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Spring rolls - My sister and I decided to stop at Isso for lunch the other day. We ordered the spring rolls for starters and it looks like prawns wrapped in a blanket! Really crispy on the outside and stuffed with prawns almost like a white sauce, creamy on the inside.
Rich & red - There are three different size prawns you can chose from L, XL to XXL. There's also an open kitchen where you can see the size of the prawns to get a better idea if you are unsure. I love Thai food so I decided to go with the rich and red Thai curry. They also have a few dishes you can chose from roast paan, steam rice, egg fried rice etc. Steam rice pairs the best with a Thai curry so I went along with that. We chose the XL prawn and I have to say the portions are very generous! Filled with prawns, towards the end I struggled to finish my dish. I wondered how big the XXL prawn would be if the XL was this big, so good and so filling!
Northern twist - My sister ordered the northern twist prawns with roast paan (bread). Our server was Asela and he was very helpful with our order, giving us tips on what would go best roast paan. He mentioned that this would not have any gravy to pair with the roast paan but she wanted to try this one out. I found this preparation a little more spicy than the red curry but it was equally as good as the curry. I don't think you can go wrong with any order at Isso. Both of ours came with a garden salad, I would only say it was a bit of a struggle to eat in the plastic boxes with the compartments. Would have been much easier if it was served on plates but the box is perfect if you are ordering for delivery.
We were also offered with complimentary dessert, with two chunky milk toffees. I'm personally not a fan of milk toffees, the only ones I loved were the ones at Odel until I was offered one at Isso. 100 points for the milk toffees, haha!
Price range - aprx. 2000lkr with drink (depending on what size prawns)
Location - 2, Sulaiman terrace. Colombo. Off Jawatta road
Open timings- Open everyday 12pm-3-pm and 6pm-11pm
I have been to Tom Yum a couple of times before the interior changed and I loved it every single time, so when Tom Yum invited me I was over the moon! The owner and his wife are super friendly and they gave us a quick little insight of the restaurant. Almost every single ingredient is imported from Thailand, from the coco to the spices, that's a fun fact I didn't know about the restaurant! We were presented with a variation of food and drink on the menu to get an idea of the flavors and dishes available on the menu.
Tom yum sea food - Like any other tom yum it's very spicy and I remember Nayan taking me here about two years ago just to try the tom yum and nothings changed ever since. The dish still burst with flavors and is filled with squid and prawns. One tom yum bowl was enough for the three of us.
Kang kung - This was one of my favorite dishes I tried today, it doesn't taste like the ordinary kung kung you get at any Thai or Chinese restaurant. If you visit tom yum I really recommend you try the kang kung with steamed rice as well.
Tamarind fish - I'm not sure if I have tried tamarind fish before but apart from the presentation, the gravy the fish was coated in is absolutely heavenly! This is a big dish perfect for three people to share and this dish goes well too with steam rice, because the flavor of the fish is so strong it's best eaten with plain rice.
Pongari (crab curry) - How much we wanted to just dive in to this dish and use our fingers and get messy with the crab! I don't know why I always order a red or green curry and steam rice every time I go to eat Thai food. Today really inspired me to order new things after I tried the Pongari.
Drinks & Dessert - We were offered different varieties of drinks from the menu, the coco drink, thai iced coffee and an iced tea. I would say the coco drink was our favorite out of the lot, second being the iced tea and third iced coffee. The fried bread with banana almost taste like banana fritters, it's so good and we mixed it with the home made coconut ice cream and the two went together so well!
I would say my absolute favorite drink and dish from today would be the coco drink and it's a tie between the crab and the kangkung. Even though everything was great those would have to be my favorites! Definitely a go to place for affordable, authentic Thai food.
Location - Bambalapitiya (opposite st.peters)
Open timings - 12pm - 3pm and 6,30pm - 10,30pm
Turyaa Resort, Kaluthara is a great escape for someone looking for a hotel with great food, a calm ambience, restaurant options and two outdoor swimming pools, I was not invited to the hotel for a feature on the blog, I was accompanying my friend who came down to Sri Lanka on holiday. We had such a nice stay that I decided it deserved to be written about because prior to my visit I had not heard of Turyaa Resort. As soon as we arrived after being greeted with refreshing towels and a welcome drink my friend and I decided to go check our room out!
The rooms are very spacious with an outdoor sitting area in the balcony where i enjoyed my morning coffee and some fresh fruit given to us complimentary by the resort. I have this thing to try the nasigoreng at every hotel to know which served the best, as it is my favorite dish. I preferred the buffet food compared to the room service that we ordered... So if you decide to check Turyaa Resort out make sure not to miss the buffet! Apart from the restaurants in the resort theres also a really cool shisha bar next to the pool. I think this is the first time I've come across a shisha bar at a hotel in Sri Lanka. So if you do like shisha this is the perfect place for you!
(second outdoor pool - view from our room)
(Dar and all her amazing findings)
I had never been to the kaluthara beach before but I have to say it's one of the cleanest beaches I've come across in Sri Lanka. During the day there are a few stalls on the beach where you can buy Sri Lankan souvenirs, beach wraps and wrist bands. Turyaa resort is the perfect place to visit with a group of friends, the game room has plenty of activities to chose from, while there are cool beach bar shacks next to each pool. My favorite part about the resort apart from the really good buffet would have to be catching the sunset from our balcony.
(Turyaa at sunset)
We were lucky enough to catch two sunsets during our beautiful two night stay at the resort and it's such an amazing sight! Turyaa Resort is the perfect hotel if you're looking for a get away with a bunch of friends. Spacious rooms, spacious balconies and huge outdoor spaces to explore and roam around. Hope this little post on Turyaa helped anyone looking for a weekend get away! I'll add the link to the hotel below :)