We stayed at the Talalla Retreat and came after reading reviews of the food by Nisansala. We were not disappointed - amazing food and fantastic value for money.
The restaurant is located on a third floor verandah with fantastic views of the beach. Clean (we took our shoes off) and well designed chairs and tables. Only one other table both nights that we went, so a very cosy dinner with the sounds of the waves crashing by. Nisansala, the cook there is fantastic and so friendly and you can see that she runs a spotless kitchen.
Highlights were definitely the fresh prawns - have them grilled or in the amazing curry that Nisansala prepares. We also pre-ordered the lobster for our last night in Talalla. Definitely more expensive, but for about LKR7000 we stuffed ourselves silly with one kilo of freshly grilled goodness. The chips that come with the grilled items are surprisingly delicious too, and leave some room for the freshly fried banana 'flitters' (as it says on the menu).
Do make sure to head there earlier in the evening as it closes by 9pm - we tried going the second day at 8pm but it had already closed as there are only one or two patrons per evening!
On our last day, we bumped into Nisansala on the way to a quick lunch at the beach cafe, and she rustled up some grilled prawns and fish especially for us!
We did not stay at the hotel, but seems like a place to be avoided. I used the bathroom downstairs and was cut with a sharp nail that was sticking out of the door handle!
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