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Chanika Restaurant

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Mahawala Road | Pallikadawa, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
+94 77 085 2390
07:00 - 22:30
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This places was so good we ate there three nights in a row! The family were so kind and welcoming and the food was delicious. Some of the best curry we had on our three week trip around Sri Lanka. Chanukah is not expensive and you will leave with a full tummy and a smile on your face!

Thank Sarah P
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A small family run restaurant and they make you feel so welcome. My friend and I had the chicken and fish curries which came with lots of delicious side dishes. Everything was amazing! They also asked us how spicy we would like the curries which I thought was a nice touch. As it has been new year we were also... More 

Thank Sophie L
Manningtree, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited through a recommendation. I had a chicken curry which I can honestly say was the best I have had during my time in Sri Lanka. Hardly any bone and the chicken was tender and tasty. The sauce was good too. There were many sides that came with it that were delicious especially the Dahl. So creamy and tasty. I... More 

Thank Gilo_Lenny
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Were recommended this family restaurant and it did not disappoint! Very basic setting, but the couple who own it more than made up for that with their hospitality. The food was amazing, and all cooked from scratch. They then dropped us by tuk-tuk to our hotel... brilliant. Would highly recommend to anyone in the vicinity. Will 100 per cent come... More 

Thank weejin19
Mlini, Croatia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Don't even think about coming to the tangalle area without visiting this place. Very far from plush but one of the best curries and certainly the cheapest curry in our five weeks in Sri Lanka.

Thank NemoJames
North Wales
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104 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We decided to pop here for dinner as it was a 5 minute walk from our hotel. The lights were all off so we assumed it was closed but the next thing the owner appeared and opened up for us. We were the only people in the restaurant which felt a bit odd but the owners were very friendly. The... More 

Thank Bargainhunter6
1 review
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

We highly recommend this lovely restaurant! The food was so good! The rice and curry was the best we've hade in Sri Lanka. The owner was so helpful and also arranged our trip to the national park Udawalawe and then drove us all the way up to Ella in his tuk tuk.

Thank linneaekberg
Bridport, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We have traveled over 2500 km around Sri Lanka in the last month and have been very disappointed by the lack of real vegetarian options offered in Restaurants and hotels so it was a great surprise to find Chanukah. It's set on the main road but only a few meters from the sea. A very basic place but the hosts... More 

Thank lovegodnot
1 review
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Hands down the best curry we have had during a 2 week trip to Sri Lanka. We ended up eating here 3 times in 2 days, it was that good. The couple who own the restaurant are absolutely lovely and made us feel at home. The curry I ordered came with a delicious lentil dhal, beetroot curry, coconut sambol and... More 

Thank Helen B
Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We were in Chanika's restaurant last night. We were very surprised with prices and tasty of food. Curry with prawns was absolutely amazing on Sri Lanka! Chanika is very friendly woman. Thank you for fab dinner:)

Thank KubitoLenka

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mahawala Road | Pallikadawa, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Tangalle
  • Phone Number: +94 77 085 2390

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?