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4/5

Palmyrah (Hotel Renuka)

328, Hotel Renuka, Galle Road, Colombo 3


Palmyrah has long been one of the best places in the city for Sri Lankan food. They've expanded well into Western and Indian too, the food is great, and it's also a comfy, quiet, chilled space to dine at.



Palmyrah at Hotel Renuka has been around for ages and has been known for their good Sri Lankan food and Jaffna dishes. We revisited the place and it's actually upped its game over the years - the place is comfier and cooler, the service was excellent, and the food - we tried the Western this time - comes very well presented.

The Food

Palmyrah is known for its legit Jaffna dishes, like their crab meat curry and mutton poriyal. Besides this they have string hoppers, pittu, hoppers, kottu, and the lot, an Indian menu of thosai, biriyani et al, and also impressive Western fare. We gave the Western a shot this time.

As an appetizer we got these delicious little baked potato pockets stuffed with sauteed saucy diced chicken, and sprinkled with cheese. The potato was perfectly baked, with plenty of soft mash on the inside, and the best part was the chicken that seemed to have been tossed with a light spicy sauce. Pretty simple, very good, but unfortunately over in a few minutes. This cost Rs. 500, which is a lot for two stuffed potatoes, but we suppose you don't get appetizers for anything less these days.

We also got the iced coffee with ice cream which was almost Rs. 500. It was very refreshing, strong and tasty, but ultimately just iced coffee, so you might feel like fussing over how much it cost.

Our main was really very impressive. We got the 'medley of seafood and chicken' with a side of rice and ratatouille (a kind of fried achcharu of onions, peppers and veggies). This cost Rs. 1100, which is the general trend for Western mains here, but you'll spend half that amount if you go for the local food. The highlight of this presentation was the medley itself - it included fish, chicken and crab meat, tossed together in a light milky cream sauce.

This bowl of meat was plentiful, and especially after the appetizer we couldn't finish it and had to pack it up. The meats were delicious and flavoursome, especially the chicken and crab, and the sauce was done just right, creamy, mild and nicely blending the different meats together. Mix this with the spicy brinjal and tomato from the ratatouille and the rice, and you've got an irresistible lunch. 

Service & Ambience

Palmyrah is tucked away in the basement floor of Hotel Renuka. It's actually heavily A/Ced in here and quiet, at least when we were there during lunch, with a simple cream and black theme across the room. Seems to be a good place for business meetings, tourists, and Colombo 7 aunties. Service was excellent during our visit - the dishes arrived fast and the waiters and manager were extremely attentive and friendly.

Conclusion

Palmyrah serves good food in a comfortable, chilled location. We like that there's a range of fare to pick from - whether typical Sri Lankan, Jaffna dishes, Indian food or Western. The damage to the wallet is not bad - if you skip out on drinks, it will just cost about Rs. 1000 a head, which is great considering the quality of food and service.

Address

328, Hotel Renuka, Galle Road, Colombo 3

Directions

Right on the Galle Road in Kollupitiya, on the corner of Sellamuttu Avenue, almost opposite Burger King. Once you walk into the Hotel, go straight in and take the staircase to the basement.

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SavithJ

Today my family and I went to The Palmyrah restaurant at Hotel Renuka. There was no one to usher us in to the restaurant. Nobody showed us to a table although there were plenty of staff around. We were there for a good 10 mins before we recieved menus although I was gesturing and calling the staff throughout. They blatantly ignored us. When we finally gave our orders we waited for almost an hour for us to get our food. I got the fillet steak. Boy, was it one of the worst steaks I've ever had. It was like chewing beef soup flavoured rubber. Fortunately my family's dishes were alright. To make matters worse we were only given glasses and water after we received the food. The napkins we had to tale from another table. Absolutely, absurd. Terrible service and sub par food. I used to recommend this place highly. There was barely anyone today and still they messed it up right royally.

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Mystica

Very authentic flavours. Excellent service staff. Complimentary rasam is wonderful. Kool, hoppers all accompaniments very good.

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ajlalwani

Great for their hoppers. Slightly on the higher side price wise compared to cafe on the 5th.

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SavithJ

Today my family and I went to The Palmyrah restaurant at Hotel Renuka. There was no one to usher us in to the restaurant. Nobody showed us to a table although there were plenty of staff around. We were there for a good 10 mins before we recieved menus although I was gesturing and calling the staff throughout. They blatantly ignored us. When we finally gave our orders we waited for almost an hour for us to get our food. I got the fillet steak. Boy, was it one of the worst steaks I've ever had. It was like chewing beef soup flavoured rubber. Fortunately my family's dishes were alright. To make matters worse we were only given glasses and water after we received the food. The napkins we had to tale from another table. Absolutely, absurd. Terrible service and sub par food. I used to recommend this place highly. There was barely anyone today and still they messed it up right royally.

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Mystica

Very authentic flavours. Excellent service staff. Complimentary rasam is wonderful. Kool, hoppers all accompaniments very good.

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ajlalwani

Great for their hoppers. Slightly on the higher side price wise compared to cafe on the 5th.

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indi YAMU STAFF

This place is expensive but the jam for quality Sri Lankan.

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