The traffic may roar outside, but serenity reigns within this popular and well-established little Sinhalese restaurant. Tranquillity is fostered as much by the kindly service (which can be slow) as by the dark-red and white colour scheme, and oil paintings of Sri Lankan people and landscapes. The menu has been streamlined and most common-or-garden curry-house dishes removed. This leaves a selection of Sri Lankan set meals (kothu roti stir-fries, string hopper assemblies, birianis and lamprais) plus ‘devilled’ dishes, vegetables, and sambol relishes. Starters are a routine choice of rissoles and patties that seem little better than pre-packaged varieties. Better head straight for main courses. Our chicken lamprais consisted of a mound of rice served on a banana leaf and accompanied by on-the-bone chicken curry (creamy with coconut milk, mildly spiced with own-made curry powder), and side dishes of aubergine curry (lovely sweet-sour and caramelised flavours) and chilli-hot seeni (onion) sambol. Less pleasing were devilled prawns that had little spicing (more resembling a sizzling stir-fry of onions, peppers and tomatoes) and a bony little portion of seer fish curry. Traditional wattalapam is among the desserts.
Venue name: Sekara
Address: 3 Lower Grosvenor Place
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm daily. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Victoria tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9.95-£15.95. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £4.50-£7.95 1 course; (Sun) £12 buffet.
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Charli W

I have to say this is my favourite Sri Lankan restaurant, as yet, in London. I visit whenever I miss Mum-cooked food.

Skip: the starters; the devilled dishes. The former sadly feels a bit pre-packaged as opposed to lovingly made, and both are somewhat lacking in texture and flavour

DEFINITELY GET: Kothru (vegetable); String Hoppers with Potato Hodi and Pol Sambol. The aubergine curry is AMAZING, followed by the dahl-and-spinach and the green beans. Meat wise, mutton curry is my fave (though it is easily a place where you can also be easily pleased with the vegetarian/vegan options.)

Possibly try: mango lassie. My friends said it was delish.

Best with Lion lager (not wine) and ask for a jug of tap water before beginning... this stuffs is spicy!