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Malli's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 63 Restaurants in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, International
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The most romantic place to wine and dine in Bentota.
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

This restaurant was situated alongside the railway line near our hotel The Taj. We had to cross the railway line to get to the restaurant. Don't let this put you off as it adds to the charm of the place. I believe it is owned by a European lady and Sri Lankan gentleman who are a couple. The welcome was very warm and the setting inviting, romantic and comfortable. She even came and greeted us.

Good selection of food which made our last evening in Bentota very special.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank cs95aam
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great food and customer service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

This meal was a display of how with good customer service, you can transform a potentially disastrous dining experience into an excellent one. We ordered the seafood platters as this had come highly recommended but the food was taking ages, over an hour so we were naturally unhappy. The owners however took the time to come over, apologize and give us wine on the house. The food when it came lived up to the reputation. The seafood here is expensive, on par with Colombo's finest but the quality is great as well. The ambiance is good, with the train running by a novel accompaniment to an excellent meal. Highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank NarenG
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Batumi, Georgia
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fresh, smart, simple, seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Walk along the railway line, on the beach side & lookout for the flaming oil can on a post! It's the only one there! Cross the main Colombo rail line to Galle, climb the steps, above the local shop & your inside a simple room, colored in a heritage olive green room with mahogany ratin repro Sabre leg chairs. Simple leaf lamps & candles with a soothing music selection. Then you get to the real reason your there, Fresh Seafood! It works like this, Malli buys it from the fisherman, he has 2 days to sell it. If he doesn't sell them they are returned to the fishermen, so they can dry them. No Waste! So simple! You win as a customer, Malli's business model is intact, the environment is protected and the fisherman has a win too. The foods superbly simple, it'd be a waste not to go! Fresh Tuna Steak, seasoned, 30 seconds on each side, dipping Soya Sauce, green salad & iniquitous chips! A chilled Sauvignon blanc, and lovely company! Even the trains rocking the table are part of the attraction! Brilliant place and an amazing Man, Malli

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Not to be missed if you are in the area...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

After reading other reviews on trip advisor we decided to take the drive to this Resturant and we are so glad we did.. It was off season so they weren't very busy which made our dinning experience even better because we got perfect service. All the meals were clearly explained to us the the fresh fish etc was also displayed. The service and meals were 10 out of 10.
Thank you for a memorable evening.
Credit card facilities would be an advantage...

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Stephen H
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Quirky restaurant - once in a lifetime experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Bentota area is a complete tourist trap and all the restaurants are hideously expensive in relation to the rest of the island and Malli's is no exception. That said, the food is fresh, location just brilliant and staff lovely and in comparison to other restaurants in the area, this came out in our top two. There's a really quirky charm about this place so well worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2014
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