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“One of the best dining experiences I've ever had”

Malli's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 63 Restaurants in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The most romantic place to wine and dine in Bentota.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

What a wonderful place, what amazing staff, mixed with excellent food, you can't go wrong.

If your staying Bentota I'd suggest visiting here on your first and last night, as myself and my girlfriend have done on our recent holiday in the area.

What really stood out for us, besides the wonderful food (which you need to experience) was how friendly and welcoming the staff and manager was. Conversation flowed, not only between us as a couple, but also with the staff.

The location is great, with the novelty of passing trains every now and again breaking the moment and letting you appreciate what you're experiencing. We found it a really great touch that added smiles to our faces.

Do yourself a favour and visit. You won't regret it.

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1  Thank Phil L
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

This place was really lovely. It's small and was quiet both times we visited (but was low season), but the atmosphere was still nice. The waiters and manager were lovely and very friendly, chatting to us. The first time we all had large tiger prawns which were the biggest ones I've ever seen and were as delicious as they looked. The second time, the waiters remembered us and seemed happy to see us which was nice. We had fish which was fresh and tasty. The only downside is that it was right next to the railway track, so when a train passed it was deafening, but it definitely wasn't a deal-breaker! Some of the nicest meals we ate in Sri Lanka, with some of the nicest staff.

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1  Thank Tilly M
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

This was a special experience, so much so that we repeated it. If you like prawns, this is the place to eat. A range of fresh seafood was brought to the table for us to choose from the day's catch. Big prawns one day, smaller sweeter ones the next time. Malli was a great host moving around the tables chatting to his guests. The occasional train passing on the nearby tracks just added interest to a great dining experience. Recommended.

1  Thank Craig S
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We were staying at the Vivanta by Taj, a five minute walk from Mali's and for the first few days this restaurant was closed for refurbishment but we went on their first night after reopening and we their first customers so were very well treated, although that seems from other reviews to be the norm. Situated at the Galle end of the railway station platform across the railway itself, it specialises in seafood but there are several non fish dishes available. We were two fish and two non-fish. The servings were plentiful and well cooked. We decided that they were very good rather than excellent and price wise our bill was about the same as we would have paid for a buffet in the Taj (two courses plus two wine and two soft drinks and coffee)

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1  Thank Mr. MJB
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

The best meal we had on our recent trip to Sri Lanka.
The seafood was fresh, well prepared and just delicious. The service was friendly and efficient and the hospitality from the owner was world class.
The restaurant is excellent in all aspects and we really enjoyed our experience.
We would recommend this restaurant as a venue that you must eat at.

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1  Thank Dave G
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