Sekara

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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.

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Venue name: Sekara
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Address: 3 Lower Grosvenor Place
London
SW1W 0EJ
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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VanessaK
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Well spend money. The service is really friendly and food relishes. The place looks cheaper than it actually is, but trust me it's worth it. The staff was very helpful with my gluten and dairy allergies and even our half sri lankan friend, said the food was authentic. And spicy, so be prepared :)