1. Upali's by Nawaloka is a restaurant in Colombo
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  2. Upali's by Nawaloka is a restaurant in Colombo
    © BT Images
  3. Upali's by Nawaloka is a restaurant in Colombo
    © BT Images
  4. Upali's by Nawaloka is a restaurant in Colombo
    © BT Images
  • Restaurants
  • Colombo 7

Upali’s by Nawaloka

A touch of tradition and local cuisine hidden in the city.


Time Out says

It is all about the steamy and spicy flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine at Upali’s by Nawaloka. The comfortable restaurant overlooks the serene green of the Viharamaha Devi Park, an especially enchanting view at night. Their extensive menu features flavours from all parts of the Island, celebrating the diversity of our scrumptious fare.

The exotic yet homely flavours of each meal, be it for lunch or dinner, will surely leave you craving for more. It is always best to start your experience with a refreshing thambili (king coconut), especially on a humid afternoon. During lunchtime plates of fluffy rice are laden with mouth-watering Sri Lankan vegetable curries. A sizzling dish of Jaffna-styled Chicken Varuwal or Matara Maalu Ambul Thiyal completes the meal.

At night the ambience is laid-back, especially on the top floor, which opens onto the city’s green scenery and twinkling street. The Maalu Cutlets from the starters section is perfect to nibble on as you wait on your meals. The dinner menu consists of many delicious meals such as string hoppers, pittu and roti. The seafood kottu – made with rotti or string hoppers has generous amounts of seafood. It is a preparation that is flavoursome and therefore can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter your chilli metre.

Another great dish from their seafood section is the Loku Isso dish, marinated jumbo prawns cooked on a BBQ and served with a white sauce and cumin seed bread. It strikes a perfect balance between healthy and delicious. Apart from the sambols and other traditional condiments, curries such as the Batu Moju are the hallmark of Upali’s by Nawaloka.

For a traditional sweet indulgence savour Kiri Pani or the Wiskothu Puddima (Biscuit Pudding). They also serve a range of ice creams such as coconut and Belgian chocolate. If you crave the traditional and homely flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine, Upali’s by Nawaloka is the place to dine. Reservations are recommended, especially if you want a table upstairs. 


65, C W W Kannangara Mawatha
Colombo 7
Opening hours:
Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11:30pm
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