New Indo-Lanka

Restaurants, Indian Dora (roundabout bus station)
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New Indo-Lanka
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New Indo-Lanka is the one of the hidden gems of Dora. Housed above a Sri Lankan supermarket of the same name just off Dora roundabout, it's essentially a kitchen serving traditional Sri Lankan grub to a mixed clientele of migrant workers and intrepid tourists.

There's a variety of dishes on offer. If your knowledge of Sri Lankan cooking is limited, the best course of action is to order some chicken and vegetable rice (which come with tangy masala sauces), then name a meat that you enjoy. The friendly waiters will take care of the rest. We've never been disappointed, though our most memorable meal here was centred on a portion of deep-fried chicken so crispy that we were fleetingly worried it would puncture our tongues.

The venue can generously be described as casual – we're talking minimal decor and plastic crockery – but the atmosphere is infectiously fun. New Indo-Lanka's strengths lie in the food and the company, and it knows it. But far from capitalising on its rep for lip-smacking Sri Lankan cuisine, the restaurant is one of the most reasonably priced in the city. That feast you just ate, with drinks, won't set you back more than LL20,000 per person.

By: James Haines-Young

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Venue name: New Indo-Lanka
Contact:
Address: 2nd floor, CIT Building

Dora
Beirut

Opening hours: Daily 7am-10pm
Price: Meal for two with drinks LL40,000
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