Gami Gedara is a name well known to us for their rice and curry spread - a name that we really liked and then watched as they slid down the ladder a bit. But now they are at a new spot down Jambugasmulla Mw while their previous location is occupied by Thuna Paha. We thought of dropping by for a quick lunch in hopes that they’ve stepped up their game.
They have their curry options neatly displayed on clay pots that you can choose to decorate your plate with. You can couple either white or red rice with protein options like chicken curry/roast, sausages, fish curry and pork.
The rice was cooked well and was fluffy while the chicken leg was cooked to have a slightly crunchy outer layer with juicy meat inside which was a tad hard to separate from the bones. Parrippu and pumpkin curry both added moisture to the spread and a bit of sweetness too, which specifically comes from the pumpkin curry. We didn't get much in the way of curry flavour from either of them. Carrot sambol came in with a fresh crunch to the mix and the chickpea mallum brought a leafy note.
It was a decent spread but there wasn't anything to rave about and my lunch partner didn't seem all that satisfied with the meal either.
Half of the chunks in the pork curry was fatty pieces, and much of the rest had boney pieces in them too. We felt let down. It packed a decent amount of gravy with a good peppery note but they could have done it much better as we feel. The amberalla curry was a head-scratcher since it did not have the zing we expected. It tasted flat and only had a very very mild sour note. Even though mustard seeds were visible in the parrippu, it didn't have any mustard taste. The wambotu and soya meat curry had a good curry flavour, and a tinge of sourness to it - which, even though ill fit, added some depth to the meal.
We just mixed everything together and sought help from papadum and the fried chilli to make the meal work.
We didn't have issues with the service, although we wished they were a bit generous with the portions.
The coconut weave added a nice gamay wibe to the calm and quiet inside and we got to enjoy our lunch in peace.
We've always had high expectations from Gami Gedara, since we remember how they used to be. At least our meals seemed fresh and made from quality produce. However, their portion sizes are not satisfying and the prices are a bit high and they have room to improve on the flavours.