We came to know this place through friends who had recently visited the restaurant. They were amazed by the food served in a buffet style and recommended this place to us. We were looking forward to visiting this place. It wasn’t a surprise for us that Nuga Gama offers vegan food. What we wanted to know was what vegan options were there and how tasty was the food.
Our wedding anniversary was approaching and it was a perfect excuse to celebrate in this gem in Colombo.
Nuga Gama and Amazing Vegan Food
Nuga Gama is a village-style restaurant that offers a buffet of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. The dining area set up under the 200-year-old Banyan Tree. The place is surrounded by wattle & daub huts.
Each dish was made in a clay pot and stored in the pots for serving. There were plenty of vegan options including the deserts. We asked the staff to point out the pots of vegan dishes before indulging ourselves in this delicious authentic food.
There were vegetable kottu, steamed rice, fried rice, different types of vegetables both fried and steamed, roti, potato curry, yam curry, side dishes such as papadam and pol sambol (grated coconut with chilli) as well as salads, fruit platters and desserts made from coconut. Each pot was labelled and it was easy to identify the dish. (just to be sure we asked the staff to confirm the ingredients).
The atmosphere was superb. There was a live band playing traditional Sri Lankan songs.
The staff were very good and attentive. The service was superb. The waiters were traditionally dressed and we were looked after very well. They were making sure that we never run out of drinks. I would recommend having Toddy which is a traditional low alcoholic drink. It was amazing!!
Perfect place for a special occasion or to impress tourists with traditional Sri Lankan culture and food in the heart of Colombo. On Mondays, they have a traditional dance show. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the show because we visited Nuga Gama at the weekend.
It is one of the few places that we visited twice because it was truly an amazing experience.
Where to find
Address: 77 Galle Rd, Colombo3 00300, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 112 497 468
Cost: Average ($45 for a couple)
Laptop Friendly? – N/a
Parking – Valet parking