Chennai has become home to a variety of tastes and cuisines. Every new restaurant that opens shop here has a story to tell and a tradition to share. One such is FoodWalk, Flavors of Lanka. Looking up in Zomato for Sri Lankan options in Chennai only threw up around 7 places that serve this cuisine. No wonder Shivaanth Vasanthakumar proudly claims the same. He is the brain behind this new grub hub that now boasts of a steady crowd that’s lured by its lunch buffets comprising of Lankan specials that’s priced nominally.
Located in Mogappair, FoodWalk is quite spacious and simple in its décor. Armed with Sri Lankan chefs, this place cooks up some of most authentic Sri Lankan delicacies with some dishes prepared with exclusive ingredients sourced directly from Sri Lanka.
Praises for food not being oily and having a touch of homeliness are some of the laurels from people who have dined here, says Shivaanth. Elaborating on what all one shouldn’t miss here, Shivaanth walked us through all the specials.
Here’s some of what you should try here –
Rolls, Cutlets & Patties
Originally these are relished as snacks along with some Ceylon Tea. These work great as starters aswell.
Banana peppers stuffed with dried fish or maasi as we call it, is a Sri Lankan deep fried special. Our bajji milagai just got a bit royal here!
Sweet and spicy semi dry sides that are considered Chinese in Sri Lanka. This one goes well with fried rice.
Lankan Pol Roti
Roti is literally the national food of Sri Lanka. You wouldn’t find a single household in Sri Lanka that doesn’t make this, says Shivaanth. Pol in Sinhalese means coconut and Pol Rotis are soft Sri Lankan flat breads made from maida and fresh coconut scrapes. At Food Walk, these rotis are served with coconut sambol and dal.
One of Shivaanth’s personal favorites that he highly recommends as the first dish you should order at Food Walk. For anyone who has visited the markets in Sri Lanka knows Kothhu as the most popular fast food that people hover around. A little different from Tamil Nadu’s Kothhu Parotta, this Lankan delicacy is served in different varieties at Food Walk; Kotthu Roti, Puttu Kothhu, Noodles Kothhu to name a few. Kothhu is served at Food Walk with a chicken gravy.
Egg Appams are among the most popular ones that’s served here with a spicy caramelized onion relish, seeni sambol.
Quite popular in Tamil Nadu, this dish is served with a traditional Sri Lankan fish curry.
Fresh string hoppers served with coconut sambol and sodhi, a coconut milk based gravy traditionally served at all eateries in Sri Lanka.
Curd with Kithul Treacle
Treacle that’s made from the sap extracted from the Kithul tree in Sri Lanka is a honey like syrup that is mixed with curd to make this soothing dessert.
A Food Walk signature dish that’s made using Kithul jaggery.
At the end of a tour through an exhaustive list of specialties, Shivaanth signed off with a message – Come here to experience it.
FoodWalk – Flavors of Lanka is located at 1/C1, Kambar Salai, Mogappair, Chennai. Landmark – Above KFC
Contact no: +91 9677596592
Timings: 12 – 10 pm
Buffet Timings: 12:30-4:30 pm
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