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“Fantastic Sri-Lankan curry” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Waterside Bentota

The Waterside Bentota
Ranked #26 of 70 Restaurants in Bentota
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Sri Lankan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic Sri-Lankan curry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

We were staying in the village of Bodhimaluwa, Cycling along the quiet roads when we came across the signpost for the Waterside and decided to have a look. We were so happy we did, a stunning little hotel and restaurant. The staff are fantastic and made us feel very special. The food was second to none, One of the best curries i've ever had, and I have had them all over Asia. There's some other great choices on the menu, too - my wife and I loved the spinach crepes and the chicken and leek pies. For dessert, the chocolate mousse is divine and so is the crumble. Finally, you can get one a the few decent coffees in Sri Lanka.
If you're nearby do come you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best meal in Bentota so far!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Wanted a proper Sri Lankan curry and this is the place to go! Amazing views and sunset was equal to an African sunset!

Seafood is fresh and the service great. Very friendly with a nice selection of meals. Our tuk-tuk driver (Lucky) from Avani Hotel suggested it and he was 100% on the money. We had a prawn spring roll and prawn tempura with aioli for starters which were great. Mains my GF had prawn Sri Lankan curry with loads of sambals! And I had the devilled prawn curry which was nice and hot. Added lots of chilli to my taste and was great.

Lovely view to sit and enjoy the sunset with a Lion lager!

Highly recommend

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1 Thank Peter_R_O_13
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Ubud, Indonesia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pitch perfect on the river”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

The three of us were travelling, off season, and staying in a wonderful place in Bentota. "Let's look for somewhere different for dinner," we said. So, after much google research, we decided to go to The Waterside. A tuk-tuk ride was organised, and suddenly, we were there. The staff were not flustered at all, and, after a short period of time, a wonderful Sri Lankan meal was set before us. Quite extraordinary, considering it was "off season." We spoke to the excellent staff, who advised that we could go on a boat trip on the morrow (I had done this the previous year with my excellent friend, and really wanted my wife to experience the same.) It was organised. The next day, even though the lovely guide hosting the boat trip was on a day off, we had a boat and guide - just for the hour or so we had asked. Fantastic. Then back to The Waterside for lunch - one of the best club sandwiches we had in our month in Sri Lanka...and had the whole place to ourselves. The staff ensured we enjoyed the amenities. Fresh towels were laid out by the pool (and yes, we indulged) and the table was set for our return. Again, I would like to express we visited "off season," and yet the chef, kitchen and dining room staff worked so hard to ensure we had a pleasurable time. A bonus was the fact of knowing The Waterside was set up after the tsunami, by a lady the staff members speak of so lovingly. Go here - it is wonderful, and the service is excellent. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bubstr
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

Lovely location. Great for a sunset and early dinner. We did a boat trip around the lagoon (not a lot to see at 4pm to be honest but quite fun), and asked to be dropped off at The Waterside instead of back at the pier.

Friendly staff and chef. We chowed through all the rice and curry (great value) and they brought more. And then more.

My daughter & I had a dip in their pool and chilled while the sun set and the fruit bats started swirling around the mangroves. we'd consider staying here if we returmned to Bentota.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Julius A
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Pune, India
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Awesome sri lankan food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

Awesome srilankan cuisine with very friendly staff , who take efforts to suggest you the best according to your taste. Located overlooking a small lake.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank nirajmantri
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