Restaurants St James's Park
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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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