Once a sleepy fisherman’s village, Koggala has fast evolved into one of the most sought-after resort towns in Sri Lanka. Stretching along the southern coast of the island, Koggala attracts holiday-makers from all over the world, offering unparalleled natural scenery, deserted surf breaks and a serene and friendly atmosphere. When it comes to the dining scene, there is a handful of terrific restaurants in Koggala, mostly serving seafood and local dishes at a superb value. Here are our picks for the yummiest restaurants in Koggala.
1. Restaurant Patty Place
Restaurant Patty Place is an unpretentious local eatery located off the beach, set along the main road. Featuring a simple interior and friendly service, the restaurant serves a wide selection of dishes ranging from fresh seafood to thin crust pizzas.
2. Stick Fisherman View Restaurant Koggala
Just as the name implies, Stick Fisherman View Restaurant Koggala provides unparalleled views of a secluded beach and the stilt fishermen towering above the water. Featuring a modern and tidy interior, this open-sided venue specialises in succulent seafood and depending on the catch of the day, you can savour two or three types of fish, calamari, prawns and even lobster, served with fresh salad and steamed rice.
3. Catalina Grill
The one remarkable detail that makes Catalina Grill really stand out and also makes it impossible to miss the venue – a large blue aeroplane resting right next to the entrance. The restaurant itself has a rather modern interior featuring several wooden tables placed under a thatched roof. As for the food, you can’t go wrong with the seafood; they also serve delicious genuine Sri Lankan cuisine. The service can sometimes be a bit slow, but that just means you will have plenty of time to take some Instagram-worthy photos next to the plane.
4. Cafe Ceylon
Tucked away in a beautiful garden and surrounded by well manicured lawns, Cafe Ceylon is housed in an impressive colonial style building. Featuring a modern interior and a peaceful ambience, this hidden gem will amaze you with the quality of food. The menu highlights include prawn dumplings, seared tuna, grilled fish with seaweed and delectable homemade ice-cream to complete your gorgeous dining experience.
5. Wiener Dschungel
A simple beachfront restaurant with an unpronounceable name, Wiener Dschungel exudes tranquillity and relaxation. This casual eatery serves incredibly delicious Sri Lankan food in generous portions and also boasts amazing seafood platters. You could spend an entire day at Wiener Dschungel, soaking up the sun out on sun loungers, taking a refreshing dip in the ocean and savouring the scrumptious food which is served straight to your beachfront table.
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