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“Crab so sublime, the best meal in a long time”
Review of One Love

One Love
Ranked #37 of 97 Restaurants in Unawatuna
Price range: US$0 - US$5
Cuisines: Sri Lankan
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Crab so sublime, the best meal in a long time”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

To be fair my partner had gone here the day before and pre ordered land crab cooked two different ways. Baked and Curried. 2.5 kilos of them.

One Love has a narrow entrance you could easily miss from the road side. From the beach side it is easy to fine.

Not being unkind it looks like a beach shack restaurant on the beach. Very simple , rather rustic. Tables are on the sand in front, not many but enough. There are a couple of lounging areas in front of them and sun beds in front of those. Its beauty is its simplicity.

In the kitchen are Vipula and his ever smiling Mother who rules the place with a rod of iron. Several young waiters all eager to please and help where ever they can.

The food took a while but it was being freshly cooked and with the ambience and location and a cocktail served in half a water melon and a cold beer it really did not matter.

The Crab was so meaty, so tasty served with a delicious salad and lemon grass rice. Took a good hour to each and there was nothing wasted. Covered in the sauces when I finished.

The music is low keyed and not too loud or intrusive.

Others on the lounge area were enjoying the atmosphere and cocktails.

Restaurant was busy and the food all looked great, they specialse in Rice and Curry dishes, home cooked Mama style, no shortage of takers.

One added bonus for a fellow diner at the next table.He dropped his phone in the sand as he left. One of the waiters picked it up and went down the beach quite a distance to return it to him. Honest to goodness food and service.

  • Visited September 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Authentic Sri Lankan Curry”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

We loved this small beach front restaurant so much that we ate here 3 times within the 1 week we spent in Unawatuna. The Sri Lankan curries and traditional sambol were delicious, and the fresh seafood selection was also of an excellent quality. Whilst we were there we saw a few tables agitated by the wait and slow service, relax and enjoy the chilled out experience and if you're in a rush go elsewhere.

Visited August 2013
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“Awful curry”
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

We had the dhall, fish, okra, green beans, Aubergine and sweet potato curries. Wasnt spicy at all and the only one we liked was the green beans and the dhall was O.K, left everything else. Really disappointing meal

  • Visited August 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Delicious Sri Lankan Cooking.”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

The food here is absolutely delicious. The lentil curry is a highlight as is the chicken curry. Two dishes are more than enough for two people, as is one order of rice. The papadams are also fab. A great location and all food is served with a smile.

  • Visited July 2013
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Swanville, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Tiny, but great curry”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Tiny little place with ocean lapping at the front, with very tasty choices of curry, and pleasant, but cramped, funky atmosphere.

Visited April 2013
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