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“This place will knock your socks off!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Malli's Seafood Restaurant

Malli's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 71 Restaurants in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, International
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, 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.
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“This place will knock your socks off!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

I can honestly say that this was the best restaurant that I went I during my stay in Sri Lanka. This seafood restaurant is one that you really have to try if in Bentota, hell, even if you're not in Bentota! Upon arriving we looked at the menu which was a small selection of quality dishes. We at first were set on purchasing these dishes rather than the fresh fish, put off by the "day price" but we're soon reassured when the manager of the restaurant came round with a tray of all the local fish, all of which looked delicious. He then told us the prices which were all extremely good value for the quality of the fish. The fresh fish was really good but the river prawns really stole the show. With succulent and juicy meet combined with an easy to peel shell( as long as you allow it to cool) they were amazing. The thai red prawn curry was very nice and at a very cheap £7 based on it's incredible sauce. The service was so good that extra rice was provided without charge when necessary. We were also given shots at the end of the meel "on the house" which was an incredible way to top off the nice and the smiling manager made the restaurant an extremely pleasant meal which is definitely superior to any hotel food in quality and value. Will almost certainly go here again.

  • Visited August 2014
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“10 out of 10”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Everything you want in a fish restaurant is here. The food is outstanding, the staff are the friendliest I've meet & the Manager Malli is a gentleman & amazing host. It's a must.

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“Fine dining by the tracks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

We chose jumbo prawns and parrot fish from the selection of fresh seafood that was brought to the table. It was prepared perfectly and served with an tomato appetizer and rice. The seafood was fresh and the simple flavour was perfect after 8 days of curry. Malli and the staff were excellent hosts. Way to go!

  • Visited August 2014
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“One of the best dining experiences I've ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Absolutely delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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