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“We went for lunch and came back for dinner”

Polonnaruwa Rest House Dining Room
Ranked #22 of 27 Restaurants in Polonnaruwa
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Aalst, Belgium
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“We went for lunch and came back for dinner”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We went for lunch yesterday and came back for dinner!

The food is great, definitely to a standard higher than anywhere else we ate in Sri Lanka so far. And for a VERY reasonable price, even less expensive than in some guesthouses.

The location is beautiful, overlooking the lake. The whole hotel has recently been refurbished and it seemed very nicely done.

The staff is also very attentative and friendly. The chef and manager of the hotel also came to greet us.

If you're staying in Polonnaruwa and you feel like eating something else than rice and curries (although they have it on the menu as well), very well cooked, go to the Polonnaruwa resthouse. By the way, apparently the English queen stayed here once.

One tip is to broaden the choice on the menu a little bit.

  • Visited July 2014
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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“Just refurbished - very good lunch experience”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

The refurbishment of the Polonnaruwa Resthouse had apparently only just been finished the week we showed up for lunch, in May 2014. It proved to be a high quality experience, and incidentally also very reasonably priced.

The Resthouse is in a stunning location, literally overhanging the majestic artificial lake.

The lunch was a buffet and was executed to a high standard by a chef who clearly knows his business. We were the only lunch guests (people probably don't realise yet that it's re-opened) but this gave the well-trained staff an opportunity to shine, which they did with very good and unobtrusive service.

Hard to imagine a nicer place to have lunch after roaming the antiquities of Polunaruwa. Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“A very fortunate find”
Reviewed 23 January 2012

We had not known where to lunch in Polonnaruwa but found the Rest House by chance. While the building is a bit aged, it is very adequate still. The location is superb and the staff very polite.
Our lunch was very adequate and enjoyable.
I would recommend considering the Rest House to stay as well as to dine.

  • Visited December 2011
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