Taste of Sri Lanka update, Nov 29, 2019
I found myself wandering through Winnipeg Square at lunchtime and decided to make a stop at the Taste of Sri Lanka food court outlet. My original review was done after dining at The Forks location, but the two are very similar. The Forks locations seems to offer an extra menu option or two.
The menu is basically a collection of combo plates. I chose one with noodles instead of rice for my meal. The combo comes with two vegetarian and one meat option. I went all curry with all my options. I chose the curry chickpeas, curry mushrooms, and curry chicken. None are particularly spicy, but each had a little bit. The portion size is enormous. The noodles get placed on first and there is already a plate full of food before the combo options get added.
The combo also includes a papad. This one is a little disappointing as it wasn’t cooked thoroughly, so it was soft where it would normally be crispy. I added a can of coke, and my meal came to $14.25 including taxes. This is a meal that will carry me though the rest of the day quite nicely.
September brings with it the return to routine. That means I spend more time in the building at St. Philip’s. As a result my travels tend to be focused in the nearby area. There are a couple of places at The Forks that I hadn’t visited yet, one of them being Taste of Sri Lanka. So I decided I would stop by a couple of times this past week.
Visiting Taste of Sri Lanka took me back to when I first tried there food. This was many years ago when they operated out of a store front location on Ellice Avenue. I really liked the original location, as the focus was as much on offering a great, friendly dine-in experience as it was on the food.
Taste of Sri Lanka Meals:
On my first visit I decided I would stick with a combo meal. I went with the spicy noodles, and a vegetable and a meat item. I went with a good bit of spice with the meal as I added the chicken curry for my meat item. The vegetables were a creamy mushroom and zucchini mixture.
The combo prices at Taste of Sri Lanka are a little higher than at some of the other outlets at The Forks, but they still work out to a pretty good deal.
Taste of Sri Lanka also sells a variety of items such as samosas and veggie rolls. So, the second time I went I opted for a noodles with one meat combo. To that I added a veggie roll and a veggie samosa. Being that it was later in the day they were out of the meat options on those two. My meat for the combo was the butter chicken. The chicken was tender and the sauce was milder than some butter chicken dishes than I have tried.
When it came to the two sides. The veggie roll reminded me of a savoury version of an apple jack. The pastry was crispy and flaky on the outside with a tasty filling in the middle.The samosa filling also had a great deal of flavour, but I found the pastry to be very hard and dry.
Based on my visits, I would choose the combos before the sides, but Taste of Sri Lanka certainly delivers a lot of taste from their menu.