Regular readers and close friends will know that my life is governed by my stomach. Wherever I go I manage to sniff out a decent meal or three, which is exactly what I did in Hikkaduwa. So whether you’re ready to indulge in a traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry or craving a taste from home, I’ve selected the best restaurants to eat at in Hikkaduwa.
Aroma is the absolute top of my list places to eat in Hikkaduwa, it was so good we ate here twice! This place serves delicious home cooked local Sri Lankan and Indian food in rustic yet contemporary setting. The mantra of Aroma is wholesome natural organic ingredients blended with traditional spices and recipes – it’s a real treat for those looking to try Sri Lankan food but too wary of eating ‘too local’ if that makes sense.
I ordered the same dish both times we went just because it was so good. A traditional rice and curry which comes with dhal, pumpkin curry, grilled aubergine/eggplant (which was epic), rice, coconut sambal, chutney, pappadums and a delicious herbal tea. All of this for just 750 rupees!
The only downsides to this place is the wait for food – it took the best part of an hour however it was worth it and it is quite common to wait this long on the west coast. Also Aroma doesn’t serve alcohol which is an ideal opportunity to fill yourself up with curry instead.
285/A, Galle Rd, Hikkaduwa
No.1 Rotti Shop
We never actually ate here, which was my fault as I was scarred after eating a VERY oniony and garlicky rotti at another shop a few days beforehand. But don’t let that deter you from eating these delicious parcels of goodness – rottis will be a big part of your life wherever you visit in Sri Lanka. Staying true to it’s name, the No1 Rotti Shop really is meant to be THAT good so give it a go and let me know what you think.
373, Galle Rd, Hikkaduwa
I think the guys that run this place had lived in Australia for a few years, which was totally evident in their menu. This place was brand new when we visited, and served Melbourne style brunch and great coffee – you’re never too far away from smashed avo and eggs, even in Sri Lanka. I went for the crispy fish tacos which were awesome!
They also have a small art gallery attached to the cafe with cool artwork from local and international artists and designers.
543, Galle Rd, Hikkaduwa
Home Grown Rice and Curry
Another good curry spot in Hikkaduwa. I think this place is mentioned in Lonely Planet as crowds of people flock here each evening, meaning you might have to queue up for a table. The menu is simple and moderately priced, the food didn’t blow me away but it’s definitely worth a try for a cheap eat.
G140 Wewala, Hikkaduwa 80240
After scouring the beach for places to eat on New Year’s Eve, we received a tip off from the guys at Salty Swamis to try Tiki Burgers across the road. You’ll find that you’re likely to get ripped off at on the beach for food and drinks so we were keen to check this place out. The restaurant is pretty cool, it’s outdoors and set back off the main road in Hikka. Everything on this menu is HUGE. I could barely finish the burger! I recommend trying the sweet potato fries if you do take a visit.
Check out their Facebook page here.
501 Galle Road, opposite Salty Swamis
Photo: Tikki Burgers
Another burger joint which is well worth the visit if you’re stomach can’t take any more curries. The food is a little more on the expensive side, probably close to what you’ll pay in Australia or England but I was pretty impressed with what we ate.
339 AH43, Hikkaduwa 80240.