice will easily feed 2 people with leftovers for lunch the next day. A nice find in Karama, and worth revisiting. Especially recommend popping by for a Friday brunch lunch packet and eating in the sunshine in Karama square!

Posted by: Nadeeka on 22 Feb ' 10 at 11:22
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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